So I'm thinking of getting a PDA (advice please)

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  1. Create

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    I am very familiar when it comes to computers and laptops, but not so with PDA's. My career has taken a bit of a turn and I am now spending alot of time on the road. It's not practical anymore to write things down and do data entry later.

    So, I need some guidance on some good PDA models to look at. Here's what I got so far:

    1. Windows CE: I don't have the time to learn the Palm system, nor learn the MS Office integration for Palm. I keep seeing a Windows Mobile platform but do not know what it is.

    2. 802.11: I would like to be able to take advantage of wireless internet when possible.

    3. Bluetooth: This is a low priority but if I did not using a physical plug/dock would be nice.

    4. Price: $200 to $400. I'm aiming for the best functionality for dead center: $300.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I've been doing a lot of searching myself lately...

    1. Windows Mobile 5 is the latest version
    2, 3: most devices have bluetooth, higher range models have Wifi - bluetooth is very handy for accesories later on

    4. 2 PDAs in that pricerange

    $300 Dell Axim X51 - 3.5" QVGA screen, bluetooth + wifi

    $350 Acer N311 - 3.7" VGA screen, WM5, bluetooth + wifi, but performs worse than the Dell
     
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    Acer = Crapper

    Go with anything that uses the Windows Mobile Platform, although there is nothing to learning Palm (and I believe it to be a better platform).

    Dell makes good equipment, as does HP. Look at both.
     
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    shiyan grabbing titties in amusement parks OT Supporter

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    do you know if VGA screens are a huge improvement over QVGA? been hard for me to find this out :dunno:

    is Fujitsu Siemens good? I'm probably going to purchase their LOOX N560...

    I'm buying a PDA for GPS use but haven't figured out whether integrated GPS chip would be better for me than a bluetooth external receiver :o
     
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    Look into a PDA phone. Stand alone PDA's are dying a not-so-quick death. A PDA phone means one less device (and data cable and charger) to carry and more features (like access to your email from almost anywhere).
     
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    This is the way to go! Make sure it has bluetooth tho. Holding a PDA to your head to talk is kinda :ugh:.
     
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    PocketPC here. I have the PPC-6700 with the Motorola HS850 bluetooth headset and love it so far. Although I did send it flying accidentally the other night and now the speaker doesn't work. Grrr...
     
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    The Evil one speaks the truth. I have a Treo 650 that is Bluetooth compatible and it works great. You can add a 1 or 2 Gig ram chip to it and take all your music, e-books, etc with you. As far as GPS - I use an external, but make sure the PDA or Smart Phone is Blue Tooth compliant. Then the antennae/receiver sits on the dash and your PDA/Smart Phone can sit in the shade. IF you do not have an external antennae, you will have to leave the PDA/Phone on the dash in the us in order to receive the signal, thus, external/internal chip really doesn't matter much. What matters, is where the phone sits. With a 2 Gig Ram Chip, you can add maps of the entire US to it, although you would never need it all at one time.

    I have had no experience with Fujitsu Siemens. I presume you are in Europe? If not, you may want to read this board.....

    http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=44820&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=30

    There seems to be some question of getting the LOOX serviced here in the US, and the importation fees may also take it out price range.
     
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    Apple Newton. Apple is always the best.
     
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    yes I'm in Europe, and thanks for the info + link :bowdown:
     
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