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Mail Starting 5/14/97
I love my PalmPilot. I use it all the time. I'm less happy about the Mac desktop software.
From: drkible@PacBell.COM (Daniel R. Kibler);
Sent at 5/14/97; 12:53:46 PM;
PalmPilot Mac Support
First it came many months after the windows version. It's also fat, slow and feature poor. The PIM requires 6MB RAM and the Hot Sync software another 6MB. The Pilot often times out when trying to connect to the desktop for Hotsync with an older Mac(e.g., 7100!). Then it takes more than a minute for the desktop software to cancel the operation so you can try again.
Now there is a "professional" upgrade. The destop upgrade is only available for windows. There appears to be no way to install the upgraded Pilot software from a Mac either. Who knows if and when there will be a Mac version.
I'm not surprised to hear that the Pilot is a success. I have one and love it. As a former Newton owner, I have some basis for comparison and I think USR learned from Apple mistakes.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Weidl);
Sent at 5/14/97; 9:46:52 AM;
The pilot is an electronic organizer, which is all most people need. It fits in my shirt pocket. If I wanted to carry a computer around, I'd carry my laptop, not a Newton. Thanks to Graffiti, the handwriting recognition is good. The Pilot offers decent desktop connectivity, whereas the Newton Connection Kit was one of the slowest pieces of software ever written. On top of all that, it's a third the price of the latest Newton.
What's the theme? *Good* functionality, plain and simple. Nothing fancy, just stuff that works.