1.) Is there an appropriate driver for the PDAs you're looking at? Barcode scanner support doesn't come out of the box, so the scanner must come with a driver for the specific PDA OS.
2.) The Socket SoMo 650 has several variations. Some are better than the iPaq 211 while others are not. Since the specs on some of those models are not provided, you'll have to ask for the details.
3.) A PDA needs a WiFi connection to connect to the internet unless you have a cell phone, with a data plan, that supports tethering your PDA to it over Bluetooth.
4.) WindowsMobile cannot be directly synced with OS X unless you purchase third-party software. See: The MissingSync for $40.
I need to purchase a PDA with large screen that can work with a Bluetooth hand-held laser scanner. I'll use the scanner for barcode lookup pricing on various retail web sites as a support tool for my new business as a book reseller. I am looking at the HP iPaq 211 and Socket SoMo 650. I have also considered the Blackberry Bold, but the screen is small and I don't plan to use the device as a phone or for email.
Questions: 1) Which of the PDAs is better?, 2) What service to I need to connect to the internet remotely when WiFi is not available?, 3) How can I link info from the Windows-based PDA to my desktop iMac OSX?
I am using an iPhone currently but it does not support scanners. I have Windows XP and OSX on my MacBook Pro, but don't generally have it for daily use. I am not a big PC or Windows enthusiast as I've been on Apple-based hardware for 25 years, so this will be a big transition for me.