Having encouraged a number of individuals to purchase Psions, I thought I'd note their
impressions here. The good, bad, and ugly. My thoughts? See below. I may be a tad
- Adam Judson
- I didn't directly influence Adam into getting a Psion. But I convinced Gerry and Gerry
"After living with my Psion for about a year and a half now I have
lost some of my awe. I accept it's wide range of functionality as a given, and the
cluttered disorganized life I used to lead has become a distant memory. As a result I have
grown to be much more demanding, the Psion as a cool toy has been replaced with Psion as a
tool, and thus it is much easier to be negative. The plusses I accept and expect, while
the minuses grate more than ever. So if what follows seems mostly to be a list of faults,
keep the following two things in mind:
- my Psion (model 3a - 512Kb) is constantly full to overflowing with current non-deletable
infomation, things I use and need every day
- if I lost/broke it tonight, I would replace it tomorrow, no matter the cost
- I initially bought it for the spreadsheet, to keep track of how much money I had in the
bank. That worked a little better than I thought, though the size approaches the maximum
allowable fairly frequently.
The free form data base is excellent. I no longer keep
notes on little scraps of paper. The word processor is kind of nice to have, but I use it
once every six months or so. The data base is better for notes, and any serious writing
really needs more that two thumb typing and 512Kb.
The Agenda has proved far more useful that I ever would have supposed. This is an
application that improves the more you learn about it. The one big problem is that events
cannot cross midnight. This is irritating.
In general the Psion is too slow and too small, but its a computer, what did you
expect. Its also too expensive, so much so that I am reluctant to carry it around, which
makes it less useful in general." - Jan 96
- Nelson Nunes
- "My new case is great. I don't use my Psion a whole lot but I like it. I just wish
the Agenda had a monthly view." - Jan 96
- Darren Sager
- "I'm all for this product. I probably use it 2 hours per day. I can't live without
it. I think it has replaced the left side of my brain. I'd like to be able to talk into
it. I use the Data and Agenda extensively and Word a fair amount.
My Psion has allowed
me to organize my business to the point where I no longer have to reconcile multiple
scheduling books. Information is easily obtainable at the push of a button.
Until I can afford $8.50/hour, my Psion is my personal secretary. Never complains of
being overworked. Doesn't make copies, sadly." - Jan 96
- Cybelle Srour
- "I've gotten to be better friends with my Psion. I've been told I use it better
than Gerry (sic). It's a great little thing for phone numbers, it's great! You can put it
in your purse, you can take it to meetings, you can take it
anywhere!" - Jan 96
- Gerry "Fuzz" Thorpe
- "Best thing I've ever bought. The most finely engineered computer device I've ever
bought. Sure it's too too slow, costs too much, does not have enough memory, no
backlighting. I want more! But I wish I had gotten it earlier, as soon as the 3a was
released." - Jan 96
- Beatrice Upenieks
- "I love my Psion. It keeps eveything in one place: I just have to remember to take
one thing when I go to work in the morning. It replaces my busines card file, my paper
agenda, my personal phone book, the million bits of paper with lists on them. It
simplifies my life. Too easy to drop, mind you. And I want a
month-at-a-glance." - Jan 96
- Keeman Wong
- Keeman already had a Psion when I met him but I was able to help him out, renting him a
unit while his was being repaired.
"I'm surprised I'm using it so deeply because I
have no computer background." - Mar 96
- Brian McMillan
- "I'm free. I will never use a slip of paper again!" - Aug 96
- Cam Bramwell
- "I want a second one. Order me another. But don't tell my
wife..." - Jul 96
- Blake Nancarrow
- "While I've not used the HP 100LX nor Zaurus, I think one can't go wrong with any
of these palmtops. The Psion has a great keyboard, good-sized screen. It is rugged, having
survived some severe and spectacular drops. I have used the Psion product since January
1993 and I'm still very happy.
I chose Psion because it uses AA batteries, takes AC
power, fits in a breast pocket, has a great interface much like the Macintosh. It is also
very compatible with DOS, Windows, and the Mac. It is also open in the sense that you can
install additional programs, freeware, shareware, or commercial applications. Or write
I love being able to pre-write full letters, memos, and training materials. The Agenda
is remarkably powerful--it blows the doors off any PIM I've seen or used. And I'm very
picky about my time planning.
The firmware is incredible, absolutely incredible. It's too bad the rest of the world
didn't make software of such calibre. 99.9% bug-free. Imagine...
The next platform I envision using after the Psion is direct brain
implants..." - Feb 96
The award-winning Psion is powerful and seems to help people. There are 2 million PSION
products in the world, 750,000 of which are Series 3 and 3a. The new Series 5 is winning praise too.