As most of us anxiously await getting a Visor from Handspring there are those
lucky few who have managed to already get one. Currently they fall into one of
two categories, either they received a demo unit for review and/or development
purposes or they were one of the lucky winners at Internet World 99.
YAMADA Tatshushi, developer of a Japanese OS type
add-on for the PalmOS, received his Visor Deluxe for software compatibility
testing. YAMADA gladly answered a few questions for VisorCentral and had some
nice images of the Visor and accessories up close to share with us.
and when did you get a Visor Deluxe?
I received one from HandSpring around September
20th as a software compatibility testing unit. I think they are expecting me to
show it to Japanese mass media. It is going to be in 4 or 5 magazines within a
What do you like about the Visor Deluxe?
- USB HotSync. It’s really fast. My main machine
is a notebook with no serial port so the USB cradle is very convenient and
- SpringBoard. I only have the 8M Flash module
but it’s really cool. I can put it on and take it off at any time, even when
applications on the module are running.
- The Buttons. The tacticle feel of the buttons
is very comfortable, though rather noisy.
do you dislike about the Visor?
- Stylus. I must put a paper clip in the battery
compartment to reset the Visor.
- LCD. I love the PalmV’s very clear and bright
LCD. Visor’s LCD is not bad, but PalmV ’s LCD is much better.
How would you compare the Visor to the Palm
There’s no reason to use a Palm III. The Visor is
better in almost any field.
would you compare the Visor to the Palm V?
I love my PalmV (with 8mb RAM) and it is still my
main machine. The PalmV is light and thin and it’s LCD is great. I really love
it. But when I go on trips I would take a Visor with modem and backup modules.