I thought the Excite
layout was good. I found it easy to compose an e-mail, invitation, e-card or
video card. Yahoo! had good preferences and field layout. Yahoo! gets extra
points for implementation of the Yahoo! Messenger and it's use of presence detection
(knowing if someone is online). Yahoo! also gets extra points for the ease of
quickly adding a contact. The weird thing is that Excite and Yahoo! are consistent
with the Palm OS and call this section Address Book. Palm, in their infinite
wisdom, has decided to call it Contacts (go figure). I found it odd that Palm
wasn't consistent with their own OS. I did find, however, that it was easy in
the MyPalm service to add a contact and it had excellent field layout.
I found all three
services had a decent Calendar and all three allowed you to view your schedule
daily, weekly or monthly. Excite and MyPalm have added a nice feature by displaying
the current weather at your location, in case you have no windows or you are
in lock-down. In my case it was wrong, but I liked seeing they put the extra
thought into it. Excite though, has taken the calendar a step further by adding
shopping links to important dates like birthdays and anniversaries. MyPalm has
some excellent features, but fails in my book for what they don't offer. Here
is an area where they could have excelled, by adding Alarm support for reminders.
This way when you create a reminder on the website, an Alarm function can be
attached to the calendar item in your handheld when you sync. Excite, Yahoo!
and MyPalm each had publishing support so that you could post your calendar
for others to view.
To Do List
and My Palm are all about even on this feature. I found that the MyPalm service
reflected the Palm OS well here.
Excite and Yahoo!
have good Notepad support, but MyPalm doesn't support this at all. There is
no Notepad on the MyPalm site. Huh? I mean it was so important to the Palm Pilot
that it got it's own button.