Velocity would like to thank Belkin, especially Melody,
for providing this sample for review.
a sense, this is a Dear John letter to my laptop,
and for that I apologize for flaunting my new love
in its face, pictures and all. I am also holding back
from reviewing my “new” PDA within this text, so I’ll
get the praise of my latest toy out of the way so
that it’s not lingering in the background as I get
on with the real review here. I had been eying PDA’s
for a while, and after some serious research, I settled
on the Toshiba e740. I chose this model for its full
functionality, 400MHz X-Scale processor and low price.
It comes with one flaw… Toshiba will not offer the
Windows Pocket 2003 OS upgrade on this model so it
has gotten some bad press. However, the upside is
that it is already full of features that would not
be enhanced much by the upgrade. This puppy is a fully
functional PC that fits into your pocket. It has Word,
Excel, Outlook and Windows Media Player. Not to mention
built-in 802.11b and Internet Explorer for web browsing.
It also has fantastic handwriting recognition and
touch screen keyboard. These input methods are fine
for a quick note or adding contacts and appointments,
but with the capacity to create Word documents, or
compose email I needed something more. I contacted
Belkin to see what they had in the way of keyboards
and Melody hooked me up with the G700 that is on test
G700 comes in a couple of models which are compatible
with the more popular models of PDA’s in existence,
this one happens to be designed for the Toshiba e300-e700
series of PDA running both the Pocket 2002 and Pocket
2003 operating systems.
The packaging is standard fare for Belkin, clear plastic
that is always hard to photograph and their trademark
color scheme. The collapsed keyboard is visible through
the packaging, and has a silver and black theme to
go with most popular PDA’s as well as match any other
Belkin peripherals you may already own.