Brighthand Reviews the AlphaSmart Dana

Discussion in 'Headline News' started by Ed Hardy, Dec 4, 2002.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

    Messages:
    20,724
    Likes Received:
    421
    Trophy Points:
    83
  2. T-Will

    T-Will Pocket PC Addict

    Messages:
    2,417
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    186


    Well, at least Pocket Word does 2 out of 3 of these things... :rolleyes:



    ...and 1 of these features... :rolleyes:

    Wow, the connectivity options are awesome on this thing though!

    But for $400, I would recommend someone look into getting a used Handheld PC. I just picked up an Intermec 6651 (rebranded Sharp 7000, I think) for $450 off eBay and it has Handheld PC 2000, CF and PC card slot, USB, Serial, 32 MB RAM, 800x480 beautiful color Active Matrix screen, integrated camera, 129 MHz MIPS, tablet mode, keyboard, and probably other features I missed.

    Or there's the HP 720's that are going for around $400, but the screens aren't quite as good as the Intermec, but they do have a CF and PC card slot and a keyboard all built-in.

    So if you look around a bit, you can find HPC's and laptops for around $400.
     
  3. Eciton

    Eciton Turgid Member

    Messages:
    410
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    ...or a Psion Series V.
     
  4. dmlenton

    dmlenton Newbie

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    I'm sure this must have been mentioned somewhere else before, but doesn't this remind anyone of Sir Clive Sinclair's Z88?

    Of course that was launched in August 1987, but some companies still seem to be supporting it. For example:
    http://www.rakewell.com/z88/z88.shtml
     
  5. masitti

    masitti Mobile Deity

    Messages:
    4,011
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Ed, I know this isn't quite the device for games, but have you tried to play any on it...?
     
  6. The Big Jay

    The Big Jay Gravity is King

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Sure. But the problem is that this is being sold to schools, not individuals. Wanna round up a few hundred used HPCs and laptops, then try and service them?
     
  7. micho

    micho Mobile Enthusiast

    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    No gray support? 2 pounds? Poor screen contrast??

    You're pretty much getting an oversized Palm III with an attached keyborad (which isn't necessarily bad), but at $400???!!!

    As suggested by the reviewer, I would also agree the Dana has GREAT potential with students...it would also be perfect for my mom or my mother-in-law (who just need a computer to type letters, organize things using a spreadsheet and email friends & family), but would consider buying it for them when it gets down to $150.
     
  8. T-Will

    T-Will Pocket PC Addict

    Messages:
    2,417
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    186
    True, plus I don't think Microsoft is supporting HPC's anymore. For an individual though I would say HPC's are the way to go if your willing to spend $400.
     
  9. [Cruzer]

    [Cruzer] Sooper Saiyen PocketPC

    Messages:
    204
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    This reminds me of the Newton E-Mate!! But I wouldn't get one or for my kid.

    IMO

    RC
     
  10. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

    Messages:
    20,724
    Likes Received:
    421
    Trophy Points:
    83
    A few. It easily handles games written a few years ago but, like I said in the review, many recent games require at least 4-bit greyscale. Fortunately, there are still plenty of games from the Palm III days around on the Web.
     
Loading...
Similar Threads - Brighthand Reviews AlphaSmart
  1. Hook
    Replies:
    3
    Views:
    768
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page