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Palm LifeDrive Mobile Manager

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  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth wireless support so you can easily carry all the essentials of your busy life
  • 320 x 480 high-resolution, color display with choice of portrait and landscape viewing
  • Support for POP, IMAP, and Exchange e-mail accounts helps you stay on top of your e-mail at WiFi hotspots around the world
  • Plenty of room for storage with a 4GB hard drive
  • Also includes a voice recorder, MP3 player, and photo viewer
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Product Details

Product Manual [6.81mb PDF]
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009JMT38
  • Item model number: 1044NA
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,990 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 18, 2005

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Seven pounds lighter than your laptop, the LifeDrive mobile manager has all you need to take your life on the road. Carry all your important files and have them when you need them. With 3.85 GB of usable storage, you can store and access years worth of e-mail, thousands of Word docs, 1200 PowerPoint presentations, 300 songs, 1000 photos, 2.5 hours of video, and more...all with room to spare. And your information is always safe on your LifeDrive mobile manager, even if you're too busy to recharge the battery.

LifeDrive smart file management.
You have better things to do with your time than manage files. With new LifeDrive technology, you can quickly drag and drop thousands of files from your PC onto your LifeDrive mobile manager with the folder structure intact. Select the files you want to keep in sync, and they'll automatically be updated whenever you sync with your computer. Plus, you can use your LifeDrive mobile manager like you would any other USB drive to easily upload files to any PC or Mac.

Built-in WiFi 802.11b and Bluetooth 1.1 wireless.
Stay connected at any of the over 80,000 public WiFi hotspots in popular hotels, cafes and airports around the world. Access your POP, IMAP and Exchange e-mail accounts with the included VersaMail e-mail client. Download your latest calendar appointments from the office. Retrieve documents from your main computer with the WiFile software. Use the included Blazer web browser, optimized for the mobile experience, for surfing. Or, use Bluetooth to connect to compatible devices nearby--sync with a Bluetooth laptop, print wirelessly to a Bluetooth printer or dial a Bluetooth phone.

Support for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files.
Rehearse your PowerPoint presentation discreetly in an airport. Make last-minute changes to a Word document. Check the numbers in an Excel spreadsheet and update them on the spot. Download and view an Acrobat file. The LifeDrive mobile manager comes with support for native Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files and converted PDF files.

More room for MP3 files, photos and video clips.
Whether you're viewing schematics from business associates, listening to songs, or both, the LifeDrive mobile manager gives you room for virtually everything you might take with you. Plus the software you need is pre-installed. View photos and videos with the PalmOne Media application. And enjoy all the songs in your personal music collection with on-board support for MP3 files in full stereo.

Built-in voice recorder.
Capture that big idea anywhere. Tape important lectures. Take notes hands-free. Or, record a slideshow narration to accompany your photos. It's all possible with this integrated, go-anywhere audio functionality.

Camera companion.
Why take your laptop on vacation? Instead, download the images from your camera's SD memory card onto your LifeDrive mobile manager, and free up your card for more photos. Back at your desk, you can easily upload your photos to your personal web site or photo-printing service.

Expansion possibilities.
This mobile manager gives you plenty of options. The built-in expansion card slot supports SD, SDIO and MultiMediaCard formats. Transform your LifeDrive mobile manager into an in-car navigator with a GPS Integrated Car Cradle. Carry a portable, wireless keyboard that unfolds to full size to conveniently create or edit files on the go. The included Addit software makes it easy to try or buy popular software titles via Bluetooth or WiFi.

High resolution, color rich display.
Sit back and enjoy the view with this 65,000-color, 320 x 480 Transflective TFT display. Flip to portrait or landscape orientation with the touch of a button, and get a better perspective on work, photos, or anything else. The status bar gives you quick access to key functions on screen, like the current time and search.

Multiple security measures.
128-bit encryption keeps your valuable data secure. Password protection safeguards access to your device, while the Private Records function protects specific files when the rest of your device is unlocked. The optional Intrusion Protection function erases all data and returns the device to factory settings after a user-specified number of failed break-ins.

Sleek exterior, racy interior.
Everything is encased in an elegant, brushed silver finish. On the inside, you'll have fast performance for business and multimedia applications, thanks to the 416 MHz Intel XScale processor. The 5-way navigator lets you launch applications, select items, and view details all with one hand. The on/off/hold button keeps your MP3 player on without inadvertently launching other applications.

Stay organized with the basics and more.
And last, but not least, you'll have all the essentials of a good personal assistant with our award-winning PIM applications--Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Memos. Not to mention the ability to sync with Outlook on a PC or with iCal and Address Book on a Mac.

What's in the Box
LifeDrive mobile manager, protective sleeve, a USB sync cable with PalmOne Multi-connector, an AC power adapter (108 to 132 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz), Desktop Installation and Software Essentials CD with tutorial, getting-started guide (PDF), and user's guide (PDF).

Product Description

The LifeDrive mobile manager from palmOne is the perfect companion for your digital lifestyle. With a 4 GB hard drive, extra-sharp high-resolution color display and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, you can easily manage, access and share your documents and media files. Includes email support, plus MP3 player and photo viewer. Drag and drop thousands of files from your PC. LifeDrive Manager does the synchronizing for you, preserving your PC's directory structure and ensuring you always have the most recent versions of your documents safely with you. You can store and access years of email, thousands of documents, presentations and photos, hundreds of songs and hours of video... The non-volatile memory keeps your information safe. Stay connected via your mobile phone or at public Wi-Fi hotspots. Access your POP, IMAP and Exchange email accounts and browse the web. Or, use Bluetooth to connect to compatible devices nearby. View photos and videos with the palmOne Media application. And enjoy all the songs in your personal music collection with on-board support for MP3 files. Rehearse your PowerPoint presentation, on your way to a meeting. Keep all of your important Word and Excel documents at your fingertips. Synchronize and view an Acrobat file

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It started to reset on its own and then froze.
Amazon Customer
My first LifeDrive lasted practically 1 year to the day and the screen gave out on me.
B. Sheehan
I can only hope that Palm will issue a software fix for all of these problems, soon.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

255 of 276 people found the following review helpful By Udaya Liyanage on June 4, 2005
I got the Lifedrive one week ago to replace a sony Clie. The following comments are based on one week experience.


1. New lifedrive manager software which in most cases obviate the need for hotsync. This is truly revolutionary.

2. Larger hard drive. Finally we are catching up with the rest of the world. You may be able to replace your iPod mini with this more versatile handheld.

3. Good voice recorder. I just got back from a meeting and recorded one whole days worth of talks from the back of a room with 60 people and record quality was quite good and no software bugs were noticed. In addition to the time allocated under your voice memo section, you can directly record to your hard drive allowing you to record more stuff.

4. This machine can store an enormous number of powerpoint presentations. This is a big plus for if you do any teaching e.g. quick review of a topic with a med student before a surgery.

5. Nice metallic finish. Looks better than cheap looking T5.


1. Poor battery life. After a whole day of heavy use, the battery dies without warning.

2. Repeated powering down of the hard drive causing a few second delay in opening new applications. Annoying as hell!!!

3. No way to customize turning off the screen after a short period of inactivity. If you play chess on this machine, it becomes annoying. By the way, Hiarcs chess engine runs quite well on this machine(Downloadable for 39.99).

4. Adobe reader formats most documents well, but some with complex formatting turn into incomprehensible amorphous text.

5. Price. I don't understand why a piece of cheap looking electronics made in china should cost this much money.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By K. Stinson on February 26, 2006
I've had my Lifedrive for about 3 mos. now and have been very pleased with it. There seems to be quite a few negative reviews about the Lifedrive so I was a little wary at first. Many of the complaints seemed to stem from running older Palm software that didn't operate on the new Palm OS or from people who weren't used to using Palm PDA's. Although Palms are very easy and intuitive to use I think the Lifedrive is a little more complex due to the integrated hard drive, which at first doesn't seem integrated at all.

I didn't reuse any of my older Palm OS software which must have spared me from some of the re-starts and lock-ups some people experienced. Once my unit was charged I started with a new user name (so a new synch profile is created) and then immediately installed the 2.0 software update. I've only had 2 restarts on the device since I started using it, but I use it quite a lot. One restart was apparently due to a poor wireless connection and another I think was caused by Versamail while downloading an e-mail with an attachment. Other than that the device has been very stable and the restarts haven't been repeated.

At first I wasn't very pleased with the new Graffiti II but now that I'm used to it I'll concede that maybe it is an improvement over the older version. Handwriting recognition on Palms has always seemed far superior than on Pocket PC's to me and the Lifedrive's no exception.

Some reviewers have mentioned a "lag" problem when starting a new program. I was a little worried about this before I purchased the Lifedrive after reading it in several reviews. However, I tested a couple of Lifedrives first at electronic stores and didn't really notice any lagging or hesitating.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Allan Lee on May 20, 2006
I had the pleasure of reading some of your reviews, and quite frankly, I don't know if I should feel fortunate or laughing out loud, not to be rude, but literally, given that there is absolutely nothing wrong with mine.

After you received your LifeDrive, the unit turned on ok, the jacks don't fall out, the screen is not scratch etc, then, folks, there is nothing wrong with your unit. I can say with 99% confident that it is all software related.

Here's some advices for you that might help:

1). You should not use the operating software come with the CD; instead, you should download the latest version from the Palm site. And you should install the update 2.0. Then you need to know how the unit works, there are two storage areas in the unit, the internal memory and your 4 GB hard drive. You need to understand how backup works, and how to backup your cache as well as the files in the hard drive. Use Drive mode to backup your hard drive to your pc, and resync often for backing up the other portion. There is no need to use LifeDrive manager come with the CD.

2). You must have some sort of Uninstall software installed in your unit, because chances are you will installed something and want to get rid of it. I am using Uninstall Manager from Palm, and it works great. Oh, and for the one who complaints about the unit turned itself off after 3 minutes of inactivity ... There are softwares to prevent that, check the web.

Now here is the truth. This unit by itself may be over-priced; however, the synergy this unit can provide after you cleverly match it with well chosen softwares will give you a return on investment that is completely unmatched even at 2 to 3 times their combined price point.
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