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zxerx

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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2004, 12:56:28 pm »
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However, I still carry my old Palm with me everywhere I go. It makes the perfect timepiece (with the ClockPop extension) as I can quickly whip it out of my pocket, flip open the cover, push one button and there's the time. Getting the Z out of my pocket to find out the time is a bit overkill for me.
I have to ask the question...haven't you ever considered just buying a watch?
*LOL* Hahahaaa - Well, no not really - I havn't worn a wrist watch for 20+ years. I just don't like wrist watches - or bracelets or any other crap around my wrists. I do like the idea of an old style pocket watch, but I don't wear a waistcoat  
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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2004, 03:39:05 pm »
I love my Z.  I also have an iPaq 2215, so I kinda know what the differences are.

Answers to your comments (to the best of my inability):
E-Books:  You can convert *.lit format to other formats.  I personally like and use opie-reader and JustReader on a daily basis.  On the iPaq, I convert *.lit books to other formats and use uBook reader.  I almost never use MS Reader.

Lack of Specialized Commercial Content:  I have never needed anything that was not readily available on the Z.  I use the Z in a law enforcement environment and the programs I use are all freeware and work well.  Sorry I can't help there.

PDFs:  I rarely use PDF formated documents, but the few I have used display well on the Z.  Often better than what I can get with an iPaq.

Lack of PIM:  I found the A default PIM to be better than the default PIM on the iPaq.  I currently use Informant 5 on the iPaq and it is a good (not great) improvement over the default Z PIM.  It also is fairly expensive.

Lack of Good Office Apps:  I don't do any big editing on the Z.  I take notes using the Hancom word and simple spreadsheets using sheet.  I have found that the office apps on the Z are better than the ones included with the iPaq.  I have our entire training and policy and procedure manuals on the Z.  I also have the department schedule (in excel format) on my Z.  I haven't tried the aftermarket apps available for the iPaq; but out of the box, the Z blows away the iPaq.

Lack of Sync with Desktop:  I have no problems (both wired and WiFi sync) so can't comment there.  I have the Z and iPaq flawlessly sync with Outlook and can transfer any files I want.  I have had some minor difficulty with the iPaq changing the formats of some files when transferring them from back and forth.

All in all, the Z is a better tool for me.  My iPaq has been relagated to an entertainment device.  I use it for listening to mp3's and reading books (better screen and battery life).  The Z is just as good performance wise as the iPaq 2215 for everything I have tried.

One more note:  If I was to try to bring my iPaq up to the usefulness of the Z, it would cost me at least $200 for the commercial apps.  I have found the apps I need, but not the money for them.  The Z is a worthwhile investment, but requires some minor brain power to setup and use to it's fullest.  The iPaq is for the brain dead and/or lazy.  Once a Z is configured properly, it is a wonderful device.  I only wish I could afford a 7XX or 8XX clamshell.

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« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2004, 10:17:30 pm »
I find the Opie apps pretty nice.   The PIM works fine for my needs.  I also find the open palm ebook format displays fine in opie-reader.  If you like Sci-fi, http://www.baen.com  I read regular books, but this way I can carry several books around on my pda.

OZ is just nicer thann the Sharp ROM.

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« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2004, 06:10:45 pm »
I use my 5500 in a way like a palm. I need a PDA, stressing the 'A' in PDA. It has to be calendar, note-taking appliance, some sort of gameboy as well, and host a few apps I need available when mobile. It's nice to have a full-power Linux machine in the pocket though, and that's what was appealing to me as a Linux and Unix guy.

However, if there was a workable KitchenSync for KDE 3.2, it would even be more useful.