|The 1.2 megapixel digital camera of the Palm 72 Silver Edition handheld PDA captures crisp video and photos with sound. Get crystal clear picture quality with the 320 x 320-pixel color screen of this Palm 1.2 mp PDA. With built-in MP3 player, this Palm handheld PDA lets you relish music to the fullest. The Bluetooth connectivity of the Palm 72 Silver Edition PDA allows you to link with the Bluetooth-enabled computers up to 10 meters range to exchange data wirelessly. Integrated with the 312 MHz Intel PXA270 processor, this Palm 1.2 mp PDA ensures speedy and improved computing performance. Compatible with Microsoft office, the Palm handheld PDA lets you access your word document, excel sheets, mails on outlook, etc.|
|Model||72 Silver Edition|
|MPN||000101000000<<T9-1>>P80722ML3-SE, 000101000000<<T9-1>>P80722ML3-SE-BP, 100601115648<<T9-1>>P80722ML3SE, 100601115648<<T9-1>>P80722ML3SEBP|
|Product Line||Palm Zire|
|Installed Memory||16 MB - ROM|
|Processor Type||Intel XScale PXA270, Intel XScale PXA270 312 MHz|
|Operating System Provided||Palm OS 5.2.8|
|Operating System Required||Apple MacOS 9.2.2, Apple MacOS X 10.2, Apple MacOS X 10.3, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP|
|Input Method||5-Way Navigator, 5-way navigation button, Removable Keyboard, Stylus, touch-screen|
|Display Colors||16-bit (64K colors)|
|Display Resolution||320 x 320|
|Display Technology||Color TFT ( transflective ) - 320 x 320|
|Battery Type||Lithium, Lithium-Polymer, Proprietary Lithium|
|Audio Output||3.5 mm Stereo jack, Built in Speaker, Speaker(s)|
|Connectivity Interfaces||1 x USB, 1 x USB - 4 pin mini-USB Type B, 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm|
|Expansion Slots||MultiMediaCard (MMC) Slot, SDIO Slot, Secure Digital (SD) Card Slot|
|Included Accessories||Stylus, USB HotSync cable, carrying case|
|Included Digital Camera||Yes|
|Software Included||Adobe Acrobat Reader, Bluetooth Manager, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Contacts, DataViz Documents To Go 6.0, Dialer, Expense, Media, Memos, Messages, Note Pad, Palm Desktop Software 4.1, Palm Reader, PowerOne Calculator, RealOne Player, Security, Solitaire, Tasks, Voice Memo, World clock, palmOne Web Pro 3.5|
|Wireless Connectivity||Bluetooth, Infrared irDA, IrDA|
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||2.95 in. x 0.67 in. x 4.56 in.|
|Supported Audio Formats||MP3|
Average review score based on 14 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This PDA has EVERYTHING I need, and the capability to do even more if I used it's bluetooth and wireless features. The Zire 72 has great features built in like the camera, voice recorder e-reader, documents-to-go and RealPlayer to play MP3s. It has plenty of memory to run the programs, and the card slot (card sold separately) allows me to store even more books and documents on it. (I bought a 4GB card and have over 500 songs at my fingertips). The MP3 capability alone makes the price worth it. With other accessories that are sold separatly, like a keyboard I use my Zire 72 as I would a laptop to type word files and spreadsheets. There are many additional programs that you can purchase that will work with this PDA like "My Bible" program (9 translations so far) and e-books. As an ADD person, I find reading the e-books one screen at a time, and scrolling the text like a teleprompter helps me get through books that I never would have attempted. The Zire 72 syncs everything with the computer easily, so I use the two in tandem for the documents and calendars. The only downside is that it sometimes locks up, but a quick soft reset usually takes care of it. This doesn't happen more that 2-3 times a week. I bought this PDA on ebay because Palm does not sell this PDA anymore. I don't know why they stopped selling this one. The newer models have faster processors, but besides that I don't see much difference between the newer, more expensive PDAs and the Zire 72. The newer Palms don't have the camera. I use the camera a lot. It is great for those moments when I say "I wish I had a camera - Oh wait I do!" - I usually take pictures of people I put in the address book for future reference. This palm keeps the person's picture next to their name - and when it syncs with the computer, it stores the picture in Outlook too. The camera isn't as good as some out there, but it's good for a quick snapshot. There is also a lot of free software out there that is fun - one was different alarm tones, and some games.
In short, I use this PDA for my Calendar, Address Book, Task list, Memo Pad, MP3, Bible, Daily Devotional Reader, e-reader to read books, Camera, calculator, Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, Voice Recorder, Doodle Pad, Solitare player, and Guitar tuner (free program add on) - Not necessarily in that order. I even bought 2 so that in the future I will be able to have another one just in case this one ever dies.
After being so happy with the Zire71, I was so convinced by the Zire72's specs that I bought one when I found a good price. Well, one thing's for sure, it does live up to those numbers.
YESSS, it still has the bright screen. It still has the nice round style. and now that it's silver, it looks more bling than ever. The slider is now gone. There goes the days of hiding your camera, but hey, the PDA is now much slimmer and now takes higher resolution photos, so I'm not complaining. The center D-pad is definitely much more durable, and easier to operate, because you no longer have to dig your finger beside the center joystick to push it around.
The awesome sound was what lured me to continue using the Zire series, because the way it kicked iPod ass was amazing. And since this new one supports up to 2Gb worth of SD memory, it was really looking like my own personal iPod-killer. To my surprise, the sound is even better. It's just as good, but LOUDER. The only thing I didn't like about the 71 was that the volume was a tad on the quiet side. The 72, well, volume was jacked up twice as loud, and funny how the quality didn't go away. There was a small hiss though, kind of like when your cd player is turned to max volume but with the music stopped. But, any sound will drown it out completely. OH, having said that, I am astonished with the rear external speaker. IT IS REAL LOUD AND CLEAR!!!! It's like Palm listened to my prayers and corrected EVERYTHING in the audio department. Well, apart from the little hiss that is.
This leads us to the next best thing. The beefy CPU. the PXA270 is such a powerful little giant. At 312MHz, it not only runs the apps that I want, it also plays ALL of those 700Mb DivX movies, perfectly straight off the spot! No compression needed, just drop and watch! Man, I wish I could do that for the 71, no more fumbling about with the video conversions. Bye Kinoma Producer.
The camera, now 1.2Mp, covers 4x more area than the old 0.3Mp. It captures rather good pictures in broad daylight, making use of that large resolution, but at night, it becomes quite dissapointing compared to the 71, as the older camera had a much broader range of light sensitivity. The video-recording function on the 72 is great, and I have no complaints. However, I suspect having a better camera program will really help make use of the full potential of the camera.
OH YES, finally I get a microphone. All that time when I wish I could've recorded those conversations, well, now I can.
and you might be wondering, why less time to enjoy? Well, it would've been nice if it didn't eat through the batteries that fast. Not even the extra speed can justify that. For me, it lasted a bit over half as long as my 71, and not to mention, thats just on basic MP3 playing. Video and camera functions drain even quicker.
Also, what's with the crashing? I know I shouldn't ask for too much but this thing is definitely less stable than the 71 was. Twice as likely to ask for a reset. Luckily, the reset hole on the back can now be activated by the stylus itself so I don't have to break anymore paperclips. Speaking of which, WHY did they bundle it with such a budget stylus? This is even MORE expensive than the 71 and at least I want a stylus that doesn't feel like tic-tac box plastic.
So, what do I think? Well, the Zire72 is definitely a seriously amazing PDA; it's just more amazing on paper than it is in real life.
I've used a paper planner for years and the palm has completely replace it. I use it mainly for the calendar. Unlike the calendars on phones, you can manage it on your computer and altho I have never sync'd with outlook my daughter does with her zire22. I especially like the fact that you can print the calendars--this is usefull in reviewing expenses for tax purposes. The camera is more than adequate and since you carry the Palm with you everywhere to keep track of apts. you're never caught without one. I find the palm camera easier to use than the one on my phone and I simply sync to my computer or insert the card in the slot to transfer.
Contact manager would be useful to a realtor or salesperson as well as the calculator and expense functions.
I use the notepad more than the memo feature and you can make pages and pages of notes and still have plenty of storage. I've had as many as 67 lists.
I have recorded sermons and loaded the Bible on my Palm and added a prayer list.
I don't use it for listening to music but I did record my grandson's first song at 5 months! (on the movie camera)
With documents to go you can download recipes to take with you to the store or other documents you want to refer to when you are out and about.
It would be perfect if only my cellphone was a palm too. (My carrier doesn't have them) Well perhaps some day.
I almost forgot--CARE MUST BE TAKEN WHEN CHARGING NOT TO BEND THE WIRE LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE CHARGER PORT. IF IT IS BENT YOU WILL NEED TO DIG IT OUT EVERY TIME IT NEEDS CHARGING. (This is why I purchased one on ebay. great deal a $300 item for only $65 inc. shipping)
I love my palm. I don't know what I'd do without it.
This is probably the best pda I have owned so far. I bought it for its WiFi capability. I like the fact that it does have an SD card slot for more applications such as games or a dictionary. It also takes decent pictures. If you cannot afford a smart phone and all the applications or a new digital camera this pda would be just the thing your looking for. Remember that you are not going to find any pda or application cards in any store any more. You have to go on ebay or some online site. Most of the time you will find what you need. Happy shopping.
I got one for very little money on ebay and it works like every other Palm device but is sturdier and has a nice bright display. I only use it for the scheduling and address book as I am old fashioned but these days most of the Palms functions are done by your smartphone. I just never switched over to Apples address book so I don't really use my Apple address book for my contacts.