Summary: The model produced ambiguous impression. The key innovation is the built-in HDD capacious of 4 GB and integrated Wi-Fi. There are other changes of less importance - better control, a voice recorder, extra programs in the sales package. However the HDD affected dimensions and weight, and decreased battery life.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, our out-of-the-box experience with the synchronization process was not the best: When we installed the PC software and plugged in the provided USB 2.0 cable, our PC's Bluetooth wireless keyboard and mouse froze, requiring a reboot. We tried uninstalling and reinstalling the LifeDrive software and plugging the sync cable into different USB ports, but we could only get the mouse and LifeDrive working at the same time, without the keyboard.
Conclusion: The LifeDrive mobile manager from palmOne has an estimated U.S. street price of $499. Limited quantities are available now from the palmOne online store and select retail stores worldwide. Volume availability is expected by early June. You can also search for the lowest price on our PriceGrabber service .
Conclusion: Business users will appreciate the extra storage space and PIM capabilities, but it all comes at a cost. Bulky design, mediocre speeds and average multimedia features leave us unconvinced that the palmOne LifeDrive has created a new category of PDA.