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Organizing your life is a messy thing to do. But with new technologies, you can make it easier! Recently, the popularity of personal data assistants has increased. Everybody wants to get one, but the problem is which one to get? Researching each PDA before purchasing will help you with ease of usage, and you can impress your friends. This review is about popular Palm-OS based systems. Why? Palm-OS is the most widely used platform for PDAs, and other platforms aren't as useful and may run out of power in only a few hours. You can learn more about the reliability and usage of these systems. Depending on your needs, you might find the perfect match!

Personal data assistants have many different types of features. Take a look at them to see if you really need a PDA. They keep track of time; keep track of budget; keep track of meetings; take notes; may be able to go on the internet; play games; write essays. Those are only some of the features. All PDAs described in this article have touch-screen functionality and can read your writing.

Here is some information on some of these palm pilots.

Palm III series: These units are the standard units. They have a graphite/black casing and a light-green background. They come with all standard features (no internet) and backlighting. They are semi-bulky but very light. They require AAA batteries and have approximately a 2-3 week battery life. They come in different memory sizes.

Palm IIIc: This unit has the same characteristics as the Palm III, but this unit is in color. When turned off, the background is not green, but black. The unit has a lighted LCD, which glows like your monitor. The resolution of the LCD screen isn't great, so the black-grid may hurt your eyes after staring at it for awhile if you are reading. However, if you only use it for 2-15 minutes at a time, it's fine. This has a lithium-ion battery, so it recharges when it's in the cradle.

Palm V series: This is a thin version of the Palm III. It's very light, and about half as thick as Palm III. It has a rechargable litihium-ion battery, so you do not need to worry about buying batteries. If you would like internet access with this system, it is possible with a service that adds a wireless connector to the end of the unit. The case is silver.

Palm VII: This is a very bulky unit. It has the ability to use PALM.NET. It has all the standard features of the other Palms, plus it can surf "web clippings." Web clippings are special web sites designed to be used by the palm. There are a wide variety of different clippings, but remember that you cannot use this system to surf the web.

Now for the Handspring device. Handspring is a company that has created technology allowing a cartridge with addons to be put in the back slot. Thus, it is possible to add almost anything to the Handspring device.

Visor: This is currently the one and only Handspring device. It can be expanded to support the internet. The case looks rather childish, but the functions are great. Handspring has enhanced most of the software in the platform, and it also uses Palm-OS through a partnership with Palm. If you are looking for your first, easy-to-use, and inexpensive unit, this is great.