PalmOne Zire 72 Reviews

Palm One Zire 72 HandheldAbout the Palm Zire 72 handheld
The Palm Zire 72 PDA is powered by the Palm OS 5.2.8 and uses the new 312MHz Intel PXA270 processor which automatically manages voltage and frequency changes for additional power savings. The handheld includes 32MB of RAM (24MB user-available) and the memory expansion slot accepts MMC, SD and SDIO cards.

The display is a square 320×320 pixel transflective TFT color display that supports over 65,000 colors. The Palm Zire 72 handheld has a built in 1.2 megapixel digital camera that can capture images in up to 1280×920 resolution with a 2x digital zoom and can be launched from the dedicated application button. The Zire 72 has built in bluetooth for wireless networking.

Palm Zire 72 Reviews

PCWorld has an PalmOne Zire 72 review and writes:

PalmOne’s $299 Zire 72 was obviously the brainchild of a committee in which everybody got what they suggested. The slim, royal blue-and-silver device is so jam-packed with hardware and software features that it’s the PDA for all reasons.For business, there are the usual Palm organizing apps, plus DataViz’s Documents to Go for viewing and editing Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets, Adobe Acrobat viewer for Palm, and other apps for recording voice memos and accessing the Web and e-mail. For leisure pursuits, there’s a built-in camera that takes photos and videos with sound, plus a RealOne MP3 player and stereo headphone jack.
The Palm Zire 72 PDA feels lightning-fast: Tasks like syncing and downloading apps took just a few seconds, and screens refresh snappily, without the noticeable pause we’ve experienced with other Palm models. The rechargeable lithium polymer battery lasts for about a week’s worth of use on one charge–even when the Bluetooth receiver is left on. Palm promises about 5 hours of uninterrupted MP3 music playback per charge. Of course, taking photos and video will consume battery life faster–as will viewing your creations on the Zire’s bright, dazzling color screen.

Considering the many features packed into its diminutive chassis and its snappy performance, the PalmOne Zire 72 handheld is a bargain at $299.

“Tired of carrying around your old Palm Vx, an MP3 player, and a digital camera? If so, the sleek PalmOne Zire 72 handheld is ready for you with a rich display, MP3 playback, and most notably, a built-in 1.2-megapixel camera. This is a solid PDA from Palm that will help keep you organized and even makes room for you to have a little fun.

The Zire 72 replaces the Palm Zire 71 in the palmOne product lineup. The new model weighs just 4.8 ounces and measures 4.6 by 3 by 0.7 inches (HWD). The Palm Zire 72 offers several noticeable improvements over the outgoing model, such as the new Intel PXA27x processor, which provides better multimedia support. It also comes with 32MB RAM (of which 24MB is usable, a fair amount) and Bluetooth.

Great PDA functionality, a convenient built-in camera, and fine audio playback make the Zire 72 a welcome choice for people who want a little bit more from their PDA.

From PCMagazine review of PalmOne Zire 72 handheld

PocketLint writes about the Palm Zire 72 (review):

Seems the mantra of the ‘cheap and low tech’ Zire range, from PalmOne, is a refrain no longer being sung. The latest Zire, the 72, has features to challenge the Tungsten range, and is certainly well worth looking at more closely before decisions are made about which PalmOne to buy

In the verdict of this PalmOne Zire 72 review, they consider this Palm device as a lovely handheld machine: “The Palm Zire 72’s sleek, light, action packed and functional. Nevertheless a lovely way to arrange your work, rest and play. ”

BargainPDA’s review of PalmOne Zire 72 handheld:
“The very first thing I noticed about the Zire 72 after freeing it from its blister-pack was the overall design changes compared to the Zire 71. Gone is the large, rounded case resembling the entry-level Zire models. The 72 is slimmer, sleeker, and has gotten a brilliantly eye-catching redesign. ”

Pros noticed: Sleek and stylish design , the integrated 1.2 megapixel digital camera and bluetooth wireless feature.

“Like its predecessor, thePalm Zire 72 is a good consumer unit with a few flaws–and with the addition of wireless and a boost in the camera, it makes a very attractive mid-range option in spite of them.”

InfoSyncWorld’s opinion about the palm zire 72:

“The Palm Zire 72 inherits almost everything we liked about the Zire 71, and improves in a number of areas. The software integration, especially of the multimedia features, is solid throughout. The inclusion of previously Tungsten-only features, such as Documents To Go, VersaMail, and the new PIM suite, is very welcome. Add to that the most well-rounded Bluetooth support we’ve seen on a Palm OS device and the Zire 72 adds up to one solid handheld. On the flip-side, the battery life is poor and the over-reliance on Windows Media Player 9 may cause issues. Still, the Zire 72 handheld is a solid and forceful mid-range competitor. “

Also CNET Reviews the Palm Zire 72 and writes:
“As the popular Zire 71 goes into retirement, the Palm Zire 72 is here to take its place. Boasting more memory and a faster processor, the PalmOne Zire 72 also lets you take photos and videos, connect to devices via Bluetooth, listen to music, and watch videos. Its eye-catching blue design and its multimedia capabilities will appeal to young professionals who want a device that can get the work done but still leaves room for fun. However, if you’re looking for a product with a more business-oriented agenda, the $300 Zire faces tough competition from the Sony CLIE PEG-TJ37, which offers similar features (integrated camera, video and audio playback) and includes Wi-Fi.”

The Zire 72 is a fun excellent multimedia machine and power organizer with a great screen. It improves upon and corrects a number of issues and shortcomings with the Zire 71. The new top of the line Zire has a lot to offer hardware wise with an excellent balance of quality software.

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