My Palm IIIC looks like it needs a battery but still works but for about 1/2 the number of hours (was 8, now 4.) The unit is 5 years old.
I have it in my cradle here still for testing software I write for the Palm, but my new Palm which has replaced my IIIC is the T|X.
I can't explain why I get so many years.
I use my Tungsten E for everything. It's quickly approaching the 2 year mark, and I have a 2-year service contract through Staples. I have never had a Palm last more than 2 years, so I've always gotten the service contract which has provided me with the amount I paid to put toward a new one. Not a bad deal, actually, since it's allowed me to upgrade regularly and never have to deal with the battery replacement issue. However, this Tungsten seems like it's going to last forever (or at least outlast the service contract, which ends in March). I am starting to worry because the battery life is ok for PDA use, but not so hot when I use it for audio. I am fast becoming an audio junkie, and I like to use my Palm since I always have it in my purse. I can listen to music, audiobooks from Audible, podcasts, whatever. Ever since I discovered this feature of my Palm about 3 months ago, I am using it much more. I know this is putting a huge drain on the battery and now I'm wondering if it would be wise to purchase a separate mp3 player if using my Palm for audio will end up forcing me to have to replace it. Anyone else out there been using a Palm a lot for audio? How has the battery held out? I'd appreciate some advice. Thanks!