PalmOne LifeDrive PDA Reviews

Palm LifeDrive PDALifeDrive Mobile Manager features a huge 4 GB hard drive and supports both Bluetooth wireless and Wi-Fi wireless.

PalmOne Life Drive Reviews
There are a some good reviews of this great handheld. The most important are described below.

The Pocket Lint review of the Life Drive PDA states:

The main selling point of the LifeDrive has to be its screen. Measuring 3.8 inches, the screen has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, which isn’t as strong as some of the latest Pocket PC offerings but it’s bright and images are crisp.
Moving into an already a saturated market is a brave move for PalmOne but the LifeDrive is set to face stiff competition. Not only are the likes of Sony and Apple established players, with smartphones sporting 3 to 4GB hard drives on the horizon, the size and weight of the LifeDrive won’t appeal to those users looking for a player they can have swinging from around their neck. True, the LifeDrive works well and the large screen is nice but in reality it doesn’t have that WOW factor we’re all after.

Let’s see what other guys have to say about this handheld:

Bargain PDA reviewed the PalmOne LifeDrive and writes:

The biggest feature of the Lifedrive, the 4 GB internal hard drive, is a mixed blessing. I love the huge storage capability, which offers a lot of different options. But the performance hit in both speed and battery life is disappointing. Still, if you want major storage, this is the only way to go on Palm OS.
the Lifedrive is a one of a kind model, for which you usually have to expect higher pricing. It’s also currently the only option for dual wireless on PalmOS, which commands a hefty premium. I’m not neccessarily saying I like it, and I would very much like to see a model with the dual-wireless and large battery capacity without the microdrive selling for $300. But in the interim, the Lifedrive packs in a lot, even if I wish it were cheaper.

So the Dual wireless feature, the large storage capacity of Life Drive PDA, the metal casing and the large battery is appreciated while the size and price are considered as a disadvantage.

The Bottom Line of this review:
“A unique high-end model with a lot of features, some trade-offs, and a big price tag.”

The Micro Magic Labs review of this PalmOS device called “Test Driving the Life Drive” writes:
“The first thing you notice about the PalmOne LifeDrive is the rounded corners. Every corner on the LifeDrive PDA, except for the Home and Files buttons is rounded. The next thing you notice is the way the back of the unit slopes inward. This feature makes the PalmOne LifeDrive Handheld very comfortable to hold — more comfortable in fact than a lot of smaller, thinner machines.

You might also notice that the new Palm One LifeDrive feels rather warm in your hands. That’s the 4GB hard drive and huge battery churning away. In fact, most of the LifeDrive’s backplate is covered by air holes to help cool the hard drive and battery. It never gets overly warm except when it’s recharging or rebooting but it will usually become at least noticeably warm during normal use.”

The hard drive on the LifeDrive is power hungry. Even though the device comes with a huge battery, the hard drive, wi-fi, and Bluetooth generally conspire to eat up battery life. The nice thing about the hard drive is that it makes battery life a little less important. Sure, you need to preserve enough juice so you can actually use the LifeDrive but you don’t have to worry about losing any data if the battery runs dry.

One another great review of the palmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager PDA comes from Trusted Reviews:

The LifeDrive is well named. The idea is that instead of scrabbling to fit all of your stuff onto your device, as you do with most PDAs, you’re able to just dump your life onto it – pictures, music, videos, and all, without having to think about it. This is thanks to a 4GB Hitachi Micro Drive, (3.85GB of formatted capacity to be precise)…
Conclusion:
All in all then, I was very taken with the LifeDrive and for me it supersedes my previous favourite the Dell Axim X50v. The good news is that you can pick it up online for around £300, which is a lot less than you’d pay for a decent Pocket PC with Wi-Fi and a 4GB Compact Flash card.

The biggest problem for me is that audio playback isn’t slick enough for it to replace my iPod, except for short journeys. Removing the skipping when switching apps and adding in a remote would be good moves. This aside the LifeDrive can do an awful lot very well. It’s not perfect but the large capacity, full feature set and its sheer usability make the LifeDrive so useful you’ll soon forgive its flaws.

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