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A Palm T|X Replacement June 1, 2009

Posted by rm42 in Computers, Uncategorized.
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Since the introduction of the Palm Pilot, in the mid 90’s, people have been enjoying the ability of having instant access to one’s data almost any where and at any time. Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) have also saved many of us afflicted with bad memories from getting in trouble by reminding us of one important event or another. However, their use has not always been devoid of headaches. While PDA users are notorious for the love they have for their little devices, they have always wished for one improvement or another. Nevertheless, when I bought my Palm T|X I thought I was going to be all set. It seemed to have all I really needed and more. It had a very nice screen with great resolution. It was much faster than any of my previous devices and could handle music and video with no problem. It was compatible with my collection of Palm programs that I had accumulated over the years. It even had wi-fi connectivity to check Google Maps and browse the Internet at any hot spot for free. What more could I want? Well, how about durability?

My Palm T|X began showing problems after about 7 or 8 months of use. It seemed that some areas of the screen were becoming desensitized. I had not purchased an extended warranty since I am usually very careful with my things and it would have added a lot to the cost of the device. Unfortunately, the problem kept getting worse and worse, until it finally became completely unusable. The cost for repairing it (I can’t remember exactly what it was right now) seemed ridiculously high. It was obvious that they had set it so high to discourage people from availing themselves of it and to steer them instead towards simply buying a new replacement. To say that I was very disappointed at the quality of Palm’s craftsmanship is an understatement. At the time the iPhone had not yet been released, and my only alternative would have been to buy a device with Windows CE on it. I really was not interested in buying a smart phone that would require an expensive data plan. So, very reluctantly, I decided to give Palm one more chance and I bought my second Palm T|X, my last one. Unfortunately, after about 8 or 9 months, the screen began to give me trouble again. I purchased a program called PowerDiGi which alleviated some of the screen problems, temporarily. But, eventually the device also became unusable. What to do?

I guess that what I would love to have is a small portable device, that wouldnโ€™t require waiting for it to boot, that gave me access to my data without requiring a cellular data plan, and that was able to give me audible reminders.

Well, for the moment, I went back to a paper based agenda. It has some advantages, such as an unbeatable resolution, even under bright direct sunlight. It doesn’t need to be recharged and never runs out of power. And, it is very reliable. However, some of its disadvantages are that it tends to get full rather quickly. There is no efficient way of transferring its data when upgrading to a newer model. And, it completely lacks one of the most important features of a PDA (at least for me), audible reminders.

So, I think I do want go back to some form of PDA. But what is there available to me? Paying $300+ a year to Palm, with plenty of aggravations, for the luxury of having a PDA seems a bit high to me. I do have a cell phone (through AT&T), but paying another $40 a month (on top of my current cell phone charges) to have a smart phone does not feel very smart in my case. Nevertheless, I am tempted. I am especially tempted by the Android OS. First of all, it runs Linux!๐Ÿ™‚ Secondly, I am a heavy user of Google Apps. I migrated our office to Google Apps Premier Edition and have to offer support for it. So I am rather knowledgeable on its use and its features. Having access to my Google Apps any time any where is certainly luring. No more having to transfer my data from one device to another. The data all resides in one place, securely. But, that would mean changing carrier and, again, adding a data plan. Is the privilege of getting reminders and not having to transfer my data manually really worth the cost of the data plan? I am not sure yet.

I guess that what I would love to have is a small portable device, that wouldn’t require waiting for it to boot, that gave me access to my data without requiring a cellular data plan, and that was able to give me audible reminders. Does such a thing exist outside of Palm and Windows CE? Well, there are rumors of an interesting device from Nokia called N900, but I am not sure about its features yet. It does seem to be a Linux device, which for me is a big plus, and since it is made by Nokia, it is probably programmable with the Qt toolkit which I am familiar with from KDE. If the Trolltech guys are behind this device and are able to turn it into a fully open platform, I may be swayed into going with it instead of going with Android. I do enjoy coding in Qt more than in Java. Yes, it does seem to be described as an “Internet Tablet” which would likely mean that a data plan is required to take advantage of all its features, but would it be usable without a data plan? Would it be able to provide audible reminders for me? I need more details before deciding.

The iPhone store is not my thing. Yes, I am tight fisted with my money. Hey, we are in the middle of an economic recession, and not just any recession. They are calling this one, “The great recession”. The only thing I know for sure is that I will not be getting a Windows CE device (since I do not want to contribute to the monopoly that is trying to destroy my favorite OS), and that I will not be getting a Palm device. Even though the PalmPre is a Linux device, I am through with Palm and its shoddy craftsmanship.

Are you a Palm T|X user? What are your plans for a replacement?

Comments»

1. Padma - June 1, 2009

I eventually switched from my Palm T|X to an Apple iTouch.

I agree that the T|X was … disheartening. It was great for the first 6 – 8 months, then the degradation set in, and it became more and more unusable. I had already tried using a Palm Treo, and found I didn’t like having my data tied to my phone contract.

I cast about for something else, and ended up with the iTouch. It fits my needs pretty well. It was no more expensive than my T|X, and the apps on the iStore tend to be pretty inexpensive. It uses WiFi for internet connection, so is not tied to a phone plan. (It is basically the iPhone, without the phone.) I would have *liked* a cool, Linux-based pda, but the iTouch was something I could walk home with the day I found it.

rm42 - June 1, 2009

Thanks Padma. I will definitely have a look at the iTouch.

2. AlanBCohen - June 2, 2009

I was in the same boat, after having owned a number of PalmOS devices over the last twelve years, including the !@#$@ TX. When the battery died at 13 months… There was nothing on the market for me then, so I found a leftover Z22 and moved my most important stuff there for now. My wife recently got an iTouch and is happy with it, but I’m hoping to hold off until Android-based netbooks are available with their long battery life and fast-on (Asus has a demonstrator out now). I also cannot take my pda into my client site, so I’m also dependent on a Dayrunner paper planner for ‘at work’ use.

3. Jan Gundtofte-Bruun - June 2, 2009

I suppose you’re looking for a good, modern PDA with a phone it it? What I’ve found is that they simply do not make PDA’s anymore.

Unless I can tempt you with my very fine T3 (compared to a T|X, a T3 is built like a tank and is only lacking the wifi feature), my advice for you is to, sadly, give up hope of finding a real PDA and look for an acceptable Android-based smartphone instead.

That is to say, the smartphone concept is much more a phone with some additional software on it, but falls short of what you and I are used to from a PDA. At the other end of the spectrum, the netbooks are “too much” a full-blown pc and not nearly sufficiently “instant-on” that a realtime OS-driven device can deliver.

What we need is a proper suite of PIM apps. Alas, current smartphones are too phone-centric to be useful as a standalone information device — they contain phone books instead of proper address books with birthday fields and what-have-you, and the calendars seem to be light-weight counterparts of desktop application rather than fully-featured standalone applications.

I’ve been researching all the currently available operating systems, to find a replacement device for my Palm T3 (and since rather recently, Treo). The best, I’ve concluded, appears to be the Android platform, although it lacks handwriting recognition, proper PIM or productivity tools, and even something as simple as device-wide local search. But I am reminded that “best” is a relative term, and not necessarily better than “good”.

Good luck!

4. Jan Gundtofte-Bruun - June 2, 2009

Oh, one other thing: You could send your T|X to Chris Short to have it refurbished, if you want to keep it a little longer while you consider your options. He’s refurbished three devices for me and delivers excellent service.

See palmdr.com. (Note: No affiliation of any kind, just a satisfied customer.)

rm42 - June 3, 2009

Jan,

Thanks a lot for your comments. My AT&T contract expires in September or October, I can’t remember. So, I am going to be free to choose another carrier at the time. There is even a rumor that AT&T may be releasing an Android device soon:

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/304564/t_preparing_google_android_offensive?fp=4194304&fpid=1

It is going to be interesting. I think once I decide on a device I will blog about it. So, come back around that time and we’ll chat.๐Ÿ™‚

5. James B - September 5, 2009

I had a similar problem in that my TX was getting a little “worn”, so I went for the Nokia E71. It runs symbian, but its a great phone, and good keyboard which I am quicker using than I ever was with the TX and the extra communications available, twitter, wordpress blogging, IMing with msn, googletalk, jabba and then there’s skype as well. It has wifi and bluetooth so you can connect your laptop to it and surf with G3 or whatever. I looked at iPhone and Blackberry and others (including the HTC running Android) and found, for me, the E71 to be the best choice, and I still like it.

6. David McCall - September 18, 2009

I’ve been in the same boat for quite a while now, since my T3 (great device) was stolen two years ago. I settled on a Treo 680 WITHOUT a data plan and it works well. I use T-Mobile so I simply purchased a Treo from Ebay, slipped my simm in and had a working phone, no data plan, and a palm based PIM — with the audible alarms I rely on. I also purchased a warranty from SquareTrade (also no affiliation) and just recently shipped my Treo in for service. The screen had died and phone calls were dropping — I think this was largely due to MY dropping the phone too many times, though. The build quality on the Treo I feel good about. Square Trade couldn’t affordably fix my phone so they gave me full credit and I’m going to buy another NEW, Unlocked Treo again on Ebay for about $150 and hope that by the time this one dies (I’ll be much more careful this time) something will be available to fill this niche.
A couple more things I really like about the Treo 680 — low SAR rating for a smart phone (.8) vs 1.5 for many of them (brain cancer does concern me), physical qwerty keyboard which I came to like much better than Graffiti, and dead simple PIM.
Good luck with your search.

7. Roger - November 2, 2009

I think, the Nokia N900 will be the right thing. I don’t want to have an “always online” device like the iphone or the pre. Mobile connection, ok, if I want it from time to time. But normaly I only need my offline reader and my passcodes and perhaps some dates and contacts. All this resides on my Palm E2. And this should be the same on my future device.

Does anyone now wether the older maemo programs (for os2008 e.g.) are running on the new N900, too? Or is a new version required?

rm42 - November 2, 2009

I believe programs from the older Maemo devices need to be ported to the N900. From what I understand there is a lot of activity on that front.

8. Stephen Barner - December 29, 2009

I always seem to do my most informative research after I buy something. I guess that has to do with my natural impatience. I’ve been using paper and computer-based solutions since my third Palm III died a few years ago. I looked at the T|X, but didn’t really want to spend that kind of money. I thought of just picking up another Palm III, as you can buy them for as little as $10 on eBay, but in doing research to replace my wife’s dying Palm III as a Christmas gift, I picked up a T|X on eBay in virtually new condition for $100. That was the backup plan, though, as I never really expected to give it to her. I took her to the local big box store and, as I expected, she fell in love with the iPod Touch. She’s spent much of the last four days with that thing, which is its big downside, but it’s pretty obvious that it is an excellent product and a reasonable replacement for a PDA.

I don’t think it would work well for me, though. I have trouble with the soft keys, and I miss that instant-on aspect of the Palm. I would really miss Graffiti. With the reports on the lack of durability of the T|X, perhaps I should just unload mine now, while it’s still perfect, but I’ll probably just take my chances and see how long it lasts. The biggest limitation I’ve discovered thus far is it’s lack of support for modern WiFi encryption. I had to connect another AP so I could use the WiFi at home, where I don’t really need it, and won’t be able to use it at work.

My house is in a location lacking a cell phone signal and, with mountains all around, that’s not likely to change any time soon. I use a prepaid cell phone, saving hundreds of dollars a year over a standard dialing plan, so I have no interest in a smartphone. From what I’ve seen, the only real, affordable PDA left out there is the HP iPaq; I’m surprised no one has mentioned that device here. I’d be very interested in a Linux or Android-based device, though I doubt we’ll ever see Android on anything but smartphones. I would like to see a PDA that incorporates GPS, has almost instant access to standard PDA features, OpenOffice support, and WiFi. Video and MP3 support would be a plus, as would an FM receiver (how about a low-power transmitter, as well?) Wikipedia says that the market for smartphones was 150 million units, while that of non-phone PDAs was 3 million units. I guess I shouldn’t hold my breath.

rm42 - December 30, 2009

You may want to look into getting a Nokia N810 or an N800. They pretty much fill the bill for what you want. I can’t believe I didn’t discovered them earlier. I would have been so much happier with one of those over the Palm TX. Now, I have the N900 and I am in geek/PDA heaven. ๐Ÿ˜‰

9. Jan Gundtofte-Bruun - December 30, 2009

Just dropping in again, to report on Android. Basically, it’s a neat smart phone, but a pda it ain’t: there’s a phone book instead of an address book, and you can forget about instant-on.

To keep it short, let me refer you to my review over at Android Forums (see link below).

My biggest sob story is definitely the lack of handwriting recognition (oh how I miss thee), followed by the lack of application hardbuttons. For the record, I still keep my Treo with me for the things that Android just won’t do (such as a proper to-do list, shopping list, and outliner), and I regret having sold my Tungsten T3 (now that I have another phone, I would rather have had a T3 than a Treo).

http://androidforums.com/android-news-talk/11427-review-my-take-android-os-galaxy.html

10. Ryu Darragh - February 5, 2010

Curious. Still have my Palm T|X I got when it was first introduced and the only things I did wre to get the Rhino-Skin for it (with e-grips on the back to keep it from slip sliding away) and a blue tooth KB for it. Only problem I am having is the battery is once again losing it, so I’ll have to get another. Bit hadrer to replace the battery than with an iPod or iPhone, but it’s doable. One key was to get a utility that allows a BT earbud to record directly to the SD card and software that allows the use of SDHC cards. Voice memos๐Ÿ™‚ Too bad apple decided to cripple iPod Touch storage with no way to use SD cards with it. Using the SDHC drivers, I can use any size and have tested it with 4, 8, 16 and 32 GB cards (64s are still TFE). Them: “How much storage do you have on that T|X? Only 100MB, I hear.” Me: “I have unlimited storage. Terabytes, really. Just 32GB at a time.”

rm42 - February 6, 2010

All I can say is congratulations. I didn’t fare so well with my TXs. And I know that there are many in my situation.

11. Perry - May 28, 2010

I have everything from my first Palm onward in my TX and I’d like to keep things going, but the TX is dying. I’ve been looking for a solution that allows me to move all of my data to another PDA-like device (not my phone) and keep operating. I can sacrifice the handwriting recognition I guess and most of the apps I had on my TX have equivalents for my Android phone. I just don’t want to go back to the Franklin or Dayrunner paper-based system. Do I have to sacrifice that history and start over from zero?

rm42 - May 28, 2010

What data? Are you talking about calendar data or something else?

KlaymenDK - May 28, 2010

Hey, come on over to AndroidForums, that’s a much better place to seek help. (I’m not dissing this blog in any way, but a forum *is* more suited for responses to such a query.)

Alas, I don’t know of any app (pc or Android-based) that can convert your Palm Calendar data into Google Calendar format.๐Ÿ˜ฆ

A thread at Google Support is ambiguous; there’s no direct conversion but *maybe* you can make it via PalmDesktop->Yahoo->Outlook->Google. It doesn’t sound very reliable, does it?
(http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Calendar/thread?tid=2952265980c1b13d&hl=en)

Prepare yourself for the fact that Google is *far from* up to snuff compared to what you’re used to from Palm.:-/

rm42 - June 4, 2010
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LD - July 9, 2010

I have been using a palm TX for approximately 4 years and have never had a problem. My wife has a Ipod Touch and it’s a great little devise but there are still some things that my TX does quite well. It was mentioned that the screen can be replaced with a glass digitizer. Believe me all of your screen problems will go away. I was able to add a secondary browser from an old clie devise and it works quite well. SDHC driver plays the high end end cards up to 32GB. I have a 16GB card and that’s plenty. TCPMP for movies. It’s an old devise and technology moves on but for now I see no need to spend the money to replace it. Just my two cents.

13. ProSchool - August 15, 2011

I have and still use a TX for about 5 years, it works great.. I love that instant access to my data, still kicking * in this day and age!

rm42 - August 15, 2011

Do you use graffiti much? I can’t imagine how yours lasted this long.

14. Nigel Jennings - November 19, 2011

I concur with much of what has been said above. I still rely heavily on my aging Palm T3 which must be at least 7 years old. I love Graffiti and find no miniature qwerty keyboard as effective, certainly of the on-screen variety. I use my Nokia E71 to try to wean myself off the calendar and other standard apps, but the Symbian platform has nothing to touch the Palm and some truly excellent but sadly obsolete personal productivity apps. After much soul-searching I am minded to go for the iPhone mainly on the grounds of the best range of apps currently available, and also the available of third-party keyboard attachments.

I was wondering in particular whether there any other blogs where similar meaningful debate has occurred about Palm replacements?

15. mitsosmuses - December 7, 2011

I am the extremely happy owner of a Palm T3 I bought second hand on ebay in 2003. I was contracted as writer for an EC funded programme at the time but injured my back, which meant ordinary pc use was out of the question. The T3’s graffiti saved my bacon. I have practically only ever used graffiti on it (ie not keyboard) and it has done fabulously. I had to add PowerDigi last year as the digitiser threw a wobbly, but other than that it has been rock steady. It reminds me incessantly of when my bills have to be paid, VAT/tax forms to be submitted, birthdays/anniversaries etc. It has all my software registration data on it, my tax numbers and passwords, my contacts.

From a purchase that was just to get me through drafting/editing documents in Word (with Dataviz app) while I was laid up – which it did fantastically, NEVER corrupting files when going back and forth between MS Office and Palm Dataviz (corruption which easily occurs when going just from Office on one pc to another pc though!) – it has become THE tool for me. I have all tracking of my work projects stored in Smartlist databases (thousands of items). I have various medical tomes, dictionaries, reference works etc on it to help with work. By the time a pc would have run up, I have already lookedup what I wanted and added it to my text. This is the only thing I have ever used to be organised. Not to mention the MP3s on it (although mostly superseded by a small dedicated player), and games galore. And still resident memory to spare!

But today, a line suddenly appeared across the screen (funnily enough right after I had just thought “What a fab bit of gear this is, I wonder how much longer it will last?!) It is only a matter of time. The battery isn’t what it used to be either. But woe is me what to eventually replace it with?? I detest Microsoft and want nothing to do with it (just having to use a pc is enough MS for me). I guess I will have to research … but I really don’t think there is something out there that will simply replace it. I have a phone, don’t want another (or replacement). I have a laptop and PC, don’t want another. I want a Palm for the 21st century!

Jan Gundtofte-Bruun - December 8, 2011

mitsosmuses, on the chance that you read follow-ups:
I too want a Palm for the 21st century, but have accepted with a sad heart that such a thing does not exist. I’m not with Android, but it’s certainly a step down so don’t take this as an explicit recommendation.

What you can do is look up “Chris Short”, PDA repairman extraordinaire. His email address is –or at least used to be– “ips@chartermi.net”, but it’s been a while since I had business for him so he may have moved on. However, if anyone can fix your venerable but ailing T3, Chris is your man.

rm42 - December 8, 2011

I am sure you probably found my post on what I ended up getting right?

https://temporaryland.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/a-heaven-for-former-palm-users/

I am still using my old SmartLists on my N900 through the Garnet Virtual Machine on my N900. Of course, this is also a dead end since it seems that Access is not going to pursue further development of their Garnet VM. And, the Nokia is not going to pursue their Maemo/Meego strategy. That is why I have two N900’s. One in use, and the other one sitting in the box for when this one dies. By the time they both die, I hope that either a decent replacement has surfaced, or that I don’t care about the issue any more.๐Ÿ™‚

16. mitsosmuses - January 19, 2012

It’s so depressing … there can’t be so few of us surely? Why can’t they see there is a market for such a device? Do they really think Palm users just blindly stayed loyal to Palm?

Having left my Palm charged but unused over Christmas, the strange black line has miraculously disappeared (I’m happy about that!). But thanks for the link Jan, I will keep it in mind.

rm42, I did read what you got and was overjoyed that it works. I may go that route too … if my T3 dies, but as you say it’s a dead end ultimately. Palm users need another Steve Jobs!

rm42 - January 19, 2012

I can’t tell you how much I like my N900! I have recently made my first PyQt app and I love the fact that I can run it on my Linux and my Windows computers, using the same code! (I don’t have a MAC, but that would work too.) There is one more app I need to do and I will be able to ditch the Garnet OS forever. I should have it done in a couple of months.

I have two N900s. One is in the box waiting for the other one to die. So, I should have an N900 for the next few years. It is very well built. I hope that by the time I need a replacement something comparable will be on the market. For now, the only OS I see out there that interests me is MER:

http://www.merproject.org/

17. Olaf Ohman - July 3, 2012

Very interesting post and thread guys. I switched from Treo to Droid using B-Folders and replaced both the PDA and the ugly Palm Desktop:
http://www.jointlogic.com/b-folders/use/palm_replacement/

— Olaf

18. mitsosmuses - September 12, 2012

My Palm is still going … just! The battery barely lasts and the digitizer keeps doing it’s own thing. I hunted about for a Nokia but no luck. Now I see Samsung have some interesting gear. The only thing is I must be able to use smartlist, or something very similar. I haven’t got up to speed on the whole Android and cloud thing yet, the only thing I do know is that I want very little to do with the cloud stuff – my work involves editing confidential docs and none of the data should be available to anyone else basically. Any made the transfer from Palm to new Samsungs?

19. rm42 - September 12, 2012

Amazing that your Palm is still alive! But, if the digitizer is misfiring, it will probably not last much longer. I am not familiar with Android of iPhone enough to recommend any of them. I too like to work offline and the N900 gives me all that I need. If I were you, I would search for a used N900/N950/N9 and try to ride out the present lack of compelling devices. There are some interesting prospects for the future (early next year). Especially from a new company called Jolla:

20. John D - November 28, 2012

I’ve been a Palm user for a long time (from the old Palm III) and am still using a Palm TX – my old TX died earlier this year and I replaced it with another TX bought on ebay. One day I guess I’ll have to move on, but I’m happy with it for now!

rm42 - November 28, 2012

Amazing, truly amazing. Are you a heavy graffiti user? I know I was (and still am when using the garnet virtual machine). I love graffiti and wish it was available on my standard phone OS. But, I suspect that is why my both of my last TX screens didn’t last long. The screen on my N900 is much more solidly built.

mitsosmuses - December 22, 2012

Strange how the screens seem to have varied so much. I have only ever used Graffiti, I mean the whole time, using write anywhere screen. I reset the screen with PowerDigi at intervals, usually after a forced proper reset when it usually goes a bit doolally. The middle of the screen is a bit off but I still manage OK. I did see there is an Android app which allows you to write like with Graffiti (LOL, are we really so hooked on Palm?!). I find using a stylus pen so natural compared to absolutely anything else – I will find it hard to move away from that and go over to keyboard; handwriting recognition errors/handwriting errors are much fewer with a pen than my keyboard. I had a heated discussion with a guy on a photography forum about using a stylus/Wacom pen (I have not used a mouse since I bought a Wacom graphire waaaay back). He believed using a mouse was much easier/natural (???? Like cave man picking up lump of charcoal to do cave paintings? Oh well horses for courses).

I’ll keep going with my T3 for as long as I can… am thinking about testing out a Note 10.1 … but we’ll see. Trouble is there doesn’t seem to be a SmartListToGo database app as good as. I’d go for a new T3 battery, but knowing my luck, the screen would finally die the day after!

My friend did give me his old, less used T3 but the screen died on that shortly after. I am not sure how the battery is on it … must look into it. Still haven’t found a Nokia yet.

Living in hope something will come along. Seems there is enough of a customer base for someone to come along with something that isnt all singing all dancing, but more of a workhorse for lab techs, students etc. But I am not sure anyone is really listening (waaaaaaaaaaaah).

21. Nigel Jennings - December 1, 2012

Further to my reply at #14 above, I have just noticed rm42’s posting entitled “A heaven for former Palm users” of May 2010. I can’t imagine I had ever discovered that post on the Garnet VM app because it might have driven me there and then to go out and buy a Nokia N900. In the event, in early 2012 I went out and bought an iPhone 4s and pretty much have been a convert to the Dark Side ever since.

If people think it useful, I would be happy to write a short piece on my experiences with the iPhone compared to the Palm platform. I have also coped the essence of this reply to the TX posting. Let me know.

22. Jan Gundtofte-Bruun - December 22, 2012

@mitsosmuses, I’ve tried the Graffiti app for Android –it’s even made by Access!– but alas, it’s no good. It’s pretty much Graffiti v1. As an ex-diehard TealScript user (and as such used to a transparent full-screen input window, as well as user-creatable gestures), it’s more of a pain to use than just tapping on a virtual keyboard. Remember, you have to use your fat finger and not a nice stylus.
And yeah, I too wish there was less focus on glitz and Facebook, and more focus on actual usefulness! One can hope…

23. mitsosmuses - December 31, 2012

Jan, hope dies last as they say … although mine is petering out rapidly. As I say above, I have not used a mouse since the day I got the Wacom Graphire 2 – I always use the pen whenever editing photos, and often when editing documents electronically.

I am a medical editor. I still edit by hand, in real ink on real paper. I don’t make spelling mistakes with a pen, or corrupt the paper. Bearing in mind the fact I use my T3 sylus with the T3 every day whilst working, for completing evaluation forms in smartlist, looking up meds and stuff, making comments in forms, etc., I have very much experience with the handwriting recognition feature of T3 stylus and stylus use on Palm.
I want to go from editing paper docs by hand to editing pdfs ‘by hand’ (ie ink writing or text recognition, NOT typing). It would save on paper so much. And in conjunction, I’d like to do everything else that I now do on my Palm.

I decided to go see the Galaxy Note 10.1 for myself and have a play with the much lauded S-pen. I so much wanted to love this thing. However, it seems technology is actually going backwards. I wanted to cry – the pen (and the system really) seems to lag so much. I did just use it for writing in S Note (nothing much else it worked on in the basic setup). But the lag as compared with what I get when using T3 was very very noticeable. Even the response to simply touching the various app icons entailed a lag – I don’t get a lag with my ancient T3! And my T3 is 64 Mb all in! And fully loaded with programs.

So I think there is no hope after all for those of us who want a productive tool rather than a gadget which is jack of all trades, but not really much good at most.

I can see me having to go the way of a full blown tablet PC or very close to it. Wacom and Palm have spoilt me rotten for the past decade and my expectations are too high for today’s consumeristic approach to product development.

Let’s hope the new year will prove me wrong.

Happy New Year to all!


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