|Powered by a Motorola i.MX1 ARM9 processor, the Motorola Tapwave 2 multi-media PDA offers high processing speed. This Motorola Zodiac 2 PDA offers you a longer duration of power to play games, thanks to the power-saving technology and high-capacity batteries. The sleek design of this Motorola PDA easily fits into your pocket. You can connect wirelessly by pressing the Bluetooth button of the Motorola Tapwave 2 multi-media PDA and can play games, share messages, images and more with your friends. This Motorola Zodiac 2 PDA supports memory expandability feature by up to 1 GB so that you can store more data easily. Weighing just about 6.3 ounces, this Motorola PDA is light to carry anywhere.|
|MPN||000101000000<<T9-1>>2406960, 000101000000<<T9-1>>2541228, 100601115648<<T9-1>>T2907, 100601115648<<T9-1>>T2907US|
|Product Line||Tapwave Zodiac|
|Processor Type||Arm, Motorola 200 MHz|
|Operating System Provided||Palm OS 5.2T|
|Operating System Required||Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP, Microsoft Windows 98/ME|
|Input Method||Jog Dial, Stylus, touch-screen|
|Display Colors||16-bit (64K colors), 16-bit (64K gray levels)|
|Display Resolution||480 x 320|
|Display Technology||3.8" color ( transflective ) - 480 x 320, 3.8" monochrome ( transflective ) - 480 x 320|
|Battery Type||Proprietary Lithium|
|Audio Output||3.5 mm Stereo jack, Built in Stereo Speakers, Speaker(s)|
|Connectivity Interfaces||1 x USB, 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm|
|Expansion Slots||MultiMediaCard (MMC) Slot, Secure Digital (SD) Card Slot|
|Included Accessories||AC adapter, Earbud headphones, Flip cover, Hand Strap, Stylus, USB Synchronization Cable, headphones, protective cover, wrist strap|
|Software Included||AcidSolitaire, Address Book, Date Book, Graffiti 2, Kinoma Player, Kinoma Producer, Memo Pad, Palm Desktop Software, Palm Reader, PowerOne Calculator, SMS, Stunt Car Extreme, Tapwave Alarm Clock, Tapwave JPEG Photo Viewer, Tapwave MP3 player, To Do List, Trumpetsoft PhatPad, Web Browser, WordSmith|
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||3.1 in. x 0.55 in. x 5.62 in.|
|Supported Audio Formats||MP3|
Average review score based on 5 user reviews
I like this device very much but have to give it an Good rating because Tapwave went out of business and there is no manufacturer development or support anymore.
I'll start with the "bad" first:
- Tapwave went out of business so you'll never see a "Zodiac 3" or manufacturer upgrades to this device
- If it breaks and you can't fix it; you'll have to find a new one...but...typically with any electronic device that is out of warranty you'd have to do the same
- If you get one without the software, it can be hard to find the Tapwave Palm Desktop. Brush up your Internet search skills.
- The reset button is needed on occaision to restore the device
- Proprietary Palm synch/power cable - a regular USB cable would have been much nicer
- Get a case. Do not use the included screen protector which can grind dirt into the screen if you are not careful
- Bright, crisp screen. Great for pictures, movies and games.
- Supports two SD cards at once. With the price of SD cards lowering and games being small in size, you can create "game cards" rather than storing games in memory on the Zodiac
- Easy to re-configure themes and programs locations. A personalized Zodiac is easy to set up.
- Though Tapwave is no longer around, the device is Palm powered and there are literally thousands of programs out there for use.
- Can easily double as a PDA - especially with the Palm OS and Graffiti writing system
- You can find Tapwave enthusiasts on the Internet and if you like to "tinker", you can indulge along with them
- With a downloadable movie program (free as well) you can play multiple format movies; unlike the PSP and iPod
- Excellent ebook reader
- Good mp3 player
I bought this for my 9 year old son to play with while traveling. I figured that it would be much cheaper than a PSP. Movies and music was very easy to load. I did not even have to synch it to do this. Just had to put files on the SD card from the desktop and then pop the card into the "Zod". I downloaded so many free games off the Internet that on a week long trip he didn't even play a portion of them. When he gets tired of this (as we know all 9 year olds will do) I'll probably make it my main ebook reading device - it will literally store thousands of ebooks on it so I can take my library wherever I go.
If you are looking for a multi-purpose device similar to the PSP without the cost, the Zod is a good choice.
I bought a Tapwave Zodiac 2 last month and I am rather satisfied with it. Of course, being a Palm afficionado, I had long wanted to have this PDA. While somewhat slower than my previous TX, I find it more stable and the larger screen size is a big plus for me.
I am a retrogaming addict and the variety of emulators available make me happy with this machine. Since I already had a large Palm software library, I was happy to get another Palm PDA. I also love using my PDA as a portable book reader and the Zodiac's screen is very well suited to that purpose. While brightness may be a concern in some lighting conditions, the construction of the screen makes it perfectly usable in full sunlight as well as with average interior lighting. Cloudy days or very bright interior lighting make the screen harder to read.
The only concerns I have with the Zodiac are the flimsiness of the integrated screen cover (solved by buying an aluminium case for $20) and the duration of the rechargeable battery (solved by buying a 2000 mAH battery from Korea). I also recommend that anyone buying a Zodiac 2 get the FAT32 drivers freely available from Palm Powerups so they can use 4Gig SD cards (make sure SD and not SDHC).
It may also be of concern to some that the Zodiac does not have integrated WiFi. It is still possible to find wifi SDIO cards out there, but the extra drain on the battery is such that I even stopped using Wifi on my TX, so I dont care much for the loss.
On the video side, the 480x320 resolution make it possible to have very good quality videos playing on the Zodiac (I'd say better than PSP quality :^)
For anyone wanting a PalmOS PDA, not minding the 200MHz processor and willing to invest an extra $50 for a hard case and a new battery, I would heartily recommand getting a Zodiac 2, if you're lucky enough to find one.
The Zodiac 2 is one of the most underrated Palm devices. However, it's highly sought after by those who realize its full potential.
In my opinion, the only thing lacking on this device is WiFi, which can be added via an SD card. Bluetooth, strangely, is included instead. The only reason I can think of is that during the time the Zodiac was being sold, Palm had some issues with built-in WiFi capabilities, which was solved with the SD card.
*Large screen - excellent for gaming and for reading eBooks. This form factor, in my opinion, beats all those new-fangled eReaders hands down. The screen isn't that much smaller than a paperback book.
*Nice controls for gaming and navigating
*Palm OS - runs thousands of apps, including games - both emulated and Zodiac-specific
*Dual SD card slots for lots of expandable memory, as well as memory + game.
*Metal case - durable
*A bit large and heavy for some folks - but it's not meant for a pocket. It's meant for a large screen gaming experience.
*Zodiac-specific home launcher is a bit gimicky - but can be replaced by any 3rd party Palm launcher
*If you don't have a Zodiac, finding one could prove a bit difficult (and pricey. But they're out there on eBay.
I love how it is a palm os but it has physical buttons. I dislike that the CPU by this day and age is quite old. I like that its still a very capable machine and that it has very nice hardware :]. I decided to buy this because a friend of mine had this before i did, and they were really the ones who introduced me to it.
Read about the Tapwave systems and purchased about a month ago - actually purchased 3 in auctions. Paid about $60 for each unit. It's a 6 year old system but holds its own against the other handhelds.
The Tapwave 2 is the better choice if you are debating buying the Tapwave v Tapwave 2. More ram.
Handheld emulators that you can upload for all the old gaming systems make it worth the purchase (SEGA, Nintendo, Atari, etc. - make sure you have the carts so you can upload the roms to the Tapwave legally). It's a blast of nostalgia to play Supermario Bros. Potential to have hundreds of games in your pocket.
Screen is big and bright, controls are good, and sound is loud from the two built-in stereo speakers. There's a headphone jack that you can use to listen to sound as well. Battery life has been 3-5 hours of continual use.
Two SD card slots with one being SDIO. Only recognizes up to 2 gig cards. In the process of getting WiFi to work with a SDIO WiFi card.
Added bonus of using all the of the Palm based apps. There's a whole number of programs available, but you have to hunt them down - no App Store but plenty of sites out there to download from.
Has the ability to play videos that you convert from your dvd's (extra steps of conversion and uploading to SD card - 2 gig limit). Has bluetooth and supposedly will tether to a phone/computer for internet connection as well. Plays MP3's that you can transfer to the SD cards (again, 2 gig limit).
Sure there's more functionality that I will find as I play more with it.