Re: PDA Suggestion
|Originally posted by mattew
Anybody have a PDA suggestion. I have decided to throw my old school palm Vx in the garbage. Took a few hours to look around and I am lost.
Palm.... Pocketpc??? I travel minimum 3 days a week and my cell phone rings all the time and I am forever taking notes while on the move. I need something.
I have used both PALM and POCKET PC devices, so I can help a little I think.
You need to ask yourself the basics: Do you need a solid performer for CONTACT management or do you need a MULTIMEDIA powerhouse?
The biggest advantage PPC has over Palm is the integration with Outlook, Office, and Windows. ActiveSync (when it works) is AWESOME. The PPC, when cradled, is an external drive (drag-and-drop, management, etc). It does all the multimedia "wows" and "oooo's & aahh's" you can throw at it.
However, if you travel and don't like missing a charge cycle (every single day) then you run the risk of dead battery. The PPC has HORRIBLE battery life. Many times I would put it on the counter Friday after work, pick it up Monday and have it reset itself because it thought it was dead. Weird stuff. So BACKUP is the key with a PPC.
Palm, on the other hand, has SIGNIFIGANTLY LONGER battery life. I took my Tungsten-T with me to Romania for a MONTH and only needed to charge it TWICE (because I leave the bluetooth ON). Battery life is INCREDIBLE. Plus, it's bulletproof in the CONTACTS department - if you need it, you can depend on it being there.
Palm, however, is not an excellent Sync with windows or anything (by design). It's a digital assistant that does exactly what it's supposed to, w/o all the windows hooks and such (which in itself is nice). The Tungsten-T3 is comming out pretty soon (rumors are late October) and that will be "da bomb" of PDA's.
If you are Mr. Mobile and live and die by contacts and such, I'd lean towards PALM. If you are connected to the MS Office Life-Support because of work, then PPC. Granted, I sync with Outlook quite well with KEY SUITE (add-on for Palm) and can look up a contact faster than Outlook can on my computer (of a list of about 2300).
Palm is much LESS likely to crash/hang. PPC crashes A LOT - and often! But PPC does have enough "ooo's and aah's" to wow you and your friends for at least a week or two.
Finally, I also like to have all my contacts on hand, but don't want to keep a massive phonebook in my CELL, so I use the Palm Tungsten and a Nokia 6310i and using the Palm and a single hand, I can call up any contact and tell it to dial my phone, so when I'm done with the palm and turn it off/put it back in the pocket, I can take my phone out of the other pocket and it's dialing already. Sweet.