Back in May of 2004, I picked up Playskool’s latest PDA for my young son. He really enjoyed the unit, even with some of its shortcomings, like the limited software bundle. The PDA recently met with disaster though, chocolate milk and PDA circuitry do not go well together, so we found ourselves in the market for a new one.
The PDA market truly has hit the wall though. Almost two years later, Playskool is yet to update their PDA offering. Further, from what I can tell, they don’t even have an updated firmware on their support site.
We hit the normal outlets, Target, KB Toys, Toys R Us. Unfortunately the PDA market just isn’t what it was. Not only has Playskool not updated their lineup, most of the other major players have exited the market completely. And it’s not like they’re going into Smartphones either. There were only a few of those available. I didn’t consider them yet though, since my son isn’t ready yet for advanced wireless features and remote data access.
We ended up buying another of the same model, even though it’s old. The bottom line is that it’s easy to use and while the software is limited, counting numbers and learning the alphabet works for him. The battery life is superb, he’s averaging about 10 months per set of batteries, and they’re easy to swap out. It would be really nice for the other PDA Manufacturers to get up to speed on the battery issue.
For those who haven’t read it, the original review can be found below: