Reviews and Problems with Handspring Visor Platinum
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Don't buy if you have Vista
30 June 2010
Summary: Palm is a wonderful item there are many apps still out there for it and this was bought for a teen to keep track of life points in playing magic and yughio. He also needed a calculator which the functions on this are great. But we have found that palm no longer supports this model and if you have a computer with vista or higher you can not sync it. Which means it loses alot of the resons a person would buy this product.
Summary: I had one for years and it just died at the hands of my 2 year old. Otherwise I think it would have gone on for ever. I'm a little confused by the last review. This device was made by Handspring, not Palm. It takes aaa batteries and is not rechargable. The fact that it takes batteries made it perfect for me while sailing and camping. I could be away for weeks and still have everything I wanted, tide tables, star charts, and some entertainment.
Summary: This palm was made several years ago, doesn't have a color screen, doesn't have wireless, but it is extremely durable and has good battery life. It will run for almost a month without needing recharged, even after 5 years of use on the original battery.
Summary: Overall, this is a good basic PDA (no color, no music, no photo). I bought to use to remind me of meetings, birthdays, etc. The task list is ok one you get used to the organization. Very useful PDA for work.
Summary: The visor platinum has been a user friendly, reliable entre into the world of PDAs. However, some of the spreadsheet applications I use tend to expose how slow the chip is. I hope to see a PDA/phone combination with a 33mHz chip that retains its backup port, AND is graffiti friendly.
Pros: annoying lcd dropouts on the left side of the screen
Cons: annoying lcd dropouts on the left side of the screen
Excerpt: So one day I lost my palm pilot and someone told me to buy a Visor. So I looked on the website www.handspring.com and thought for a long time on which one to get. Eventually it was between the cheapest one and the platinum and I thought they looked very similar. So I bought the platinum as I was surfing on QXL.com one day and saw one, bid for it and won. I am now the proud owner of a platinum and I love it. Is it better than the palm?
Pros: well protected, the pen never falls out, you can upgrade it .
Cons: it doesnt feel as solid as the palm, feels a bit more plasticy
Excerpt: This unit is basically a Visor Deluxe with a nasty paint job, a faster CPU (33MHz vs. 16MHz), and a newer operating system, PalmOS 3.5 as opposed to 3.1. Unfortunately, the machine doesn't seem anywhere near as fast in practise. My Visor Deluxe is far snappier than my Platinum could ever dream of being, even when overclocked with Afterburner and running QuickBits (see www.palmgear.com for more info on this software).
Excerpt: *** Update 2 *** ----------------- 9 July 2001. Just got an e-mail from Omnisky today, saying that they do not need any more 'beta testers' - so anybody else wanting to sign up will have to wait for the full product launch. Also one interesting statistic - they said that a whopping 99% of their users are male!! Bit of a 'boys toy' then!!? *** Update 1 *** ----------------- 19 June 2001. I have had this product for a few months now - so time for a quick update.
Pros: internet and email on the move, helps you to plan your life, check your e - mail on the train/the beach/wherever
Cons: not cheap, you can only read the omnisky instruction manual on your desktop PC
Excerpt: I spent several months deliberating over the many different models and options available on the market before purchasing the Handspring. And in fact it wasnt until i read a review of all handhelds, in which the Visor Deluxe came out on top, that i decided on this model. The Visor range is slightly cheaper than most of its rivals, and quite honestly that just adds to the appeal. The Platinum version offers more performance for the extra £40.
Excerpt: If you're not one of the millions of people who've thrown away their diary in favour of a PDA yet, then the Handspring Visor Platinum could well be worth a look. At around £249, it's not the cheapest PDA on the market (Handspring themselves produces models starting at £100) but it still represents great value for money. It's 8MB of memory is enough to store all of your addresses, contacts, memos etc.