PDA32 Option Modules Priced
Via his TamsPalm site, Tam Hanna has just chimed in with some brief but noteworthy pricing news for prospective Aceeca PDA32 purchasers. For the first time that I'm aware of, this is the first time that a Palm OS-based device with any sort of mainstream appeal is being offered in custom configurations.
As we reported yesterday, the base price of the PDA32 is $179.99 but a number of significant items remain optional extras; IRDA, 3.5mm stereo output, Bluetooth, and 802.11b/g wi-fi. Aceeca is keeping these extra-cost items optional for their commercial customers while still making them available to a consumer audience by request. The breakdown in the pricing of these optional extras direct from Aceeca is now available and is as follows (note that these are proposed prices and have not been finalized, so they may change as production ramps up):
Here's what we are proposing price wise -
$179.00 for the basic model – no IRDA or stereo socket
IRDA (with high power transmit) – add $10
Stereo socket – add $10.00
Bluetooth – add $10.00
Wi-FI – add $20.00
Please keep in mind these are list prices so we give some discount when customers buy bulk units. Means you are paying $229.00 (save you getting out your calculator) for a full featured unit – which most of our customers will not want.
In Tam's words, this pricing scheme is "innovative yet fair". To further analyze the price of the PDA32 a bit for the average PIC reader, let's take the closest comparable Palm competition, the now-departed Palm TX. Assuming an Aceeca customer is looking for a device as closely comparable to the TX as possible, a loaded PDA32 will ring up at $229.00. With this price, the PDA32 should handily trump the TX in IR strength, battery capacity, wi-fi connectivity, and CPU performance. However, it's important to keep in mind that the TX debuted for $299.99 in October of 2005 with a drastically thinner formfactor, more user-accessible storage, a smaller battery, and less durable construction.
The TX also contained an assortment of bundled software such as Documents To Go and Pocket Tunes that does tip the value equation a bit in its favor. Of course, finding a new leftover TX for $299 is now impossible, as the handful still available online from less-than-reputable retailers range from $329 to $435. Any additional comparisons between the two devices will have to wait until performance and test results for the PDA32 have been posted.