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Oregon Scientific Osaris 8mb Palmtop / PDA / Pocket PC Review

A Clone of the Psion 5 - How Does the Osaris Compare?



OsarisYou must know me by now, early every Sunday morning I'm down the local car boot sale looking for bargains for myself and to sell on eBay. I didn't want to go this morning, it was raining, but my darling wife dragged me out of bed & off we went.

What did I get? This rather good, mint condition Oregon Scientific Osaris 8mb Palm-Top pda. The Osaris runs Epoc 4, so it is in effect a Psion 5 clone with a slightly narrower screen. I popped some batteries (2 AA) in the Osaris & it fired up straight away, with all the familiar Psion applications, word, sheet, data, agenda, calc, spell, sketch, jotter, comms, program & bombs.

This Osaris came with an rs232 lead, which means it can connect to a pc via the comms port. To prove how compatible this device is with Psion's, I just plugged the Osaris into my desktop PC & PsiWin picked it up straight away, created a new profile then updated the Osaris with my Outlook Contacts, agenda, etc. I plugged the CF (compact flash) card from my Psion series 5 into the Osaris & it read all the files perfectly. I then wrote a quick test Word document on the Osaris and PsiWin converted it perfectly to Word on my Desktop PC. Brilliant.

I'm writing this review on the Oregon Scientific Osaris, and although the screen is smaller than my Series 5, and the keyboard not as plush, it is good replacement or back-up device.

The Osaris feels lighter than the Psion 5, but one thing that greatly impresses me about this device is how sturdy the clam shell feels. When opening a Psion, you always have to be careful, you can hear he plastic hinges creaking, and you get the feeling that if you were too rough the Psion would break. The Osaris feels much tougher, you can snap open and close the cover to your hearts content and it doesn't feel like it would break.

In conclusion I have been greatly impressed with this little Pocket PC, I would recommend anyone to snap up an Osaris if they see it going cheap, its good alternative to a Psion 5.

Comments / Questions:

I just picked up an Osaris on eBay for $4.99! But it came without a serial cable, so I wonder if the connector on the Osaris is compatible with a Psion cable? Yangmusa.

Hmm. I think so, but not sure.

I BOUGHT AN OREGON SCIENTIFIC OSARIS FROM THE EBAY A FEW MONTHS AGO.SURPRISINGLY I USED THIS PRODUCT FOR ONLY TWO HOURS AFTER I HAD INSERTED 2 AA BATTERIES AND IT SUDDENLY WENT OFF IN THE PROCESS OF USING IT.INFACT, I LOVE THE PRODUCT BUT DON'T KNOW WHERE TO SEND IT FOR REPAIRS.I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE. I AM READY TO PAY THE REPAIR COST AND POSTAGE. PLEASE HELP ME BRING MY PRODUCT BACK TO LIFE. THANKS.

I don't think anywhere offers repairs for the Osaris, it would probably be cheaper just to buy a new second-hand one, sorry.

Don't know if you can help or even if you will get this.  I have one of these and have owned it for years, it is quite simply the best PDA I have ever had but sadly thanks to Vista I can't really use it.  Do you know of any software to make it compatible that is easy for a non-computer technical person like me?  Also would you know where to get the compact flash memory card from? Mark.

Have you tried running PsiWin in Compatability mode? Which CF cards work is a bit of a lottery. The best thing is go down to your local electronics store, with your Osaris, and ask if you can try a few of them out.

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