Although the technology world focuses largely on the latest features and the flashiest design, there are many consumers who don't need or want all the bells and whistles. With PDAs, this means stripping away the wireless connectivity and multimedia features and going back to the core function of a handheld: organization. And this is exactly what the new Palm Z22 does. Targeting first-time handheld users, parents, and students, this $99 device has no tricks or gimmicks. It organizes your most important data--contacts, appointments, and so forth--and lets you view photographs, but that's about it. It's even more basic than the company's previous entry-level model, the . Still, if you're ready to graduate from your day planner to a PDA, the Z22 is a good start.
The Palm Z22 is absolutely adorable. Showing off a sporty white and midnight blue color scheme, it's probably the smallest and lightest (2.7 by 4.0 by 0.6 inches; 3.4 ounces) PDA we've seen, and it slips easily into your bag or pocket. Yet, we worry about the durability of the plastic casing (think iPod Shuffle) and screen, which tends to hold a lot of fingerprints and smudges. We recommend you invest in a protective case or, at the very least, screen overlays to prevent scratches. Palm is offering a two-pack of Flexi cases with four screen protectors for $14.99.