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PalmOne Zire 21 Handheld

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  • Keep all your important information--from appointments to addresses to notes--at your fingertips
  • 8 MB of memory, bonus software, and a fast processor
  • Play games on the go or read an eBook
  • Synchronizes with Outlook
  • Handheld device; Palm Desktop software including Note Pad and Expense; Software Essentials CD with Handmark Mobile DB and PDA Money;
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Product Description

With 8MB of memory and intuitive software, this Palm Zire 21 Handheld frees up brain space and time by tracking all of the small details for you. It stays on top of your schedule with reminders and alarms for appointments, and puts thousands of contacts at your fingertips. While you're out, you can check things off your to-do list as you go, take notes on the Graffiti 2 writing area, check for upcoming birthdays and anniversaries, track your automobile maintenance, manage bills and finances, calculate tips or taxes, store passwords and more. The handheld synchronizes with Outlook so you can use the calendar, contacts, tasks and notes you already have. It has room to grow, too, which means you'll be able to add personalized software, such as an exercise log or shopping list manager, as you need it. The included software essentials CD features a customizable calculator, games, Palm Reader for reading eBooks (sold separately), Handmark Mobile DB date tracker and Money finance manager. Kit includes protective flip cover, stylus, read-this-first document, rechargeable battery and charging cable, and USB HotSync cable for synchronizing the Palm's data with a desktop PC. Uses Palm OS 5.2.1 and Texas Instruments OMAP 311 ARM processor. Compatible with Windows 98/2000/Me/XP or Mac OS 9.1 or OS X 10.1.2 to 10.2.6. 4-2/5Lx2-9/10Wx2/3D.

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  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0000CBJ8J
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 29, 2003

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431 of 453 people found the following review helpful By Steven Dennis on October 12, 2003
The new Zire Palm 21 is essentially an updated version of the original Zire, itself an update of the lowly m100, with the following changes:
* 8MB of Ram (still not upgradeable) vs. hobbled 2MB.
* A better battery.
* A slightly better processor. (This is largely irrelevant, because most Palm functions are nearly instantaneous anyway).
All of the other limitations of the original Zire still exist, chief among them the small, dim dark-grey on light-grey (so very 1979) screen and the utter lack of expandability.
Believe me, screen size matters when you are pointing and clicking on a tiny keyboard on your Palm. This is by far the smallest, dimmest screen you can buy.
The 8MB allows for only relatively basic address and scheduling functions, but is a big improvement from 2MB.
It's intended to be a starter model with limitations that will have you thirsting to upgrade, and often comes free with new computers.
The three PALM programs that I consider essential would come close to overwhelming this puppy. They are: Mapopolis (a mapping program from Mapopopolis.com with keyword-searchable street maps), Avantgo (an online news service that downloads articles to your palm) and Vindigo (a restaurant, movie and city guide).
To me, this model is only for those misguided and poor folks who would have bought the now-discontinued original Zire model but want 8MB. There are far better models out there for only a few more bucks. You can find some of the excellent Handspring Visor or Palm's own Vx/m500/m515 models used for far cheaper, which feature larger, brighter grey screens and 8 MB. Sony's B/W CLIE line of Palm OS handhelds are also better, for a few more bucks.
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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful By jemaerca on October 7, 2003
the zire 21 is palm's new entry-level handheld has more memory and a faster processor than its predecessor. if your expectations of the zire 21 are in line with it's low price, you won't be disappointed.
- very good value - under a hundred bucks for a solid (if basic) PDA.
- runs Palm's latest OS 5.2.
- 8MB of memory instead of just 2MB in the old Zire - 8MP is plenty for the intended use of this PDA.
- faster processor than original Zire
- great battery life.
- pocketable at 4.4 x 2.9 x 0.6 weighing 3.8oz.
- feels solid.
- USB support.
- no backlight.
- no expansion capability.
- 160x160 monochrome screen.
- only the older Address Book and Schedule apps are included rather than the new, more full-featured Contact and Calendar programs that ship with Palm's latest tungsten models.
- no multimedia support.
if you are looking for a basic PDA (mainly to-do lists, contacts, and calendar) at a good price, consider the zire 21. it's a good value and will get the job done for you. just don't expect all the multimedia bells and whistles that come with a lot of the PDAs sold today.
the zire 21 will face competition from sony's clié SJ20. the sony has a better monochrome display, 16MB of RAM, and a memory stick slot. but the sony is also more expensive. between the two, i'd go with the zire 21 myself.
if you have extra cash and want more capabilities, consider palm's tungsten E. it has a color, hi-res screen, a SD slot, MP3 and multimedia support, and a much better software bundle.
i hope this helps you with your purchasing decision. peace.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Santiago VINE VOICE on December 26, 2003
I purchased this Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) as a christmas gift for my wife. This is not the most advanced, or feature-rich PDA on the market, but I wouldn't buy an HP iPAQ 5555 to my wife just because it's better.
My wife is uninitiaded in the PDA arena, and I couldn't overwhelm her with dozens of features she, as a newbie would never use. The Zire 21 has all the basic capabilities for someone to get organized; Address Book, Calendar, Notes, you can even jot down handwritten notes using the Zire as a paper notepad. It's small, thin, light, fits perfectly almost anywhere and it does the job, period. Another plus is the internal battery, no need to buy AAAs or AAs anymore, there's a battery charger included and it only takes 2-3 hours to recharge completely.
A CD is also included; it has the Palm Desktop software and the necessary drivers for the PC (or Mac) operating system to recognize the palm when you connect it using the USB cable. This software allows you to:
1- Enter the data on the PC instead of the PDA.
2- Transfer data between the PC and the PDA and synchronize both
3- It makes your PC act as a backup repository for your data. If for some reason your Palm data is erased, you may recover by re-sycnhronizing with the PC data.
4- It allows you to install 3rd party software that you download from the Internet.
You don't need to have a PC or Mac to use the Zire, but it is strongly recommended to have one.
I think the Palm Zire has the best value for the price, it's simple to operate and it looks nice (and this sentence rhymes).
Good purchase
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 2003
I've been wanting to switch over to a PDA for last couple months basically to get rid of the bulk & the hassle of carrying around a paper planner. When this product was released I knew it was exactly what I needed, the original Zire lacked the memory I wanted to be able to install some 3rd party software, such as games. With this new model I have more than enough room for a few games to play in between classes as well as the standard datebook & address software.
I basically use my Zire 21 to keep track of appointments, homework, and telephone numbers, but the expense software included seems like a great program if you are interested in keeping track of that information on your Palm.
Overall this is perfect for organizing my sometimes hectic college career and I expect once I graduate it will be just as helpful in keeping my organinzed and on time.
The only feature I think would be a nice addition would be a backlight. The screen is easy to view in normal and even some low light, but in the dark is useless. A backlight would ensure it would be viewable at all times. I primarily use mine during the day in light conditions though, so this isn't really a problem, but I can see some people using a backlight frequently.
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