dreams in color
She dreams in red..."
-- Pearl Jam, "Betterman"
When people compare the Palm-compatibles to Pocket PCs, the most glaring
difference is the use of color. Palm tried to answer with the Palm
IIIc; Handspring, however, does color right with the 16-bit Visor Prism.
The Prism is the most advanced Palm-compatible to date, featuring a
33 MHz Dragonball V2 processor, a beautiful 16-bit Epson LCD screen, and
Palm OS 3.5.2H. It has a cobalt blue casing that is slightly thicker
than the Visor, however, this is only at the top of the back of the Prism.
The back of the Prism is curved so that you can grip the Prism without
it feeling thick.
The power button has been moved to the right side of the Prism because
the light tube is on the left side -- keeping the power button on the left
would have increased the Prism's size. There is an LED under the
power button that blinks when you're charging the Prism. The other
major addition is the rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery that is encased
inside the Prism. No hard cover, but a deluxe graphite stylus is
Before you turn on the Prism, look at the screen. You will notice
that the screen, when off, is completely black. It is also highly
reflective. When I first turned on the Prism I was surprised at how
bright the screen can be, especially in lower lighting. To adjust
the brightness, hold down the power button to bring up a screen (similar
to the contrast slider) and adjust to your liking. The higher the
brightness, the more battery power is needed. I found a middle setting
is effective in fluorescent lighting, and that you can turn the brightness
down all the way and still use the Prism effectively. I can finally
can use a Visor effectively in low lighting. I hated the backlight
of the Visor Deluxe and am very happy with the brightness control on the
The screen is not without its problems. It is so reflective that
I can see myself even while using the Prism. This wasn't distracting
to me, but some may want to invest in a screen protector to reduce glare.
I also noticed that some of the lighter colors can shimmer when moving
the Prism. This is not a problem with dark colors or with moving
objects. Also, if I look very closely, I can see the individual pixels
of the Prism. It is more difficult to see this pixelation when holding
the Prism like normal (or when I take off my glasses )
I also had problems using the Prism in daylight. You will also
find yourself adjusting the brightness much more than you adjusted the
Visor Deluxe's contrast.
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