__/ [Daniel Sharp] on Friday 06 January 2006 00:19 \__
> I've just got a Palm Lifedrive for Christmas as an upgrade from my old
> Palm IIIx..... I'm wanting to use it to replace my laptop in meetings
> for taking notes and want a good keyboard to use. Two friends have Palm
> based keyboards using the the 2 connection options:
I used to take notes in meetings when I first got it, but after a few years
it proved impractical and looked vain. I guess it depends on the nature of
the meetings though, but I understand what you mean. I only ever use the
keyboard when going on plane and train trips, which occurs only several
times a year. I thought I'd use it more often when I first purchased it (in
2002/3). I said farewell to my laptop a couple of months ago partly because
of the Palm keyboard.
Sorry to drift off topic, but my point is that you must realised how and when
the Palm will be used in the long term. The initial hype over the new 'toy'
doesn't last forever.
> One uses the PalmOne with the IR port but I'm concerend about us
> interfering picking up each others keyboards
Why use an IR keyboard? I use the Universal Connector and I suppose you could
purchase a USB keyboard. It's not as though you could work on the Lifedrive
when it sits a metre or three away from you.
Money could be saved and so can battery life. batteries are expensive. I
sometimes think that Bluetooth is heavily used because it is
state-of-the-art technology, which people enjoy saying that they exploit.
> The other chap uses a Bluetooth keyboard but this has no 4rth row for
> number keys. I like the look of the PalmOne keyboard but I am attracted
> to using Bluetooth so I can sit the screen away from the keyboard (i.e.
> possibly on a computer type desk occasionally) but the one that has good
> reviews (The Stowaway) doesn't have the top number key row which I
> definitely want for spreadsheet data entry.
> Anyone here using a PDA keyboard? I don't mind paying a decent amount as
> I will be using it a lot.
My advice would by that you should pay as much as is needed. It is
proportional to the frequency of use, the age of the device (upgrades might
make peripherals incompatible) and the money you can expand. Choose
practicality over flash unless flash is truly important or perceived as
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