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Samsung SPH-i500 Coming to Sprint Soon

SPH-i500 Sprint PCS is listing the SPH-i500 as “coming soon” on its web site. This smartphone runs Palm OS 4.1 on a 66 MHz processor and has 16 MB of RAM. It’s 3.4 by 2.1 by .85 inches when closed and weighs 4.5 ounces. Sprint will offer this device for $600.

It shouldn’t be confused with the SGH-i500, which runs Palm OS 5.2 on a 300 MHz processor. It has 32 MB of RAM, an integrated digital camera with flash, and an SD slot.

Great Deals Available on the Web

eCost has a SMART 128MB CompactFlash card for $30, plus there is a manufacturer’s mail-in rebate, further reducing the cost to just $15.

Those who spend $200 or more at the Palm Store will receive a $25 coupon with mail-in rebate that can be used on their their next purchase. (Get more details.)

DataViz Announces PDA Playground

PDA Playground is a Palm OS application designed to entertain children ages 3-7 with six classic games while protecting their parent’s important handheld data. Once the application is launched, a password is required to exit the program, which means that children can safely play one of the six included games without having access to any other applications on the device. Parents can add additional applications to the PDA Playground so that children can use the Notepad, for example.

The included games are Draw, Paint, Match, FollowMe, PuzzlePath, and ScratchOff. PDA Playground is available for $19.95. For more information or to purchase the program, please visit the DataViz web site.

HanDBase Applet Design Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the 2003 HanDBase Applet Design Contest sponsored by DDH Software have just been announced. First Place went to Thomas Willson for Projects Solution; Second Place was won by Dr. JS Berrington for the RCA Anesthetic Logbook; and the Third Place finisher was Baxter Camp, with the Home Inventory Master.

For more information about HanDBase, a database and form builder application for Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds, please visit the DDH Software web site.

Psion Gives Up on EPOC

Psion was once a major player in handhelds in Europe with its EPOC operating system. However, in 2001 it announced it would stop making handhelds for the consumer market, though it still made them for industrial uses. And now it has completely abandoned the EPOC operating system. Its next generation netBook will run Windows CE.

The netBook is a keyboard-based mobile computer for the enterprise. It offers sub-notebook size, a durable design, and is instant-on. The current version with EPOC is available from Expansys.

79media Releases Crash 2.0 For Palm OS Handhelds

79media has released Crash 2.0, an upgrade to their popular freeware utility for Palm OS handhelds that more gracefully handles “crashes.” When a crash is intercepted by the application, an image is briefly displayed before an automatic soft reset is performed.

An enhanced version of the application called Crash Pro has also been released, which includes the ability to select different images and logging of crashes on Palm OS3 and OS4 devices. Crash Pro sells for $5.99, though a free license can be obtained by submitting additional images for the application to the 79media website at crash@79media.com.

The new versions now include support for Palm OS 5 devices. It is available from PalmGear.

Find Handheld Reviews at PDAReviewSpot.com

PDAReviewSpot.com is a new website with links to written reviews and price comparisons of the latest models of mobile computing devices by such manufacturers as Palm, Hewlett-Packard, Handspring, Sony, and Toshiba, among others. It collects reviews from sites like Brighthand, Palm Infocenter, News.com, and others.

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