PDA

#1
Hello all,

I was hoping that some of you far more tech saavy types could give me some advice about buying a PDA. I'm not quite sure which are the better ones to look at nor how much functionality/realistic battery life etc I can expect from them.

All tips and hints would be gratefully recieved.
 
#2
Depends what you want it for?

Its like buying a normal PC, in some regards so do you just want to keep names and address in it, or do you want to have it as a navigation aid with navman or TomTom on it?
Do you want it to act as a phone as well?

Will you be using it just as a MP3 player?

All this will account to which type of PDA is right for you, as in the processor speeds.

Ebay sell some not to bad ones though
 
#3
Well, my new phone will be with me in august, that can cover the phone bit. MP3's never bothered me, not really in the places i'll be using it.

Some of the features I'd heard of that would be useful, is the ability to open documents (ms word?), spreadsheets, etc and create new ones. Address book would be a useful feature too. Perhaps some ability for a game or two for those horribly long train journeys that come up now and again. Possibly some form of connectivity so documents can be transferred to a computer or via e-mail?

All I see when I look at those available is a lot of techno guff, some mention of ms word... some mention the ability to be a navman (quite scary!) but GPS seems a little silly to pay out for unless it wasn't much more. So confusion tends to come from it.
 
#4
i have a Typhoon MyGuide 3500 incl. Falk Navigator2,

It as

Intel PXA255 processor 300 MHz, 3.5"Transflective LCD, LED Backlight, Touchscreen, integrated government inspection departments antenna, battery charger, autobattery charger/synchronisation cable/bag/stylus pin/manual multilingual/high-speed installation guidance/software CD: Ms pocket PC 2003 scope of supply: TYPHOON MyGuide 3500 mobile, stylus, power pack, protection bag, automounting plate, 256 MT SD map with complete regional map, navigation software Map&Travel for use walking and also in the car etc

it also as microsoft word

it is excellant
 
#6
AP,

I've been using the i-mate pda2k pocket pc and it's been good overall. Here's the website with its specs including word, excel and windows media player so you can play mp3s.

http://www.clubimate.com/t-details_jam.aspx

It's also a mobile so that you don't have to wind up carrying around to devices.

Anyways hope this helps. The only thing that I've found an issue is that the WLAN drains the battery so get a backup.
 
#7
Why carry around 3 bits of kit?

Combine the PDA, MP3 and Phone with an O2 XDA.........

I've had them for a while now. Yes, they are a bit big to carry around all the time, but you soon get used to it.

The latest one connects to the Internet using GPRS and WiFi and has all the programs such as Word & Excel. You can watch video and can even download DVD's to the memory and watch at your leisure. It syncronises with your PC to update Outlook contacts etc. Memory is inbuilt and also a SD or MMC card (1GB+ available now). Tri-Band for using in the States as well.


I wouldn't be without mine now. Fecking Brilliant
 
#8
Why carry around 3 bits of kit?

Combine the PDA, MP3 and Phone with a Sony-Ericsson P910i .........

I've had it for a while now. It's not too big to carry around all the time.

It connects to the Internet using GPRS and has all the programs such as Word & Excel. You can watch video and can even download DVD's to the memory and watch at your leisure. It syncronises with your PC to update Outlook contacts etc. Memory is inbuilt and also a memory stick duo card (1GB+ available now). quad-Band for using all over the world.


I wouldn't be without mine now. Fecking Brilliant


TTFN

BFG
 
#9
Thank you all for the replies.

I did look into the idea of a combined phone/pda but felt that I put my phone through activities I wouldn't want to risk a PDA, nor a big expensive phone, in and a larger phone with more tech can only mean a) more chance of something breaking and b) more expensive to replace. Keeping the two things seperate seems to be the wisest course. The P910i did tempt though.
 
#10
I have just got a Palm Treo 650 PDA/phone - oustanding bit of kit.

This means that as soon as TomTom Nav 5 arrives later this week, I will have an iPaq 4150 for sale....
 
#11
I've got a Dell Axim X50V. Extremely good spec, good battery life and has onboard wifi and bluetooth. I picked up a Dell GPS kit for it on ebay for 60 quid which had up to date UK and Europe mapping. Has about 90 meg of storage onboard and MMC and SD slots for expansion. All in all its an excellent bit of kit, but i dont actualy care, work paid for it.

Boney
 
#12
ViroBono said:
I have just got a Palm Treo 650 PDA/phone - oustanding bit of kit.

This means that as soon as TomTom Nav 5 arrives later this week, I will have an iPaq 4150 for sale....
I've still got a Treo 600 kicking around somewhere - I agree, they're outstanding. I just about prefer the P910i but the Treo is a lot more resistant to the odd bit of rough handling.

TTFN

BFG
 
#13
I've never wanted to do enough fancy things to move over to the Pocket PC stuff - I use a Palm Tungsten T5 now. It's predecessor was invaluable & went right through Telic 1 without a mishap. Palm does all the stuff you want - it does it on a more stable platform and the battery life kicks the Pocket PC into touch - I can get way over a week on a single charge with heavy use.
Don't bother combining the phone/PDA thing. There are plenty secure type places I can use my PDA but not a phone - switch one off and not the other - not difficult.
 
#14
Mr_C_Hinecap said:
Don't bother combining the phone/PDA thing. There are plenty secure type places I can use my PDA but not a phone - switch one off and not the other - not difficult.
Which is entirely possible with the TREO (which is a Palm device) & the P910i.


TTFN

BFG
 
#15
I have an old bomb-proof mobile phone (Nokia rubberised) for which I carry a spare battery (tiny) and a notebook. I find the battery life on my note-book is great - it never runs out, and I can always nick someone else's pen.

Am I old fashioned? I only got a mobile because my then girlfriend got annoyed that she could never get hold of me and bought me one.

Less to go wrong = more to go right.
 
#16
Student Bloke.....

you are soooooooo pretending to be a student bloke.

Let's look at the evidence.

Last night, you (yet again) failed to tap off with ANYTHING resembling a female.
You got home not late enough after trying all night for the aforementioned shagfest.....I know, 'cos I chatted with you for a while from around 2am(until Mrs Dees got home at 3 am after doing some HR type stuff interviewing lazy nightshift workers in the loggy place she works at)
Not once did you complain of wasting your hard-earned pocket money on a waste of space (but granted....top totty) bird, who wouldn't come up with the desired result.
And now you want to buy a PDA.

Now if you are truely a student, go and do studenty things. It's the end of term FFS. And you claim to have some money spare??

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Anyway, I'll find out what make the cheap and chearful version of the XDA is that my firm is using and pass on the details.... :p
 
#17
lawstudent said:
i have a Typhoon MyGuide 3500 incl. Falk Navigator2,

It as

Intel PXA255 processor 300 MHz, 3.5"Transflective LCD, LED Backlight, Touchscreen, integrated government inspection departments antenna, battery charger, autobattery charger/synchronisation cable/bag/stylus pin/manual multilingual/high-speed installation guidance/software CD: Ms pocket PC 2003 scope of supply: TYPHOON MyGuide 3500 mobile, stylus, power pack, protection bag, automounting plate, 256 MT SD map with complete regional map, navigation software Map&Travel for use walking and also in the car etc

it also as microsoft word

it is excellant
Does it also have a spell checker?

See Micky_Dees post about what you should be doing with your student life.

During my student life I believed gadgets were for geeks, went out and got absolutely squealing as often as possible, spent any "spare" money I had on clothes, snogged as many fit guys as possible and generally had a ball. Life - apply for one now.

By the way I read law.
 
#18
RD....apparently he DID end up snogging fit blokes last night.....how do you think he can afford a PDA??

:lol:
 
#19
Ooops sorry Micky I was not in possession of the facts, the whole facts and nothing but the facts. So lawstudent - 2 positive things:-

1. You cannot get preggers.

2. You can make comprehensive notes in your PDA. Get one with the shaky handwriting recognition software on it.
 
#20
Firstly, as always everyone is being very helpful for which I appreciate.

Secondly, Micky it was actually a rather cheap night all in all. She was top totty but no wasn't going to get anywhere with her having a bf. Yes home rather early but that's another reason.

Rd, unfortunately being a student is only one part of my life so these little 'gadgets' sometimes are needed. However I have not let the side down, new clothes have been purchased to my banks dismay. Although I haven't snogged any fit guys. The girls would all get jealous and Micky wouldn't have as big a market anymore.
 

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