Initial Acceeca PDA32 Reviews Posted

accecca pda32 - treo 650 review After months of delays, the long-awaited (for some) Aceeca PDA32 appears to finally be a reality. Tam Hanna of TamsPalm fame has already begun posting a detailed multi-part review of a pre-production version of the device.

Aside from a brief first impressions post, Tam's first area of coverage and second relates to that physical dimensions of the PDA32. There's simply no avoiding the fact that this is a very large, utilitarian device. Utilizing a variety of comparable tech gadgets new and old alike, Tam has given us a very good idea of the PDA32's girth. According to Tam, the Nokia N900 smartphone is the only device that even comes close to matching the PDA32's dimensions and it far outclasses it in hardware and software capabilities. Other devices often criticized for their size, such as the nearly six-year old Treo 650, still end being distressingly thinner than the PDA32. I was expecting a chunky device with a rather bland, staid appearance but was in no way prepared for the PDA32 to be so much fatter than any other Palm OS device!

The closest competitor to the PDA32, from a specification and overall size standpoint, as well as a Palm OS enthusiast standpoint, are Palm's TX and T5 handhelds. These devices match the basic width, height, and screen resolution of the PDA32 but easily best it in thickness and screen size, not to mention aesthetics.

accecca pda32 reviewEven the decade-old Palm IIIc, Palm's first color handheld, is thinner than the PDA32 and roughly equal in all other measurements. Again, it's important to keep in mind that this is a semi-ruggedized handheld intended for a niche market and rather specific vertical applications. Aceeca has designed the device with durability and battery life in mind, with the massive 2,600 mAh battery a throwback to the days when Palm OS usage could be measured in days instead of hours. The most recent Palm OS 5 battery champs, the Tungsten C and Tapwave Zodiac, had 1500mAh and 1540mAh internal batteries, respectively. No word as of yet on how power-thrifty the 400Mhz Samsung S3C2440 CPU used in the PDA32 is or how it performs, but it's very likely that it operates much more efficiently than the older Intel Xscale and Motorola MX1 ARM9 CPUs.

On the positive side, Tam does state that the PDA32 is "insanely ergonomical" and that it is one of the most comfortable handhelds he has ever had the pleasure of using. He also no noticed no usability problems relating to the size of the device and praised the tactile feedback of the device's buttons.

A few additional details about the PDA32 can be gleaned from Tam's enlarged comparison photos, which are thankfully very high-resolution.

The PDA32's touchscreen appears to be the standard recessed design used on every Palm model up through the Treo 800w. The default Palm OS Garnet launcher and icons have been modified a bit from what we have traditionally been accustomed to from Palm Inc. since they began modifying these apps for the Tungsten T3 in 2003. "Contacts" is still "Address", "Calendar" is still "Date Book" and "Memos" is still "Memo Pad". The icons have apparently been given a minor smoothing and cosmetic update. The version of Garnet on the PDA32 has not yet been fully specified but it looks to contain a barebones OS install with nothing in the way of trialware or bundled software in ROM. Graffiti 2's help screen is fully present, unfortunately, so Graffiti 1 fans will likely best be served with either an older piece of Palm hardware or a new Android-based device courtesy of yesterday's news. Finally, the status bar on the bottom of the screen has been rearranged considerably from the Palm Inc. version, as seen in Tungsten T3, T5, TX and LifeDrive. It appears to lack the alert exclamation point icon, the wi-fi icon (perhaps since wi-fi is optional on the PDA32), the onscreen Graffiti toggle, and the screen rotate button.

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It's how you use it

richf @ 7/17/2010 6:04:54 PM # Q
Please enough with the size of your thing. Tell me how the sob works. Shouldn't you have underlined or capitalized the semi ruggedized part? How about that battery? We're talking days of use here. Sounds like a trip down memory lane to me, but who gives a darn, anyhow.
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RE: It's how you use it
hkklife @ 7/17/2010 6:52:04 PM # Q
1. I think anyone still interested in reading about this sucker know by now that it's a ruggedized unit for a few very specific purposes.

2. No idea on the battery life. We don't have a review unit and Aceeca hasn't contacted us or send out any press info. And Tam certainly hasn't gotten around to finishing his review by now. I made a very general conjecture and gave the mAh figures of the two biggest stock batteries I could think of in past Palm OS handhelds. At this point, that's all anyone can do.

3. It's definitely a trip down memory lane and there are still some folks out there that need, can use, or actually want a brand-new Palm OS device that's not a leftover Centro. Just yesterday at work a service tech for the alarm company came out....he was carrying a Symbol Palm OS unit (probably running OS 3 or 4).

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nice job Tam

Gekko @ 7/18/2010 6:11:33 PM # Q

please review cave paintings and stone tablets next.

RE: nice job Tam
CFreymarc @ 7/18/2010 6:27:58 PM # Q
Agree. To look at the PDA32 as a consumer device is ludicrous.

This is a rugged, industrial device. It goes where other "girly man" devices like the Treo 650, Pre and iPhone dare not to go. You can almost drip kick this thing and it will keep on working.

Unless Tam has experience reviewing industrial devices like voltmeters and the like, I don't give his review much credence.

RE: nice job Tam
hkklife @ 7/19/2010 12:10:27 AM # Q
Well, that might be the case but until I see/read otherwise, Tam's review is the only game in town. In fact, his pics are the only evidence that we have that this thing exists at all!

Also, I think that some of the Aceeca peoples' earlier comments, posts, & emails suggested that this was a semi-consumer oriented device, as opposed to the completely industrial nature of their previous products. That might be where Tam was coming from. I know that I was sort of expecting a small production run type of semi-consumer having an IBM XT PC in your home in the 80s as opposed to a Commodor, Apple, Tandy or similar.
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Graffiti 1

vetdoctor @ 7/22/2010 10:24:17 AM # Q
You know I downloaded the Graffiti 1 to my Evo and was surprised to find that I could enter more dependably than from the standard android keyboard. The lack of spellcheck holds it back. If the phone could be modded so that I could use the Graffiti for finding names and Swype or something else for emails and such that would be perfect.
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Gekko @ 7/22/2010 5:56:47 PM # Q

why put wagon wheels on a Ferrari?

RE: Graffiti 1
gmayhak @ 7/22/2010 7:33:48 PM # Q
That's a stretch Gekko! Ferrari earned their reputation and stands alone, kinda like Apple. EVO is just another android device (and they couldn't even be creative with the name, everyone knows it stands for extra virgin olive oil !)

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RE: Graffiti 1
rpa @ 7/22/2010 9:07:21 PM # Q
Did G1 have spell check on Palm? G1 on the Vx were "the good old days" as far as Palm is concerned. I could see it being very useful on a phone O/S for simple tasks like finding contacts or names or even simple text messages.
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RE: Graffiti 1
richf @ 7/23/2010 7:54:12 AM # Q
Spell check?? I have a dictionary that I can refer to on my Palm. Graffiti is just one heck of a lot faster and accurate for me than all the virtual keyboards I've tried. Last good physical keyboard I've used is the Treo 700P. Gimme Graffiti for my Pre. Not going to happen as long as Access has control of Graffiti. Why would they help Palm after they passed on Cobalt. I figure there's bad blood there in that relationship. Oh well, I can use a wish to sustain me just as I believed in the tooth fairy and santa claus.
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