Palm Z22 review

If you remember, Microsoft has several times initiated an inexpensive Pocket PC with a set of basic functions. It seemed that some time would pass, and Pocket PCs would become available to many, they could be bought for 150 or even 100 US dollars. However, no such decisions have appeared, moreover, the average cost of a PDA sold has increased significantly lately. It turns out that only Palm produces PDAs in the segment under $200, the situation has not changed over the years.

The Palm Z22 model, which we will talk about today, on the one hand replaces the monochrome Palm Zire 21, on the other hand, the more expensive Palm Zire 31 model with a color screen, which additionally had the ability to play MP3, an expansion slot. The recommended price for the Z22 is $100. Note that there is an empty space in the segment from 100 to 200 US dollars. It is logical to expect from Palm the announcement of a model, let's call it the Z32, at a price of about $150 in the future, which will occupy the free segment.

The model does not have any frills in design, lacks wireless adapters and expansion slots, has a small screen and a poor kit, it includes only the most necessary things. All this was sacrificed for the price. Reviewers did not like the first Palm Zire, the verdict was: “You can’t call this device a pocket computer, at most it’s an advanced notebook.” Palm positioned its budget model in this way - as a replacement for paper (it was it that was called the main competitor in marketing materials), and not as a multimedia entertainment center in your pocket. As a result, the Palm Zire model was sold in the amount of more than a million units (PDAs in the US were sold in supermarkets, at gas stations), which helped to seriously improve Palm's annual report back in 2003. A successful marketing ploy is positioning the device not as a digital gadget, but as a piece of stationery that can become an accidental (unplanned) purchase. Model Zire 21 differed little from its predecessor externally, but inside the handheld has changed - processor, RAM, operating system. Sales of this model were also successful in the USA.

The Palm Z22 is different from its predecessor both internally and externally. Let's start with external data. The dimensions and weight of the PDA have decreased - 103x68x15 mm, 96 grams. This is the smallest and lightest PDA at the moment. You can move it almost anywhere, even in a trouser pocket, even in a shirt pocket, the weight will not be felt by the owner of this device. In the hand, the handheld lies confidently, small size does not create inconvenience in use.

From the outside, the PDA has become more pleasing, largely due to the influence of the iPod. The perception was also affected by a more compact body. The other half of the PDA seems to float on the front panel, thus creating a black stripe around the white front part. The front part is made of white glossy plastic. All other parts are translucent blue plastic, through which the insides of the handheld are visible, which is the first time in a PDA. In general, we can say that the Palm Z22 does not look cheap, like previous models, but it does not give the impression of an expensive performance either.

The sides are smooth and free of buttons/switches. The ends are smoothed, due to which a more comfortable placement in the hand is provided. The number of control elements on the front surface has increased significantly: a full-fledged and convenient navigation key has appeared, on the sides of it there are keys responsible for contacts and a calendar. The power button is inconveniently located - near the lower left corner of the screen. If you have already taken the PDA in your hand, then you will have to turn it on with your free hand. This is more of a nitpick than a real flaw, you quickly get used to this arrangement.

At the top end there is an input for the charger, a miniUSB client for synchronizing and charging the device, an inconspicuous infrared port and a stylus slot. The stylus is entirely made of plastic, has a medium size and is easy to use. That's all, there is no speaker, no headphone output, no expansion slot in the PDA.

Compared to its predecessor, the screen is the main innovation in the model, it has become colored. However, the diagonal has decreased to 2.4”, it is made using STN technology, works with a resolution of 160x160 pixels, displays 4 thousand colors (there are no exact data in the specifications, they say about “thousands of colors”). Finally, the screen got rid of the main drawback - a backlight appeared, so that e-books can now be read in the dark. The picture on the screen loses its readability when exposed to direct sunlight.

The delivery set of the PDA is minimalistic - there is only the most necessary things (charging, synchronization cable, software disk). Note that the rubber cover disappeared from the kit, which was inconvenient and made the PDA visually even cheaper.

Specifications

Four times the memory capacity of the previous model (16 times the original Zire). The volume available to the user is 20.5 MB, which is enough for several dozen books and necessary programs. It is extremely important, given the fact that it will not be possible to expand it with a memory card. Note that the file system is NVFS, that is, if the battery is strongly discharged, data will not be lost. This is important for those who will use the PDA no more than once a week.

An ARM-compatible processor from Samsung is installed inside the PDA (the predecessor had a CPU from Texas Instruments), operating at a frequency of 200 MHz. If the PDA does not have multimedia capabilities, its performance is unclaimed, the power is redundant.

The PDA has a non-removable lithium-ion battery. At an average backlight level, the PDA works an average of 8-10 hours. You can count on a week of work if you use the device for no more than 20-30 minutes a day.

Software

The Pocket PC runs on PamOS 5.4.9 operating system. One of the software improvements in the Z22 is the ability to work with many applications with one hand, and for good reason, the model received a full-fledged navigation key.

To enter information into the PDA, in addition to the standard virtual keyboard, the Graffiti 2 handwriting recognition system is used. The following programs are already installed in the PDA.

Quick Tour. The program is designed for beginners, tells in pictures what you can do with the PDA, talks about the purpose of the hardware buttons and the Graffiti area.

Calc. An ordinary calculator, nothing more.

Contacts. Maintaining contacts is one of the main purposes of this device. There are 17 main fields for the record and four more, the values ​​of which are determined by the user. You can define a category for a contact (for example, work) and attach a text note. The number of contacts is limited by the amount of free memory. Contacts are correctly synchronized with MS Outlook. You can add a photo to a contact, it will be synchronized with MS Outlook version 2003 and higher.

Calendar. Maintaining a schedule of meetings and events. Traditionally, everything is quite convenient and visual. To organize a schedule, a larger screen than the Z22 is not needed. The program is correctly synchronized with the MS Outlook calendar.

Expense. Accounting for personal finances. Costs are entered by date, divided into different categories.

HotSync. Synchronization with PC, viewing the synchronization log. The program shows the time and date of the last synchronization.

Memos. Keeping text notes with breaking them into categories. Notes are synchronized with MS Outlook.

Note Pad. Keeping short, handwritten notes, such as writing a shopping list.

Photos. The new built-in application, compared to its predecessor, allows you to view graphic images.

Prefs. Almost all system settings are collected here.

Tasks. Task management. Dividing into categories, setting different priorities for tasks, tracking the status of completion, setting a deadline for completion. Tasks are synchronized with MS Outlook.

World Clock. The program shows the time in different parts of the world, can serve as an alarm clock.

Conclusion

The Palm Z22 has many more changes from the Zire 21 than the Zire 21 from the original Zire. Let's list these changes:

  • The model is more compact, lighter and more attractive in appearance;
  • A full-fledged navigation key has appeared;
  • Color screen instead of monochrome, backlight appeared;
  • Samsung 200 MHz processor instead of TI 126 MHz;
  • 20.5 MB available memory, NVFS file system;
  • New OS version, partial one-hand operation;
  • The Zire sub-brand is fading away, the model is simply called the Palm Z22.

The PDA concept has remained the same - it is the simplest model, devoid of expansion slots, wireless adapters, and a normal large screen. The model is suitable for reading books and making contacts, taking notes by hand, using a calculator and simple logic games. The name “electronic organizer” is more suitable for it, it does not reach the level of a PDA. The Palm Z22 has no direct competitors. However, cell phones costing 120-140 US dollars, which have an organizer and can be synchronized with a computer, can be considered indirect competitors.

Thanks to DiFo for providing the equipment for testing.

Palm Z22 review

If you remember, Microsoft has several times initiated an inexpensive Pocket PC with a set of basic functions. It seemed that some time would pass, and Pocket PCs would become available to many, they could be bought for 150 or even 100 US dollars. However, no such decisions have appeared, moreover, the average cost of a PDA sold has increased significantly lately. It turns out that only Palm produces PDAs in the segment under $200, the situation has not changed over the years.

The Palm Z22 model, which we will talk about today, on the one hand replaces the monochrome Palm Zire 21, on the other hand, the more expensive Palm Zire 31 model with a color screen, which additionally had the ability to play MP3, an expansion slot. The recommended price for the Z22 is $100. Note that there is an empty space in the segment from 100 to 200 US dollars. It is logical to expect from Palm the announcement of a model, let's call it the Z32, at a price of about $150 in the future, which will occupy the free segment.

The model does not have any frills in design, lacks wireless adapters and expansion slots, has a small screen and a poor kit, it includes only the most necessary things. All this was sacrificed for the price. Reviewers did not like the first Palm Zire, the verdict was: "You can't call this device a pocket computer, at most it's an advanced notebook." Palm positioned its budget model in this way - as a replacement for paper (it was it that was called the main competitor in marketing materials), and not as a multimedia entertainment center in your pocket. As a result, the Palm Zire model was sold in the amount of more than a million units (PDAs in the US were sold in supermarkets, at gas stations), which helped to seriously improve Palm's annual report back in 2003. A successful marketing ploy is positioning the device not as a digital gadget, but as a piece of stationery that can become an accidental (unplanned) purchase. Model Zire 21 differed little from its predecessor externally, but inside the handheld has changed - processor, RAM, operating system. Sales of this model were also successful in the USA.

The Palm Z22 is different from its predecessor both internally and externally. Let's start with external data. The dimensions and weight of the PDA have decreased - 103x68x15 mm, 96 grams. This is the smallest and lightest PDA at the moment. You can move it almost anywhere, even in a trouser pocket, even in a shirt pocket, the weight will not be felt by the owner of this device. In the hand, the handheld lies confidently, small size does not create inconvenience in use.

From the outside, the PDA has become more pleasing, largely due to the influence of the iPod. The perception was also affected by a more compact body. The other half of the PDA seems to float on the front panel, thus creating a black stripe around the white front part. The front part is made of white glossy plastic. All other parts are translucent blue plastic, through which the insides of the handheld are visible, which is the first time in a PDA. In general, we can say that the Palm Z22 does not look cheap, like previous models, but it does not give the impression of an expensive performance either.

The sides are smooth and free of buttons/switches. The ends are smoothed, due to which a more comfortable placement in the hand is provided. The number of control elements on the front surface has increased significantly: a full-fledged and convenient navigation key has appeared, on the sides of it there are keys responsible for contacts and a calendar. The power button is inconveniently located - near the lower left corner of the screen. If you have already taken the PDA in your hand, then you will have to turn it on with your free hand. This is more of a nitpick than a real flaw, you quickly get used to this arrangement.

At the top end there is an input for the charger, a miniUSB client for synchronizing and charging the device, an inconspicuous infrared port and a stylus slot. The stylus is entirely made of plastic, has a medium size and is easy to use. That's all, there is no speaker, no headphone output, no expansion slot in the PDA.

Compared to its predecessor, the screen is the main innovation in the model, it has become colored. However, the diagonal has decreased to 2.4”, it is made using STN technology, works with a resolution of 160x160 pixels, displays 4 thousand colors (there are no exact data in the specifications, they say about “thousands of colors”). Finally, the screen got rid of the main drawback - a backlight appeared, so that e-books can now be read in the dark. The picture on the screen loses its readability when exposed to direct sunlight.

The delivery set of the PDA is minimalistic - there is only the most necessary things (charging, synchronization cable, software disk). Note that the rubber cover disappeared from the kit, which was inconvenient and made the PDA visually even cheaper.

Specifications

Four times the memory capacity of the previous model (16 times the original Zire). The volume available to the user is 20.5 MB, which is enough for several dozen books and necessary programs. It is extremely important, given the fact that it will not be possible to expand it with a memory card. Note that the file system is NVFS, that is, if the battery is strongly discharged, data will not be lost. This is important for those who will use the PDA no more than once a week.

An ARM-compatible processor from Samsung is installed inside the PDA (the predecessor had a CPU from Texas Instruments), operating at a frequency of 200 MHz. If the PDA does not have multimedia capabilities, its performance is unclaimed, the power is redundant.

The PDA has a non-removable lithium-ion battery. At an average backlight level, the PDA works an average of 8-10 hours. You can count on a week of work if you use the device for no more than 20-30 minutes a day.

Software

The Pocket PC runs on PamOS 5.4.9 operating system. One of the software improvements in the Z22 is the ability to work with many applications with one hand, and for good reason, the model received a full-fledged navigation key.

To enter information into the PDA, in addition to the standard virtual keyboard, the Graffiti 2 handwriting recognition system is used. The following programs are already installed in the PDA.

Quick Tour. The program is designed for beginners, tells in pictures what you can do with the PDA, talks about the purpose of the hardware buttons and the Graffiti area.

Calc. An ordinary calculator, nothing more.

Contacts. Maintaining contacts is one of the main purposes of this device. There are 17 main fields for the record and four more, the values ​​of which are determined by the user. You can define a category for a contact (for example, work) and attach a text note. The number of contacts is limited by the amount of free memory. Contacts are correctly synchronized with MS Outlook. You can add a photo to a contact, it will be synchronized with MS Outlook version 2003 and higher.

Calendar. Maintaining a schedule of meetings and events. Traditionally, everything is quite convenient and visual. To organize a schedule, a larger screen than the Z22 is not needed. The program is correctly synchronized with the MS Outlook calendar.

Expense. Accounting for personal finances. Costs are entered by date, divided into different categories.

HotSync. Synchronization with PC, viewing the synchronization log. The program shows the time and date of the last synchronization.

The PDA concept has remained the same - it is the simplest model, devoid of expansion slots, wireless adapters, and a normal large screen. The model is suitable for reading books and making contacts, taking notes by hand, using a calculator and simple logic games. The name “electronic organizer” is more suitable for it, it does not reach the level of a PDA. The Palm Z22 has no direct competitors. However, cell phones costing 120-140 US dollars, which have an organizer and can be synchronized with a computer, can be considered indirect competitors.

Thanks to DiFo for providing the equipment for testing.

Palm Z22 review

If you remember, Microsoft has several times initiated an inexpensive Pocket PC with a set of basic functions. It seemed that some time would pass, and Pocket PCs would become available to many, they could be bought for 150 or even 100 US dollars. However, no such decisions have appeared, moreover, the average cost of a PDA sold has increased significantly lately. It turns out that only Palm produces PDAs in the segment under $200, the situation has not changed over the years.

The Palm Z22 model, which we will talk about today, on the one hand replaces the monochrome Palm Zire 21, on the other hand, the more expensive Palm Zire 31 model with a color screen, which additionally had the ability to play MP3, an expansion slot. The recommended price for the Z22 is $100. Note that there is an empty space in the segment from 100 to 200 US dollars. It is logical to expect from Palm the announcement of a model, let's call it the Z32, at a price of about $150 in the future, which will occupy the free segment.

The model does not have any frills in design, lacks wireless adapters and expansion slots, has a small screen and a poor kit, it includes only the most necessary things. All this was sacrificed for the price. Reviewers did not like the first Palm Zire, the verdict was: "You can't call this device a pocket computer, at most it's an advanced notebook." Palm positioned its budget model in this way - as a replacement for paper (it was it that was called the main competitor in marketing materials), and not as a multimedia entertainment center in your pocket. As a result, the Palm Zire model was sold in the amount of more than a million units (PDAs in the US were sold in supermarkets, at gas stations), which helped to seriously improve Palm's annual report back in 2003. A successful marketing ploy is positioning the device not as a digital gadget, but as a piece of stationery that can become an accidental (unplanned) purchase. Model Zire 21 differed little from its predecessor externally, but inside the handheld has changed - processor, RAM, operating system. Sales of this model were also successful in the USA.

The Palm Z22 is different from its predecessor both internally and externally. Let's start with external data. The dimensions and weight of the PDA have decreased - 103x68x15 mm, 96 grams. This is the smallest and lightest PDA at the moment. You can move it almost anywhere, even in a trouser pocket, even in a shirt pocket, the weight will not be felt by the owner of this device. In the hand, the handheld lies confidently, small size does not create inconvenience in use.

From the outside, the PDA has become more pleasing, largely due to the influence of the iPod. The perception was also affected by a more compact body. The other half of the PDA seems to float on the front panel, thus creating a black stripe around the white front part. The front part is made of white glossy plastic. All other parts are translucent blue plastic, through which the insides of the handheld are visible, which is the first time in a PDA. In general, we can say that the Palm Z22 does not look cheap, like previous models, but it does not give the impression of an expensive performance either.

The sides are smooth and free of buttons/switches. The ends are smoothed, due to which a more comfortable placement in the hand is provided. The number of control elements on the front surface has increased significantly: a full-fledged and convenient navigation key has appeared, on the sides of it there are keys responsible for contacts and a calendar. The power button is inconveniently located - near the lower left corner of the screen. If you have already taken the PDA in your hand, then you will have to turn it on with your free hand. This is more of a nitpick than a real flaw, you quickly get used to this arrangement.

At the top end there is an input for the charger, a miniUSB client for synchronizing and charging the device, an inconspicuous infrared port and a stylus slot. The stylus is entirely made of plastic, has a medium size and is easy to use. That's all, there is no speaker, no headphone output, no expansion slot in the PDA.

Compared to its predecessor, the screen is the main innovation in the model, it has become colored. However, the diagonal has decreased to 2.4”, it is made using STN technology, works with a resolution of 160x160 pixels, displays 4 thousand colors (there are no exact data in the specifications, they say about “thousands of colors”). Finally, the screen got rid of the main drawback - a backlight appeared, so that e-books can now be read in the dark. The picture on the screen loses its readability when exposed to direct sunlight.

The delivery set of the PDA is minimalistic - there is only the most necessary things (charging, synchronization cable, software disk). Note that the rubber cover disappeared from the kit, which was inconvenient and made the PDA visually even cheaper.

Specifications

Four times the memory capacity of the previous model (16 times the original Zire). The volume available to the user is 20.5 MB, which is enough for several dozen books and necessary programs. It is extremely important, given the fact that it will not be possible to expand it with a memory card. Note that the file system is NVFS, that is, if the battery is strongly discharged, data will not be lost. This is important for those who will use the PDA no more than once a week.

An ARM-compatible processor from Samsung is installed inside the PDA (the predecessor had a CPU from Texas Instruments), operating at a frequency of 200 MHz. If the PDA does not have multimedia capabilities, its performance is unclaimed, the power is redundant.

The PDA has a non-removable lithium-ion battery. At an average backlight level, the PDA works an average of 8-10 hours. You can count on a week of work if you use the device for no more than 20-30 minutes a day.

Software

The Pocket PC runs on PamOS 5.4.9 operating system. One of the software improvements in the Z22 is the ability to work with many applications with one hand, and for good reason, the model received a full-fledged navigation key.

To enter information into the PDA, in addition to the standard virtual keyboard, the Graffiti 2 handwriting recognition system is used. The following programs are already installed in the PDA.

Quick Tour. The program is designed for beginners, tells in pictures what you can do with the PDA, talks about the purpose of the hardware buttons and the Graffiti area.

Calc. An ordinary calculator, nothing more.

Contacts. Maintaining contacts is one of the main purposes of this device. There are 17 main fields for the record and four more, the values ​​of which are determined by the user. You can define a category for a contact (for example, work) and attach a text note. The number of contacts is limited by the amount of free memory. Contacts are correctly synchronized with MS Outlook. You can add a photo to a contact, it will be synchronized with MS Outlook version 2003 and higher.

Calendar. Maintaining a schedule of meetings and events. Traditionally, everything is quite convenient and visual. To organize a schedule, a larger screen than the Z22 is not needed. The program is correctly synchronized with the MS Outlook calendar.

Expense. Accounting for personal finances. Costs are entered by date, divided into different categories.

HotSync. Synchronization with PC, viewing the synchronization log. The program shows the time and date of the last synchronization.

Memos. Keeping text notes with breaking them into categories. Notes are synchronized with MS Outlook.

Note Pad. Keeping short, handwritten notes, such as writing a shopping list.

Photos. The new built-in application, compared to its predecessor, allows you to view graphic images.

Prefs. Almost all system settings are collected here.

Tasks. Task management. Dividing into categories, setting different priorities for tasks, tracking the status of completion, setting a deadline for completion. Tasks are synchronized with MS Outlook.

World Clock. The program shows the time in different parts of the world, can serve as an alarm clock.

Conclusion

The Palm Z22 has many more changes from the Zire 21 than the Zire 21 from the original Zire. Let's list these changes:

  • The model is more compact, lighter and more attractive in appearance;
  • A full-fledged navigation key has appeared;
  • Color screen instead of monochrome, backlight appeared;
  • Samsung 200 MHz processor instead of TI 126 MHz;
  • 20.5 MB available memory, NVFS file system;
  • New OS version, partial one-hand operation;
  • The Zire sub-brand is fading away, the model is simply called the Palm Z22.

The PDA concept has remained the same - it is the simplest model, devoid of expansion slots, wireless adapters, and a normal large screen. The model is suitable for reading books and making contacts, taking notes by hand, using a calculator and simple logic games. The name “electronic organizer” is more suitable for it, it does not reach the level of a PDA. The Palm Z22 has no direct competitors. However, cell phones costing 120-140 US dollars, which have an organizer and can be synchronized with a computer, can be considered indirect competitors.

Thanks to DiFo for providing the equipment for testing.

Palm Z22 review

If you remember, Microsoft has several times initiated an inexpensive Pocket PC with a set of basic functions. It seemed that some time would pass, and Pocket PCs would become available to many, they could be bought for 150 or even 100 US dollars. However, no such decisions have appeared, moreover, the average cost of a PDA sold has increased significantly lately. It turns out that only Palm produces PDAs in the segment under $200, the situation has not changed over the years.

The Palm Z22 model, which we will talk about today, on the one hand replaces the monochrome Palm Zire 21, on the other hand, the more expensive Palm Zire 31 model with a color screen, which additionally had the ability to play MP3, an expansion slot. The recommended price for the Z22 is $100. Note that there is an empty space in the segment from 100 to 200 US dollars. It is logical to expect from Palm the announcement of a model, let's call it the Z32, at a price of about $150 in the future, which will occupy the free segment.

The model does not have any frills in design, lacks wireless adapters and expansion slots, has a small screen and a poor kit, it includes only the most necessary things. All this was sacrificed for the price. Reviewers did not like the first Palm Zire, the verdict was: "You can't call this device a pocket computer, at most it's an advanced notebook." Palm positioned its budget model in this way - as a replacement for paper (it was it that was called the main competitor in marketing materials), and not as a multimedia entertainment center in your pocket. As a result, the Palm Zire model was sold in the amount of more than a million units (PDAs in the US were sold in supermarkets, at gas stations), which helped to seriously improve Palm's annual report back in 2003. A successful marketing ploy is positioning the device not as a digital gadget, but as a piece of stationery that can become an accidental (unplanned) purchase. Model Zire 21 differed little from its predecessor externally, but inside the handheld has changed - processor, RAM, operating system. Sales of this model were also successful in the USA.

The Palm Z22 is different from its predecessor both internally and externally. Let's start with external data. The dimensions and weight of the PDA have decreased - 103x68x15 mm, 96 grams. This is the smallest and lightest PDA at the moment. You can move it almost anywhere, even in a trouser pocket, even in a shirt pocket, the weight will not be felt by the owner of this device. In the hand, the handheld lies confidently, small size does not create inconvenience in use.

From the outside, the PDA has become more pleasing, largely due to the influence of the iPod. The perception was also affected by a more compact body. The other half of the PDA seems to float on the front panel, thus creating a black stripe around the white front part. The front part is made of white glossy plastic. All other parts are translucent blue plastic, through which the insides of the handheld are visible, which is the first time in a PDA. In general, we can say that the Palm Z22 does not look cheap, like previous models, but it does not give the impression of an expensive performance either.

The sides are smooth and free of buttons/switches. The ends are smoothed, due to which a more comfortable placement in the hand is provided. The number of control elements on the front surface has increased significantly: a full-fledged and convenient navigation key has appeared, on the sides of it there are keys responsible for contacts and a calendar. The power button is inconveniently located - near the lower left corner of the screen. If you have already taken the PDA in your hand, then you will have to turn it on with your free hand. This is more of a nitpick than a real flaw, you quickly get used to this arrangement.

At the top end there is an input for the charger, a miniUSB client for synchronizing and charging the device, an inconspicuous infrared port and a stylus slot. The stylus is entirely made of plastic, has a medium size and is easy to use. That's all, there is no speaker, no headphone output, no expansion slot in the PDA.

Compared to its predecessor, the screen is the main innovation in the model, it has become colored. However, the diagonal has decreased to 2.4”, it is made using STN technology, works with a resolution of 160x160 pixels, displays 4 thousand colors (there are no exact data in the specifications, they say about “thousands of colors”). Finally, the screen got rid of the main drawback - a backlight appeared, so that e-books can now be read in the dark. The picture on the screen loses its readability when exposed to direct sunlight.

The delivery set of the PDA is minimalistic - there is only the most necessary things (charging, synchronization cable, software disk). Note that the rubber cover disappeared from the kit, which was inconvenient and made the PDA visually even cheaper.

Specifications

Four times the memory capacity of the previous model (16 times the original Zire). The volume available to the user is 20.5 MB, which is enough for several dozen books and necessary programs. It is extremely important, given the fact that it will not be possible to expand it with a memory card. Note that the file system is NVFS, that is, if the battery is strongly discharged, data will not be lost. This is important for those who will use the PDA no more than once a week.

An ARM-compatible processor from Samsung is installed inside the PDA (the predecessor had a CPU from Texas Instruments), operating at a frequency of 200 MHz. If the PDA does not have multimedia capabilities, its performance is unclaimed, the power is redundant.

The PDA has a non-removable lithium-ion battery. At an average backlight level, the PDA works an average of 8-10 hours. You can count on a week of work if you use the device for no more than 20-30 minutes a day.

Software

The Pocket PC runs on PamOS 5.4.9 operating system. One of the software improvements in the Z22 is the ability to work with many applications with one hand, and for good reason, the model received a full-fledged navigation key.

To enter information into the PDA, in addition to the standard virtual keyboard, the Graffiti 2 handwriting recognition system is used. The following programs are already installed in the PDA.

Quick tour. The program is designed for beginners, tells in pictures what you can do with the PDA, talks about the purpose of the hardware buttons and the Graffiti area.

Calc. An ordinary calculator, nothing more.

Contacts. Maintaining contacts is one of the main purposes of this device. There are 17 main fields for the record and four more, the values ​​of which are determined by the user. You can define a category for a contact (for example, work) and attach a text note. The number of contacts is limited by the amount of free memory. Contacts are correctly synchronized with MS Outlook. You can add a photo to a contact, it will be synchronized with MS Outlook version 2003 and higher.

Calendar. Maintaining a schedule of meetings and events. Traditionally, everything is quite convenient and visual. To organize a schedule, a larger screen than the Z22 is not needed. The program is correctly synchronized with the MS Outlook calendar.

Expense. Accounting for personal finances. Costs are entered by date, divided into different categories.

HotSync. Synchronization with PC, viewing the synchronization log. The program shows the time and date of the last synchronization.

Memos. Keeping text notes with breaking them into categories. Notes are synchronized with MS Outlook.

NotePad. Keeping short, handwritten notes, such as writing a shopping list.

Photos. The new built-in application, compared to its predecessor, allows you to view graphic images.

Prefs. Almost all system settings are collected here.

Tasks. Task management. Dividing into categories, setting different priorities for tasks, tracking the status of completion, setting an end date. Tasks are synchronized with MS Outlook.

World clock. The program shows the time in different parts of the world, can serve as an alarm clock.

Conclusion

The Palm Z22 has many more changes from the Zire 21 than the Zire 21 from the original Zire. Let's list these changes:

  • The model is more compact, lighter and more attractive in appearance;
  • A full-fledged navigation key has appeared;
  • Color screen instead of monochrome, backlight appeared;
  • Samsung 200 MHz processor instead of TI 126 MHz;
  • 20.5 MB available memory, NVFS file system;
  • New OS version, partial one-hand operation;
  • The Zire sub-brand is fading away, the model is simply called the Palm Z22.
  • The model is more compact, lighter and more attractive in appearance;
  • A full-fledged navigation key has appeared;
  • Color screen instead of monochrome, backlight appeared;
  • Samsung 200 MHz processor instead of TI 126 MHz;
  • 20.5 MB available memory, NVFS file system;
  • 20.5 MB available memory, NVFS file system;
  • New OS version, partial one-hand operation;
  • The Zire sub-brand is fading away, the model is simply called the Palm Z22.
  • The PDA concept has remained the same - it is the simplest model, devoid of expansion slots, wireless adapters, and a normal large screen. The model is suitable for reading books and maintaining contacts, taking notes by hand, using a calculator and simple logic games. The name “electronic organizer” is more suitable for it, it does not reach the level of a PDA. The Palm Z22 has no direct competitors. However, cell phones costing 120-140 US dollars, which have an organizer and can be synchronized with a computer, can be considered indirect competitors.

    We would like to thank DiFo for providing the equipment for testing.