There are a lot of things to love about the Zire 72, but here are the
things that I love the most about it:
Screen - The screen on the Zire 72 is great. It's got
great color and it's bright and crisp.
Processor - The processor on the Zire 72 is quick &
snappy. The built-in apps come up very fast. It plays mp3
files with great sound, and it even has enough power to play videos
Camera - Since I carry my Zire 72 with me everywhere that I go,
that means that I always have a camera with me. The quality of
the pictures (see below) is better than its predecessor, the Zire 71,
increasing the quality to 1.2 megapixels.
Size - Considering the power that it packs, the Zire 72 has a
small form factor. In fact it's small enough to carry in my front
pants pocket in its RhinoSkin case.
Voice Recorder - Even though I don't use it very often, it's
nice to know that it's there to record a quick thought when I need it.
- I originally thought the fact the Zire 72 had Bluetooth was useless
to me, since my computer doesn't have built-in Bluetooth, and I am with
Verizon Wireless who doesn't offer a Bluetooth phone. Then on a
recent trip to MicroCenter, I ran across a $39 USB Bluetooth adapter
for my laptop. After installing the software and plugging in the
adapter, nothing happened when I tried to connect and I was a little
lost. Googling for help, I found this
page on the GeekZone website, which walked me through the set up.
Now that I have all the settings right, I LOVE Bluetooth!
I can HotSync without digging out the USB cable which is nice, but the
feature I love the most is the ability to share the internet connection
of my laptop. I can download my e-mail directly into VersaMail to
read when I'm away from my computer. When I delete it from the
handheld, I connect to my laptop through Bluetooth and delete the mail
from the server as well. Convenient! I can sit across the
room from my laptop, and surf the web wirelessly using WebPro.
Sure, it's not ideal surfing on a small screen, but it's really nice to
be able to when I choose to!
Of course nothing is perfect, so these are the things that I dislike
about my Zire 72:
Battery - The biggest criticism I and many others have had
about this model is the weak battery. I moved to the Zire 72 from
a Tungsten T, and the T|T seemed to have a much stronger
battery than does the Zire 72. I could go all day with
heavy use before having to recharge the Tungsten, but I find that I
have to drop my Zire 72 on charge at lunch if I plan to put it through
heavy use in the afternoon. Luckily I carry a spare charger in my
briefcase and it only takes about 10-15 minutes to top it off.
Camera Quality - although I do love having a camera with me at
all times and the quality of the Zire 72 camera is much better than the
quality of the Zire 71 camera (see above), it's still not
great. I actually had a Zire 71 for a few days, but decided that
the picture quality from the camera was so bad that the pictures were
unusable, and I exchanged it for the Tungsten T. The Zire 72
camera is better, but you still won't get the quality of photo that you
do from an actual digital camera. You won't want to try to
capture important events with it, but it's good enough when you need to
snap a quick picture.
Blue Paint - I think palmOne made a great decision to offer the
Zire 72 in the "Special Edition" silver. The Blue rubberized
paint was great in theory, but the Zire 72 was the first commercial
product to use this new type paint that felt "rubbery." The paint
did not adhere to the Zire 72 as well as it should, and it was
notorious for flaking off. Also, I am a professional, and the
bright blue color of the Zire 72 was not the most professional looking
thing to whip out in the Board Room! I had seen reports on the
web of people stripping the blue paint off. I promised myself
that I would try to take care of my Zire 72, but as soon as any
paint flaked off, I was going to strip it. Sure enough, less than
a month after I purchased it, a big spot on the bottom of the back
flaked off. I spent a Sunday afternoon with my fingernail gently
scraping the blue paint off. I found that the paint just peeled
right off in long strips in some spots (primarily on the back), but on
the front the paint had to be scraped with some force to get it
off. In those spots there was also some residue left from the
paint, but a tissue and some rubbing alcohol got that off. When I
was finished, I had a solid silver Zire 72 that looked much nicer and
more professional. Granted, the silver of my "naked" Zire 72 is
not as bright and shiny as the silver appears to be on the "Special
Edition" (I've never seen a "SE" in person, only pictures on the web),
but it still looks much better than the blue with paint flaked
off. I think the fact that palmOne has issued the Zire 72 in the
"Special Edition" silver is an admission that the kinks aren't worked
out of this new paint yet.