I earlier wrote about the Neo and how useful I find it for note-taking. I was always tempted by their other product, called "Dana," since it sports the Palm operating system and thus provides access to more sophisticated applications for scheduling, outlining, and writing rtf files. But I found it always too expensive to justify the added capability.
A few days ago, I bought a Dana on eBay at a fraction of the cost (less than $100.00, including shipping, instead of $350.00). It works well, though I had a bit of a problem getting the program for syncing installed on Vista. But everything works now.
I like the instant on/off convenience and the well-designed keyboard. It looks just like a Neo, except it has a larger screen. It also sports two slots for SD cards.
This does not mean that I will retire the Neo. It will still be useful on longer trips, as the Dana's battery life is only about 25 hours, whereas the Neo runs more than 700 hours on three ordinary AAA batteries. (The Dana uses a battery pack that needs to be re-charged with an AC adapter or per USB port on a computer. I have ordered a USB adapter that plugs right into an electrical outlet, however.)
Here is an interesting post by a writer on working with an Alphasmart (who actually convinced me that having both an Neo and a Dana is defensible): Tom Morrisey. Go to "First Drafts and Early Revisions" and "More on Writing a Novel with Alphasmart."
I will only take notes and write "0-drafts" on my machine.