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Palm IIIxe Vs. Palm Vx?


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#1 of 15 NickSo

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Posted March 31 2003 - 11:24 AM

My dad's lookin for a basic PDA for daily use, he's trying to spend as little as possible for a basic PDA.

I found two that are under $90 that would work for him, but I was wondering if there are much difference between the two:

The PalmIIIxe ($60) and the Palm Vx ($90) (all prices are refurbed units).

From what i've read, the only diff I know is that the Vx has a rechargeable Li-Ion battery, whereas the IIIxe needs two AAAs. However, is there a chance in the future the Vx will lose its ability to retain a charge? if so, how would you go about replacing the battery?

Does anybody know any good sites/forums to find info on PDAs?

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#2 of 15 Joe Szott

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Posted April 01 2003 - 04:25 AM

Nick,

I have had my Palm V for 4+ years now and it still charges just fine. You use it all week, then power it up, put it in it's cradle, hot-sync it, and come back in an hour or two. I keep all my addresses, numbers, dates, and solitaire on the go in there Posted Image I will always need one now, it is a great little machine.

I'm not 100% on all the new models, but the V line is smaller than the III and has the battery. I suggest getting the Vx because you can easily buy a "wallet" for it that holds cash, credit, cards, etc, and it easily fits in your front pants pocket.

It is worth an extra $30 IMHO, the V line is the easiest to carry around with you everywhere. But be sure it comes with a recharging PC cradle, you will definitely need one of those.

PS - Where are you finding these units for $90? I might be interested in replacing my older model...

#3 of 15 Camp

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Posted April 01 2003 - 07:48 AM

Another vote for the Vx.

I have owned a Palm V and two Vx's. I loved the formfactor. It was codenamed "razor" prior to release and you can see why. Very thin and easy to hide in a pocket. The stylus storage is excellent (hold's two, just in case).

I don't think the IIIxe adds anything the Vx doesn't already have.

#4 of 15 Joe Szott

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Posted April 01 2003 - 07:51 AM

Camp,

What diffs have you noticed from the V to the Vx? Anything significant, or just more memory in the same chassis?

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#5 of 15 DaveF

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Posted April 01 2003 - 09:14 AM

I chose my Sony Clie because of the slim size -- I'd go with the Palm Vx for the same reason.

#6 of 15 NickSo

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Posted April 01 2003 - 10:36 AM

Compgeeks.com has these refurbished for those prices i mentioned... thanks alot! Posted Image

#7 of 15 Camp

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Posted April 01 2003 - 12:49 PM

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What diffs have you noticed from the V to the Vx? Anything significant, or just more memory in the same chassis?

Yea, it's just more memory -and an expansion card slot. The chassis is a little different too. It's a bit better built (my V, while sturdy, had more flex in the body than the Vx does. The chassis differences are subtle but noticeable.

I've since upgraded to a Clie NR70v. I lost some of the small form factor but gained an impressive PDA.

#8 of 15 Rob Behm

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Posted April 01 2003 - 02:39 PM

The V has something like 2-3MB ram, I think the Vx has a 6MB.

The V series came out after the IIIs, and it is a nice slick package. I've had a V for the last 4 years and it has served me well.
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#9 of 15 NickSo

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Posted April 01 2003 - 02:40 PM

Ohyeah, it comes with the SERIAL PC cradle.. i assume it recharges the unit as its placed in the cradle right?

Edit: Actually, it says the Vx has 8MB of ram...


#10 of 15 Camp

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Posted April 01 2003 - 03:02 PM

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Ohyeah, it comes with the SERIAL PC cradle.. i assume it recharges the unit as its placed in the cradle right?

Yea, there's a power plug that actually goes through the serial cable to an outlet.

Vx & IIIxe = 8 MB
V = 2 MB

#11 of 15 Shane Bos

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Posted April 02 2003 - 07:24 AM

The Only difference between the V and the Vx is 2MB in the V and 8 in the Vx.

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Yea, it's just more memory -and an expansion card slot.


The Palm V series does not have an expansion slot. You have to go to the 500 series for that.

The V has a metal casing vs the III plastic case. The metal is definatly better for durability.

Also check out the Handspring Visor deluxe. IMHO is even better than the Palm.

#12 of 15 Camp

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:29 AM

Sorry, Shane is correct.

I forgot I also owned a m505 for a short time...my comments above about the Vx are actually about the m505. Too many PDA's not enough memory cells (I'm a perfect candidate for a PDA, huh?)

V to Vx to another Vx (broke the first one) to m505 to Clie NR70v.

#13 of 15 David Lawson

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Posted April 06 2003 - 09:40 AM

Nick, if he's not set on using the PalmOS, you might want to look into this (from the HTF Deals page):

http://configure.del....OCAXIM5_DHS400

$89CDN when you opt for the TravelSync cable instead of a cradle? Wow!
He obviously misinterpreted what it means to "be bullish."

#14 of 15 Rob Rodier

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Posted April 06 2003 - 10:14 AM

here is an even better refurb for $99;

http://www.sonystyle....oAAAD07nW0sFhU

The 320x320 is worth the extra money alone.

-rob

sorry, didnt realize we were talking canadian dollars. Probably a little too much

#15 of 15 NickSo

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Posted April 06 2003 - 12:13 PM

DavidLawson: Yeah i found that site too... i stupidly ordered the 300MHz one, rather than the 400MHz without cradle Posted Image Stupid, stupid me... still, it'd be awesome if DELL honored it, coz it looks like a price mistake.

Crossing my fingers Posted Image






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