As smartphones gain market share, dedicated PDAs are becoming a thing of the past. While old Palm Pilots may not be able to play the latest games or high-definition movies, they're still able to perform many of the same tasks as newer devices. Loading new software onto an old Palm device can breathe new life into it and extend its usefulness.
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Personal Media Player
Load audio and video playing software on the Palm to make it a personal media player. Depending on the age of the device, the Palm can play either MP3 music files or video files. Multimedia software like Kinoma Player enables media playback on many Palm devices. Use an SD or MicroSD card to add more media storage space to a Palm.
Install e-book reading software onto the Palm to make a pocket-sized e-reader. Electronic books can be loaded onto many Palm devices. Use software such as MobiPocket Reader and Palm Reader to read e-books in Mobi and EPUB formats, or use AudiblePlayer to play back audio books downloaded from Audible.
Hand-Held Gaming Device
Use the Palm as a gaming console. Many games are available for the Palm OS. From the standard solitaire and mahjong games to newer games such as "Bejeweled," Palm devices can be very useful for short casual gaming sessions.
Use the built-in address book and sync it with your computer to make a portable backup of your electronic contacts. A large collection of names, addresses, and phone numbers can be lost in an instant if a hard drive fails. Having a back up of important data can make migrating to a new drive easier.
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