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Palm LifeDrive Mobile Manager

The LifeDrive mobile manager from palmOne is the perfect companion for your digital lifestyle. With a 4 GB hard drive, extra-sharp high-resolution col...

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Review of "Palm LifeDrive Mobile Manager"

published 30/04/2006 | stobbie66
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"Palm LifeDrive Warning!"

I bought a Palm Life Drive a few months ago and am still living with it, although there have been a few times when I have wanted to throw it with all the force I can muster from my office window. Having been a Windows PDA user I migrated to the Palm Life drive from reading reviews but never actually using one in anger. Having done so I have to say as soon as I can justify spending some money on a new PDA I will without any hesitation.

Anyway, let's begin with the review.

1) The Case

The Palm feels well made, the case appears to be manufactured partly from metal and there are no creaks or squeaks when you apply gentle pressure to the device. The device is ipod-style in design with a simple formed case without many obvious buttons.

2) The Buttons

The on-off button is at the top of the case and requires a sideways sliding motion to operate. The devise is quite easy to switch on however sometimes when you wish to switch it off it doesn't seem to respond and a couple of attempts are required in order to deactivate the device.

A button on a side of the case allows the orientation of the screen to switch from landscape to portrait mode which whiles this would seem a good feature is something which I seldom use.

Other buttons, which are nicely flush to the case, allow navigation around menus and quick selection of specific applications.

3) The Screen

The screen is of good quality and a pleasure to use both inside and outside (although full sunshine is a bit of a problem).

4) Interaction with the Device

Interaction is either done in a limited fashion via the front panel buttons or via the stylus. The stylus is of good quality, made a metal and feels really nice in the hand. It has a nifty mechanism which allows it to increase in length when it is extracted from the top of the device. You are able to use the palm style graffiti interface to enter information, which is something which as an ex-pocket pc person I seldom do, or you can activate a "software" on screen keypad. This works reasonably well, however does take up one third of the screen when it is displayed, which is a shame.

5) Memory Capacity

The large amount of onboard memory (4 Gb) is useful and has enabled me to transport some quite large documents around which has proven useful. A IBM micro drive is where your data is stored and while this does offer the advantage of high data storage this comes at a price - lower battery life with increased use and slow speed - more on these things later.

6) Battery Life

Battery life is quite good. I can get a week's reasonable use out of the device on one charge, however this does diminish if you are transferring large files when using applications or transferring from a PC.

7) Operation and Application Performance

The applications which the Life Drive comes with are quite decent. It has support for Word and Excel documents, a reasonable email system and a diary system, amongst others.

Unfortunately The Palm Life Drive is very very slow indeed. You can click on an icon to launch an application or save a file and there is a noticeable delay of a few seconds before anything appears to happen. This becomes highly annoying only after a few hours of use. This single fact really lets down what could have been a very good PDA.

The Life Drive has WIFI connectivity - which is one of the main reasons I bought it. However, the WIFI connectivity is a bit of a pain to get to work sometimes. At home I can connect to my LAN fine, but at work the Life Drive often fails to connect, while other Windows based PDAs in the office have no problem.

One final thing regarding the device is that it crashes and reboots on average of about once a month, which while not being a "show stopper" is also annoying.

8) Summary

In summary, then my advise would be to look elsewhere for a quality PDA. When I bought this product a large selling point was the large amount of internal memory, However, memory prices are falling fast and I would suggest a different device with a third partly memory card would be the way to go.


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  • newty1977 published 30/04/2006
    Hi and welcome to Ciao. This is the basis of a good review and I have rated it as helpful, but to get a VH or E, more info on it's features, options and functionality would really assist. If you do up-date this review, please leave me a message in my public guest book and I will be happy to re-rate it for you. Thanks ;-)
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Product Information : Palm LifeDrive Mobile Manager

Manufacturer's product description

The LifeDrive mobile manager from palmOne is the perfect companion for your digital lifestyle. With a 4 GB hard drive, extra-sharp high-resolution color display and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, you can easily manage, access and share your documents and media files. Includes email support, plus MP3 player and photo viewer. Drag and drop thousands of files from your PC. LifeDrive Manager does the synchronizing for you, preserving your PC's directory structure and ensuring you always have the most recent versions of your documents safely with you. You can store and access years of email, thousands of documents, presentations and photos, hundreds of songs and hours of video... The non-volatile memory keeps your information safe. Stay connected via your mobile phone or at public Wi-Fi hotspots. Access your POP, IMAP and Exchange email accounts and browse the web. Or, use Bluetooth to connect to compatible devices nearby. View photos and videos with the palmOne Media application. And enjoy all the songs in your personal music collection with on-board support for MP3 files. Rehearse your PowerPoint presentation, on your way to a meeting. Keep all of your important Word and Excel documents at your fingertips. Synchronize and view an Acrobat file.

Product Details

Product Description: Palm LifeDrive Mobile Manager - handheld - Palm OS Garnet 5.4 - 4 GB - 3.8"

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Palm OS Garnet 5.4

Display: 3.8" colour TFT - 320 x 480

Processor: Intel XScale

Processor Clock Speed: 416 MHz

HDD Capacity: 4 GB

Total User Available Memory: 3.85 GB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth, 802.11b

Dimensions (WxDxH): 7.3 cm x 1.9 cm x 12.1 cm

Weight: 193 g

Colour: Silver

RAM: 64 MB

User Available Memory: RAM: 45.4 MB

General

MPN: 1044ML, 1044NA, 1044ML-KIT

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Palm OS Garnet 5.4

Display

Type: 3.8" colour TFT ( transflective )

Resolution: 320 x 480

Colour Depth: 16-bit (64k colours)

Processor

Processor: Intel XScale

Processor Clock Speed: 416 MHz

Memory

HDD Capacity: 4 GB

ROM: 16 MB

Total User Available Memory: 3.85 GB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

Compatibility: SDIO

User Available Memory: RAM: 45.4 MB

RAM: 64 MB

Communications

Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth, 802.11b

Multimedia

Audio: Microphone , speaker

Supported Digital Audio Formats: MP3

Input Device

Type: Touch-screen, 5-way navigation button

Software

Preloaded Software: Note Pad, Calculator, Expense, Security, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Windows Media Player, World clock, Memos, SMS, Palm Desktop 4.1 for PC, QuickTime, Voice Memo, Bluetooth Manager, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Dialer, Favorites, Files, Palm Desktop 4.1 for MAC, palmOne Media, eReader for Palm OS, DataViz Documents To Go 7 Professional Edition, Blazer 4.0, Palm VersaMail 3.1, WiFile LT, Camera Companion, PocketTunes, Handmark Solitaire, LifeDrive

System Requirements for PC Connection

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP, Apple MacOS X 10.2.6, Apple MacOS X 10.3

Expansion and Connectivity

Expansion Slots: 1 x SD Memory Card

Interfaces: 1 x headphones ¦ 1

Power

Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz ), AC 120 V ( 60 Hz )

Battery

Technology: Lithium Ion

Capacity: 1660 mAh

Miscellaneous

Colour: Silver

Included Accessories: Power adapter , protection bag, stylus

Cables Included: 1 x USB cable

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 7.3 cm

Depth: 1.9 cm

Height: 12.1 cm

Weight: 193 g

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