The new PDA32 from Aceeca

PDA32

Inside view
Reset hole closeup


I tested this device (which is not available yet) during a week of caving in France in August 2010 and I was much impressed with it. The device fits well in the hand, feels robust and features an outstanding screen. In dark background mode, cave maps look terrific, thanks to ultra bright colors and a true deep black. Combined with extended battery life, a fast CPU and plenty of memory, this is a fine new Palm OS PDA for running Auriga!

OS Palm OS 5.4 (Garnet) - English only - upgradable by copying the new firmware onto the SD card and rebooting
Screen Ultra bright 480 × 320 (hi-resolution); 69 mm (2.7") high (Palm TX is 82 mm or 3.23")
Input Graffiti 2; virtual Graffiti area
Battery Rechargeable 2600 mAH Li-ion (3,7V 9,62 Wh; 48×69×7 mm)- battery life following Laubrass' protocol:
10.25 hours at full brightness
10.87 hours at mid-scale brightness
17.22 hours at low (much adequate) brightness
22.40 hours with backlight off
Buttons From left to right: Power, 5-way navigator and Brightness
In Survey Shot form (Auriga) under Assistant control, the Brightness button creates/saves a shot
In Measures form (Auriga), the Brightness button pops up the Auriga Keypad
In all other Auriga forms, the Brightness button pops up the built-in brightness dialog
CPU 400 MHz
Memory 64 Mb RAM, 128 Mb NVRAM for security backup
Security An automatic copy or RAM to NVRAM (non volatile) is performed every time the device is powered off;
This copy is restored after RAM has been lost (due to a hard reset or complete battery discharge)
Performance Computation time of Lechuguilla Far West (11 797 survey shots, 1 114 loops), in seconds:
432 on Palm TX
241 on PDA32
185 on Palm E2
88 on Palm T3
Price $179 - order from Aceeca
Options Infrared $10
Bluetooth $10
Stereo sound $10
802.11b/g (wifi) $10
Dimensions 128 × 76 × 25 mm (5 × 3 × 1") - fits into a Peli box 1020, an OtterBox 2000 or a DryPak 56 waterproof pouch
Weight 196 g (6.9 oz.)

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Page last updated 2010-10-20