personal digital assistants


anyone got any pukka gen info on these mysterious tools any recommendations or any ones to steer clear of??

been speaking to a closed audience of people who all reckon that thier own one is as cool as a polar bears cold bits. with various addons such as satnav, laser cannons etc etc
I've got a Dell Axim x50v which does everything i want of it. It has built in bluetooth which allows it to talk to my satnav antenna and wireless lan which lets gives it access to the internet to get mail and software updates. It runs TomTom really well and has outlook and word built in.

I'm extremely pleased with it, but some advice for purchase would be to clearly define what you want it to do for you and set a budget. Also look at product reviews to see what people are saying about quality of the screen and battery life etc.
easy-wan-kenobi said:

anyone got any pukka gen info on these mysterious tools any recommendations or any ones to steer clear of??

been speaking to a closed audience of people who all reckon that thier own one is as cool as a polar bears cold bits. with various addons such as satnav, laser cannons etc etc

I have the HP 1710 which is now ancient.... 2 years old, at least! It's simple, provides a calendar, alarms, spreadsheet, Wordprocessor and several other programs. It is prone to crashing just when I need it!

Interfaces well with a PC.

Watch the bolt-ons: you will need a SD Card or similar and a robust case, especially if you are out in the field a lot.

Battery life isn't too good if you have sat-nav etc and might be an issue if you deploy and cannot easily find a mains supply.

The latest ones have phones and cameras on board, too!

I have a notebook and pen. Occasionally I have to replace the pen ink, or update the notebook with more paper, but it works a treat
I agree with drain_sniffer plus I think if I pulled out a PDA in some of the places I've worked in, they would have an instant stroke and I'd have JSP 440 launched at my head!
easy-wan-kenobi said:
i have a notebook and pen,

amazingly some people used to have slate to write on!!

times are changing fast eh?

I sat in a conference last week, where a number of staff officers were trying to get info down on their PDA's. All of them had to ask for info to be repeated at least twice so that they could "get the data". Having tried to use a PDA, I quickly reverted to pen and paper as it was quicker and more reliable.
I have an HP Ipaq 4000 that i never use. I got it used it for a bit but like a few of the others i had to revert to pen and paper as it really didnt work for me - but then again I always was a dinosaur
I had a Palm but the screen was monochrome and not backlit, so Mrs Jim got me a Dell Axim. Far better, especially with the wireless folding keyboard that you can buy separately.


Both the frau and myself have different palm pda's but i'm not exactly woowed over by them... but they do what we want them to do when we are traveling uber light (tough job for a fat git)
Top Tip - pencil and paper does the job.
Really really need to do your homework on these. Work out as you go about daily task just where you think it might help. Yes - they can be made up of pen and paper but can, for example, pen and paper quickly let you know some 15 to 20 appointments you might have in forthcoming week or so - with notes of things you think of after the making of the appointment with link to telephone nos of those involved? Prior to my retirement I had great need to a pda to keep me organised with much less effort than if I had used pen and paper. Now, I could get by with wet clay and pointy stick.


War Hero
I agree with most here, it depends what you want it for.

Pants for inputting information (input device and screen size not really up to the job), passable for retrieving stuff (e.g. synchronised emails and addresses - maybe the odd document).

I've got some music on my SD card but prefer my iPOD and I can surf the internet but there aren't that many interesting PDA sites. I can even convert it into a multi functional remote control.

Tom-Tom works fine as someone already said but otherwise - don't bother, get a laptop - some of them are pretty small these days.

I have one (iPAQ 2750) provided but my daughter spends her time playing games on it. So yes - pen and paper recommended and save the couple of hundred quid for something better.


So much time is wasted by people pratting around with over complex PDA's. None of them really deliver what they promise and some are exercises in frustration

Ended up with a Blackberry that links through in real time to email (best and most common use Delete) diary etc and can browse some internet sites with reasonable ease.

And that is it. Anything else laptop


personally couldn't live without mine. Pen and paper still has its place, but since i got my PDA, never seem to drop myself in the poop, by being late, or even forgetting appointments, which has been a familiar trait of mine.

Mine was a hand me down, so cant advise what the great ones are, just that they are well worth having.

its telling me i need to have a sh1t, bye
Here's a little thought...

If you already carry around a mobile phone, why not exchange it for one of those PDA/Mobile Phone combo's? I'm currently using an O2 XDA Mini S, which is about the right size and weight for the smallest PDA out there. Its unobtrusive, runs Windows Mobile 5 (and therefore reasonably compatible with everything i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel, Media Player for your MP3 etc) plus has excellent battery life compared to most PDA's I've seen.

Having said that, the built-in WLAN and Bluetooth should only be turned on when you need them, coz otherwise they do drain the battery a bit quicker...

Finally, XDA is an O2 term for this device. Each mobile phone company that markets it calls it something slightly different (Vodafone, for example, call it a QTEK-something, Turd Mobile calls it an MDA)


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