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Palm Hands Free SalePalm's online store is currently running a sale on select hands-free accessories. The sale features a number of bluetooth headsets, hands free car kits, car chargers and a couple of heavily discounted GPS kit's. The store is also offering free shipping on all orders and a free car visor CD holder with your purchase. Deals include:

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PalmŪ Wireless Headset Series 3 - $39

Gekko @ 8/22/2008 10:59:46 AM # Q

this looks like a good price. my only concerns -

1. static and sound quality?
2. one extra thing to carry/charge?
3. looking like a schmo walking around with this thing in my ear?

comments?

RE: PalmŪ Wireless Headset Series 3 - $39
SeldomVisitor @ 8/22/2008 11:11:17 AM # Q
I had a STRONG feeling of deja vu reading your post - warrantless?

RE: PalmŪ Wireless Headset Series 3 - $39
Gekko @ 8/22/2008 11:26:26 AM # Q

this is version 3. perhaps discussed version 1 and/or 2 or BT headsets in general?

your point?

RE: PalmŪ Wireless Headset Series 3 - $39
hkklife @ 8/22/2008 1:19:04 PM # Q
I have the first-generation Palm BT headset. Its performance is astoundingly mediocre, with probably just decent battery life & the convenience of using the same charger as my Treo to recommend it. On the other hand, that is, what,a circa 2005 product? So I never really had high expectations for it to begin with.

It's not terrible, just leave something to be desired from a style/comfort/sound quality (low-ish volume & staticky sound) compared to other units. A colleague has the 2nd generation Palm headset (the rebranded Plantronics Discovery 645 one) and it's much smaller, stylish and offers better sound quality. But it also leaves something to be desired comfort & charging convenience wise b/c you've gotta plut it into this little charging "sleeve".

If I had to buy a Palm BT headset, I'd definitely go with the 3rd generation one on sale right now. I imagine they are beginning to slowly start clearing out the final stocks of peripehrals utilizing the Athena connector.

Note that this one does NOT come with a separate charger, unlike the first-gen Palm BT headset. You've gotta use it with your Treo's current charger. Palm's also throwing in a free car CD visor case w/ purchase, which is nothing great but a decent little freebie.

Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p

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MSRP

joad @ 8/22/2008 1:16:49 PM # Q
It's pretty amazing to see the prices here. Was looking for ANYTHING that seemed like a deal, and after dropping the prices by FIFTY percent they still seem just above what I would expect to see that product selling for. Didn't realize that Palm's MSRP was that far outside reality across the board, but then again I rarely buy accessories directly from them.

Not much use for bluetooth accessories anyway - I use a Treo and their BT connections are 'iffy' at best.




Paying my annual PDA update tax to Palm since 1997.

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GPS devices?

Tere @ 8/22/2008 1:48:46 PM # Q
The Palm GPS car kit w/ TomTom 6 and the Palm GPS Nav w/ Garmin Mobile XT.
Are they REALLY not compatible with the TX or are they just favoring the Treos? Anyone know for sure? Thanks!



- Tere

RE: GPS devices?
hkklife @ 8/22/2008 2:11:43 PM # Q
TomTom6 with the TX is a hit & miss affair (it WORKS, but it's quite crash-prone). I personally would not waste $ on it due to its relatively age and the fact that TomTom's not supporting TT on non-standalone devices anymore.

If I HAD to buy a Palm OS GPS solution nowadays (not that I would), I'd definitely go with Garmin Mobile XT. Garmin works fine with the TX and is officially supported:

http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=3323



Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p

RE: GPS devices?
Tere @ 8/27/2008 10:08:32 AM # Q
Thanks for your imput! Any idea how the Garmin compares to the Proporta Freedom 2000?

- Tere
RE: GPS devices?
hkklife @ 8/27/2008 11:42:54 AM # Q
Hardware-wise, pretty much all BT GPS receivers are the same nowadays. Anything that's SirfStar III or better (the Proporta is SS III) should be totally fine.

It all boils down to the software, really (both from the handheld client as well as the map data).

For the newest map data I'd say TeleNav for Palm OS devices, but that's a monthly subscription service. The most robust current Palm OS nav software is Garmin and that's really also the only one other than TeleNav that's still actively supported.

So it boils down there's no choice other than GarMin for standalone maps & a one-time purchase price or TeleNav for a monthly subscription fee. I'm not positive but the GPS receiver Garmin includes with their Mobile XT package *MIGHT* be locked to only Garmin's software solution, so if you want flexibility at a slightly higher price you may have to purchae the Garmin software + maps separately and pair them with a 3rd party GPS receiver like Holux or Proporta's or whatever.

Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p

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