PDA that is compatible with Mac OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by gusthecat, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. gusthecat macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I'm looking for a PDA that I can use with my iMac. I used to sync my Palm Tungsten E with the Palm Desktop software to our G4 iBook no problem.

    Regrettably, I sold the Tungsten E. I am using a Dell Axim X5 now but I want to go back to Palm OS. Windows even on a handheld is unbearable. :D

    Two things:

    1. What current Palm OS PDAs support the Mac?
    2. Please PM me if you have a Palm OS PDA for sale < $50.

    Thanks,

    GusTheCat
     
  2. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

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    i am not sure if the treo is on your list but have a treo 680 and it works great with the mac. As a matter of fact I couldnt get my treo to sync via bluetooth on my pc but it works perfectly with my mini.
     
  3. hogmog macrumors member

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    I quite happily use a Palm TX with powerbook G4 1.67 running 10.4.10, usually using bluetooth to sync entourage and exchange files including EndNote (academic ref database if u have not heard of app before).
     
  4. bijou macrumors regular

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    I've been using a Treo 755p for the past few months via iSync, with no complaints.
     
  5. gusthecat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks...

    ...for the feedback so far.

    I should clarify that I'm not looking for a phone at this point. I miss my handy utilities and to-do lists on the PDA.

    I'm thinking of a monochrome screen Palm OS 5 device if one exists for good battery life.

    I found something like a Sony Clie PEG-T415 that may be what I'm after.

    Thanks,

    GusTheCat
     
  6. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

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    i dont have much experience with the older Palms. But out of interest I grabbed my moms Tungsten E2 and it worked fine with the mac and my fiances Zire 22 worked just fine. you can pick those up for pretty cheap now a days and could probably even get a used one for next to nothing.
     
  7. gusthecat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thx Peeaanut

    What did you think of the difference in the screens between those two? I've seen the Zire Z22 for cheap. I used to have a Tungsten E. The Zire is 160x160 resolution and the Tungsten is double that.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    GusTheCat
     
  8. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    In addition to the lower res (which may not mean a lot depending on your needs), the Zire Z22 has an inferior screen technology- it's not nearly as vibrant, and there is a lot of 'ghosting' (slow screen refreshing.)

    You could find a Tungsten E or E2 on EBay for probably good price from a reputable seller, compared to a new Z22.

     
  9. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

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    I could not use the Z22 on a regular basis, the screen just doesnt look that good. I have an older palm, either a IIIx, IIIxe or Vx (cant remember off hand) that I was gonna give a try to later this week. If I can get it to work i will let you know. I just have to pick it up from the parents house.
     
  10. gusthecat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Update

    Picked up a gently used Treo 650 today. It came with the Palm Desktop software for Mac OS so I should be good to go!

    Thanks all,

    GusTheCat
     
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  12. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

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    pricey and lack of 3rd party apps turned me away from the iPhone. Also no A2DP whats the point?
     
  13. kenrobin macrumors regular

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    I've tried Palm's TX, Treo, and Blackberry with Mac OS X. Palm came the closest to meeting all of my needs, but its a distant 2nd place behind the iPhone. The Palm is an excellent PDA but it doesn't always play nice with OS X despite helper apps like the Missing Sync.

    Besides the multimedia features, the iPhone's Calendar, Mail and Contacts work wonderfully with OS X. The only thing that I miss is SplashID (a 3rd party app for Palm) that I used to store my passwords. There are workarounds for iPhone but its not as elegant. I'm confident that future enhancements will address these types of issues.
     
  14. Alderbw macrumors newbie

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    If anyone is interested I have my old Sony TH55 that I would sell for $50 including cradle and such. This is a 480x320 screen. Still in great condition and recently had the LCD screen and cover replaced by Sony. PM if interested
     
  15. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

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    I never got around to testing it so I am no sure if anyone actually cared, but I found my old palm m500 OS 4.0 for it and it works just fine with OSX. I had forgotten how the old black and white screens looked. I can't believe I ever used one. But I was able to get it to sync with out a problem.
     
  16. W1LLk macrumors regular

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    That Axim x5 is exactly what I've got. I've moved on to the iPhone, bt I've been looking for a way to revitalize that old dell to work with my mac... Do you know of any sync software or methods of modding the axim to look/work like an apple?
     

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