Edge vs. Platinum
Well it had to come to this. The comparison to the Platinum has been obvious through out my review so far, so this section was bound to come up. Well from my benchmarks it's obvious the Edge has the "edge" over the Platinum in terms of processing speed (yea I know that was bad). The Edge is still 4-bit grayscale, but the screen on the Edge is a different color than the Platinum and looks better actually. The Platinum's screen is green while the Edge is more grayish. The metal case on the Edge definitely makes it look and feel more futuristic than the Platinum's painted plastic. The different colors that the Edge comes in is also a welcome addition. I can't tell you how much I wanted the Platinum to be available in other colors.
In terms of price, the Platinum is now only $250 and the Edge is at $299 with the trade-up promotion. That's not much of a difference, and I would definitely pay the extra $50 if I had a choice between the Platinum and the Edge. Does the Platinum have any advantages over the Edge? Well it's still easier to attach Springboard modules on the Platinum. Other than that I really don't see much reason to get the Platinum over the Edge other than price concerns. Even then, if you have an older PDA, the trade-up program makes the Edge the obvious choice. However, that offer ends July 1st, so you better decide soon. At the standard price of $399, the Edge is a little pricey if you're just getting into the PDA scene.
Edge vs. Palm
So how does the Edge compare to the current Palm offerings? Well you can't really compare it to the m505 because of the color difference. However, you can compare it to the m500 and Vx. Well compared to the m500, the Edge is pretty much on the level. They both have similar features. The m500 comes with native USB Hotsync and rechargeable battery. However, the Edge has the metal flip cover while the m500 has the leather one. The Edge and m500 both have 4-bit grayscale displays but I've heard that the backlights on the Palm PDAs are better than the Visors. The Edge's screen is still high quality. There is one area are where the Visor series will have the advantage, and that's expandability through the Springboard modules. The m500 has it's new expansion card slot and universal connector, but the products that can take advantage of those are not as abundant as the Springboard modules. Handspring has a nice base of currently available modules already so you don't have to wait. The m500 is just a tad smaller than the Edge and lighter as well, but the Edge has a more rugged feel and design to it.
They both cost the same but I'd take the Edge over the m500 just because of the expandability. Current Visor owners will probably be more inclined to upgrade to the Edge rather than a m500 because they probably have Springboard modules and the current promotion Handspring has going. The Edge also comes in more colors than the m500 so you can get one that really reflects your personality. The design of the Edge makes it fit into almost any setting, from corporate meetings to hiking in the woods. The Palm Vx is also a possible contender to the Edge but frankly, the Vx doesn't really have much going for it other than the small design and cheaper price. The Edge is faster and has better features. With the current promotion, the Edge is the same price as a Vx. It's pretty much a no-brainer from there. As with all of Visor's PDAs, the Palm OS software can't have a major upgrade because of the lack of Flash RAM. To many people, that's a big advantage that Palm's PDAs have over the Visor series. Personally, I would have liked to have OS upgrade capabilities, but I'm happy with everything the Edge has to offer.
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