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I have been using the the Palm LifeDrive for roughly a week now, and this is not a typical PDA. If nothing else, it is not what has traditionally been considered a PDA. However, I think we have been limited in our ideas of what a PDA actually is and can be.

As we probably all know, PDA is an acronym for Personal Digital Assistant. Another often used acronym for PDA is PIM, Personal Information Manager. In the past and probably even now, we hear these terms and automatically think of dates, contacts, tasks, and notes. However, the personal information we manage goes far beyond these four items. We now have emails, audio files, video files, pictures, and many other formats of information.

With that said, the Palm LifeDrive was designed to go beyond what we traditionally think of a PDA. In fact, it has actually taken the traditional Palm application buttons (Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Notes) and replaced them with new destinations (Home, Photos/Videos, Files, and Music). If you did not know what a Palm device was, you might actually overlook the fact that the LifeDrive has the capability to handle your calendar, contacts, tasks, and notes. As with any change, this is a good thing, and it is a bad thing.

Let's get the bad stuff out of the way. One, it is difficult to get the data that you need to access quickly. When you need to make a call or jot down a note, the traditional PIM applications are what we need, and we need them now. Not only have they changed the application buttons, they also included a hard drive that slows access to this much needed information. I realize that you can remap the application buttons, and there are programs available to help with the response of the hard drive. However, you still have to admit that it was primarily designed to handle photos, videos, files, and music. We basically make changes to help it fit the other needs we have.

Now, let's talk about the good stuff. It has a 4 GB hard drive. Need I say more. This gives you the ability to store all kinds of information onto the device. You really can feasibly store ALL your personal information on this device, including MP3s, videos, pictures, and a host of other documents. I know there are many people who would like more than 4 GB, but 4 GB is a good place to start. I also imagine larger capacities will become available. With the large hard drive, you also have the ability to connect thee device and use it like an external hard drive. If you share information between several computers, this really makes the LifeDrive a central depository for your information. Plus, if you away from your computers, you still have the ability to access the information directly on the device and take it with you wherever you go. Of course, the new application buttons give you direct access the large amounts of data that you are now able to carry with you.
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