A Rainbow in Your Hand
Handspring's visor prism sports a lush, color screenHandspring has done what Microsoft hasnt been able to do: push Palm to innovate its hardware. Handspring, which licenses the Palm Operating System for its handhelds, was ahead of Palm again with the release last fall of the Handspring Visor Prism, featuring a brilliant, high-color screen. Weighing in at about 7 ounces, the Prism drags down a shirt pocket more than its siblings the Visor Platinum, which is faster than Prism but has a monochrome screen, and the recently released Visor Edge, a thin model that weighs just 4.8 ounces. The Prisms color screen requires a power boost greater than the AAA batteries that power most handhelds, so it includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. A full charge, which takes about an hour, lasts close to two weeks with typical use.
Adding colors galore 65,536 to be exact on the Prisms 160-pixel-by-160-pixel screen introduces wonderful new options. Tired of whipping out your wallet to show pictures of the kids? Whip out your Prism instead. Color also means its more fun to play games: You can play solitaire on airplanes just like your seatmates, but without the bulky laptop.