Handspring Visor

Palm functionality on the cheap
This story first appeared in the September 2000 issue of Startups. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

visorSome Palm Pilot users won't be happy until their handheld PC is sophisticated enough to launch a space shuttle. In the meantime, slightly less demanding users are doing just fine with the spunky Visor ($149) by Handspring. Developed by former Palm execs, the Visor is perfect for road warriors looking for an address book, date book, to-do list, memo pad, calculator, e-mail support, expense management and a world clock. Bonuses: Handspring's Web site offers links to dozens of additional Visor applications offered by third parties, and its Springboard expansion slot allows you to add a modem or keyboard. Key features include Windows or Mac-compatibility, Palm software, a HotSync USB Cradle, a stylus and Microsoft Outlook support for Windows users.


J.W. Dysart, a software analyst and Internet business consultant, has written for more than 40 publications, including The New York Times and The Financial Times of London. He is also a columnist for our sister publication, Entrepreneur's Start-Ups.

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