This is an IPOD killer!!
The first time I read it in last week's Computimes, I didn't know what to make of it. Was it a PDA ? They didn't call it a PDA. Was it a MP3 player like the iPod?
But it can view movies too.
It has an internal hard drive just like an iPod. Over 4Gb worth of space.
Then I read the specs.
Oh .... it has a Palm OS and have software like DocToGo
- so it's "just" a PDA but jam packed with features.
The very first PDA that shipped with a hard drive was thhe Sharp
Zaurus SL-C3000 but it was only available in Japan.
Then came iPod as the very first MP3 player with a internal hard drive.
My first looks: Very Impressive!!
It weighs only 6.8 ounces but jam-packed with features that include:-
- 416MHz XScale processor
- 65MB of RAM
- 4GB hard drive
- 480 x 320-pixel
- 3.9-inch TFT
- SD slot
- plays MPEG and AVI video
- plays MP3 audio
- Palm OS 5.4.
- USB cable interface
- probably the price : US 499 (Around RM2000).
- Battery not swappeable - that's a big boo boo in my books. Cannot change battery when in middle of listening to song.
PalmOne markets this as a "notebook alternative" and it's pretty cool.
Still with the shortcoming of no extra battery, the LifeDrive is now no. 1 on my wishlist. I will get it at the end of the year with my bonus (provided
there is one :)
Related reviews and links:-
- Mobile Tech Review
- CNet Review