The Inq reviews the Abacus WristPDA, a watch running PalmOS 4.x, and concludes: “While the ‘Industry Analysts’ and other professionals of spreading Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) try to convince people that “bigger is better” and that a pocket device’s OS must be as fat and bloated as Windows Mobile to be of use, the Abacus WristPDA shows that smaller and less bloated code can sometimes be better.”
Review: Abacus WristPDA
2006-05-01 Wireless 11 Comments
The main uses I have for such a thing are keeping track of phone numbers, addresses, and my calendar (using DateBK3 for the latter), various calculator functions (using a mix of Parens and Calcul-8!), keeping track of what I eat (WWCalc), and various time-related functions (mainly using BigClock and TikTok).
Oh, and I use Yotta! as the main watch face. I love the fact that it shows a summary of ToDo and Appointment info along with the time.
Oh yeah, and I’ve loaded 32 games on the thing, mainly card/puzzle/board games. Nice when I’m sitting in a waiting area and have nothing to do…
Does it do multimedia? No, but I don’t care. 🙂
I paid $55 for mine on eBay (including shipping), and I liked my first one so much that I picked up a second one at the same price in case the first one dies (and the supply is gone). I absolutely love it. It isn’t shock or water-proof, though, so you have to take care of it (at least somewhat). Mine hasn’t died yet. 🙂
I’ve had a Tungsten E for awhile, and recently got a TX, and I have to agree with the sentiment expressed in the article. Both PDAs are small and light compared to the huge Windows Mobile PDAs you see out there, and the Palm interface is far simpler and more intuitive. Sure, the E has like a 120 MHz processor, while the TX has a 312 (in this day and age of 624 MHz monsters like the HX4700), but the screen is nice and clear, the battery lasts for days, and both are (gasp!) actually useful for pulling out and jotting down a quick note.
I’d break that watch in two days…