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    I notice a lot of psots on this boards now from people that want"Multidia Capabilities" in their PDA. Am I the only "kook" that thinks that PDA and Multimedia should not go together? Is a PDA really a PDA when multimedia stuff is added to it? WIth multimedia etc wouldn't the PDA become a time waster instead of a time save/organizer? Just a though.
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    I personally see nothing wrong with a PDA marketed as an "Entertainment (Multimedia) device" such as the CLIE. I personally LOVE watching movies off of my Visor (Tealmovie) Usually if it's quiet enough, I have no trouble making out what's being said, but I still would like a much nicer speaker. (Flat-Panel SPRINGBOARD MODULE! HELLOOOOOO!!!)
    But I still enjoy it.

    But you may not. Palm's are solutions to real problems. Multimedia isn't a major concern of mine, but it may be in the future. (I'm looking at a SoundsGood & eyemodule2!)

    A person who buys the Clie should buy it because organization is NOT their main feature. Entertainment is. They should get it if they're on a plane often, and would like to watch a nice movie or listen to some audio.


    After all, you need SOMETHING to do when you're waiting! That's why there are so many games for PalmPilots!
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    Yardie, I agree with you...the majority of PDA users couldn't care less if it played MP3s or DVDs.

    The people of VisorCentral, aren't your typical PDA users, however. I think we all would lean a bit more more towards the 'geek' side of the scale than your typical 3-piece suit PDA user.
    We're all naked if you turn us inside out.
    -David Byrne
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    I can see this either way. First PDAs should, in the future, replace laptops which will require them to do the multimedia. But on the other hand currently the normal user is not ready for that. When I see someone fondling one at CompUSA or Costco they are looking for an orginizer not a portable movie player. Now if someone builds a Nudule this could all change.


    --David
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    Yardie,

    Personally I agree. If I wanted an MP3 player and DVD etc, then I'd probably get the Clie - which I saw today finally- but I don't.

    Form factor is important to me as much as screen clarity and color. Hence, I prefer the M505 over a Prism or IIIc.

    The beauty of all of this is Sony appeals to the MP3 crowd, Handspring to expandibility crowd and Palm to the PDA crowd. I'm not certain what the PPC crowd is after but again that's the beauty of multiple products.

    It's the old saying: Different Strokes for Different Folks.
    Moose Man
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    iPhone 3G, Treo 750, 680, 650, 600 and T5, T3, T, M515, M505, Vx, V, Prizm, Visor, IIIc, IIIe, Palm Pilot Professional, Palm Pilot (ok boys and girls a whopping 128k of memory - those were the days) and former Palm Beta tester.
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    I don't really have much use for the "organizing" capabilities of my Visor. I use the datebook sparingly, I don't have a hectic schedule with tons of meetings and such, address book isn't as usefull since I put all my #s in my Cell Phone's address book, To Do takes too much effort for me to enter something and then remember to check it off later.

    I use my Visor primarily to referance materials (Technical docs, notes, e-books) and to write notes, paper, etc... So to me its really a device for storing information. MultiMedia is the next logical information for my PDA to store.

    If I were able to tell my TiVo to record a program, then have it check it out to my Prism so I could watch it wherever, that would be great.
    Matt Nichols
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    Originally posted by recordond
    Now if someone builds a Nudule this could all change.
    "Nudule" ? did you mistype "nodule" or are we back to the porn module thread?

    on the topic:
    While I have a few games and other toys on my VDx, I got it to replace my organizer -- not my CD player or TV, VCR, etc. I don't care for headphone wires and the screen is too small to enjoy any video. portability is an issue; I'm not interested in toting a bunch o stuff with me just in case I might use it while on line someplace.
    Besides, it's an LCD screen. color depth is next to impossible.
    If more onboard memory (for the module) were available, I might invest in an MP3 player mod.
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    IT'S A HAPPY-TIME FUN-BOX!!

    These devices are no longer just PDAs . They are handheld computers with ever increasing processing power. Some people happen to buy these computers to run PDA Functions. Others buy them for countless other application and entertainment solutions.

    The Market Rules
    If the market just wanted PDA functions, these devices would use Palm Pilot 1000 technology, and be 1/2 the thickness than the Palm V series, and cost $99.
    "That IS a Palm III form-factor in my pocket, AND I'm happy to see you...."
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    address book isn't as usefull since I put all my #s in my Cell Phone's
    You know, I used to do the same thing. Then I changed phones. The fact that everyone of those numbers had to be entered again drove me mad. Now I only put a few numbers in my phone that I dial a lot. The rest go in my Prism.


    While I personally agree that I want my PDA to be used for organization, the beauty of the current market place is simple. With all the options available, there is something for everyone. A person who wants a phone with minimal PIM function can get a SmartPhone. A person that demands multimedia in their hand can get a PPC. Someone who likes MP3 and does not want an extra device could get the Clie (and still have extra memory on the Memory Stick). The person who wants color AND form factor can get the M505. The hardcore power/business user who cares nothing for color has the HandERA. Then there is Handspring. Handspring makes a good solid PDA that will provide almost any of the above features and do them relatively well. The nice part is you have a PDA that is JUST a PDA, but, with additional options can be made into any of the above. Handspring pretty much is the Jack of all Trades, offering a little of everything to those of us who might want to do it all.

    The two edged sword is, you can really only choose to do one thing at a time. Also, by offering the SpringBoard slot and having all these 3rd party modules you can bet that Handspring will never include any of these features onboard their handheld. If they were to include MP3 or a CF slot, suddenly folks like Innogear and Portable Innovation no longer have a market. Should this occur Handspring would have a hard time convincing anyone to produce accessories for their products. It certainly is going to be an interesting future in the world of handhelds.
    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. JOHN 14:2
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    Seems like the line between PDA and Laptop is blurring.

    Personally, I don't want my PDA to be a laptop, and that's exactly why I bought a PalmOS device. I want it to hold phone numbers and addresses, I want to be able to take little notes, I want it to be my checkbook, and I want to play a few games now and then. I don't care about playing mp3s (I bought a Rio for that, thanks) or movies, I don't need Word and Excel in my pocket...you get the idea.

    I have been wanting a laptop recently, though -- something that *would* let me take Word and Excel around with me, etc. So I bought a (used) Toshiba Libretto, about half the size of a regular laptop but still a real computer (none of this WinCE carp). I still plan on carrying around my Visor, of course. Maybe I'll keep the Libretto in the car and use it to play MP3s or something.

    So I guess what I'm getting at is that, to me, laptops and PDAs are totally different beasts, and while the line is blurring, I don't think PDAs will ever take over where laptops excel, and vice-versa. Though, if you want something in-between, some of the WinCE devices that are out now look pretty good.
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    Originally posted by CrayDrygu
    Seems like the line between PDA and Laptop is blurring.

    Though, if you want something in-between, some of the WinCE devices that are out now look pretty good.
    There is the PDA, the Handheld computer, and then the laptop. "PDAs" are only powerful enough to run PDA apps; handhelds and laptops can run PDA applications, among other things.

    When ARM/Palm OS 5.0 handhelds are released, you won't need to fool around with CE/PPC 's to get your multi-media groove on. You'll have the simple elegance of Palm OS for PDA apps, and the power of the ARM for multimedia and other applications.
    "That IS a Palm III form-factor in my pocket, AND I'm happy to see you...."
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    Originally posted by GSR13
    <snip> Then I changed phones. The fact that everyone of those numbers had to be entered again drove me mad. Now I only put a few numbers in my phone that I dial a lot. The rest go in my Prism.
    <snip>
    That's often another greatness of having such a universal OS like Palm's -- conduits all over. My last phone (NeoPoint 1000) let you sync all your Palm OS contacts into it. My current phone (TracFone's Nokia 252) doesn't (I'm fairly certain ... though I didn't read 100% of the manual.)
    You should be able to do this w/all phones in 2001!
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