Toshiba e570 Pocket PC
I got a pocket pc in the year 2002 ago and never used it. But then the other day I found it in my filing cabinet and started to use it! And so far I think it is so useful! It has everything I want in it! It has Window's Media Player built in so I can listen to music while writing a review at night!
What the Toshiba e570 looks like...
On the front of the PC from top to bottom there is a On/Off button, two logo's Toshiba and Pocket PC. The e is a touch screen which is pretty big! There are four buttons and a up, down, left and right buttons. On the right side of the PC there is a blue rubber stripe. On the left side of the PC there is a voice recorder button and a IR sensor. On the back of the PC there is a Window's logo. On the top of the PC there is a touch screen pen, headphone jack, compact flash and SD card slots. On the bottom of the PC there is a charger port and a port for the cradle.
Features on the Toshiba e570 Pocket PC...
Window's Media Player - Which lets you listen to your music when you are working on your Pocket PC! Docking Cradle - Which lets you connect your Pocket PC to your Desktop or Laptop via USB, You can surf the Internet through the Cradle and put music on your Pocket PC and even add applications and new software. Pocket Word - This lets you write word documents on your Pocket PC e.g. Dooyoo reviews or Business related documents, and then you can print them off through your Desktop PC or Laptop via Docking Cradle. Pocket Excel - This lets you make spreadsheets on your Pocket PC and then print them off through you desktop PC or laptop via Docking Cradle. Solitaire which is really just a game so you can have some fun with your Pocket PC! Inbox - This lets you see all your emails that people have sent you! Calculator - This is a tool that lets you multiply, Divide, Minus and Add numbers. There are more applications and programs on the Pocket PC but there is too many for me to describe!
I am currently writing this review on the Pocket PC, and I think it is an excellent PC, and that I can write dooyoo reviews on the bus to Belfast! The PC cost me around £250 in the year of 2002 and it works excellent three years on from purchase! I would recommend anyone who want's a basic but good Pocket PC to buy the Toshiba e570.
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I bought the E570 in April 2002 purely because the Compaq Ipaq 3870 was not in stock where I was buying it from. (The other online store prices were much higher). It cost me £440 inc. VAT the price below is what it costs now from the same place. I'm not entirely sure if that was a good idea or not because, although I love my PDA, it's not got very many accessories and Toshiba no longer support it. In fact, they stopped supporting it only a few months after its release. Also, any accessories that are available are very expensive compare to those you can buy for other PDA's. About the E570... Functions: To start with, it uses Windows PocketPC 2002 Operating System, which I find very easy to use. It was a bit difficult getting used to the Start button at the top of the screen rather than the bottom but it's not so bad. The Start menu isn't as good as I would have hoped as you are only allowed 9 items on it, plus the Today button. There is, however, the Programs button on the Start menu so it's not too much of a bother. You can Password protect your PDA and if you forget it you can hard reset your device to put it back to factory settings. This may not seem like a good idea if your PDA is stolen but since you really have to know what you are doing to hard reset it, I don’t think anyone could guess what to do. This also makes it difficult to hard reset it by accident. The reason I say ‘hard’ reset and not just reset is that you can also ‘soft’ reset the device by pushing a small button on the side of it using the stylus. You sometime have to do this when you install software or if, as it’s Windows, the PDA crashes, freezes etc. While a ‘hard’ reset will wipe everything but the factory settings from the device, the ‘soft’ reset is just like restarting your normal PC. The Outside: The buttons on the front
(and the one on the side) are configurable so you can use them to run your fave software or open up your inbox. The joypad button is easy to use and has another use when you push directly in the centre. The speaker if also on the front and the sound it produces is very clear. The E570 makes a good MP3 player, albeit an expensive one. To conserve power when listening to music you have the ability to turn the screen off. There is a headphone socket on the top of the device that makes it easy to listen to music while it’s in your pocket. On the top back, there are the Compact Flash Card and Secure Digital Card slots. Having these on top allows you to use them while the PDA is charging / syncing in the cradle. The stylus sits neatly in a slot on the back of the PDA. At the top front of the device there is an LED that tells you what state the battery is in (charging, full, low etc.). It also flashes when the alarm goes off. The power button is on the opposite side. You can switch it off by hitting it quickly or just turn the front light off by holding the power button for a short period. On the left hand side there is the microphone, a button that is, by default, used to start recording. Also on the side is the reset button and IrDA port. I feel this is a bad location for the port and think it would have been better for it to be on the top of the device. That would make it easier to send data while being able to hold the PDA upright rather that turning it on its side. I use remote control software to control my TV, video, hi-fi etc. and find it very difficult to point the device while hitting the right button on the screen. Aside from the fact that I hate the IrDA position and that there aren’t many accessories, I think I really do like the Toshiba E570 as a PDA, but I must say that it’s the only one I’ve tried. I probably would have bought another PDA from Toshiba if th
ey had actually showed some interest in their customers and brought out some decent accessories, but given that they discontinued this PDA only a few months after bringing it out and have stopped supporting it, not to mention the fact that (from what I've read) any accessories that they do decide to bring out for their future PDA's won't be compatible with the E570, I don't hink I'll ever buy another Toshiba product again. At least, not until I know they have improved their customer support / care.
A short while back, I was given the task to find the best PDA. Now, the best PDA isn't the most expensive, nor the cheapest, it is a number of things. THE HUNT: I listed all the things I wanted from a PDA, the things I didn't want and a rough budget. Now the budget was rough to start with, as I didn't know what I could get for my money. I soon found that if I wanted some of the things I wanted, then I would also have to put up with the things I didn't want. Colour = low battery life. Windows Pocket PC = High specification PDA which in turn means high cost. Handwriting recognition again = high cost. The cheaper PDA's had low specification which would limit the life span and the data I could store on the PDA. Palm was the cheaper option, esspecially the new Sony, but the disadvantage for me, was I ideally needed the Microsoft Operating System for what I wanted, otherwise the Sony would have been a choice. I soon came to terms with that I would need to pay extra and look towards the Compaq. The compaq is an amazing PDA, I have seen other peoples. they look great, fast and good colour, but they are expensive. I luckily came across the Toshiba range. The Toshiba e310 was my first choice, but I was quickly put of by the fact I could only buy them from select stores, like Dixons and PCWorld. I always keep away from items like this. I managed to haggle my local retailer to sell a Toshiba e570 for a around £10 more than a e310, this was the deciding factor. I could buy a high specification PDA, better than the Compaq spec, but cheaper. This was a bit more than a Palm, but I got what I needed. THE TOSHIBA e570: I have used my Toshiba e570 for a few weeks now. It is a amazing little device. Great handwriting recognition, great screen and colour, good storage. Unfortunatly instantly I noticed a small problem. The Compaq has a fold over screen protector that stops
the screen getting knocked, the Toshiba comes with a pouch, but isn't as good. Well this is only a small problem. The battery life is better than I expected, due to a good power saving option and warning screen when the battery does get low. My over all opinion of the Toshiba e570 is its probably the best current PDA if you need to run Microsoft. But don't expect PC quality or ease of use from such a small device. It really is an expensive pocket diary with the ocassional Word/Excel use. Oh, you can also get a gameboy and Nintendo game console, to make your expensive PDA look just like a cheap device!
The toshiba e570 is possibly the best pocket pc out there. It has a stunning appearance,it doesnt have any sharp corners just smooth corners so it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. It is thin and lightweight you won't even notice your carrying it. It has a colour display,so you can play colour games on it and you can carry pictures of your friends and loved ones with you. It has good processing power and a good ammount of ram storage so you can store medium sized games and even large spreadsheets without too much difficulty. It is equipped with a lot of software so you can perform a wide range of tasks with ease and you can create spreadsheets, slide shows and even video clips. so in conclusion I would say that the e570 is a top of the range pocket pc that can perform most tasks of a pc and be able to do it all in colour at an incredible speed.