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    m505 First Look and Gotchas

    Well, guys, I couldn't resist. I broke down and bought the m505 Palm Pilot because I hate the display on my Vx and didn't like the size and weight of the other color models. Plus, I did not want to deal with Windows CE on my handheld.

    First off, the display without backlighting is pathetic. Ahhh, but WITH backlighting, it is very nice indeed. The 64K colors are rich without being overwhelming, although I can hardly wait to see what some of the more serious graphics look like on it. You can't control the brightness, but that doesn't appear to be a real problem, at least not on mine. Backlighting is OFF by default and you have to turn it on by holding the power button down.

    The feel is very different from earlier Palms. The screen is springier and seems to have an overlay over the glass, so it has an odd, rubbery feel at first. The lightweight plastic stylii don't work well on it at all. You need the heft of one of the metal ones. Oh, and they only give you one with this critter, unlike the two that came with my Vx.

    The biggest gotcha? The thing assumes your PC has a usable USB port. Yep, there is NO way to connect directly to a serial port out of the box, which leaves NT and Windows 95 users out in the cold. Of course, there is an insert in the box that says you can order a serial cradle (for extra bucks, naturally). However, even Palm doesn't have a supply of the things (they expect a biiiiig shipment next week!). <img src=/S/nuts.gif border=0 alt=nuts width=15 height=15> Expansion cards, accessories, peripherals? They're all backordered everywhere you look.

    The upshot is that mine looks pretty, but I can't even play solitaire on it for at least a week or two because I can't sync it without a cradle or serial cable (that item's backordered too) so I can't load any of the software I need on it. I think I like it, but a final opinion will have to wait until I can actually load Documents to Go on it and get my address book moved over from the Vx.

    I'll keep you posted.
    Charlotte

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    Re: m505 First Look and Gotchas

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    Re: m505 First Look and Gotchas

    Well, I have to have something to keep me busy at work! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I can't hang out here in the Lounge all the time.
    Charlotte

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