[Semi-OT] Palm suggestions?

Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Wed Jun 21 16:31:59 UTC 2006


On Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 12:06:31PM -0300, Julio Biason wrote:
> You are right. I want something that I could keep contacts, calendars,
> notes and such. The MP3 player would be a plus.

Palms are great for contacts and calendars.  Ok for ebooks and mp3
playing.

I tried taking lecture notes on a Palm and found it was possible, but
not convenient.

> Just for curiosity, I decided to check the Palm web page and got my
> eyes on LifeDrive. It is a Palm device with a 4Gb harddisk and it has
> the ability to play MP3 (no information about Vorbis, but I can live
> with that -- or fix it :) ).

> So far, I got quite impressed with it,
> but I'm not sure if it will sync with my Linux box using normal Pilot
> tools and/or evolution. Also, with so much features cramped into a
> small device, I'm not sure if it will fullfil my needs without too
> much annoyance.

Look at the size/weight/battery life.  My Palm m500 was wonderful in
these respects.  Tungsten T was thicker, heavier and had lower battery
life, but it had features that made it nicer than m500 for me
(Bluetooth, higher screen resolution).

> Linux support for the device itself seems very slow. Handhelds.org
> points that now it can boot and work, but it hasn't support for sound
> (and wifi, if I'm not mistaken). I could live with PalmOS, but the
> same site says you can't take a note while listening to some song,
> which sounds pretty bad.

There are several MP3 and OGG players for Palm OS.  Some of them support
background play.

I wouldn't try installing Linux on the Palm itsef, if you choose a Palm
specifically because of its superior PIM functionality.

Marius Gedminas
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