The Visor Deluxe is certainly a good choice as a first PDA. The biggest drawback of the Visor Deluxe is the requirement for AAA batteries. I strongly recommend getting AAA rechargeable NiMh batteries with a charger. RadioShack has some excellent options. The Saitek Power Station you linked to sounds good too, although I don’t have details on it and the link isn’t completely loading for me (very slow dial-up right now).
Here are some tips to get the most out of your Visor Deluxe:
Get the OS updates for the Visor Deluxe from http://www.handspring.com The latest version for this model is Palm OS 3.1H3. To check your current OS version, tap the Menu icon (below the Home icon) and select Info and then Versions.
Load some or all of the following software, depending on your usage requirements and needs:
Since you’ve mentioned text documents on your device, I’ll recommend iSilo Document Reader. It’s elegant and very easy to use. You can transfer any document from your desktop to your device using the iSilo Windows software.
If you want something more advanced, you can go with DataViz Documents to Go from http://www.dataviz.com/ . Although it’s a bit complicated for a beginner, and I’d suggest sticking with iSilo.
Get AvantGo from http://www.avantgo.com
You can carry your newspapers and magazines with you on your Visor Deluxe. 8MB is ample space for a beginner.
Go to www.memoware.com . You can download tons of documents and e-books for reading on your Visor Deluxe.
Go to www.palmgear.com for software. Exhaustive collection.
Join a Palm User Group in your local area. An extremely friendly and very helpful resource. I’m the founder and president of The Indian Palm User Group. If you need any Palm OS issue resolved, feel free to reach me.
Here are some articles on the Palm OS that I wrote for a leading computer magazine in India:
Beyond the Digital Diary:
Figuring and Configuring your Palm:
The basics of the Palm OS:
Synchronizing with the Desktop:
Palm e-Books - Your digital library:
Hack into your Palm:
Dress up your Palm (software):
Tips and Tricks:
Office in your Palm:
Toy with your Palm:
There’s loads more that I can recommend, but you can start off with this and I’ll post again later when I can (very sleepy right now, and an extremely slow 'net connection).