of the few complaints that people have had about PalmOS-compatibles is
that when you want to write a lot of data, the Graffiti™ method can be
somewhat slow and cumbersome. Some people have mastered Graffiti™
and can write 30+ WPM; I, unfortunately, am not one of them.
So when I heard about the Think Outside
Stowaway keyboard, I began imagining all of the things that having a foldable
keyboard would allow me to do. Has the Stowaway lived up to
the hype? In a word, YES!
Everything you have heard about the
Stowaway is true. It is about an inch longer and wider than the Visor
and folds out into a laptop-size keyboard. The PalmOS™ was not designed
for keyboards, so you will still need to use the stylus in some situations,
similar to needing to use a mouse. The Stowaway lessens the need
for the stylus by having function keys that allow you to do everything
from turn on the backlight to selecting Ok/Cancel from the keyboard.
You can also access the four main app buttons from the Stowaway keyboard.
This is the type of accessory that
makes laptops obsolete. I can take my Visor and Stowaway with me
to meetings and class and type in any notes and email or beam them to my
colleagues later. All we need now is some presentation software and
a projector Springboard module and you will never need to lug a laptop
around again to those meetings.
The Stowaway keyboard is still in
beta, but should be out soon. It will be available in retail stores
and from Handspring's website.
I will have a detailed review of the Stowaway once it is out of beta.
How useful is the Stowaway? Well, I wrote most of this article using