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Which handheld computer (PDA) do you use?MXL02
Aug 13, 2002 3:48 PM
I tried a Palm several years ago and didn't like it because the screen was dim and the touch screen always needed to be recalibrated. Anyway, I am getting tired of carrying around my giant "Book" and am thinking of taking the plunge again. I am trying to decide between the Palm and the Pocket PC software, and will probably go with the Pocket pc. I like the Toshiba and Ipac units. If I go with Palm I will probably get a Sony Clie. Any recommendations or advice would be most welcomed.
Pocket PCColnagoFE
Aug 14, 2002 5:06 AM
The new Pocket PCs that combine phone and PDA seem interesting. MP3 player, PDA, and phone in one. Now that's something I could use. Gotta carry a cell anyway so why mot pack the features in? No idea how they actually work though.
More than you ever wanted to know about handheldsKristin
Aug 14, 2002 6:22 AM
Whats hot and whats not:

Don't even think twice about the problems you had previously with your Palm Pilot. Those have been resolved. Though I will give you some other reasons to avoid Palm Pilots. Here is a list of various handhelds below and my experiences with each. I pretty much provide all of the support for these units within my corporation and we've supported many. Hope it helps.

Palm Pilot
Cut loose in 2000 by 3Com, Palm Pilot became owned by Palm Inc. Support is the issue I would be most concerned with. Over the past 3 years I've watched Palm quality control slide. I've had experiences with these units: Palm III, Palm V, Palm VII, Palm M505. In 1999, 3Com hired Ideo to redesign the unit. The glare problems were resolved in the Palm V in that project. Also, the lithium battery was introduced. My biggest peeve with Palm, Inc. is their "replacement" program. You could buy a unit today and have problems with it next week. If you call Palm, Inc. for support, they will likely force you to exchange your brand new flawed Palm for a refurbished unit--another flawed one with they have taken from another owner and repaired. You would have no idea how old the refurbished unit is. To me this is unsatisfactory and a good reason to avoid Palm.

Handspring Visor: I've never worked with Visors but everyong I know who owns one loves it. Handspring provides better support as well.

HP Jornada: There's a fire sale on these if you can find one. With the HP/Compaq merger, the Jornada has been discontinued. I have a 540. Its a good unit. My biggest peeve with the Jornada is glare. If you intend to use it outside or in bright light, don't bother. You won't be able to read a thing.

Compaq: We've just started buying these. They are good units. I'm not sure if they have a screen glare issue. I know our users prefer them over the Jornada. They have a better cradle, though the cabling is a little complex.

To Lithium or not to Lithium: Palm says that the rechargables carry about 7 hours of continuous use charge. My experience with the Palm V--utilized at a gameboy on a train trip accross the country--was more like 4 hours. If you buy a rechargable unit, be prepared to carry a power pack when you travel. I find that disposable batteries were easier to deal with and you don't have to worry about memory effect. (Oh, and don't listen to the "experts". Memory effect is alive and well and occuring in a lithium battery near you.)

Also, much of this depends on your purposes. The Pocket PC's with Windows CE will allow you to use light applications (Word, Excel, Graphics) and PIM (Calendar, contacts, tasks and email), while Palm & Visor are not as robust and don't have as much storage space. Palm & Visor are good if all you really need is an address book, calendar and some email.
79-cent spiral notebook from Home Depotcory
Aug 14, 2002 7:46 AM
Cheap, no batteries and it's never let me down.
no backup if you lose it though (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 14, 2002 8:12 AM
Kyocera 6035 Phone/PDA combofirstrax
Aug 14, 2002 8:31 PM
Very happy. Browse the net in HTML, uses my regular email acount (no paying by the kilobyte like with palm) sends and recieves faxes and has a cool remote control program.
Handspring Visor DeluxeDougSloan
Aug 15, 2002 6:08 AM
Fairly simple, but works fine. Easy to use. Lots of software available for free downloading. I think they are around $180 now.

Aug 15, 2002 2:24 PM
I just got a 20gb I-pod that not only has good schedule and contact software, uses a very quick firewire connection but also I have 246 cd's on it with room for another 150. The battery lasts longer than a coast to coast plane trip and you can quick charge it to 75% in an hour.
It's a great piece of technology.
is that Mac only or PC too? nmDougSloan
Aug 16, 2002 12:53 PM
is that Mac only or PC too? nmcritmass
Aug 16, 2002 3:52 PM
They have 5, 10 and 20gb models for both Mac and PC. I use an apple application called Isync to wirelessly transfer online calender and contact information from either my bluetooth enabled cell phone or powerbook. I don't know if Isync is compatible with PC's. You can firewire information from both Mac's and PC's. Having all the music with me when I travel is what I like. The PDA part and it's software is a great bonus.
re: Which handheld computer (PDA) do you use?clintb
Aug 19, 2002 8:58 AM
RIM 950 with service from Cingular.
It's got an address book, tasks, alarms, notepad, appointment calendar and third party support. Oh, and two way, always on email. Nice little thumb type QWERTY keyboard too.

Ok, so I don't have mp3, video, games and all of the other stuff, but how much do most people really use it anyways.
Here's a quick list of the PDA's I've owned.
1. Philips Nino 500
2. HP Jornada 690
3. Sony Clie PEG-T415

I think that if I was to get another full blown PDA these days, I'd have to look at the Sharp Zaurus SL-5500.
Sony Clie NR70daz I
Aug 28, 2002 4:34 AM
Best Screen Out there.
Can do MP3. Can do Word and Excel (you have to buy the programs though) and has an inbuilt keyboard and still comes in much lighter that Pocket PC machines.

Started out with a Palm III, then a Sony CLIE and got the NR70 last June when I lost the last CLIE.

Good stuff, check out the specs at