i was wondering the same thing..these PDA's are changing so much that they are all so outdated by the time they come to the public market..i think they are in their infancy and will obviously only get better...kinda like buying a PC..pay top $$$ now or wait a few months for the newer model that is better and the same price...and on and on...who all has them and what models? from what ive see the compaq ipaq is the shit..but expensive...hell i bought a P3 500mhz laptop for $500 used...
I've owned a few PDAs. I think that people who use PDA's well are people who used notepads and pens well to begin with. I'm very scattered and disorganized on note taking and retention. The PDAs just gave me something to play with in meetings, and added no organization to my life.
The only one that worked out really well was the Handspring Visor, I got it for free for attending a seminar, and got some add on stuff for it after a while of not using it, now it is a supercool master remote control for home audio and video
If you are good and faithful with a paper dayrunner, go for it. If you write stuff on receipts for no reason, and wash them regularly, spend the money on a video game console instead.
so let me get on top of this issue.... so you want to know if PDAs or Public Displays of Affection are worth it at all.... it depends on what you are going for and your personal moral choices.... will you be embarrassed to exercise the use of the PDA or will it become addictive... lets remember nothing is more annoying than PDA in a restaurant, no one wants to see you do it, hear you do it... it is downright rude. Now, PDA in the workplace... it depends on when you use it and how you use it... the bosses don't want to see you with your PDA all day long, because they might become jealous and they will recognize you are not working.....
... I dedicate the contribution to dingle, as well as all of my comp sci skillz
i have a clie t615c and i just charged it for the first time in a month. i am still horribly unorganized and i feel like a total geek using the thing, so generally it stays put away until later when I forget what I was going to put in it.
Heres a PDA question: do ALL of them run IE? reason i ask is i work for a SW company that is developing sw for 'palms' that will be wireless and is used to sell things on as well as possibly do wireless barcoding..but they want to develop the SW to only run on PDA's that run IE...isnt that restricted to the ones running windows CE?...i dont know shit bout them so i thought id ask...
You need to look into your options. Wireless internet is great, all that is great, but figuring out exactly how it all goes together is proving to be a pain in the ass.
The Chicago Board of Ed. bought my dad a Visor Edge last year, which I inherited because he never used it. It's small so it's perfect for use on the ship...I use it to keep track of my finances with PocketMoney (which after three months of use suddenly thinks it's shareware...it's not...fuckers) and as a memo pad, phone & address book, and datebook. Very useful.
However I don't own a computer...so I can't use a lot of the features I want...for instance, I want to be able to download city maps on the go, send e-mail without having to synch it with any computer, etc. All of this is provided by various shiznits like AvantGo, but...do I need some kind of modem? Does it hook into my cell phone? Etc. These are all questions the folks at Palm have yet to answer me about (and don't even bother asking any of the clerks at the puter store...they are clueless...)
quote:Originally posted by Cid2001 Heres a PDA question: do ALL of them run IE? reason i ask is i work for a SW company that is developing sw for 'palms' that will be wireless and is used to sell things on as well as possibly do wireless barcoding..but they want to develop the SW to only run on PDA's that run IE...isnt that restricted to the ones running windows CE?...i dont know shit bout them so i thought id ask...
if they do run IE any idea which brands do?
IE is restricted to the CE based PDA's. PalmOS based PDA's have a variety of browsers available. It seems to vary from brand to brand.
I would suggest you skip anything by visor because my own experience has been that none of the stores around here (Best Buy, Circuit City, Radio Shack, etc.) carry any Visor peripherals or products. So I have to order things like, for instance, a goddamn charger so I can use the damn thing again.
i'm a new ipaq user, and i just want to say that for the price of one, i would rather buy a used laptop, even (forbid) a windows laptop, since CE is like windows, only less powerful and more retarded (clunkier). I doubt i could ever write notes with any efficiency on a handheld, i can type magnitudes faster. If i do anything in the field, my interaction with the computer should be restricted to drop-down menus and buttons. entering notes just isn't going to happen. My iBook is 9x11x1, and i don't mind carrying that size machine around. The iPaq is truly powerful for it's size, but the quality of the display is just so-so.
I don't know how the ipaq compares to other handhelds (besides the prehistoric apple newton MP120), but i'm guessing it's top of the line. having said that, though, i don't believe a handheld will be the portable computing solution for me for another couple years. my handheld needs video out, a dvd drive, a 20 GB HD, a USB keyboard, and a firewire port. I guess what i need is an iPod that runs MS office and plays DVDs. If it can meet those demands, it can pretty much do anything i would need it to do. Oh, it also needs to be about the size of a pack of cigarettes, too. thanks.