Palm for Editing/Emailing Excel Docs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by sir42, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. sir42 macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2003
    NY, NY
    I’m thinking of buying a Palm but I’m having trouble finding some answers before I make the leap. If anyone can help that would be great.

    My major concern is that I will be using the Palm almost exclusively to edit and e-mail Excel documents and I’m a little nervous about compatibility. Here are my questions:

    1. I have an old Palm m515 with Documents to Go 4.0 and my Excel documents are “locked” when I try to edit them on the 515. Apparently certain formulas are unsupported by DocsToGo 4.0. In my case, I have formulas that reference other sheets in the file. Has this been corrected in DocsToGo 7.0?

    2. Right now I’m torn between the new LifeDrive and the T5 (with added Wi-Fi card). My primary use for the Palm will be in editing Excel documents and then e-mailing them using a Wi-Fi connection. Do either of these devices have a better feature set for doing this? Is the built in Wi-Fi card in the LifeDrive better than the Palm Wi-Fi card? Which one has a better processor? Screen size, resolution?

    Thanks in advance for any help!
  2. nospleen macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2002
    Hello, looks like no one answered your question. However, did you ever decide? I am leaning toward the lifedrive and wondered if you had any first hand experience since your post.
  3. ozone macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario, Canada
    Can't answer your specific questions, but I have Docs-to-Go 7 on my T3 and it seems okay. Go to - it's a PDA exclusive forum with tons of members. I'm sure they can answer your question, no problem.

    As for my opinion, I'd go with the Life Drive. If you can afford the extra money, go with the latest technology. I think the T5 was one model that most people could afford to 'skip'. It wasn't quite the model that people wanted to upgrade to from their T3 or earlier Palm.

    If you REALLY want to get fancy and plan to do a LOT of work on a PDA and have the BIG bucks, consider a top-of-the-line PocketPC and go to Softmaker makes Word and Excel compatible programs that can be installed on both your computer AND your PDA: no 'translation' required. Of course, it's Windows only... ta da! Too good to be true...
  4. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Yes you can do that on Palm but not a built in application.
    You need quickoffice to edit the files (see attached link).

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