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Visor Pro » Software Features Usability
Software Features The
Visor Pro comes with all of the features of Palm OS 3.5, which includes
features like Ir synching and 4-bit grayscale support. The Fast Lookup
feature that was introduced in the Visor Edge is also here. Fast
Lookup allows users to quickly find a contact in the Address Book by using
the Visor's hardware buttons. See the Visor Edge review for full
details on how it works. What would really be nice is an application
launcher that uses Fast Lookup; then I wouldn't need to use the stylus
so much. I also wish Handspring would release an update for other
Visor models so I can use Fast Lookup on my Visor Prism.
Lies, damn lies...
PocketMark 0.2.1 gives the Pro a 168 rating overall (168/170/163) compared
to a 125 rating (129/101/132) for the Visor Deluxe. Surprisingly,
the Visor Pro did more poorly than the Visor Platinum's past score, which
was a 199 rating (203/178/201). To test real-world usage, I had
Pilot refresh its greyscale night sky view on City magnitude setting
with constellation lines turned on. The Pro took five seconds to
finish, while the Visor Platinum took eight seconds. Under Rural
magnitude (where more stars are calculated and drawn), the Pro took 14
seconds and the Visor Platinum took 29 seconds. So it seems that
although the Pro had a poorer PocketMark score, it was significantly better
than the Visor Platinum in real-world tests.
The Visor Pro uses a standard USB connector, so the black cradle that
comes with it can be used by all members of the Visor family, except for Prism and Edge.
Likewise, the Visor Pro will work with the Stowaway and can use a VDX cradle for HotSync.
The Pro can also work in a Prism cradle -- the connection feels loose but
works -- so a multiple-Visor family does not need multiple cradles unless
they have a Visor Edge.
Name Visor Pro
Battery Type Built in Lithium Ion battery
OS Palm OS 3.5.2.H
Speed 33 Mhz
Memory 16 MB
Weight 5.7 oz
Dimensions 4.8" x 3.0" x 0.7" »
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