I know a great many long-time Palm OS users felt abandoned when this once-popular operating system was replaced by the webOS. And there are still plenty of people holding on to their Palm TX because they haven’t yet made the switch to another platform.
A webOS-based device would be a good replacement if there were any with a screen close to what Palm’s PDAs offered, but there aren’t.
To me, the best option currently available for a Palm OS user who wants to switch to something more up to date is the Dell Streak.
This a smartphone, but you don’t have to use it that way. This device is available without a contract, and Google’s Android OS works wonderfully over a Wi-Fi connection. (You can even use push email.)
It’s true, the Streak is somewhat expensive: $550 without a contract. But those who bought a Tungsten T5 back in the day paid $400 for it, and that’s about $450 in 2010 dollars.
For the extra money you get a much, much better mobile computer. Dell’s mini-tablet has a 5-inch, WVGA touchscreen and a 1 GHz processor. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and unlike your old PDA, you can put in a SIM card and use it as a phone if you want.
Its software, especially the web browser, is vastly better. Plus, there are loads of third-party apps: games, productivity tools, etc.
This device is big, but it still fits in a pants pocket. That’s a decent description of many of the Palm OS devices, too.
All of this makes the Dell Streak a very good option for someone who has realized it’s time to give up their old PDA. If you want to see this device before you buy, it’s available in many Best Buy stores. Or you can get it off the Web.
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