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Avoid Switching from Palm to PPC

  • Subject: Avoid Switching from Palm to PPC
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 15:24:20 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.sys.palmtops
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-=rjh=- wrote:

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Martin L Baker wrote:
>>>I'm seriously considering switching from Palm to PPC.  I currently use a
>>>Palm Tungsten T3.  I so wanted to get a LifeDrive, but I'm disappointed
>>>with the size, having a hard drive, not a VGA screen, and not OS6 - in
>>>fact, what's the point in OS6, it doesn't look any different?
>> Why would you want it to look any different? The Palm is a productivity
>> tool.
> Well, hey, why even bother with colour?

Exactly. Why bother? Most application I use are monochrome or could be used
equally well if they were monochrome.

> My T3 has two features installed that make it much more pleasant to use
> (and I would strongly dispute the statement that "The Palm is a
> productivity tool" as it can be used for a huge variety of things. But
> anyway...)
> First, I have FontSmoother installed; this makes it *much* easier on the
> eyes.

I know it is a matter of personal preference, but choosing a device (or
likewise operating system) based on fonts is impractical. Fonts don't make
a compelling argument.

> Second, my T3 looks like it is running CobaltOS. The difference between
> the default OS5 interface and Cobalt is significant, and SkinUI allows
> you to do this. It looks really, really nice.

This again concerns _looks_. I know it matters to a large number of people
more than it matters to me; I won't deny it.

> I imagine a lot of T3 owners here thought about upgrading when the T5
> came out, but didn't when Palm forgot to include wifi in the T5; and
> decided to stay away from the Lifedrive when Palm forgot to ship it with
>   OS6; I imagine lots of owners have considered an Axim x50v, I know I
>   have.

Price-wise it is hard to compete with Dell.

> But, in the end I've decided to stick with the T3, because I know Palm
> software and systems well, I already own it, and the T3's capabilities
> are continually improving as developers produce a steady stream of
> software that improves the device quite remarkably.
> Yes, built in wifi+ bluetooth, VGA screen would be nice; but I just
> can't be bothered learning a new system when the one I have works so
> well. My partner has a PPC phone, and generally, it is horrible.

The Palm smartphones are quite dominant in the market and they have great
reputation. Some would say that the competitors have just not matured
sufficiently, yet.

> Having said the above, though, Palm will have to come up with a very
> compelling device for me to buy another one, and they haven't done it
> with either of their last two products.

I agree that the T5 and the LifeDrive are unappealing. However, I can't
imagine that I will practically use WiFi and some of the other neat
features in the long term. I just need a quick and stable device with
reliable applications that are highly responsive.

Back in 2002, I spent the first few months messing about with all the
exciting features like Internet, E-mail and games. For the past 2 years all
I have ever done is what I got a PDA for in the first place: scheduling and
music. I leave the rest to the proper 14+" workstations.


Roy S. Schestowitz

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