|Re: OT, but where better to ask?|
Message #4 Posted by Dave Britten on 16 Mar 2010, 12:42 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by P.Hart
Here are a few possibilities I can think of at the moment.
Psion 5/5mx - Spreadsheet is pretty weak compared to Lotus 123, and the database application isn't as full-featured, but it's got all the basic functionality, plus a nice, big keyboard. You can sync with Outlook 2007, and even synchronize multiple computers to separate calendar or data/contact files (one of very few PDAs I've seen that can do this). Not as much Epoc software readily available as there is for DOS. The built-in programming language is kind of like QBasic, but notably lacking dynamic allocation without a lot of pointer tricks.
Later model HP Jornada (e.g. 700 series), or NEC Mobilepro - It's Windows CE, which you may or may not have strong feelings for/against. The later versions include Pocket Access, which is pretty stripped down, but still functional. Battery life will be lessened due to the backlight and color screen. Again, Pocket Excel is no Lotus 123.
Old HP OmniBook - You know, the old ones with the little fly-out plastic mouse. It's larger than a 200LX, but still pretty darn small for a laptop. The advantage here is the mountain of DOS/Win3.1/Win95 software you could load on the thing. I believe some (all?) of these included an HP Calc application that's much like the one on the 200LX.
HP OmniGo - Not as impressive as the 200LX, and not nearly as DOS compatible, but they can be found pretty cheaply at times. Runs GEOS, with a touch-screen, and the keys are a little bit bigger. It's been a while since I messed with mine, but I don't think the database application was as good as the 200LX. Compact Flash compatibility is limited, as I recall.