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Palm Zire 31

The Zire 31 handheld from palmOne gives you outstanding organization at an affordable price. Take, for example, its bright, easy-to-read color screen....

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Review of "Palm Zire 31"

published 26/08/2005 | rob_daboss
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Pro Good Price, Ease of Use, Good Features, Portable (Lightweight), Good Battery Life
Cons Poor Durability, Low Memory Capacity, Manual Needs Improvement
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"PalmOne Zire 31 - Great Item or Just A Palm Off?!"

This PDA I found to be good in many ways, but also to have some disadvantages.


Good Price - This PDA retails for around the £120 mark and it can even be purchased for cheaper with some retailers - £120 for a PDA is great value, considering that most of them retail for above £200.

Ease of Use - I found this model to be easy to use - a good menu that is accessable easily - plus icons on the home screen. The buttons are also easy to understand and are labeled very well.

Good Features - For the price this PDA has some really handy features including:

Contacts, Calendar, World Clock, Memos, Tasks, Calculator, Expense1, Prefs, Note Pad. Additional software included: RealOne Mobile Player, palmOne Photos, Audible, Handmark Splash Money® and Mobile DB, powerOne Calculator, Palm Reader, AddIt, Solitaire.

Portable (Lightweight) - This item is great for carriage, its small and can fit into the palm of your hand (as the name suggests) - it will easily fit into your pocket and comes complete with a cover to protect it. It only weighs 4.1 oz. / 116.23 Grams.

Good Battery Life - This PDA comes complete with a rechargeable battery that can be charged on mains. It's a 'Lithium Ion Polymer 900mAh battery' and therefore, fully charged, will last for up to a week depending on the applications that you use. For example listening to music will use more battery life rather than using the calculator!!


Poor Durability - I personally found this product to not be great for durability - however this does not mean that you will get your product and it won't last for 5 years! My PDA only lasted for about 6 months before the screen gathered a 'crack' and therefore a large 'orange blob' formed on the screen and basically the screen needed replacing - I don't know if the damage was self-inflicted, however I did not drop the PDA and was always careful with it - so it was a mystery!

Low Memory Capacity - The memory that comes with the PDA is 16MB - which is not a lot if you wish to play songs etc. However the plus side to this is that you can purchase memory cards and use them to increase your memory, these usually vary in price depending on the size and the retailer (from £10 upwards).

Manual Needs Improvement - I did not find the manual to be great - there wasn't a great deal of information in it. However 'Palmones' website has some further information on the product and they also provide customer support via telephone and email.

You can purchase accessories for the product including expansion cards (memory) and stereo headphones to listen to music with. You can also purchase applications and games to use with the product - some of which are really good fun!


Dimensions: 4.4 inches by 2.9 inches by 0.6 inches
Weight: 4.1 ounces
Memory: 16MB (14MB actual storage capacity)
Operating System: Palm OS v5.2.8
Processor: 200Mhz Intel ARM-based processor
Screen: 160x160 color STN display with contrast and brightness controls. Supports thousands of colors
Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Polymer 900mAh battery
Expansion Slot: Supports MultiMediaCard, SD and SDIO expansion cards, sold separately
HotSync Cable: Standard Mini-USB connector
5-way Navigator Button: Access information with just one hand
Stereo Headphone Jack: Accepts standard 3.5mm stereo headphone plug. Headphones not included.

In The Box:

Zire™ 31 Handheld w/ Rechargeable Battery


Protective Flip Lid

Mini-USB HotSync® Cable

Power Supply Cable

Desktop Software CD-ROM with Palm™ Desktop 4.1 PIM software, bonus Software Essentials software, and interactive tutorial

Easy, 3-step setup instructions and electronic Getting Started Guide

Overall Summary:

I think this is a great product for the first time buyer - I would recommend it and it is bundles of fun!!

Best Wishes,

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  • RICHADA published 28/08/2005
    Tell you what Rob, that's a cracking good first review! I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of VH's I given to a first review, that's how highly I rate this. Please stick around on here, have a great time and carry on publishing reviews like that! I've put you on alert so that I get to read your future reviews - a couple more like this and you'll be joining my COT - I need a few more male members - it's full of very attractive young ladies right now! All the best Richard.
  • Lynnie27 published 26/08/2005
    Great review, excellent product too :-) Lynn
  • ray52 published 26/08/2005
    Hi and a warm welcome to ciao. Some super info there in your first, well-written review. I hope you enjoy the ciao experience, as I do. Ray
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Product Information : Palm Zire 31

Manufacturer's product description

The Zire 31 handheld from palmOne gives you outstanding organization at an affordable price. Take, for example, its bright, easy-to-read color screen. Or the wide range of organizational features - from contacts and calendar to memos and a note pad. Not to mention the MP31 player that lets you carry your tunes wherever you go. An Agenda view lets you stay ahead of your day, and the ability to attach a photo to a contact means you can always put a name with a face. Synchronization with Outlook and color-coded categories make it easy to track your schedule - and everyone else's, too. Manage your money, track car maintenance, view photos - then play a game, read a book, even listen to audio books2. It all comes right in the box. Listen to your tunes on the go using the speaker, or add stereo headphones1. Play MP3s while you're scheduling appointments, adding contacts, or just enjoying a spare moment. With software included in the box, you can use your desktop keyboard to enter information to your Windows or Mac computer, then transfer it to your Zire 31 handheld. That way your information is always safe and secure.

Product Details

Product Description: Palm Zire 31 - handheld - Palm OS 5.2.8

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Palm OS 5.2.8

Display: STN - 160 x 160

Processor: Intel

Processor Clock Speed: 200 MHz

RAM: 16 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

Dimensions (WxDxH): 7.4 cm x 1.6 cm x 11.2 cm, 7.4 cm x 1.5 cm x 11.2 cm

Weight: 116 g

Pricing Type: Academic

Localisation: United Kingdom, Norway, United Kingdom, Ireland

Location: GPS


MPN: P80708ML1, P80708ML3, P80708ML1-BTS, P80708ML1-GPS-UK, P80708ML1-GPS-NOR, P80708ML1-GPS-UK2

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Palm OS 5.2.8


Type: STN, STN ( semi-transmissive ), STN ( transmissive )

Resolution: 160 x 160


Processor: Intel

Processor Clock Speed: 200 MHz


RAM: 16 MB


Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

Compatibility: SDIO

Input Device

Type: 5-way navigation button


Preloaded Software: Note Pad, Calculator, Palm Reader, Expense, Security, Calendar, Contacts, Solitaire, Tasks, AudiblePlayer, World clock, Memos, RealOne Player, Palm Desktop Software 4.1, Handmark MobileDB, HandMark Super Solitaire 15, SplashMoney

System Requirements for PC Connection

OS Required: Apple MacOS 9.2.2, Apple MacOS X 10.2, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Apple MacOS X 10.3

System Requirements Details: MacOS X 10.2 - HDD 25 MB ¦ MacOS X 10.3 - HDD 25 MB ¦ Windows 98/2000/ME/XP - HDD 60 MB

Expansion and Connectivity

Expansion Slots: 1 x SD Memory Card

Interfaces: 1 x headphones ¦ 1


Technology: Lithium polymer


Included Accessories: Power adapter , protective cover, stylus

Cables Included: 1 x USB cable

Pricing Type: Academic

Localisation: United Kingdom, Norway, United Kingdom, Ireland

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 7.4 cm

Depth: 1.6 cm, 1.5 cm

Height: 11.2 cm

Weight: 116 g


Audio: Speaker

Supported Digital Audio Formats: MP3


Receiver: GPS

Software Included: ViaMichelin Navigation


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