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Revive my Handspring or buy a new PDA?
      #14450 - 08/16/04 03:13 PM

A few years ago a colleague gave me a Handspring Visor. I didn't use it very much but now I have a new job and I believe it could greatly assist me. I am on the road a bit and need easy access to my schedule and contacts.

My problem is I lost my Handspring cradle AND cd-rom software. I need any PDA to be able to synch to my new computer (Dell) and Lotus Notes (we don't use Microsoft Office).

I guess I have three questions:
1- Will I be able to find a replacement Handspring Visor cradle somewhere and software to synch with Lotus Notes?
2- If NO to question 1, I assume I will have to purchase a new PDA. Any suggestions on a cheap (under $150) PDA where my main concerns are maintaining contacts, appointments, backing up my information (I just lost ALL of my contacts when the batteries died) and perhaps a few games?
3- Obviously I am a PDA novice and don't know about the new features that have come along the past couple years. I don't need a digital camera- or even a color screen- but are there some new business-oriented features I should look into even if it bumps up the price a bit? I use Microsoft Word and Excel a lot from my desktop and I am constantly updating task lists.


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Re: Revive my Handspring or buy a new PDA? [Re: Batch]
      #14467 - 08/17/04 03:14 AM

You should still be able to find sync cables and cradles for the Visor.

Intellisync from will allow you to sync with Lotus.

For office apps, check out our review: . These apps will run on a Visor as well as new Palm OS PDAs.

That said, a color screen really is easier on the eyes and makes for a more pleasant experience overall. Plus newer devices have 2x the resolution of the old Handspring devices. Take a look at the PalmOne Zire 31 and the Sony TJ27 reviewed on this site-- they're both quite affordable and have color displays (the Sony's is better than the Zire 31's).

Lisa Gade
Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview

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