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palmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager PDA - Battery-Life and Verdict
Well, maybe one small problem. Battery-life. It’s not awful by any means but with a moving part and more content you can drain the battery fairly quickly, especially compared to conventional Palms. If you’re a big traveller I’d go for something like this third party Emergency Battery Charger from Gomandic.
If you keep it down to one movie though then you’ll have enough juice to get you though the day. Leave out the movies and stick to MP3s and some Wi-Fi browsing and you won’t have to charge until the end of the second day.
All in all then, I was very taken with the LifeDrive and for me it supersedes my previous favourite the Dell Axim X50v. The good news is that you can pick it up online for around £300, which is a lot less than you’d pay for a decent Pocket PC with Wi-Fi and a 4GB Compact Flash card.
The biggest problem for me is that audio playback isn’t slick enough for it to replace my iPod, except for short journeys. Removing the skipping when switching apps and adding in a remote would be good moves. This aside the LifeDrive can do an awful lot very well. It's not perfect but the large capacity, full feature set and its sheer usability make the LifeDrive so useful you’ll soon forgive its flaws.
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