Summary: For an obsolete tech product, it is still very useful. You can link up with the net with the sdio ethernet and use an sdio gps to make it a nav computer for your vehicle. I use the 1/8" audio jack to interface with my car stereo...hundreds of mp3s on a 1gb sd card. Uses the excellent Fruanhoffer codec for mp3.
Summary: Viewsonic v36 First off, the reason I wanted a v36 is because I found out the hard way there is only a few things you can do with a palm pilot and when I heard microsoft had an operating system for a pda, "Microsoft Windows pocket pc" I thought it must be decent so I did a search here on ebay and found this v36 which looked decent and also had a camera. So I waited for a while until I found the deal I wanted and bought one for 80$.
the little PDA that could (but needed a little more steam!)
1 December 2006
Summary: I know this review is late, but I had this PDA (got it as a Christmas gift three years ago), and I regret not giving it the kudos it deserved while I used it. After looking at Palm devices and Windows-based PDAs, I let everyone know this was the PDA for me. The price was right, and I heard through the Christmas gifting grapevine that rebates were available at the time, and it was a "good deal" (that meant under $200 at the time).
Summary: I received my view sonic v36 as a gift. At first I was apprehensive of such an electronic device, but soon found many uses for it. It organizes my busy schedule, daily, weekly, and monthly. I use it as an MP3 player, and shoot pictures of my friends. Since the camera is a little slow and doesn't have flash, I normally stick to daylight and people need to remain still.
Summary: Most other features will be useless. This Pocket PC records, plays MP3, takes pictures, movies, and most of all manages my busy schedule better than a paper agenda or a laptop. Besides I have been able to find many other professional and practical uses which means a lot when you can actually carry it with you. Like everything you need to be willing to follow the instructions and it will work for you fine without problems.
It's ok, too bad there is so little suport from Microsoft
John R. Fox, Amazon
9 June 2005
Summary: It works quite well as far as Pocket PC goes. It's a good little unit. I've not have a major problems with the hardware. It's a shame that Microsoft offers so little in the way of support. Too bad. This is my second Pocket PC, and probably the last. Microsoft's online help is pretty much useless, and that's all there is. If you are interested in the basic calendar type of stuff, you will probably be happy. If you need anything beyond that, good luck.
Nice, but only for 6 months Then you have to buy another
C. L. Shaver "shaverbgod", Amazon
8 December 2004
Summary: This is a very nice unit. The screen is clear the memory expandable, the price just right. THE MAJOR DRAWBACKS are that the computer burns out after 6-7 months leaving you high and dry with the company. The secondary battery fails even when you have the unit plugged into the charger erasing all of you files and system memory. [...] I would go with something that has a reputation for working longer than a goldfishes memory.
Summary: I have worked with Windows CE/Pocket PCs from the very first models (loved the Philps Velo ;-)), and have always appreciated their functionality. I do quite a bit of research when upgrading to a new PDA/Pocket PC. And considering the price ($200 after a $100 rebate) the V36 is pretty much unbeatable. The screen equals the iPAQs I have used at work over the years, and the V36 is smaller/lighter (a big requirement for me since I carry mine in my pocket).