I’ve been playing with my new Palm TX. The differences between it and the iPaq are huge. I think, once I’m used to it, I’ll like the Palm better, but right now it’s frustrating the hell out of me.
As far as reading with Mobipocket, it works about the same, but it looks better on the Palm. That could be due, in part, to having a far from high end iPaq. Whatever the reason, it’s a step up as far as ebook reading.
What’s killing me is the apparent inability to dig deeper as far as functions and stuff. (Yeah, “and stuff” is a technical term.) For instance, the iPaq has File Explore, which allowed me to see, and access, any file on the handheld, regardless of the application. On the Palm I have to open the application to see it’s related files.
It’s not horrible, but I had put Adobe for Palm on here, along with a PDF book. After opening it I remembered how much I hate PDF and blew Adobe out. Now I can’t seem to find out if the PDF book is still on here or not.
I assume it’s just me. I mean there has to be a way to access a list of files, right? Other minor issues—there’s no X-ing out of an application. Like when you’re done with Calendar, there’s no X to close it out. You have to hit the home button, I guess. And the = sign being where the backspace goes on this foldable keyboard is killing me. I think I have to mess with my router and stuff to connect the wi-fi, and I’m just not that technical. Can’t find “select all” in Word to Go.
Plus, when I sync, it sends whatever files I had on the Palm…somewhere. I found some of them in My Docs. So now I have this paranoia about it overwriting desktop files of the same name. The iPaq put everything in it’s designated file.
One big plus (for me, anyway)—I think once I’ve got the hang of it and have memorized all the characters, the Graffiti 2 on the Palm will be a much more efficient handwriting recognition thing than the iPaq had. While it might seem that making each character individually instead of just scrawling a sentence across the screen would be slower, it actually makes fewer mistakes.
Of course the biggest thing this Palm has going for it over the iPaq is that the iPaq’s battery had died to the point it would only give me about ten minutes before demanding to be put back on the charger.
We’ll see how it goes.