Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by darkcome » Mon, 14 Jul 2003 22:49:06


Is it still worth getting a Palm OS 5 device.......even if we all know
that Palm OS 6 is coming this December?

Supposedly there will be so many changes (the new OS has been
rewritten from the bottom-up) that new Palm OS 6 software will not
work on OS 5.

If a million Zires have really been sold by Palm, this probably gives
developers a great reason to make their software backward compatible
with OS 4! But if they do, they will NEVER take advantage of the new
Palm OS 6's new architecture. It's like damned if they do, damned if
they don't...
 
 
 

Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by Mark Ki » Tue, 15 Jul 2003 01:20:59

> Is it still worth getting a Palm OS 5 device.......even if we all know

I personally would wait until the new Palm OS 6.0 Devices come out to
save yourself a couple of bucks.


That's probably true--that is why I'm going to use my MA Contract to
"swap" my Palm OS 5.0 Device with a 6.0 one...


Well, quite possibly newer Zires will have to be created by Palm. The
Zire was a totally stripped-down PDA, but the Zire 71 proved to be a
better value than the Original Zire. Hopefully there will be newer Zire
Models in the future, replacing the first Zire. Here's my Zire Analysis:

Entry-Level Zire:

* Graffiti Area
* 32MB On-Handheld RAM (Minimum 24MB Useable)
* Minimum 200MHz ARM Processor
* 16-Bit TFT Screen with 640x480 Resolution
* 5-Way Navigator
* Full-Multimedia and MP3 Support
* Basically it should be a Palm M130 with Multimedia support and with a
Flash ROM to reduce consumer's Handheld TCO in the event of a newer
operating system.

Mid-Level Zire:

* Graffiti Area
* 64MB On-Handheld RAM (Minimum 48MB Useable)
* Minimum 400MHz ARM Processor
* 32-Bit TFT Screen with 1280x960 Resolution
* 5-Way Navigator
* Full Multimedia and MP3 Support
* Built-In High-Res Camera
* Basically it should be a "Palm Zire 71 in Steroids"--except it should
have a Flash ROM to help reduce consumer's handheld TCO.

High-Level Zire

* Graffiti Area
* Mini QWERTY Keyboard
* 128MB On-Handheld RAM (Minimum 100MB Useable)
* Intel PXA263 400MHz ARM Processor (But there could be a faster
processor, though)
* 32-Bit TFT Screen with 1280x960 Resolution
* 5-Way Navigator
* Full Multimedia and MP3 Support
* Built-In High-Res Camera PLUS Camcorder
* The High-Level Zire should be billed as an "Enthusiast's PDA"--Much
like a Mobile Media Center.

Zire Smartphone

* Could be taken either from a Next-Gen Entry-Level, Mid-Level, or
High-Range Zire, but also works as a Cell Phone too. Should work like
either a Kyocera 7135 or a Handspring Treo, though.
* Should be supported to be used on CDMA 1XRTT, 1900MHz PCS, Nextel
iDEN, GSM, and GPRS Cellular Networks.

 
 
 

Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by Michael Os » Tue, 15 Jul 2003 02:20:27

Nice but we want Virtual grafitti only!
 
 
 

Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by Lawrence G » Tue, 15 Jul 2003 02:22:20


It depends... If you need a PDA *now*, buy an OS5 device.
If you can wait, wait.

But, if you're one of those people that waits for the
latest and geatest, you're also probably one of those
people that never buys *anything*! There'll always be
something, bigger, better, and cheaper, just around the
corner.

Larry
 
 
 

Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by Dirk Gentl » Tue, 15 Jul 2003 02:39:03


If my TT holds up, I expect my next PDA to be a product of the new Palm/RIM
alliance. The best in PDA combined with the best in wireless connectivity!
 
 
 

Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by Michael Ly » Tue, 15 Jul 2003 02:43:56


640 x 480? Dream on.



1280 x 960? You just moved into the "must be smoking crack" category. ;-)
 
 
 

Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by George Har » Tue, 15 Jul 2003 05:51:30

kinda sounds like the PocketPC to me. Except the fact that it ain't
microsoft.

The PocketPC can get 640x480 right now on every device (3rd party program).
Run videos, mp3s, much more capable than PalmV. A week ago, I got a
Samsung I-330 (sprint), and the send beam stopped working. Great device,
except for that annoyance. You pay 350 bucks for a *** ing phone and the IR
port gets fried in a week. great.

Now you will see a Palm as chunky as a PocketPC (the high level Zire sounded
more like a TabletPC to me). he he. what's the difference? I will buy
which ever PDA/Phone is cheaper. Personally, I like the PPC platform
better--seems more stable. A hard reset on this Palm device should have
alleviated that problem, but it did not.

We will all soon be punching virtual buttons on a tablet like device for
everything anyway. Pretty soon, I will punch a button on my wireless palm
device and summon my wife to the room to give me a BJ.....Technology is
GREAT.

george h
 
 
 

Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by Jim Anders » Tue, 15 Jul 2003 06:35:49

Hi George Hardy, on Sun, 13 Jul 2003 20:51:30 GMT you typed...

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Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by Michael Ly » Tue, 15 Jul 2003 06:36:00


program).
 
 
 

Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by Michael Ly » Tue, 15 Jul 2003 06:41:57


program).

Oh c'mon, sub-pixel rendering does not 640 x 480 make (let alone make it
usable). At this point, PPCs have *less* pixels than most current Palm OS
models. Even with the latest ho-hum upgrade, PPC 2003, PPCs are still at 240
x 320 (just like their forbearer, the PSPC, had back in 1998). Methinks 240
x 320 is getting a little old...
 
 
 

Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by Ronald H. » Thu, 17 Jul 2003 11:06:46

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,


Use that logic, and one might never buy a tech product. Why buy an
OS 6 unit when you can wait for OS 7 units with even faster CPU's
and even more memory?


IMHO. YMMV.
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Palm OS 5 vs Palm OS 6

Post by spam200 » Thu, 24 Jul 2003 19:01:10

On Sun, 13 Jul 2003 16:20:59 GMT, Mark Kim < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >


That is 4915200 bytes for the display alone. You will need
a fast processor. In a hand sized device, say with a 3 inch
(75mm) display, that would be a dot pitch around 0.06mm, which
probably means you wouldn't be able to read it.

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