One of my other new toys for Christmas was a Palm Tungsten E. This is the lowest end of the Tungsten family and had the best price/feature mix of all the Palms I looked at. The rest of the models were a little too pricey for me, and the Zire line just felt to flimsy in my hands.
I had never owned a Palm before and was a little concerned
about "learning Grafitti", which is the way you write into a Palm.
Turns out that wasn't a problem as Grafitti is exactly the
way I write in print text, so there wasn't much to learn. Now the
special escaping you have to do for symbols like
is a bit odd, but I caught on quickly and the palm has help for that
built in. Just drag the stylus across the length of the whole screen from
top to bottom and the writing help pops up.
The only minor complaint I have about the E was in playing music. I apparently skimmed the site too quickly when reading about the features and saw that the E could be used as an MP3 player, which is true, but you need to buy an additional memory card to store the tracks as you can't use the onboard memory. It wasn't expensive, $30 for a 32MB memory card, since I don't really intend on carrying around an extensive music collection, but more an annoyance that I had to order it seperately because the on-line Palm site didn't make that terribly clear.
The Palm has also come in handy in two respects with the adopotion. The first is that I can store photos on the E making it easy to update as new photos come in. The second is having a easily searchable place to store all the stuff we will need as we travel in China including itinerary, flights, currency conversion, phone numbers, and of course games to play while we wait. My current addition being a nice little Yahtzee game, which is the only piece of software I have added to the Palm so far. There is a ton of software available, from free software like the Yahtzee game to many commercial packages. One of the more intersting ones to me are the city transportation maps and train/bus schedules that are available for major cities. All in all a handy little device that has quickly become indespensible to me.