Handheld Computing Announces Award Winners

Handheld Computing's annual awards highlight the very best Palm OS products released over the past year, from devices to peripherals to software. Products were judged on a variety of factors, including usefulness, innovativeness, design, accessibility, and appeal. These products should be on the radar of any Palm, Visor, or Clié user.

"With literally thousands of software applications available, and new hardware add-ons being released on a weekly basis, Palm OS handhelds are amazingly versatile", states Denny Atkin, Editor-in-Chief at Handheld Computing. "The Handheld Computing Best Palm-Powered Products of the Year Awards recognize the finest products in this thriving market."

In several categories, the number of excellent products on the market justified a selection of standout finalists in addition to the winner.

Best New Palm OS Device
WINNER: Handspring Visor Prism, Handspring
FINALIST: Palm m100, Palm

Best Communication Hardware
WINNER: VisorPhone, Handspring
FINALIST: Kyocera QCP 6035 Smartphone, Kyocera
FINALIST: Novatel Wireless Minstrel, Novatel Wireless

Best Springboard Module, Productivity
WINNER: 2000 Physician's Desk Reference, Franklin Electronic Publishers
FINALIST: powerOne Finance/powerOne Graph, Infinity Software

Best Add-On
Winner: Palm Portable Keyboard/Targus Stowaway, Targus

Best Palm Add-On
WINNER: Kodak PalmPix, Kodak

Best Document Editor/Viewer
WINNER: WordSmith, Blue Nomad
FINALIST: Documents to Go, DataViz

Best Database Manager
WINNER: ThinkDB, ThinkingBytes
FINALIST: HanDBase, DDH Software
FINALIST: J-File, Land-J
FINALIST: MobileDB: Handmark

Best Image Viewer
WINNER: FireViewer, Firepad
FINALIST: Album to Go, Club Photo

Best Graffiti Enhancement
WINNER: FitalyStamp, Textware Solutions

Best Utility
WINNER: BackupBuddy, Blue Nomad

Best Spreadsheet
WINNER: QuickSheet, Cutting Edge Software

Best Email Client
WINNER: MultiMail Professional, Palm
FINALIST: Eudora Internet Suite, Qualcomm

Best Browser
WINNER: Blazer, Bluelark Systems
FINALIST: AvantGo, AvantGo<

Best Replacement Application
WINNER: DateBk4, Pimlico Software
FINALIST: Launch 'Em 2, Synergy Solutions

Best Springboard Module, Entertainment
WINNER: Pocket Express Entertainment Pack, Pocket Express

Best Audio Product
WINNER: SoundsGood, Good Technology
FINALIST: MiniJam, Innogear

Best Gaming Accessory
WINNER: Palm GamePad, WorldWide Widget Works
FINALIST: Visor GameFace, Handspring

Best Palm Web Site
WINNER: Palmgear H.Q., PalmGear H.Q

Best Source for E-Books
Winner: MemoWare, MemoWare
FINALIST: Fictionwise, Fictionwise

Best Freeware Game
WINNER: Space Trader, Pieter Spronck

Best Commercial Game
WINNER: SimCity 1.5, Atelier Software
FINALIST: Zap!2000/Zap!2016, Astraware

Best Travel Software
WINNER: Vindigo, Vindigo

Best Travel Accessory
WINNER: Palm/Visor Emergency Chargers, Tech Center Labs
FINALIST: Battpac, Landware

The full story is available from Handheld Media Group in PDF format.

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I.M. Anonymous @ 5/9/2001 10:23:59 AM #
Some of the winners deserve to be there, but some definitely are just way out.

For instance, Best Palm Web Site should have been Palm InfoCenter!!

RE: Hmmmm...
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/9/2001 10:31:27 AM #
I say that Palmgear is the best site for applications but for information Palm Infocenter is Winner!

RE: Chat Feature
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/9/2001 10:48:18 AM #
I agree that PalmGear is a better site, but I would definitely change my decision to Palm Infocenter if it had a live chat feature (hint). That way, all of us obsessed Palm fanatics could have discussions in real time!

RE:Chat Feature
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/9/2001 11:28:21 AM #
IMHO: I'm more in favor to posts, than chat. I've been on the web since '94, I just prefer to read the posts & reply when I like. I had no idea PalmGear had a chat section until now. And I still don't care :)

RE: Hmmmm...
Geo @ 5/9/2001 11:36:56 AM #
I second the notion about rewarding PalmInfocenter so much I finally decided to stop posting anonymously. Keep up the good work, guys. :)

RE: Chat Feature
admin @ 5/9/2001 12:05:43 PM #
Thanks for the compliments!
We do have a live chat feature and it's been around for some time:


It is basically and IRC web applet that connects to the #Palm channel on efnet.

PalmInfocenter webmaster

Finally found this mag on store shelves

I.M. Anonymous @ 5/9/2001 11:32:24 AM #
I haven't been able to find this magazine on store shelves until finally this issue appeared at various boookstores. A good sign. :) Editor Denny Atkin was editor of Computer Games magazine before his obsession with his Visor (and the fact Handheld Computing is in Vermont just like CG magazine) led him away. :)

On the other hand, Pen Computing, which I really enjoy reading has suddenly disappeared from the bookstores I used to find it at.

RE: Finally found this mag on store shelves
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/9/2001 7:15:13 PM #
sometimes i have a hard time finding pen computing. It is best to look for it as soon as you know the new one is out. A week or so later it is impossible to find any issues.

Award Winners

MadMax @ 5/9/2001 11:36:04 AM #
OK, opinions are like, ah- er' Elbows! Everybody has at least 1.
I agree w/ some not others... Some of the catagories are so specific, the products are all alone anyway. On the other hand, "Best Replacement Application" is such a broad & sweeping catagory that it could be a separate contest all together. Datebk4 & Launch 'Em are like sushi to cottage cheese.
Where is the contact management catagory? Isn't to manage our lives the first reason we laid down the cash for these precious units?
Best Replacement Application WINNER:
DateBk4, Pimlico Software
FINALIST: Launch 'Em 2, Synergy Solutions

I tried Datebk4 for nearly a month. Datebk4 doesn't FEEL right. I'm on the road ALOT so, I rely on my Palm to hadle my schedule, todos, & contacts. I've tried many other contact manager add-on's & always find myself going back to Action Names from Iambic. Although It feels simple, it's very robust. I can assign specific icons, link a name to an apointment, & schedule a follow up just like in Datebk4; But, AN just FEELS better.
I use Launch 'Em. Works great on my 505. Would like to see some color enhancements but since they were bought out 18 months ago, we haven't seen any new stuff & probably won't.

My opinions,
Mad Max
The Road Warrior

photo apps

I.M. Anonymous @ 5/9/2001 1:18:42 PM #
Are you kidding me? SplashPhoto kicks all these image viewer's butts when it comes to displaying photos on your handheld (esp. color photos on a Prism!!!)

Database authors wrong

I.M. Anonymous @ 5/9/2001 4:32:27 PM #
Did anybody notice that the authors of the databases were all messed up? HanDBase=DDH, not Land-J! Hope it's not that way in the print article...

RE: Database authors wrong
Ed @ 5/9/2001 6:16:12 PM #
No, the original is correct but the article that was sent to me had them reversed. I've made the correction. Thanks.

News Editor
Palm Infocenter
RE: Database authors wrong
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/9/2001 10:19:06 PM #
Its still messed up.

"WINNER: ThinkDB, ThinkingBytes
FINALIST: HanDBase, Handmark
FINALIST: J-File, Land-J
FINALIST: MobileDB: DDH Software "

DDH Software should be with HANDBASE, not handmark...

Visorphone Wins ?

I.M. Anonymous @ 5/9/2001 4:59:15 PM #
There is no comparison btwn the Smartphone & the Visorphone. At best the Visorphone is a kludge. The Kyocera Smartphone is not only the best wireless device ever made, it is the best PalmOS device. Get a grip Handheld Computing!

Oh Come now!

I.M. Anonymous @ 5/9/2001 8:15:51 PM #
Now I can agree about WordSmith, and I do think FireViewer is the best Image App there is, but I was a tad dissapointed. First off, the M105 as the runner up? The M105 is the one handheld by Palm I simply cannot love. Try the M500 or something, but not the M105!!

I dunno how old GoBar is, but I like how familiar its interface is. It does a good job of adding some windows and doodads while keeping the Palm simplicity.

I also think comparing the VisorPhone to the Smartphone is like comparing oranges to apples.

And finally, I find palmgear so-so. Great for software, but I think sites like visorcentral or palminfocenter should be up there.

I think this awards bit is just a publicity act. For all it's worth, I could do a "PDA AWARDS 2001" bit myself!


Ferdy @ 5/10/2001 1:34:39 AM #
Space trader is the best freeware game, only it takes a lot of space in the memory (200kb). But if you dont have it, you should defnetley download it!

re: oh come on now

kh @ 5/10/2001 6:15:50 PM #
I can only say that the m105 is an elegant little device, plenty powerful for my needs. Certainly, a power user might require the extra memory flash provides, but 8mb lets me have my dictionary, some books, slews of apps including a wordprocessor, several games...I've still got room to spare. It's good that there is a Palm device to make everybody happy : )

No Peanuts!

BruceHP @ 5/11/2001 8:48:44 AM #
Why is it that you can no longer DL HHC from Peanut Press by using the number from your hard copy label?


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