Registered: Oct 2000
Location: Eugene, OR
Re: consider batteries too
Originally posted by bronzefury
one overlooked function that platinum has over prism is the replaceable battery. if your purchasing decision is something you want to live with for a long time, consider the platinum. the reason being that lithium-ion batteries will, over time, lose its ability to hold its charge due to the nature of rechargeable batteries.
True, but (1) it should be 2+ years and (2) as I read the warranty, battery replacement is covered by the warranty. If you buy an extended warranty plus screen replacement from Handspring for $39.99, it will extend coverage to 2 years. Otherwise, it's $99 to repair the PDA (that would also be the price of a battery replacement if it's not covered by the warranty). Compare either of those to the cost of batteries over 2 years.
An example: on the Staples website, they list Duracell AAA batteries at $8.75/12. That would replace the batteries in a Visor 6 times, for $1.46/replacement. If, indeed, Li-ion battery replacement is included in the warranty & extended warranty, the extended warranty cost would be the same as 27.4 sets of batteries. Thus, if your batteries last a month or so, it's roughly the same cost. If you run through the batteries faster than that, the rechargeable will be cheaper. If you have to pay the full $99 repair fee, that would pay for 67.8 battery replacements. Of course, by that time, you may want to upgrade to a new model.