Psion Series 7 featured in PC Plus (Nov 2005)

Psion Series 7 PDA

The Psion Series 7 as featured in PC Plus magazine, November 2005.

The Good News: The Psion Series 7 appeared in this month’s PC Plus magazine.

The Bad News: It was in an article entitled “Tech Misses”. It came in at number 48 out of 50. Here’s what they had to say:

PSION’S FINAL HOUR

Psion Series 7

1999-2002

It’s the PDA that you can’t fit in your pocket.

With a reasonably-sized keyboard and colour screen, the Series 7 PDA promised to take computing to places that a full notebook couldn’t reach. It was Psion’s swansong before it transformed into Symbian to concentrate on operating systems for mobile phones.

After pioneering the UK personal organiser market, the company had started to feel the pressure, first from Palm and then Microsoft’s Windows CE. The corporate netBook version found some interest with vertical applications, but for most consumers the lack of Windows compatibility ruled the Series 7 out as an option. So just as Psion had done in its previous life as a Sinclair Spectrum games developer, the company did the honourable thing when the going got tough and left the market.

JM

Well, all that said and done, it’s still a technical hit here at Potting Shed HQ, as far as I’m concerned.

6 thoughts on “Psion Series 7 featured in PC Plus (Nov 2005)”

  1. As far as I’m concerned Psions are the best. I still don’t understand how come this branch of computing died out since it’s highly practical. I’m currently using a borrowed Casio Cassiopeia for simple text editing on the road but I’m looking for a Psion 5mx since I hate the Casio keyboard. It’s also slow and has only 4MB of RAM. I regret not getting a Psion earlier, especially while I was at the uni. Would have made things much easier. Another comment regarding the article. What I dislike about the current PDAs which are apparently losing on popularity and dropping in sales, is the fact that they’re not very practical on their own – without a PC. While a Psion is a complete stand alone system. That’s what makes it great in my eyes. Cheers!

  2. I thoroughly agree with you Mayhem. I look Psions (5mx and 7Book) off to the house today and cracked on with some work: the 5mx handled my Agenda and To Do list, the ‘7Book’ one of the writing projects I am working on — better keyboard on the 7.

    I now see that some of the newer PDAs are sporting keyboards. Imagine …! Who would have thought that you might need a keyboard with your PDA!! The number of times I’ve got my 5mx out and people have marvelled that it looks like a small laptop, with a keyboard and everything! Amazing.

    Have you seen POS Ltd (http://www.posltd.com) are bringing out a 5mx clone? EBay is a good source for Psion 5mx models too.

  3. I dropped them an e-mail yesterday but haven’t recieved a reply yet. I wonder what’s up with the announced model. Any why doesn’t it come with a color screen for a change 🙂

  4. Easier I guess, since POS Ltd practically rebuild every Psion machine they get in for repair. I’ve had a Siena, a few 3mxs and my 5mx in for repair there and they’ve all come back looking practically brand new.

    Upgrading the 5mx to a colour screen would be fabulous, but I suspect would involve a lot more work and effort.

  5. I have a Psion 7 and use it for all my business work nothing can match the simplicity of the Psion my computers are used for communicating with clientsI do not want internet with the many databases and my diaries I keep

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