Pros MP3 Playback better than Ipod. Movie playback TWO SD slots. 4GB expansion. SDIO with 802.11b options. True ANALOG controller. Insane user community support. Emulators for MANY platforms.
Cons Startup company. Limited official support. User community makes up for it.
"Long-term problems"on by ekahler
Pros great graphics, uncomparable memory, games are awesome with the joystick
Cons HORRIBLE support, shape awkward, malfunction after 1 year
Summary I spent 3 hours oned day with support and they ended up erasing everything by accident and still never fixing the problem. The shape is a bit awkward and even though there is tons of memory, the device isn't supported by some major programs (e.g., epocrates for those who are in the medical field). After one year the tapwave essentially died- the home screen would not come up and there was no way to fix it, even after numerous attempts to reset it. I loved it at first, but it has turned into more of a headache than it's worth.
Pros Great battery life, incredible screen, does about everything...read books, play games, listen to music, watch movies....
Cons Still waiting on some 3rd party support, primarily, a form-fit metal case and car-charger.
Pros 3D graphics, big screen, good games, bluetooth, all-in-one handheld, good for the money
Cons Too big to take to school in your pocket, The battery life is not that good when you are playing games because if you have the screen at half brightness, you cant see well and glare gets in the way, so when you bring it on up to 100% to solve the problem,
Pros Stable and supports wide range of uses - productivity to games
Cons Tapwave Inc rather quiet
Summary I used the Newton 120 and 2100 before they were discontinued and long afterwards. Switched to Palm (Clie SJ33 & Tungsten T3) and the Zodiac 2 is first PDA that i've actually loved and bonded with. The other palms were functional were always in my bag.
The Zodiac, on the other hand, is as important as my cellphone. I carry it everywhere and use it for just about everything one needs a PDA for:
1. Organiser & productivity
3. Ebook reading
4. Music & video
6. Writing & idea generation
With its long battery life, I hardly ever have to worry about running out of juice at that critical moment - a frequent occurence with my T3.
I greatly lamented the demise of the Newton (S. Jobs how could you!) but the Zodiac has made it possible to have a real PDA again.
For those who have had faulty units, it is rather unfortunate. I've never had a problem with mine (touch wood) and I look forward to a long life with it. I'm looking to purchase at least 2 more as backup machines - I once owned 5 newton 2100s. Once I find a PDA I love, I need those backups as I can't bear to be without the PDA for a day. Such is life. Enjoy!