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Old 05-17-2005, 07:51 AM   #1
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Smile Upgrading to LifeDrive?

I thought this might be a good first thread (well, second really) for the new forum.

If you will be ordering a LifeDrive in the first weeks its available (making you an early adopter), what will you be upgrading from and why?

Personally, I'll be upgrading from a T|C (probably as soon as the order page is up). My reasons are:
1. I won't be able to get rid of my iPod completely, but I'll be able to have a number of my favorite albums with me at all times (I'm often without my iPod);
2. I've got a 19 month old son and another baby on the way, so my only time to read is at night. I'm an avid reader and have gotten used to reading eBooks once all the lights are out, so the larger screen (and landscape) is very attractive;
3. I've got +50MB of photos and another +100MB of eBooks that I'd like to be able to have at my fingertips rather than spread across a couple of SD cards. Plus, I've had some crash/corruption issues with SD so I'd like to get away from them completely;
4. I can write it off as a business expense... ;-)

Cons: I'll miss the keyboard, I'm pretty sure.

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Old 05-17-2005, 08:01 AM   #2
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i just got myself a Clie VZ90 last January - and i dont think my wife would sign my "purchase order request"...

i guess, for me, would just have to wait until the second-or-third-generation Life Drive comes out (around next year)...
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Old 05-17-2005, 08:19 AM   #3
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I wish, I wish...

The LD is pro bably exactly what I want but I upgraded from the venerable M515 just a few months ago to a T3 (just before the T5 came out). I wanted a voice recorder so the choice was both hard and easy. Since I have a wifi home network I would love not having to always pop in the sd card. But again the "purchase request" might fail - "what do you need another for?". However, I have a big payout coming from work (ie unemployment!@$#%) so maybe I will need some P1 therapy to keep me happy
I do like the slider in some ways but i have to say it was not really well done - a bit slack and loose - but cool to open. Anyway, I would also love to have a LD that has the same size hard drive as my wife's laptop. As for a replacement for usb keys I don't think so, but as a place to carry my life? DEFINATELY. Whatever anyone says this is actually a good name and people will be surprised how well this sells just because of that. Okay is isn't the techiest name but it will appeal to the masses. ANd isn't that what we all want, a P1 in every hand?
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Old 05-17-2005, 08:28 AM   #4
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If it had a camera, definitely.... and I'd promise to keep it for at least a year.

IIIx -> N610 -> NR70V -> NX60 -> NR70V -> NX70V -> T3 -> Z72 ->next stop where? Treo 650 or LD???
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Old 05-17-2005, 08:31 AM   #5
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Been waiting for a reason to upgrade from my NX80V... I now have a reason!
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Old 05-17-2005, 08:35 AM   #6
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I agree, if it had a camera, perfect.... but I am still going to go for one because it has all the other features I want in a PDA. This thing reminds me so much of a Sony device....hey! rumour time! Did sony have any input in this device? (I wonder if the screen is made by Sharp or Sony? I'm sure someone will disassemble one for us!)
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Old 05-17-2005, 08:58 AM   #7
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I think that one of PalmOne's target market for the LD is the business sector and a lot of business don't allow bringing in cameras.
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Old 05-17-2005, 10:18 AM   #8
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Yup, I'll have one as soon as I am satisfied with the early reviews. I was waiting to upgrade from a Visor Pro when the TH55 appeared, and I thought that was my machine until Sony left. Didn't want to get stuck with MS sticks, and didn't like the slow processor, so I bought a used T2 as a holdover. This LD is exactly what I'm looking for. I use my T2 for everything, all day, and nearly everything I feel is lacking in it, is present in the LD.

I just need to know a bluetooth keyboard can work at the same time as the Wifi connection. Plus it better sound good. But my birthday is in three weeks, (and I'm a dad and a grad this year) so I think I can spend my marital capital and have this puppy in my pocket soon.
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Old 05-17-2005, 11:16 AM   #9
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From my first palm 515 to Tungsten T3 now am ready for the Live Drive can anyone realy mention the actual battery capacity before i jump on that tomorrow thank for any idea
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Old 05-17-2005, 11:38 AM   #10
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I bought my T3 in October 2003 and have used it constantly since that time for work and pleasure. Just yesterday the battery started losing its charge and although this can be resolved temporarily with an in cradle hard reset and recondition, my experience with my old m505 is that once this happens the end of the road is at hand.

While I'll be an early adopter of the LifeDrive in the UK logistics means that many of the biggest problems with the new device should have been discovered by users on the more belligerent side of the Atlantic.
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Old 05-17-2005, 11:46 AM   #11
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Upgrading like others _after_ the first reviews (and possibly once other stores get it and have it cheaper than at Palm). Replacing non-used IIIx and borrowing my wife's E2. Been waiting a long time for this, lets hope they don't dissapoint.

At the rate of mini-HD capacity, I wonder how long before this is just about worthless (like my IIIx is now) since it only holds 4GB. I expect in a year maybe two with the current 40+ GB drives out.
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Originally Posted by mdlsimpson
I agree, if it had a camera, perfect.... but I am still going to go for one because it has all the other features I want in a PDA. This thing reminds me so much of a Sony device....hey! rumour time! Did sony have any input in this device? (I wonder if the screen is made by Sharp or Sony? I'm sure someone will disassemble one for us!)

I agree about the camera ;(

I also agree about Sony. I wanted to post this in another thread, but it didn't seem appropriate...

This thing has SONY ALL OVER IT. It's as if it's a next-gen Clie without the Clie name (or the Memory Stick...)

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Old 05-17-2005, 12:09 PM   #13
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Yes, I'll be buying one.

I went to the dark side (PPC) for a while...and finally got tired of all the lock-ups, data issues, etc... with ALL of the PPCs I've owned. My T|C has NEVER let me down, and I'm looking to the Lifedrive as a replacement for it. Nothing wrong at all with my T|C, I'm just looking for more storage space and a larger screen for reading ebooks.
My other PDA is a Thinkpad...
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missing A LOT to be a CLIE

If the LifeDrive had an application to read native PDF files, a way to consult mht files like Netfront (compressed html - saved websites), a camera, and a Flash Player, then it WOULD be a CLIE.

Right now it's still missing too many things to make it a really productive buiseness device. A 500$ device should definitely be able to read native PDF files, don't you think?

If anybody can find a way to make Picsel Viewer and Netfront work in landscape on this device, then I will be buying it FOR SURE. Otherwise I may very well go to the Dark Side (hey! Episode 3 is tomorrow!) and get a PPC, maybe a Toshiba if they release a Windows Mobile 5.0 version.

The Life Drive is like some Ferrari with a Volkswagon engine under the hood. Near perfect hardware, but limited software.

Anyone wants to do a little hacking experiment? I have all the files you woul need, just tell me if interested.
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