PalmOne Zire 71 Handheld

PalmOne Zire 71 Handheld

  • Release Date: 23 April, 2003
  • Used Price: $60.00
  • Availability: This item is currently not available.
  • Third Party Used Price: $150.00
Palm’s Zire brand is designed primarily for consumers rather than for professionals. The first Zire was a low cost, entry level machine, this one, the second in the range, is a multimedia extravaganza. The most eye catching feature of the Zire 71, after you’ve noticed the sleek rounded blue casing for the hardware, is the built-in digital camera.
The Zire 71's built-in digital camera
You need to slide the upper and lower body apart to reveal it, and when you do so the Zire 71’s screen automatically turns into a viewfinder. Click the button that is also revealed during the sliding process, and you can take pictures, at resolutions of 160 x 120, 320 x 240 and 640 x 480.

Palm has even produced a new version of Palm Desktop to help you make the most of managing digital images. This includes a nice viewer and some editing tools. Palm Desktop also, incidentally, has a new installer which is more efficient than before when it comes to selecting multiple applications to send to your Palm. The Zire 71 runs version 5 of the Palm operating system, which has improved sound features. Install the provided copy of the Real One player and you can play MP3 music through headphones. Gaming is assisted by a joystick style navigation button that sits beneath the screen. But when you want to use the Zire 71 for more traditional personal information management tasks you can tap the application shortcut buttons to launch Date Book, Address Book or Note Pad. The fourth button takes you to your digital photo library. As usual these buttons can be reallocated to other applications if you like.

Only 13MB of to the 16MB of memory on board is actually available for applications and data, but an SD card slot means you can add to this easily. The screen is a superb transreflective TFT type – it is the best we’ve seen on a PDA from Palm. The Universal Connector means existing peripherals like keyboards which support this should work without problems with the Zire 71. The Zire 71 is a great multimedia PDA which finally puts Palm in a position to rival Sony for its Multimedia crown. --Sandra VogelFeatures: Bright, 320x320 transflective TFT color display supports more than 65,000 colors, Texas Instruments OMAP310 processor (ARM); 144 MHz, Integrated digital camera with 640x480 resolution, auto exposure, and automatic white balance control, SD expansion slot, What's in the box: Zire 71 Handheld, Protective Carrying Case, USB HotSync Cradle, Power Adapter, Desktop Software CD-ROM, Software Essentials CD-ROM, Stylus

Similar Products

PalmOne Zire/Zire 71 Slim Leather Case

PalmOne Zire/Zire 71 Slim Leather Case

PalmOne Zire and Zire71 Essentials Kit

PalmOne Zire and Zire71 Essentials Kit

PalmOne Recharging USB Hotsync Cable

From $14.34:

PalmOne Recharging USB Hotsync Cable

How to do Everything with Your Zire Handheld

From $16.99:

How to do Everything with Your Zire Handheld

PalmOne Sega Classics Card

PalmOne Sega Classics Card

Accessories

RhinoSkin Universal PDA Tri-Fold Leather Case (Black)

RhinoSkin Universal PDA Tri-Fold Leather Case (Black)

PalmOne Modem Connectivity Kit (m125, m130, i705, Tungsten T & m500 series)

From $95.99:

PalmOne Modem Connectivity Kit (m125, m130, i705, Tungsten T & m500 series)

Palm PALM Palm Series Travel Kit

From $20.99:

Palm PALM Palm Series Travel Kit

PalmOne HotSync Cradle USB (m125, m130, i705, Tungsten (Except E), & m500 Series)

PalmOne HotSync Cradle USB (m125, m130, i705, Tungsten (Except E), & m500 Series)

PalmOne HotSync Serial Cradle (m125, m130, i705, Tungsten  & m500 series)

From $26.99:

PalmOne HotSync Serial Cradle (m125, m130, i705, Tungsten & m500 series)

Customer Rating: 3.73 of 5 (151 total reviews)

  • 4 starsA Great Upgrade and a Great Buy

    Losing my Palm m105 was upsetting, but having read about the Palm Zire 71 I decided it was a good excuse to upgrade. The built in digital camera and the ability to expand it to play MP3's, plus the color display, convinced me it was time to make the jump. I'm glad I did.

    I was a little thrown that there was a new version of Graffiti to contend with, but Graffiti II is somewhat easier to use than its predecessor, so that wasn't a problem. The larger display area is a plus too.

    The digital camera is decent enough quality for taking quick pictures and emailing them or sharing them online. To do more than that you'll need to have the ability to do some tweaking in PhotoShop or another graphics program, but you can't beatthe convenience of the combination.

    The package I brought came with all the necessary software, including a Palm version of RealPlayer so that all I needed for MP3 play was an expansion card and a pair of earphones. Putting songs on the expansion card couldn't be easier. My only complaint is the volume. Maximum volume on this player isn't quite loud enough for me, but that's just a matter of personal preference.

    Mine came with a carrying case that is a bit of a tight fit, and just serves it's purpose. If you want a better carrying case, get the Zire 71 Essentials package, which has a case that you can also wear on your belt for carrying your Palm around.

    So, a few minor complaints aside, the Palm Zire 71 is more than worth the price. If you're upgrading from an older Palm, you won't be sorry you got the Zire 71.

  • 4 starsMost fun I've had with a PDA Yet!

    I purchased the Zire 71 as a going back to school present. It was brand new at the time, and such an improvement over Palm's older models (M500 series).

    They fixed their lackluster screen problems. This model is bright and clear, and the battery doesn't die nearly as quickly as it did with the m500 series.

    This palm is multimedia capable, AND a digital camera! It came in handy in class whenever my teacher drew a diagram, and even during concerts where "cameras" aren't allowed this thing is allowed through! Of course it doesn't have a flash and the resolution is limited, but then again you'd look sort of weird whipping out a high res camera to take photos of a diagram in class.

    The camera is hidden inside of the palm, it has a slide-open case to reveal it. With memory cards you can take hundreds of photos. It uses SecureDigital cards, which I have found to be very durable.

    Even special software has been released for this Palm. The joystick on the bottom of it make it fun for playing the new Sega Sonic The Hedgehog games, as well as flipping through your information with ease.

    Some of the nitpicking I have seen on this site regarding the case being "slippery", and the buttons too easily turning the unit on - I do not think the palm is slippery, and it's thickness actually makes it feel much more sturdy to me than other PDA's. I dropped my Zire a few times and it never even had a scratch on it. As far as the buttons, if you try to jam it into it's included case, you will get that problem. Maybe the same people jamming it in are also the same people reporting it being "slippery"?

    The only thing I can complain about on this unit is the RealOne Software. I was never able to sync my mp3s through that software, however palm's desktop software will allow you to also put MP3s on the device so it wasn't as big a deal. If you plan on using it as a full-time MP3 player, I recommend getting an empty jump drive to connect your memory card directly to your PC for faster transfers. Those are only about $17 and definitely a good investment.

    There are no WiFi capabilities with this unit, but that's normal for this price range. But for the money, this is the best Palm PDA out there!

  • 4 starsPalmOne gets cheap.

    OK, the people that designed this baby, should be fired, or given a crash course on not getting cheap with a product of this price.

    I love this little baby; mp3, buttons, video fx, pictures (fair at best,). But, I have my distaste for certain things which may sound trivial, but are important to many of us.

    1-Can't Palm supply this expensive device with a quality belt carrying case? I paid 20 bucks for mine at Staples, and the button is starting to become loose. A 4 dollar product for Palm, if they decided to buy them and including them with the product. Instead, they give you this piece of crap cover, which is the most impractical case you can see.

    2-The blue paint on the side, peels like a banana. What the hell is that made of?

    3-The power on button is awkward, somtimes turning on when the case touches it out of random motion. Couldn't have placed it on the bottom of the unit?

    Apart from the aforementioned, the unit is pretty good. But why would Palm get so cheap, and not address these petty problems which could of been rectified with some practical designers?

    Next time I buy a PDA, I will do my homework, and see if the competition can offer a solution to these petty problems.

    Otherwise, I'm somewhat satisfied. I hope not to encounter the battery life nightmares that some people have. Not able to replace the battery, is like spending $$$ on a car, and not being able to replace its battery. Makes you wonder if Palm wants you to replace them every year.

    Disposable Palm is what the message is conveying.