Palm TX or Palm Life Drive?

  1. I'm deciding on which pda to buy. I really don't want a pda that I have to worry about not having enough memory. Also, I want a pda with good recording so I can record lectures which can be longer than a hour. I like the TX and the Life Drive. I really dont care about the price as long as I get lots of use out of it. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks a million!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   GTChick01
    I was having this same debate, until I read some reviews on cnet.com. The Life Drive got bad reviews compared to the TX. Some people even said they had trouble with Epocrates on the Life Drive. Looks like I'll be getting the TX.
    http://reviews.cnet.com/Palm_LifeDri...html?tag=uolst
  4. by   heatherp
    I've got a TX, and I love it. I don't think it can record though. If someone knows how to make it record, I'd love to know. I have a digital recorder that I'll be using, and I know I can make the recordings play on the palm, so I may be doing that.
    Good luck with your decision : )
  5. by   ortess1971
    Yes, I had a Life Drive at one point, and it froze up and reset constantly. It did have a ton of memory but ultimately, I ended up with a Palm TX. It doesn't have a voice recorder though...
  6. by   MuddaMia
    I have heard that the upgrade Palm has available fixes the bug that made it crash
  7. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Life Drive doesn't have a user replaceable battery. I decided on a HP iPAQ instead.
  8. by   bdgriff
    I have the T/X and love it!! I've got at least 7 programs from Skyscape.com and still have about 35 mb free space. Plus, if you really need extra space, SD cards are very cheap now. I have one 512mb that I just have mp3's on too. Good Luck
  9. by   nursemama2be
    I have a question...

    how good are the batteries??? i worry about the fact its not a user replaceable battery..
  10. by   LadyT618
    Quote from nursemama2be
    I have a question...

    how good are the batteries??? i worry about the fact its not a user replaceable battery..
    I think as long as you keep your Palm charged (plugged in) your Palm should last you a very very long time.
  11. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from malernstudent21
    i'm deciding on which pda to buy. i really don't want a pda that i have to worry about not having enough memory. also, i want a pda with good recording so i can record lectures which can be longer than a hour. i like the tx and the life drive. i really dont care about the price as long as i get lots of use out of it. anyone have any suggestions?

    thanks a million!
    [font="comic sans ms"]a palm tx with a 2 gb memory card will give you all the memory you need, great battery power and is much less money and more stable than the lifedrive. it doesn't have recording -- buy a digital recorder for that.
  12. by   Jack Burton
    Quote from ruby vee
    a palm tx with a 2 gb memory card will give you all the memory you need, great battery power and is much less money and more stable than the lifedrive. it doesn't have recording -- buy a digital recorder for that.
    i agree, plus a lifedrive has hard-drive based memory, rather than flash, so it uses battery power quicker than the tx.
  13. by   Pat_Pat RN
    I have found that Best Buy has SD 1.0GB flash cards for $19.99. Some of you might want to scoop some up. The 2GB cards were $69!
  14. by   lizardst42
    I have the LifeDrive and I really love it. However, some things I have learned... If it has a hard drive, it WILL crash. Mine has crashed many times. It's quite embarassing at work (not to mention annoying). I kept having problems with my first one crashing so I took it back to the store in the first few weeks to exchange it for another. Neither one would record for more than 25 minutes without totally freezing up and needing to be reset. I already had an excellent digital recorder so that wasn't a big problem for me, just a ding against the product. Then one day, after about a year, the second one just died. Out of the blue, it wouldn't power up. It would only go through part of the reset then freeze again so I sent it back and Palm replaced it with a third. This one works fine, only a few crashes, but it doesn't record for diddly either. Is it me? Doubt it. But one very important tidbit I found out a couple of weeks ago is that the LifeDrive has already been discontinued and I haven't noticed any next generation upgrade. Makes me think it might be because palm wasn't too pleased with the results they got from their best shot at this one. I'm happy with my LifeDrive, but if the only reason you are looking at it is because of the recording ability, I've not found anything better than my Olympus DS 330 digital voice recorder. I would record my lectures, download them to my computer, then email it to others in my study group.

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