The Palm m505's rechargeable battery does, indeed, keep its charge with normal usage. However, with the mandatory use of the m505's backlight, the battery needs more frequent charging. Luckily, charge time in the included HotSync cradle/recharger is fast.
The basic Palm applications in OS version 4.0--Address, Date Book, Memo Pad, and To Do List--remain largely unchanged with a few tweaks here and there. Additionally, several connectivity applications from Palm's Mobile Internet Kit are provided, including Web Clipping MultiMail SE. And, of course, there's the highly touted expansion slot for SecureDigital cards and MultiMediaCards, allowing you to add memory, content, and functionality. Stick in the PalmPak Games Card and it is instantly recognised and you can start playing your favourite games as if they were installed on the device's internal memory.
The m505 feels very comfortable both in the palm of your hand and resting in your pocket. Also, with the Palm m505's new 33 MHz Dragonball VZ processor, switching applications feels much more immediate. Add to this the minor enhancements of Palm OS4, the major addition of the SD slot and you have a seductive piece of kit on your hands. Deciding between this and the Palm m500 will rest on your need for colour and in light of the colour on offer, the m500 may be the better bet. --Agen GN Schmitz