REVIEW: Palm Pilot i705

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Palm s latest device replaces the venerable Palm VII that has had a very long life. The i705 also jumps into competition with Blackberry and other mobile email devices. The result is an interesting blend of the Palm OS that is so familiar with reasonably good connectivity on the go. Aside from spending the $450 on the device, you will need to spend another $40 per month for the Palm.net service ($35 if you commit to a year s service). This package gets you unlimited data transfer and access to the web. Palm does offer a more modest package at $20 per month, but that is limited to 100 Kbytes per month and is subject to extra fees if you exceed that level. I m not sure who the smaller plan is designed for, as the 100 KB equates to 50 or so emails and a couple stock quotes. Not a very robust solution for a corporate user on the go. Out of the box, the unit is has a nice sleek silver design with the antenna integrated on the top. Gone is the wobbly, extendable antenna from the VII. The device is relatively slim and slides into a shirt pocket quite smoothly. I expected it to be a bit heavier, so at 5.9 ounces, it s not bad. The face cover is attached on the side of the device and makes for a sloppy integration. It is easily detachable and I recommend doing so and buying a proper case. Also in the package is the standard USB Palm cradle and a full version of Documents to Go, which is a very nice addition. More…

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