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07-24-2003, 07:27 PM
You folks are incredible and seem to know everything, so I thought maybe you would have opinions on PDA's. What's a good choice for the average user -- not the highest end or the lowest. Primarily for use as an agenda and phone book, but perhaps other uses too.
thanks for any opinions.
07-25-2003, 01:30 AM
I use a Palm i705 which is more expensive and probably has more features that you would want. It communicates via radio to receive email from all my accounts and I sometimes use the web application to come to this site but it is too slow for routine use. I use it as my primary phonebook, calendar, and for notes. It is monocolor but I prefer monocolor because it means a much longer battery life (I typically charge it about once every week or two). There are Palms with color screens but their battery life is limited. http://www.palm.com/us/
In general, there are three kinds of PDAs. One is based on the Palm OS, the other is based on a PC operating system, and the third is based on the RIM operating system on Blackberry.
While I like the Palm system of graffiti writing to enter data, people with limited hand movements may not be able to use it and may prefer a keyboard based system. It is possible to buy a foldable keyboard for the palm. A number of cell phones have palm PDA's built in.
The PC-based systems were pretty bad at the beginning but they are very good now and many of the higher end PC-based PDA's have many of the features of a full-scale PC computer including presentation and other capabilities.
I have many friends who swear by the BlackBerry system http://www.blackberry.com/products/new_handhelds/index.shtml?CPID=ILC-h6210 which works with T-mobile cell phones to provide perhaps the best portable email system of the PDAs. It also has a good calendar and phone system. It has a tiny keyboard. The email and internet connectivity works over the t-mobile cell phone network in 100 countries.
Please note that the cost of wireless access is high. People pay up to $50/month for unlimited wireless access.
[This message was edited by Wise Young on 07-25-03 at 05:30 AM.]
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Dell Axim X5The Axim X5 is currently the most affordable Pocket PC-based PDA I could find. It's not the slickest-looking design I've ever seen, (it's rather bulky compared to other Pocket PCs,) but you get a great feature set including the latest processor, dual expansion (Secure Digital and Compact Flash), and a removable battery at an amazing price. Dell updates its pricing so frequently, it's tough to pin down. On May 16, the Basic version of the Axim X5 was listed at $180 (regularly $200). Now that price is tough to beat for a Pocket PC PDA.Read the full review Company: DellPhone: 1.800.915.3355Price: $200 Available: Now Buy this product at Amazon.com
07-26-2003, 05:45 PM
FWIW, I have a Handspring that I used throughout college. At c6/7, I didn't have a problem w/ graffiti. The styli are a bit small, so I used a larger one... but I liked the PDA overall.
I didn't get a choice on my PDA, which was bought for us by my employer, but I have a Palm IIIC which I have been happy with for basic functions. 3 years ago these were less than $200, and I am sure they are cheaper now.
I keep my calendar and contacts (phone, address, notes, etc.) which are easily synched with my desktop PC on it. I also keep my "to do" lists on it, and have downloaded several programs including a couple of games to keep me occupied while I wait for a meeting or movie to start. I also have SplashPhoto which allows me to put a few digital photos on it, and an international clock and stop-watch feature. Although it is primarily designed for graffiti input, I often use the on-screen keyboard option when I am in a hurry.
There are a lot of programs you can download from the internet including everything from diabetic glucose control diaries to drug resource manuals.
I find the stylus that comes with Palms very difficult to use...it gives my hand a cramp very quickly. I have been very happy with a Dr. Grip combination pen, pencil and stylus that I keep with my Palm in a leather case.