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Handspring Visor Prism


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  • Sharp full-color screen displays over 65,000 colors
  • RAM of 8 MB stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, and more
  • Features address book, to-do list, memo pad, date book, advanced calculator, and world clock
  • Fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS applications
  • Visor Prism, Cobalt Blue HotSync cradle, 8 MB RAM, Internal rechargeable lithium ion battery
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Product Details

Product Manual [3.22mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 3 x 0.7 inches ; 5.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004Y7TD
  • Item model number: 1008NA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,991 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 15, 2000

Product Description

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The Handspring Visor Prism is the first expandable full-color handheld computer. The 16-bit active-matrix LCD screen displays over 65,000 colors so everything is crisp, bright, and easy to read. With the Springboard expansion slot, you can snap a digital camera or global positioning system and instantly view full-color photos and maps. The Prism also features an internal rechargeable battery that is charged when the Prism is placed in the docking cradle.

In addition to an address book, to-do list, and memo pad, the Prism Color Visor features an enhanced date book, advanced calculator, and world clock. The 8 MB memory stores approximately 12,000 addresses, 10 years of appointments, 6,000 to do items, 6,000 memos, and 400 e-mails. Since it uses Palm OS, you can beam information with other Palm users or download thousands of existing Palm- compatible applications, including those with color.

The Prism's USB connection makes synchronizing with your desktop computer fast and easy. You can quickly back up, update, or exchange information between the Prism and your computer with the USB charging cradle and HotSync technology.

The Prism comes with a protective leather case, an AC adapter for use with the charging cradle, Palm Desktop software for Windows and Mac. It is backed by one-year limited warranty.

Important note to customers: USB connectivity is compatible with Windows 98/2000/Me and USB-enabled Macintoshes running OS 8.1 and later. If you use Windows 95, Windows NT, Mac OS 8.0 or lower, or your computer does not have a USB port, you will need to buy a separate serial cradle.

What's in the box

  • Visor Prism
  • Cobalt Blue HotSync cradle
  • 8 MB RAM
  • Internal rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • USB HotSync charging cradle
  • Leather slipcase

Product Description

Hold the world in the palm of your hand with this pocket-sized computer wonder. From Handspring, this 8MB Visor Prism handheld computer displays over 65,000 vibrant colors. Just snap a digital camera or global positioning system into its infinitely expandable Springboard expansion slot to view full-color pictures, maps and more. As an organizer, the Visor Prism has an address book, enhanced date book, to do list, memo pad, advanced calculator and world clock. Runs all Palm OS applications, including those with color. System requirements: Windows requires IBM-compatible 486 PC or higher, Windows 95/98/NT/2000. Macintosh requires PowerPC processor, System 7.5.3 or later, System 8.1 or later. Both require USB port (USB cradle included), CD-ROM drive, serial port (serial cradle sold separately). Accessories sold separately. Requires 2 AAA batteries, included. No. 1008NA. Imported.~4-3/4Lx3Wx1/2D"

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Customer Reviews

The color screen is so much easier on the eyes.
Gary Anderson
If you are in need of a great PDA and are willing to put up some money for it and/or the third party "sollutions." All in all a great product worth buying.
"smack77@aol.com"
The Visor Prism may be the best color Palm OS PDA out there at the moment.
J. Levine

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By R. Barnett on September 30, 2001
Since this is my 1st PalmOS PDA I don't have as much experience as some other reviewers. However I do know what I do & do Not like. My list of Pros & Cons for this fine PDA:

Pros specific to this device:
1. Ability to display 65,000 different colors.
2. You can create notes/ business cards w/ color.
3. You can read and work faster. One thing I've found that's quicker than reading, to ID something, is color. If I label an item in a To-Do list in red for instance, I know w/o reading that its a hot item to do ASAP. This helps one prioritize items. It just makes sense.
4. CPU speed. This units fast. Although the color display DOES make the unit slightly slower than a Visor Pro/Platinum.
5. Color games beat B/W games when in waiting rooms. ;-)
6. Display easier to read indoors than a Palm m505. (Isn't this where 90% of its use will occur anyway?)

Cons specific to this unit:
1. Battery life. Handspring advertises up to 2 wk. between charges. Yea right! Maybe if you only use it for <5 mins. a day. Who do you know that can do Graffiti that fast? I usually get 4-7 days between charges. Or about 5 continous hrs. Which is generally better than a PocketPC but worse than a Palm m505's reflective color display.
2. Bulk. In this respect: Don't expect a carry case made for a Visor to fit unless it says it'll hold a Prism. Unit itself is easier to hold than a PocketPC w/ color.
3. Although better than before, you still can't get color with every PalmOS app thats out there.
4. Display washes out in bright sunlight.
Overall I'd give this unit a 9. It's a great unit but...Slim it down and give it more ram and battery life and I'd give it a "10". - Rob B. 9/2001
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2000
The new Handspring Visor Prism is a cool product for the right user. That user needs to care very little about size, bulkiness and probably should be an avid game player.
Some major problems I have with it are:
1) It is thicker, bulkier and heavier than the regular Handsprings, and not even close to the sleekness of the Palm V Series. It won't really fit in your pocket and will weigh you down. So, if you care about size and portability don't buy this product. The product looks terrible in a case as well. It is just too thick.
On the plus side:
2) The colors and the screen are very nice. However, I would say that unless you are an avid game player or plan on loading up your Visor with a lot of pictures then you really won't be able to show off the potential of the display. I have also found that the screen looks great in dim/dark conditions. It could be used as a flashlight in the dark, it is so bright. However, in normal bright conditions such as your office, outdoors, or in airports, I prefer the Palm B&W displays. The colors screen just doesn't show that well under normal conditions. It is kind of like when color screens for PCs first came out - Passive Matrix.
3) The rechargeable batteries are definitely a plus.
Oh, and one more thing: you will need to find color applications that support the Prism. There are some good ones such as ZAP2000, Todo plus, and flipchart.
Overall, I would rate the product a 3.5 stars.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ryan K. Ozawa on February 2, 2001
I wanted to contribute to the feedback of general PDA and Handspring fans as an actual Prism owner and everyday user and say, it's worth it!
I had an old Palm III (and before that a Palm Pilot Personal), and am a longtime fan of the simplicity-is-key brilliance of the Palm OS. When Handspring debuted with its expansion slot, I knew my next PDA would come from them. In 2000, they came out with the faster Platinum, and the color Prism, and I mulled over the two until my brain started smoking.
I sprang, ultimately, for the Prism, even though I thought the color would be just a gimmick at best. But now I'm convinced: it makes a world of difference. I could never go back to the green screen. Even out of the box it's a more pleasant user experience - easier on the eyes. And no time at all, I'd downloaded heaps of free apps that took advantage of the color (including some gorgeous games, photo album utilities and movie players).
I also got the eyemodule digital camera add-in (also available at Amazon - I had to put the expansion slot to use, after all), and it makes a great partner to the Prism.
The Prism's screen is not as brilliant as the Palm IIIc or other PocketPCs - but the greater color depth makes a world of difference compared to the former. It's hard to use outdoors in the sun, but if you're a cubicle inmate like me, it shouldn't be a problem.
Another distinguishing feature of the Prism is the rechargable battery. At first I thought I'd feel weird depending on the charging cradle, but it's second nature... and it absolutely beats wasting AAA batteries or fiddling with rechargable AAAs (I've a desk full of 'em!). With daily use, I've yet to see my battery meter drop below three-quarters full.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By "terpsfan1" on December 13, 2000
Having owned several PDA's, I was a bit skeptical about the Visor, primarily due to the price. Was it worth the extra cash for the color? Answer is absolutely. First of all, don't even consider getting a non-Palm operating system. Windows CE is garbage, and their new OS has virtually no software. Palm OS has tons of free software, simple to download. The Visor is slim for a color screen, and holds a ton of info. with the 8mb. In addition, it is simple to sync with your computer, just press a button and it's done in about 20 seconds. Even a moron couldn't foul up this one. The Visor keeps me organized, has my entire Rolodex in it, etc. The one thing I would advise is to seriously consider getting a collapsable keyboard (Targus makes a nice one) which you can "dock" your Visor on and type away on a full-size keyboard. It's great for entering alot of info when you are away from a computer or your docking module. Anyhow, you can't go wrong with the Visor. Built by the folks who started the Palm company, this is a true improvement on Palm's products. And, with the ability to add products and attach more memory, this one is the best for future expansion. Who knows what the next product may be that Handspring decides to make available for the expansion port? The possibilities are endless. Buy it now, unless you can't afford it, then save up and buy it. Don't buy a cheap competitor--you'll regret it.
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