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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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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
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.
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.
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).
Top customer reviews
Through Amazon from guaranteedTech.com, I ordered a replacement LifeDrive. Even before the unit arrived, I received page upon page of helpful information -- how-to's, links, software recommendations, tips, tricks, etc. All of this was presented in a clear.thorough, friendly way.
The unit that arrived wasn't up to par in holding a charge. I was sure replacing it would be a problem, especially since guaranteedTech.com is in Canada. But a single call to the firm's tech support brought a reassuring conversation with the firm's owner, and almost instantly by email I had all the completed forms and labels to ship back the item via UPS,at no cost. Within a few days, I had another LifeDrive in hand.
It had been so long since I's bought my original unit, I was unclear about how to update the firmware and do other setup. In another, lengthy conversation, the owner took the time to walk me through the entire process. He even offered some maintenance and diagnostic tips that Palm's own tech support had never told me about. Months have passed, and this LifeDrive still works fine.
So, Why stick with an old, discontinued palmtop? Why ignore iPods and iPhones?
I am a researcher and writer. I deal with vast amounts of documents, spreadsheets and databases. Excellent document editing software for the Palm abounds. MobiSystems Office Suite costs little and is by far the best. I've found no comparable app for smartphones. A fine cordless keyboard travels around in my pocket. Palm's Destktop utility is elegant in its simplicity and more than adequate for managing appointments notes, contacts, tasks, etc.
Much of my stored information is highly sensitive. Once I have it, I own it. I can keep it a secret between my palmtop's drive and my desktop's hard drive. Benefits of Palm Desktop sych benefits bot convenience and data safety.
Smartphone providers insist that I entrust my data to them, storing it in a "cloud" (more like a fog). I've no idea who holds and controls what part of it, how they are securing it and to what purposes they are putting it. Then they want me to rent my own data back from them, byte by byte? Get real.
In return, they offer me games. This week, I watched the C.O.O of a major U.S. nonprofit spend about 15 minutes demonstrating how he could put his iPhone to his lips and play it like a harmonica. I figure his tinny renditions of Delta blues cost his organization a substantial sum.
As for data security, he declared, "Well, I don't think privacy is all it's cracked up to be." As I went out the door, his assistant gave me a peek at his palmtop. "I think those amartphones," he confided, "are mostly for dumb people."
I'm told there's still a robust LifeDrive user community. If guaranteedTech.com offers more LifeDrives through Amazon, I'll order a a couple more for backup. I'm sure to be satisfied with the results.
First the unit size is not as nice as the Zire. Sure it's only a little bigger than the Zire but that little bit makes a big difference when I had it in its case and tried putting it in my pocket.
Also the LifeDrive needs administrative rights to work on the Office XP computer. My IT guy was not happy.
Office documents worked when I got the administrative rights, but I liked the non-wireless keyboard I used before.
The e-mail wasn't the Palms fault but the Docs-to-Go Premium will not look at subfolders in Outlook.
My biggest gripe is with the audio applications. I have static between every track transferred to the palm. When I go to the support site I find a forum complaining about this issue. The static also showed up while listening to a book. The battery life while using the audio was sub-par compared to any MP3 player.
So you may ask why I haven't sent the unit in for repair. Well, I did and the unit is still bad and now the stylus does not stay in when it should.
If you get one be prepared to do a quick erase and a secure erase. You'll learn what they mean. If I could return the unit I'd get a different Palm and a separate MP3 player.
Update: I'm on my third lifedrive and spent over eight hours talking to customer service. I've been complaining about the quality of the audio. Every lifedrive emits a hiss at low volumes. Jim, at Palm corporate told me it was a software problem. I sent Pocket Tunes his comments and they tested the device finding it was a Lifedrive problem. I sent the comments from Pocket Tunes to Palm today, Palm called me tonight and admitted it was a Palm issue. They told me they never advertised the unit to be a good as a digital MP3 player,(they have an analog output). When I asked him to downgrade me to a different Palm, since this doesn't fit my needs, he told me to sell it on ebay.
End result of months of phone calls and e-mails -- Palm Wasted My Time with poor customer service.