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The Price:
  • PM1 Palm m100 Stylus: $15
  • P55 Palm V Stylus: $18 - $22
  • Trio Stylus: $18 - $22
  • Stick Stylus: $2
The Pros:
  • Lifetime warranty on tip
  • m100, Palm V versions offer reset pins
  • Fit well in stylus slot, on versions designed to do so
  • m100, Palm V versions are solid metal
  • All are well designed

The Cons:
  • m100, Palm V versions a bit hard to remove from stylus slot
  • Trio lacks reset pin

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PDA Panache Styli
Ed Hardy (ed@palminfocenter.com)

One of the sad facts of owning a Palm is that you will almost certainly eventually lose your stylus. I was always careful with mine and tried to develop a habit of checking to see if I had it with me whenever I picked up my Palm but, sadly, one day I left it in a coffee shop. It is always a good idea to have a replacement stylus standing by because you don't want to be without your trusty Palm while you wait for a new stylus to be delivered. I don't recommend you use a pen cap or other stop-gap measure because you run the risk of scratching your delicate screen.

When you are thinking about stylus replacements, you should certainly check out PDA Panache, who makes styli for specifically most Palm models, the Visor, and some PocketPCs. They also make styli that can be used with any handheld.

All of them use their EasyView screen-safe writing tip, which comes with a lifetime guarantee of free replacement if it is ever damaged. These are all bright orange, which makes them a lot easier to see against the Palm's screen than the standard black tips, especially in low light. They glide nicely over the Palm's screen.

PM1 Palm m100 Stylus
They are quite proud of their new stylus for the m100. This is an all-metal stylus that comes in either black or chrome and has a handy reset pin under a screw-off cap. The chrome version is really cool looking and either color will match whatever faceplate you have for your m100. It fits securely into the slot on the m100. Actually, it might fit a bit too securely. The plastic stylus the m100 comes with has a tab on the top that sticks out to make it easier to slide the stylus out. The PDA Panache stylus doesn't have this. Instead there are a series of grooves at the top to help you get a grip on it in its slot. This is a bonus for people with large hands because it extends the area on the stylus you can hold when writing with it but the lack does make it a touch harder to remove the stylus from an m100. Another thing thing you should be aware of about this stylus is it really is solid metal and it is heavy. Whether you think this is good or bad is entirely a matter of personal preference. I know some people who like a bit of heft to their pens and styli but I prefer something lighter. These cost $15, which might seem a bit high for a stylus, but what you are really buying here is quality.

P55 Palm V Stylus
I have to admit, I really like the design for their Palm V series replacement stylus. It narrows in the gripping area which both makes it easier to hold and gives it a really elegant look. It is also all metal but it feels lighter than the m100 one, though not as light as a plastic stylus. It also offers the convenient reset pin under a screw-off cap but also lacks to tab to make removing it from its slot easier that I mentioned in the m100 stylus review. It comes in black or chrome, which cost $18, or gold, which costs $22.

PDA Panache Trio Stylus
For many, a Palm is an integral part of a DayRunner or other paper organizer. If you are one of these people, you really should have a combination pen and stylus. PDA Panache takes this one step farther by throwing a pencil in, too. The Trio is easy to use, just rotate it so that the correct small symbol is uppermost and click the button, and you can select between a stylus tip, a black pen, and a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. The shaft is metal with a rubberized gripping area. It even has an eraser hidden under the button. Its only real drawback is its lack of a reset pin. The whole package is no larger then any other pen and weighs less than some other all-metal pens I've used. It costs $22 and comes only in chrome.

Stick Stylus
On the opposite end of the spectrum from the Trio is the Stick Stylus, which is about as bare bones as you can get and is priced to match. It comes with an EasyView tip so you don't have to worry about scratching your screen but the rest is just the body of a cheap pen with a removable cap. With the Stick Stylus, you never have to worry about losing a stylus again. These are cheap enough you can leave one anywhere you might use your PDA, home, car, or office. I can see these making great giveaways at trade shows, especially when you can have PDA Panache print your company logo on them. It comes in black, white, granite, neon red, neon yellow, and neon green. No warranty or reset pin but what are you expecting at this price? One costs $2, a pack of three is $5.25, and a pack of ten is $15.

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'Ding'...Thank You for Playing...

I.M. Anonymous @ 10/31/2000 8:25:08 PM #
One thing that I CANNOT STAND about PDA Panache - and why I will NEVER buy their stylii under the current chassis - is that they INSIST on that 'nail'-only design. Sorry, but I want a stylus that fits as good - or better - than the stock stylus and that *snaps-in*...the Nail just doesn't cut it...you're stuck with that lazy flat-head design that makes it near-impossible to remove with some protective cases (i.e. Palm V Hard Case)...and, quite often, you're left with a sore thumb in the end. Also, the unnatural fit makes the Palm look 'patch-jobby'. Also, where's the built in pen?? (As far as I'm concerned, any 'stylus' that has a built-in pen which does not fit into the stock holder is a *NON-STYLUS*.

Are you looking for a REAL stylus that snaps into your stock stylus holder, has a built-in pen, built-in reset pin, spring-loaded tip, rubber butt, superior balance, clips on to your shirt pocket and is extremely easy to remove? Look no further than the Pilot Pen Company. After meeting someone at Comdex who had this hidden gem, I immediately went out and bought one for $19 at www.igo.com.

Check it out:
http://www.pentopia.com/chameleon.htm#T11V

The stylus is of unbelievably high quality (that is until you read the 'Made in Japan' label on it and realize 'of course'). Once you've used the Chameleon T11V in your Palm V, you'll see that it makes everything else look like it's playing in the sandbox.


PalmVGuy

RE: Please write me
Ed @ 11/1/2000 7:52:24 AM #
PalmVGuy, I got your news suggestion but you didn't leave me any way to get in touch with you. Please send some e-mail to ed@palminfocenter.com so we can talk about EditROM.

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RE: 'Ding'...Thank You for Playing...
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/1/2000 11:11:13 AM #

I bought a Pentopia Chameleon for my Palm Vx on the appeal of a a built in pen and springed tip. I also returned it the next day.

Too light. I like the weight of the stock, metal stylus that came with my Palm better.

Spring action is worthless - in my opinion. The spring is too stiff. I would have to press harder than I ever normally would to even gain any perceived benefit of of the spring. It is adjustable, but can only be made even stiffer. Tip cannot be dissasembled to cut the spring and make softer...

No real nub. Unless you count the "clip" that you have to grab with your fingernail. Too hard to remove from my palm compared to stock stylus.

Yeah, I'm back to the stock stylus - and happy with it. A replacement stylus should be as good or better than an original. This just was not (for me).

My 2 cents...


RE: 'Ding'...Thank You for Playing...
PalmVGuy @ 11/1/2000 11:16:57 PM #
Ed: You've Got Mail

Stock Guy: It may be that your V has a very tight stylus slot - natually, the tightness of the holder varies from unit to unit. My stylus slips out like butter, and I find that the 'nub' (which you referred to) makes it so much easier on the thumb. I can tell by what you've written, that you remove your stylus with your finger nail - yep, you've got a tight slot alright...the Chameleon was designed to be removed with the fleshy part of your thumb...and if you've got a normal slot, it's extremely easy to do - and very comfortable; if you've got a tight slot, then I guess you're SOL. As for the weight, I guess this is very subjective - I LOVE it personally, and it (in combination with the balance) has noticably improved my speed and accuracy.

(My 1 cent)


PalmVGuy


Pen/Stylus

I.M. Anonymous @ 11/1/2000 12:24:04 AM #
If anyone is looking for a pen/stylus combo and does not care if it fits in the Palm V, I would recommend the Retro 51 Tornado Data Pen. It's about $20.00 and has the best look and feel of any pen/stylus combo available. It's not thin and small like the Palm styli. It comes in several color and an all aluminum version (highly recommended). I got one from the Colorado Pen Company and I would recommend it to all.

RE: Pen/Stylus
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/1/2000 10:31:07 AM #
I have seen this stylus you're talking about, but have been unable to fid it. You got a link for one?

RE: Pen/Stylus
I.M. Anonymous @ 1/1/2001 2:46:25 PM #
You can order the Retro 51 Tornado Data Pen from StylusCentral.com at: http://www.styluscentral.com/ret19torduop.html


PDA Panache Nail Stylus

vienta @ 11/2/2000 12:23:32 AM #
I have a chrome "nail" stylus for my IIIx, and I love it except for one thing...the top always unscrews! I don't know if it has to do with how I hold it or if other people have this problem, but it does get annoying after awhile. However, I have no desire to change just yet, I like the extra weight of the nail stylus.

RE: PDA Panache Nail Stylus
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/2/2000 11:56:27 AM #
I had a similar problem with the top of my stylus unscrewing as well. I solved it by purchasing a small O-ring from my local hardware store and fitted it between the top and main body. The excess rubber can be sanded flush with the body of the stylus.

RE: PDA Panache Nail Stylus
vienta @ 11/2/2000 9:41:46 PM #
Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try!

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