Finally, the perfect PDA for me
Written: Aug 13, 2003
a Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Size, Battery Life, screen, speed, memory, new design, good camera with capture light
Cons:No Bluetooth or Wi-fi
The Bottom Line: If you are looking for a really good Personal Information Manager along with lots of added multi media features and a camera, this is your unit.
This review is more for people familiar with Clies and more of a detailed comparison to previous NX models, I do get as detailed as I can.
I am very happy with the features this unit packs in to such a small device!
First let me tell you about the body of the NX80. It is shorter then the previous NX models, and of about equal thickness. Yet it actually offers a better form factor because you can close the Compact Flash card slot. It is easily pocketable, and I feel the buttons are better placed then previous models. The top of the unit holds the camera. On the left side you will find the camera capture button which is used as the camera only unless you designate another function to it. I like that because I use to have the voice recorder go off while in my pocket. The back button and jogdial features are below that, and the power/hold button below the jog dial. That is a better location and better functioning because again, the NX80 won't turn itself on while in your pocket. The right side of the unit has the headphone jack and a record switch below it, and below the record switch you have the memory Stick Slot. It is a better location for the MS slot, when it was on top, the sticks tended to pop out, this dosen't happen on the NX80. The bottom has your synch/charge slot.
The keyboard has the keys better spaced than the previous models, and they are backlit. Unfortunately there is still no number line of keys, you have to hold one button to be able to key in a number.
The cradle is the same color and texture as the unit, it sports the USB cable, and charge slot for the charger cable on the back, and a little holster for the stylus.
The Stylus Goes in on the top right side It is retractable, so when it is compact it is really miniature and easy to lose, so hold onto it, when it is in full mode it is the size of the regular Clie Stylus.
About the screen, when I first opened it, it looked as bright as my NX70 was, when I touched the brightness control, I was surprised to find it was only half bright....full brightness blew my mind.
I tried the 1.3 megapixel camera immediately, and although it still dosen't replace my regular digital, it is perfect to capture those candid moments I could use a camera for. I took this to a concert, and it worked great for me. The capture light isn't great, but it is decent....so far I have used it more for a flashlight then anything.
Speed is excellent. The 200 MHz Intel processor is awesome for videos, and high graphic video games, no bloops, skips, jumps or hesitations, and it handles music play great while playing with other features. Speaking of music, the NX80 includes the remote and earbuds for music listening. I have to say this device delivers CD quality from MP-3 files, it is GREAT!!
NX80 has 32 megabytes of memory, 15.5 is user accessible. Memory is sufficient for me, as I like to use memory sticks for memory hog programs. Some may say it still isn't enough, but the memory that is being used for the system includes Netfront Browser, Cliemail, camera apps, and many more useful programs so it is definitely not being wasted.
The Operating system is Palm OS 5. It uses Graffiti 2 for input, or Decuma for more natural writing recognition. The Graffiti 2 had a short learning curve, there are 3 letters that kept making me misspell, I, K, and T. Once you have them correct all the time, you can write just as fast as the old Graffiti. Decuma is not my thing, I am a sloppy writer, others say it is great....I'll stick to my familiar graffiti.
OS 5 was developed with quicker processers for enhancement of the Audio Visual features previous Palms didn't offer. There is currently an OS 6 being developed that apparently concentrate on Wireless.
In conclusion, I had bought a few Pocket PC's in the past because of the enhanced graphics and A/V features, when Palm caught up, I jumped right back to it because I prefer a simpler operating system, it is of course firstly my PIM, and then I enjoy playing with my added features with games, books, music and video. Thats why this became the perfect package for me, it has everything I want and NEED, and a few features that I may want later.
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Amount Paid (US$): 469.00