Fossil Wrist PDA versus OnHand PC
I've been a big OnHand PC fan for many years simply due to the fact that
there wasn't anything else out there that could compare with it. After
years of delay, the Fossil Wrist PDA is finally available since Feb 2005.
After using the Fossil Wrist PDA for a while, I believe the time has come for a
||Fossil Wrist PDA
||Yes - a small stylus is hidden in the buckle
of the watch.
||No - but has a rocker switch
which can be moved up, down, and pressed in.
||Palm OS v4.1
Memory: 2MB on the OnHand PC versus 8MB on the Fossil Wrist PDA.
Clearly the OnHand PC has less memory than the Fossil Wrist PDA. Although
this seems to be a huge disadvantage, I would like to mention that I've never
ran out of space on my OnHand PC. I believe I've installed all games and
applications available for the OnHand PC so the limited 2MB of memory is not
really a disadvantage. Needless to say, it is always handy to have more
Colors: The OnHand PC only has black available but some applications
simulate up to 16 different grey colors by refreshing the screen really
fast. The Fossil Wrist PDA has 16 grayscale colors which is a very nice
feature. Where is the color screen?
Touch Screen: Nice to have but not as handy as it seems. In many
applications the rocker switch can be used to replace the touch screen BUT not
in all of them. JOT writing is a very nice feature but the joystick on the
OnHand eliminates errors during typing. Having on on-screen keyboard in
combination with a joystick is
something that is very handy on the OnHand PC. The on-screen keyboard on
the Fossil Wrist PDA is rather hard to use since the keys have to be pressed
with the stylus.
Joystick versus Rocker Switch: The Rocker Switch is clearly not
as handy as the joystick. The rocker switch only has an up and down
movement (and you can also press the button) while the joystick can be moved in all
directions. This is
clearly a huge advantage for any application, games included. Playing
games on the Fossil Wrist PDA seems a real challenge to me.
Battery Life: For those among us complaining about the battery life of
the OnHand PC - now it's time for a reality check. The Battery life
of the OnHand PC is and has always been very good (1-2 months) which is amazing
for a PDA. Batteries
can not be charged on the OnHand PC but when purchased online, you can always
find very good deals. The Fossil Wrist PDA needs to be charged every 1-4
days which is rather annoying especially since your watch has to plugged into an
outlet and USB port at the same time. You can turn the watch off on the Fossil Wrist
PDA to save battery but there seems to be a bug in this watch which causes the
time not to be refreshed immediately when turning the watch back on so you have
to keep the watch always on to make sure that the time is correct at all
Operation System: A major advantage of the Fossil Wrist PDA (as
announced by Fossil) is the fact that it is using a Palm Operating System
v4.1. What does this mean? This theoretically means that many
applications are available for this watch already. Fossil is right, all
applications seem to start up BUT many of them simply don't work since Fossil
removed the PIM buttons which are available on every normal Palm PDA.
Depending on the success of this Wrist PDA, we hope that many developers will
convert their PDA application to work better with this watch.
Conclusion: The fact that the Fossil Wrist PDA is using a Palm OS is
without any doubt a major advantage over the OnHand Pc watch since there is much
more software available for the Fossil Wrist PDA compared to the OnHand
PC. The missing PIM buttons are however causing problems with many
existing applications. The very short battery life and the way the battery
has to be charged is something that is very annoying to me for the Fossil Wrist
PDA. If like most people you simply want to have a watch where you can store tons of
information, have a scheduler, an address book, and play some games, then the
OnHand Pc watch is perfect for you. If you're one of those people that like to
have the latest high-tech tool, and if you're ready to
install tons of software on your watch, then the Fossil Wrist PDA is clearly
your choice. For those who care, thanks to the sleek design of the Fossil
Wrist PDA, this watch makes you look a little less geeky.
After using the Fossil Wrist PDA for several months, I switched back over to my OnHand watch for 3 reasons:
1. Charging batteries daily is VERY annoying.
2. I was missing the handy joystick on my OnHand watch.
3. Touch screen sounds very cool but is actually NOT handy at all.