Pros:Compact and lightweight (really pocket);
Cons:lack of connectivity
The Bottom Line: Rating is based on lack of connectivity to other devices. I thought it is not important. Now I think different. Judge your needs wisely, do not make my mistakes.
WHAT IS GOOD:
*Size/weight 5+: +It is literally POCKET device. It does not pull off your shirt pocket and is not bulky in pants' pocket (my wallet or pack of cigarettes is bulkier).
+It has sturdy & sleek metal case(hope it will never break as my previous Compaq Aero).
-Engraved button pictograms are hard to recognize (if you are not familiar what they are)
*It has reprogrammable ROM 4: you may upgrade OS if Microsoft & Toshiba will decide to support this device in future.
*Battery life 5:
+It is really EXCELLENT. After 4 hours reading the book (backlight was on), battery indicator showed about 50%. It seems Toshiba keeps its promise for 7hr operational.
*Sync over USB 5: +In comparison with COM port synchronization (my Aero experience) it is really fast.
WHAT IS NOT GOOD:
* Screen contrast 4: under external light source (like daylight) it is bad. But I guess it is about the same as other devices with color TTF screen. And one more positive notice - color TTF with backlight makes a difference!!!
* -Record button is easy to push when you carry e310 in the pocket(event if it is inside its slip case).
* Software 3 (I guess applicable to all Pocket PC 2002):
-it syncs with Outlook only (I have Outlook on my PC solely to backup contacts & appointments from my Pocket PC. A little bit overkill, isn't it? And it does not handle properly past events, when synchronizing after event due, it is needed to dismiss alarm one more time.
-In Pocket PC 2002 OS Microsoft dropped out repetitive alarms!!! If you missed important meeting alarm or did not wake up it rang first time, you really missed it. Though I saw some software on pocketgear.com (~ $14) which returns that feature back. And its volume is low! No chance it will wake up me in the morning for important meeting I forgot as my previous Aero.
- The same bugs I saw in WinCE 3.0 (Compaq Aero 1500), I can see in Pocket PC 2002 (but they are minor). The great thing they did, is fixing infrared port drivers. Now it can communicate with Palms and cell phones.
*Audio recording/playback is mediocre 2. I can see, it is a drawback of all pocket/palm devices. Amazing, they keep pumping it up with multimedia features but did not bore to
*Memory 3: It has only 32MB RAM
* It has only SD expansion slot and SD memory cards are more expensive than Compact Flash. I heard from Toshiba support and read some reviews that it supports up to 128MB
only. And it does not really fully support SD standard, you may have problems with using future SD devices (see also what is bad below).
WHAT IS BAD:
*Extensibility 1: Want to browse Internet (like finding a restaurant in unknown city, lookup what movies are going on in local theater or just find directions on MapBlast when you get lost), send and receive e-mail on your way, or use GPS to navigate your car (my friends who use it say it is really cool, you cannot feel it if you did not try)?
There are only two ways to connect to external devices like cell phone or GPS: 1) infrared port, 2) blue tooth SD card (extra $200 plus Blue Tooth enabled device you what to connect to). Even if you find SD device, which you can directly connect to your Toshiba, you would not be able to use SD slot for memory card (and you will need it with 32MB RAM only). Before I bought e310, I though I would not need anything extra like wireless internet and it seamed to me fair price for functionality offered. But when I changed my mind it was too late to return it back.
*Customer support 1: The person who answered my call was aggressive. To most of my questions (I tried to figure out whether this device can be connected to anything other than desktop PC) he answered "we do not support it" and "it is proprietary information" (May be I got connected to their law department instead of customer support :-) ). He refused to confirm that connection slot (used to connect to cradle) is actually USB client (information is present in one of their online booklet). He said that SD slot supports only SD memory cards up to 128MB and they do not support other devices including Toshiba's SD Blue Tooth card (their web site and advertisement booklet say opposite). So, they called it SD slot (it just sells better, right?), but they do not go to conform with SD standard, Isn't that cute? My overall impression: may be I picked up not bad device, but the company is definitely wrong.
Great bargain for the price if you do not think to mate it with external hardware. But think again don't you?
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Amount Paid (US$): ~250