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Visor Neo

Sat Sep 15, 2001 - 6:38 PM EDT - By James Hromadka

Usability

The Visor Neo takes the Visor Deluxe to the next level. I like the new casing, which seems sturdier than the original Visor. The casing is very slick-looking, but you can expect to get smudges all over it. The hardware buttons have been slightly redesigned so that they are not so concave, making it easier to play games on the Neo. I like the Fast Lookup and wish that Handspring would make it available to all Visors. The matching hard cover is also very slick-looking and makes the overall look of the device very trendy-looking. This is the perfect Visor for students.

I am going to sound like a broken record here and reiterate the fact that I hate monochrome. The handheld future is in color. I know that Handspring needed to update its two year old Visor line, but how about giving us a revised Prism too? The other thing that is hurting the Visor Neo is that it doesn't have any "new" features. By combining features from the other Visor models, the Visor Neo is an evolutionary product, not a revolutionary one like the Visor Prism.

Conclusion

Visor and Visor Deluxe owners that want a more powerful device at a good price should pick up the Visor Neo immediately. With good speed and an updated operating system, the Visor Neo is the perfect device for entry-level users that do not need color or a built-in battery.


Criteria 

Rating

Features 3
Usability 5
Wow Factor 3
Cost/Benefit 4
Overall
(not an average)
Pros
- Trendy new colors
- Combines many of the new features of other Visors into one package
- Great for new users
Cons
- Monochrome
- No silent alarm
- Smudges easily


 

Product Info
Details
Name Visor Neo
Company Handspring
Weight 5.4 oz
Battery Type 2 AAA Alkalines
OS Palm OS 3.5.2.H
Speed 33 Mhz
Memory 8 MB
Color Smoke, Red, Blue
Dimensions 4.8" x 3.0" x 0.7"
Fact Sheet & User Opinions
Availability
Unknown
Pricing
$99

References
Related Articles
Review: Visor Pro
Review: Visor Neo
Review: Visor Platinum
Review: Visor Prism
Review: Visor Deluxe
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