Summary: This was great when it first came out, but it is quite outdated and is known to have a design defect that can prevent it from SYNCing with a USB host. (search for Sudden USB Death Syndrome- SUDS). Mine still syncs via an IR connection, but other than than forget it.
Summary: I got this model for myself because at the time, it was the best model available. It worked really well for quite a while, and I even told my dad to get it for my mom for Christmas. So far, she has had no problems (knock on wood). Mine bit the dust earlier this year after over a year of problem-free functioning. It just quit syncing. Nothing changed at all. It just stopped syncing one day.
Summary: I did not research this one because I was happy with my previous palms. The screen in the ads has the night light lite so it appears to have backlighting which is does not. You have to have direct light to see the screen. You can use the light to make up for the darkness but it runs the battery down quick. To add to my sting. The m515 came out 3 weeks after I bought it. I will probably get a Clie or a Handspring the next time....
Sharmin Panjvani "Preschool Teacher and Mom", Amazon
17 January 2002
Summary: A copy of this letter was sent to Palm Inc. I have owned 2 Palm handheld units in the past 3 years. The first was a IIIxe and it performed great until I dropped it 2 years later. The second unit, a M505 that I purchased May of 2001, is as of December 2001 dead. I find this to be completely unacceptable. I paid...
Summary: I have used Palm for several years having beenn disappointed by the demise of the Apple Newton. My palm V and then my palm 111C worked for me flawlessly. I have now "upgraded" to the Palm m505 and have just sent in my third return. Not one of my new palm m505 has synchronized properly. One of them didn't even go on right out of the box. My brother also bought a m505 also and he has just sent for a replacement, having experienced similar problems.