>> If you've ever had your hands on a Psion though you'd see they really
>> were great devices in a way the others aren't. I wouldn't trade in my
>> smart phone now because of its superior email, contact lists, and
>> calendar. But I find that when I want to write while on a bus or
>> something, the Psion was awesome in ways my modern devices aren't.
>> Real keyboard, runs on two AA batteries for months, and no Internet! (a
>> benefit when you're trying to concentrate on your writing).
> Real keyboard a serious minus - something mechanical to go wrong.
I had several Psions and never had a keyboard problem. The first one,
a Psion 3a, gave several years of totally reliable service, but was
constricted in terms of memory IIRC.
I wish I could say the same for the Series 5, which didn't last long enough
to make a further purchase worthwhile IMO. I had two goes with 'em then
wasn't prepared to throw good money after bad.
No European wide warranty either. I saved quite a chunk of money by buying
the last one in Manchester Airport's duty free shop, but to get a warranty
repair I was supposed to take it back there. The cost of return air fare,
not to mention what else I'd spend on a trip back to Blightly meant it
didn't get returned.
> Agree on the batteries however.
If I could avoid using the serial or parallel cables they were good for
about 4 weeks. Those cables would quickly turn that into a couple of days.
The other problem with them was
a) the lack of a mains power supply. We had one on order for at least a
year to work, but it never materialised. I don't think they were any
more than vapourware.
b) the flash disks were a proprietary thing and worse still, incompatible
between the Series 3 and the Series 5. It was a question of "Have data,
have no means of accessing it" when the Series 3 packed up.
> Other thing that was cute but ultimately a waste of time was the
> supplied programming language. Should have put the effort into apps
> instead, of which there were not enough. Otherwise it's like early PCs:
> supplied with Basic and not much else.
I did get the SDK and there was an emulator for a PC you could use for
development on a decent sized screen. I got chucked off with the
unreliability of the hardware before I got too deep into that though.
"No flying cars yet?", he wrote from a 2 inch by 4 inch pocket computer
instantaneously to subscribers worldwide using only his right thumb.