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Palm Z22 review

£80 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Palm

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Palm's Z22 is a cute, lightweight and inexpensive PDA, or personal digital assistant. Like a super-slim packet of fags, it will slip into your pocket - if there's any space left there. After all, at a mere £80 the Palm is hardly going to drain your trousers of cash.

Palm's Z22 is a cute, lightweight and inexpensive PDA, or personal digital assistant. Like a super-slim packet of fags, it will slip into your pocket - if there's any space left there. After all, at a mere £80 the Palm is hardly going to drain your trousers of cash.

Out of the box it takes a hefty three hours to charge the Z22, but once up and running things are straightforward. Adding memos and to-do items using the stylus is fairly easy, and once you've installed the Outlookalike software (Palm's own application), synching with your desktop PC is a one-button trick. Contacts and memos will be safe in the Z22's flash memory, of course, but it never hurts to have a backup. And if you use Palm's software as your desktop diary, it will feel as though you have access to your PC wherever you go.

So far so nifty, but it's difficult to escape the suspicion that the electronic filofax is hurtling towards obsolescence at a similar pace to red braces and horn-rimmed specs. Today's PDAs feel like smartphones that can't make calls.
Of course, you wouldn't get this level of functionality or memory on an £80 phone. And at £0 a month, you can't beat those running costs. But in this world of constant communication, a mobile diary that doesn't hook up directly to the web feels quaint.

It's an impression not eased by prolonged use of the stylus and ‘virtual keyboard'. The ability to scrawl notes will be useful to some - and doodling passes time in meetings - but we soon hankered for a bit of qwerty action.

All of which is more of a comment on PDAs in general than criticism of the Z22. The Palm OS is intuitive and the hardware well put together - particularly for something so small. The screen is bright and the options for diary entry myriad. It's a good PDA.

Palm Z22 Handheld Expert Verdict »

Samsung 200MHz ARM
Palm OS Garnet 5.4
160x160 STN
32MB flash memory (20MB available)
rechargeable lithium-ion battery
5-way navigator
103mmx68mmx15mm
96g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Stylish, small and simple to use - there's nothing wrong with the Z22. And there's plenty to like about that price, too. If you want a PDA, you'll struggle to match these levels of quality and value.

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