So I finally broke down and bought a PDA...

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  1. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Sharp Zaurus SL-5500. Anyone else have one? Pretty cool if you ask me, will be cooler once I flash it to OpenZaurus this weekend.

    Edit: No pics due to my lack of a decent digital camera.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    i have one. after a week the "cool factor" wears off and you realize that it's lame and then it goes in your closet to sit there and collect dust.
     
  3. monolith

    monolith My soul grows ever weary and the end is ever near. OT Supporter

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    Girlfriend has one and loves it, uses it everyday for work, school, errands, etc...
     
  4. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Eh, in the past month at work there have been so many times where I go "this would be easier with a PDA." I'm not one to buy something just for the cool factor really.
     
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    EagerZeroedThick New Member

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    get bluetooth gps
    its freakin amazing!
     
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    EagerZeroedThick New Member

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    ps i dont know if it has bluetooth

    however mine has bluetooth and i have gps and i love it

    go me!
     
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    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    this is exactly the reason i don't have one. i know i wouldn't use it. but i have known a couple of people who LIVE off those things.
     
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    Yep. I have two PDA's in my Closet of Dead Technology in almost New Condition(tm). When I bought them, I was going to use it for this and that and it would enable me to take over the world (x2). A few weeks later it started to never leave it's dock. blah.

    Now I have a BlackBerry 7100 (my company has a BES server, WIN!) and I use the hell out of it. One of the big reasons I use it is that I already carry a phone everyday, so switching to a smartphone means I get the PDA functionality without having to carry around another device. Since I always have it with me, I use it. Wireless sync helps alot too. I think smartphones are going to completely kill off PDAs; they just make more sense.
     
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    sorry, but blackberry = teh lose.
     
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    Sorry, but no. Costs WAY less than Palm/MS smartphones, provides all the functionality I need from it (web, email, tasks, calendar, RSS Reader, phone, etc). I can view attachments, email is pushed to the phone when it goes to my inbox, I can setup 10 additional mailboxes using the webclient on top of my corp email, I can even use it as a GPRS modem in a pinch. It's smaller than most PDA phones, battery life is awesome (and OEM batteries direct from BlackBerry are cheap) and the keyboard works great for typing plus the layout allows for making calls without having to look for the number keys. Supports bluetooth (GPS coming out this summer).

    The only phone I would have rather had was the Nokia 9500, but I didn't want to pay $600+ for it on the graymarket.

    Pretty obvious you haven't actually used a BlackBerry 7100.
     
  11. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Are you talking about PDAs in general or just the Zaurus? If you're talking about all PDA, I gotta disagree. I've had Palm OS PDAs for the last 10 years and it makes things a lot easier.
     
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    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    one of the guys who lives off his pda is using a blackberry that he synchronizes with his outlook contacts list of literally thousands of people. synching takes forever, but he has all those contacts and notes (limited to 1,000 chars iirc) for each one. pretty cool
     
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    I've used palm, windows ppc, and the zaurus. All were cumbersome, and did not increase my productivity, at all. Actually it hurt it in many instances.

    A cellphone with built-in address book, some scrap paper/business cards and a pen are all I need.
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Have to second the disagreement on this. Having everything built into one unit = teh win. The size isn't that much bigger than a cell phone but the functionality when sync'd with your corporate network is HUGE.
     
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    All depends on the kind of person you are. I can't stay organized on paper, it's too limiting to me. And I don't have a cell phone :mamoru:

    As for the Zaurus, it now has OpenZaurus 3.5.3 with GPE running with the root on a 512MB SD card and is quite excellent. Can connect to the internet via USB using my computer as a gateway (I just put it in the cradle and it connects up) and I can sync it using multisync. I'm very happy with my purchase, I'm so much more organized at work than with little scraps of paper all over the place.
     
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    I got a Sony Clie, it's cool
     
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    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    I have an HP 2215 PPC03... love it, use it all day everyday.
     
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    So set yourself a reminder to pick this thread up in 3 months and let us know if you are still using it or not...
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Will do.
     

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