Tuesday, September 1, 1998

Nino 300 vs. the Palm III organizer: the hardware

Bells, whistles and beams

The Palm III has a 160 x 160 black and white LCD backlit pressure-sensitive display, which is fine for text but terrible for viewing graphics on web pages. On the other hand, the Philips Nino has a 320 x 240 4 gray scale pressure-sensitive LCD, which can display rendered fonts and web graphics with relative ease. The Palm III has a simple piezoelectric speaker which produces simple beeps, buzzes, and digitized sounds with low sampling rates. The Nino boasts impressive 16-bit sound processing, with a loud integrated speaker that allows the playing of 22KHz sampled .WAV files, and has the ability to record voice memos through an integrated microphone using a built-in voice recorder application. For sound, the Palm III device is no match for the Nino.

The Palm III organizer has its own proprietary infared port, which allows other Palm III devices and upgraded PalmPilot organizers to exchange data and applications, but cannot print to IRDN equipped printers or communicate with other IRDA standard devices. The Nino has a standard Windows CE IR port, which can communicate with any Windows CE device. Nino owners can also print documents to printers equipped with IRDN ports, like the HP Laserjet 5.