Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Zodiac Files Continues

Tapwave Zodiacs are getting increasingly hard to find. My local Compusa only offers Zodiac 2's now. I'm fearing that once I buy my Zodiac (once the buyer on eBay pays me) that there will be no more games made for it. Tapwave doesn't say anything and I think we deserve to know. Are they not making them anymore? Why Can't I find Zodiacs anywhere but online? Tell us Tapwave!

Also, AOL messed up and now I won't have internet for a few days. So now that I am having second thoughts, I will let you guys know what I bought (once I have internet again). This will probably be Tuesday.

Any last thoughts?

-Mitch

7 Comments:

Blogger Ron said...

Ummm.... Tapwave made it clear a month or so ago that the Zodiac was "a proof of concept" and wasn't going to make them anymore.

So your fears are correct. But if a lack of new programs was going to be an issue for you, you shouldn't have gone with it.

In my case, I dumped my Zodiac2 right before Tapwave's announcement. But it was because it wasn't adequate as a PDA for me and I wanted something that would fit my needs better.

11:39 AM  
Blogger brian said...

I'd say go with the Z2. The 128MB of internal RAM is worth it, you can load up all of your apps in RAM and use SD storage for media files (games, songs, ebooks, movies, etc). You can't categorize applications stored on the SD card unless you use a third party app like ZLauncher or PowerRun.

A Zodiac bought today will still work and give you years of service regardless of what Tapwave's OEM plans really mean. The only real question would be warranty or repair issues if Tapwave were to fold. Despite the speculation, I don't think they're going to close up shot anytime soon, they're just shifting to an OEM business model.

Ron's comments aren't entirely correct. They really haven't made anything clear, and as the Zodiac is a Palm OS device, most programs will run on it and several developers are actively working on making their applications fully Zodiac compatible. There's also quite a lot of open source development for the Zodiac like TCPMP and LJZ, as well as Tam's work on MakeClie and MakeTungsten.

IMO, the Zodiac offers a lot of value and features for the money when compared to other Palm OS offerings, and it's the best PDA I've owned.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Mitchell Rusk said...

yes, I'm still going to buy a zodiac. I didn't know they stoped making them. Is ron right?

7:01 PM  
Blogger brian said...

Mitch,

The last word official word from Tapwave was that they were transitioning to their new OEM business model starting in the UK then the US, and that they had closed (signed) on a deal with a major Chinese manufacturer.

See this article at Tapland.

Seeing how the Zodiac shortages started in the UK and now we're seeing the supply drying up in the US, it looks like Tapwave is clearing out current Zodiac inventory through the CompUSA (brick and mortar) and online resellers like J&R, Amazon, etc.

Whether or not re-branded Zodiacs become available or new devices based on the Zodiac remains to be seen. They say they are working on their next-gen device that is expected to be released some time in '06.

So we really don't know whether or not they really stopped making the current Zodiac.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
I wouldn't take this too serious. Whats the difference if the device sells as Tapwave foo or as Bar foo.
The people behind are the same. Just look at Lenovo and the ThinkPad!
Best regards
Tam Hanna

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Sean Seah said...

Tapwave is gone...but it will stay with me as it is the best device i have owned in years..

10:13 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
TapWave is not dead.They already announced a partnership with a chinese company.
Best regards
Tam Hanna

3:24 PM  

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