Reading through the hundreds of press releases today I came across one that is obviously pushing some cheaper PDA models for the Father's Day in the USA.
Royal makes a line of PDA (Personal Digital Organisers) that is the essence of an organiser: small, just functional. It does remind me of the first US Robotics Pilot design in some aspects.
Of course these PDA do not have the processing power of current Pocket PC and Palm OS devices - it can't even compete with my current Windows Mobile Smartphone, a Motorola MPx220 in terms of memory capacity.
But these devices can certainly be useful. I was surprised to see a new model that actually comes with a sliding keyboard, and now a model with touch screen (the EZVuye 5).
Users can access practical tools that can organize your appointments, calculate calories, carbs and mortgage rates, or provide handy reference directories for ready access.
Each model offers a calendar and schedule planner with alarm, information directory with calorie and carbohydrate lists, games, mortgage, financial and mileage calculators, built-in data protection to guard against data loss, American Heritage Spell Checker, English-Spanish and English-French Translator, and lots more. A stylus is included for the touch screen models.
The top of the line model with a slide-out keyboard is the Royal EZVue5, packing 3MB of memory in a design that features a six-line full-touch screen, backlit display, full address book, toll-free numbers directory, address book, checkbook calculator, To-Do List and Memo Book, and financial functions, among others.
The compact Royal Extreme 5 six line, full touch screen backlit display design features 2MB of memory, a full address book, 10-digit calculator, built-in clock with 12/24 hour format, metric and currency conversion, password protection, information directories, phone list, financial functions and additional capabilities.
And the Royal 5070R electronic organizer offers a 5-line backlit display with 256KB of memory that provides a full address book, an array of information directories, mileage calculator, multi-language prompts, To Do List and Memo Book, and many additional features.
Wow! I have 512MB on my mobile phone! My Pocket PC is loaded with a 1GB SD memory card...
What really make these organiser useful is the PDO Desktop PC software. The software, like the Palm Dekstop, is a personal information manager (PIM) for data entry and calendar synchronization. Both models can also be synchronized with MS Outlook and Outlook Express.
What's interesting is the price: the most expensive is US$39.99 and the cheapest one is US$19.99.