The first impressions of the WristPDA covered housing, package contents and shipment(Update: The charger can take 230V 50HZ AC, altough the plug is not prepared for it). Now, we woll focus on size, mechanical properties and the screen. Part 2 of the review will cover the software side and the classical ‘gimmick’ features!
The lowres 4bit greyscale screen-um-is rather average, a Palm V beats it in terms of contrast(its background seems less dark). But the low size has one benefitp-one doesnt feel the lowres pixelation! The backlight is blue and a bit stronger than the Palm V’s-but be warned-it looks stonger in the image than it is in reality!
The stylus is a funky construction that hides itself in the band of the WristPDA. It must be unfolded prior to use and has a rectangular form:
The WristPDA has a mini USB port. It is hidden behind a little door that can be opened pretty easily. But removing the cable needs loads of force!
You can see the back button in the image above. ON the other side, there are the page up butons and the rocker switch(similar to JogDial). The button’s tactical feedback is above average, altough a Tungsten T3 feels better!
Overall, I am not sure what to say so far. The WristPDA is usable-but I would prefer a IIIc if I had to choose my primary handheld. The size of the whole unit is no problem for me, but the screen is indeed very small(especially if you try to use SrcEdits mini font). Screen contrast and pixel density(HiRes were unusable) is enough, and the backlight does a decent job.
Tune in soon for the second part of the review covering software and hardware details(IR system, battery, charging..). And please, please-keep those comments and questions flowing!