Zire 72 Special Edition PDA (312MHz, 32MB, SD/MMC Card, Palm OS v5.2.8) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Palmone
Model: P80722USSE
Installed Memory: 32
Operating System: Palm OS
Backlit Display: Yes
: Number of User Reviews: 20

Reviewed by: rafa77ar from FL on Feb 12, 2005

Experience: 20 Days

Strengths: Mp3 Player , SD Card (the cheapes in market) sleek design, small size, camera included with video capabilitiy

Weaknesses: Short Battery lasting, using MP3

Summary: It's a beauty, being able to enter contact and get pictures at the same time to remember people it's a great feature, 2 speakers with an acceptable volume, Screen is great, one of the better ones I've seen. I'm very happy with my change from Sony Clie to this new one.

Reviewed by: RWARP from IN on Feb 1, 2005

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: Very easy to learn and use. The ability to take my Excel spreadsheets on the go.

Weaknesses: Battery Life, Paint rubs off easily (the PalmOne logo at top left corner is almost gone).

Summary: This is my first handheld unit and overall, I like it. First time buyers should be aware that you need an additional memory card to listen to music, or add a lot of additional programs for the unit. I found that there are a lot of additional programs out there.

The camera is OK, doesn't work well in low light conditions. Nice feature to have if you need it. I have transferred other jpg. pictures to the handheld which was easy to do and nice to be able to take with you.

I have not used the bluetooth feature.

Reviewed by: tcpli from CO on Mar 22, 2005

Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: 1)Very slick exteior design. Mine Zire 72 is the silver sepecial edition which includes a carry case. 2)Very responsive for various application. 3)UI of the palmOS is nice too.

Weaknesses: 1) Small memory. 2) Short Battery life 3) Hope they develop a power save mode so that I can get alert always.

Summary: Overall I like this small pad. It works swiftly. This camera comes very cute: taking a picture of my wife when she is eating has lots of fun. The real hope is to have a power save mode so that I can get all the meeting alert all the time while it is put into sleep mode.


Reviewed by: ampicillinct from CT on Mar 20, 2005

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: Much better than blue version. The audio recorder gives excellent quality and the camera Its truly a definitive 'digital assistant' display is crisp and bright under most lighting conditions

Weaknesses: 1.No able to play rm playback video file. designed and cheap plastic. 2. Case is slippery (on positive side it looks like the paint won't come off like on the blue edition). 3. Battery life is j

Summary: Part of the reason I bought the Zire 72 was for the camera. I thought this for the blue version are out of shape now. it would be a nice extra to have something to take snapshots with. I wasn't expecting much as far as picture quality goes but I can get some pretty decent prints out of it. The video camera feature is fun to use but don't expect a great or even good quality clip.

Reviewed by: legoascf on Jan 24, 2005

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Durable (daughter already dropped it once) Screen is vivid and clear Multimedia works suprisingly well (even movies). Paint doesn't peel

Weaknesses: Battery life (3 hours max). Difficult Bluetooth setup, documentation could be better.

Summary: I paid about $325 for the Zire 72 SE and the IR keyboard. They both work well. I still cannot get the Zire to connect to the web via Bluetooth. That is my biggest complaint. My only other complaint would be the battery life. The screen is great, one of the better ones I've seen. I can watch movies and listen to music with the included software. I read alot of complaints about the camera, for it being on a PDA and so small, it's not bad. I would not count on it as a primary. It Hotsyncs pretty quickly.

Reviewed by: cjcpeter from MO on Feb 4, 2005

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: Multimedia supported, good quality color screen, bluetooth sync supported

Weaknesses: Short battery life and hard to set up internet via bluetooth

Summary: (Edited February 12th by cjcpeter) I bought it as a gift for my girlfriend. I use Palm for couple years, therefore, I am not used to the botton configuration. (no problem for new user) The audio quality is OK (without headset) and the camera quality is acceptable for a small device like this. I had a hard time to set it up to connect to internet via bluetooth via my internet-enable desktop. It's not easy to set up and the manual didn't address the problem. (don't know who should I blame, Palm or WinXP? or my bluetooth manufacture?) Anyway, unless you are a computer expert or you also bought the PalmOne WiFi SDIO, I will suggest you not to think of Zire 72 if you considered the wireless internet feature as a primary factor.

Updated: 2/12 2005
I apply GPRS service (T-mobile) for my Sony T610. It's very easy to setup and work perfectly!! Bluetooth rocks! :)

Reviewed by: mandrew2 on Jan 25, 2005

Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: sleek design, size, memory cards, photo and video capabilitiy, MP3 player

Weaknesses: none

Summary: This palm does everything that you would want to do and more. The camera takes wonderful pictures and plays back clear video. The MP3 player is outstanding and the memory cards allow you endless memory capability. Great product.

Reviewed by: marchrain from FL on May 13, 2005

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: easy to use, nice appearence

Weaknesses: NA

Summary: This palm does everything as the computer. The camera takes nice pictures. The MP3 player is outstanding and the memory cards allow you endless memory capability. I bouhgt a palm which was different from this one, I think that one is not better than this one. Perfect deal!

Reviewed by: maystarparis from CA on May 12, 2005

Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: Good looking easy to use

Weaknesses: NA

Summary: Bluetooth works well,
software is great,
screen is bright and the colors are good,
mp3 is very good,
Camera is also good

Reviewed by: stanleyeye from IN on Apr 24, 2005

Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: Lightweight, nice screen colour, fast processor

Weaknesses: none

Summary: The palmone zire 72 works well, with ample memory and a bright color display. The Built-in camera, while limited in functionality, is nice to have. Bluetooth works well. Battery life is very reasonable - as long as you don't play MP3s continually and keep Bluetooth off when you don't need it. Overall I like this PDA.

Reviewed by: lgmayka from IL on Apr 13, 2005

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: 1-megapixel camera. Bluetooth. Plays full-length DivX movies at 320x320.

Weaknesses: Square, 320x320 screen, not the best for movies. Wi-Fi neither built in nor inexpensively added. PocketPC users will find PalmOS very "unusual."

Summary: (Edited April 13th by lgmayka) Although I have been a PocketPC user for many years now, I saw an amazing deal on this Palm Zire 72 Silver, so I decided to try it out (and then maybe give it to a relative or friend).

It's thin, light, and easy to handle. The built-in camera is nice, with more pixels than the usual cell-phone camera. Bluetooth is useful for Hotsynching, or for surfing the Internet if you have a Bluetooth cell phone (I don't, unfortunately). I miss Wi-Fi (which my latest PocketPC has). Since the Zire 72 Silver has only an SD slot, and that slot is really needed for programs and data, the most practical Wi-Fi solution for this unit would be a combo Wi-Fi/memory SDIO card--but those are still quite expensive.

If you use a program like PocketDVD to convert commercial DVDs to DivX format, the Zire 72 Silver is quite capable of playing such movies at 320x320. They look beautiful but small, since the square screen size of the unit is not even appropriate for old 4:3 movies, much less the newer CinemaScope films.

PocketPC users will find PalmOS very quirky and simplistic, almost toylike. Almost all applications automatically install themselves in main RAM without even offering an alternative installation location; I then have to copy the application to the SD card, then remove it from main RAM. Some programs refuse to be copied to the SD card; other programs copy there but then refuse to run properly. This quirkiness was common in the Palm-Size PC days of old, but nowadays most Pocket PC programs install and run perfectly on an SD or CF card.

So this Zire 72 Silver is cute at the amazing after-rebate price I paid (almost $0), but at full price I would prefer a Pocket PC.

Reviewed by: kingtina from OK on Apr 10, 2005

Experience: 25 Days

Strengths: High resolution, Cheap, Silver covering is so fancy

Weaknesses: No wireless connection, no screen protector come with the product, Small Internal Memory

Summary: I got this one for $291($150 rebate)from OD. I am quite satisfied with the price. Normally I just use it to play games and mp3. Camera function is pretty good. I don't have bluetooth convice so I haven't tested the bt function. If there is a wi-fi, that would be perfect.

Reviewed by: azkaban from GA on Apr 5, 2005

Experience: 14 Days

Strengths: Convient, camera, voice recoder...

Weaknesses: battery, no wi-fi.

Summary: Got this unit for 300$ ( 150$ after rebate) from officedepot.

What I have is a silver version. I have frequently heard people talking about the peeling of paint on the surface. So I got the silver instead.

I have owned a Palm M105 for quite a while. Now this is a far more advanced model. It gives almost everything you want for a handheld. You can play MP3 songs in this unit. And the video playing is amazingly good.

I wish they can manage the battery life better. It runns out of battery so constantly that I am afraid that my data will be lost sooner or later.

wifi connection is not included, which is one of the essential thing you want for today's handheld. And it is expensive as an accessory..

Overall, this is a good handheld.

Reviewed by: natehulse from UT on Mar 31, 2005

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: Durable, fast, fits great in my pocket... not bulky like the iPAQs

Weaknesses: The resolution on the camera isn't the hottest, but it is a PDA, not a Canon

Summary: I am hooked! I always thought that I'd be an iPAQ person, but this Palm does it all. Powerful, fast, use it for photos, MP3s, you name it. It takes a bit to figure out graffiti, but after that, you'll never look back.

Reviewed by: digitalsol from TX on Mar 29, 2005

Experience: 21 Days

Strengths: The fact that it has a really really nice screen with a very high resolution. The screen absolutely looks very beautiful. Also, I use the 1.2 MP camera all the time for taking quick snapshots...

Weaknesses: None so far....

Summary: This PDA is absolutely great in that it is built solid. I like the feel of it on my hand. The screen is absolutely beautiful and I love the built-in-camera. I use it to take quick snapshots, its very convenient because I don't carry my camera everywhere. The camera is 1.2 MP and because of that, the pictures are relatively good quality.

Overall, I like this PDA, Its a great buy!

Reviewed by: tbhabhs from NY on Mar 27, 2005

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: Easy to use, SD card support (very cheap and same as my camera), bluetooth, decent camera

Weaknesses: Poor Battery Life, No Wi-Fi

Summary: I am very happy with this pda and it provides all the basic functionality I need. I was able to connect to my computer and cell phone using the bluetooth but was limited to dial up access only. A bulit in Wi-Fi card would have been nice but for the price I was willing to let go of it. All in all great value for money.

Reviewed by: raise from CA on Mar 26, 2005


Strengths: Multi-fuctions! Stylish! Cool Color! high resolution camera (1.2)

Weaknesses: battery life

Summary: I gave it to my niece as a gift. She like it. It is very stylish and easy to use. This edition is much better than the normal blue one which I originally have for a while and the pain starts peel off. All other function of this model is identical to the normal one.

Reviewed by: docvenzon from IL on Mar 26, 2005

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: sleek silver body, camera included, SD expansion slot

Weaknesses: a bit thicker than my previous Tungsten E, no Wi-Fi

Summary: This was bought as a replacement of my Tungsten E. I specifically liked it when Palm released a silver version of the Zire 72, since I think the blue version was tacky.

Being a previous PalmOS user, the software and user interface was very familiar, and easy to use.

I always look for an SD slot when selecting PDAs as I store a lot of my info in SD cards, and the Zire 72 is not an exception. I would have liked 2 SD slots instead of 1 though.

The built-in camera is definitely a plus, although I have not used it a whole lot. It's good for taking fun shots, just don't expect professional quality photos!

I would have wanted built-in wi-fi support in this unit, but it's not available. It does have blue-tooth, but I still have to figure out how use that to access my home network.

Reviewed by: EricaM0817 from OH on Mar 25, 2005

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: Wonderful pda, great color

Weaknesses: Doesn't come with USB-Bluetooth adapter (wireless)

Summary: Wonderful pda, great color. Includes lots of extras. Camera is a nice feature. Buy an expandable card and you can use it as an MP3 player. I love it. Have used these in the past.

Reviewed by: godjesusheaven from CA on Mar 22, 2005

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: integrated 1.2-megapixel camera with video-record function; Bluetooth; fast processor; multimedia support; robust software bundle; expansion slot.

Weaknesses: No Wi-Fi; lacks camera lens cover; battery not user-replaceable.

Summary: (Edited March 22nd by godjesusheaven) If you can live without Wi-Fi, the midpriced PalmOne Zire 72 is a well-rounded PDA with features suited for both work and play.

As the popular Zire 71 goes into retirement, the Zire 72 is here to take its place. Boasting more memory and a faster processor, the PalmOne Zire 72 also lets you take photos and videos, connect to devices via Bluetooth, listen to music, and watch videos. Its eye-catching blue design and its multimedia capabilities will appeal to young professionals who want a device that can get the work done but still leaves room for fun. However, if you're looking for a product with a more business-oriented agenda, the $300 Zire faces tough competition from the Sony CLIE PEG-TJ37, which offers similar features (integrated camera, video and audio playback) and includes Wi-Fi.

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