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Looking 4 PDA that can Mark Texts as Unread & Apply Alarms

by at0micbunnygirl / March 6, 2010 3:32 AM PST

Does this exist? I use Sprint, and would like to continue doing so.

Again, the question is:
Is there a PDA that allows you to receive a text message, look at it, and then *mark it as Unread, put it in a folder, and set an alarm or a reminder?* (If not, someone really needs to get on this!) =)

I'm about to upgrade my phone (currently using a Sayno Katana DLX, which is quite a nice phone for just a phone...) to a PDA of some sort, but I am just starting to do some research.

I'm also an Ubuntu user on my laptop, and am really hoping there might be a Ubuntu-mobile version (since they're built into many netbooks now) on a phone so I could Sync my Evolution. Then I could have access to my 4 different gmail accts, calendars, tasks, and memos, without having to login and out all the time.

Other things I want in my phone:
typing a text msg without _losing_ all the text by hitting a random button (not sure if this is just my phone being old and glitchy, or the software being dumb)

the ability to actually REPLY to an email, and not have the cursor accidentally enter the text of the reply immediately

i do use GPS navigation, but I DON'T do games, music or tv really
i do like to be able to watch videos online though - I would love something that can use Flash

other things about me: I'm a mom to a toddler, and I have food allergies, so being able to use a decent shopping list program (i.e. Grocery Gadget) would be really nice.

oh, and I'm a daily bicyclist too - so I will likely use a bluetooth headset to talk while biking.

Any tips, experts???

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Quick points...

1.) Marking as read/unread is now common, but alarms attached to text messages are not standard.

2.) Ubuntu is not a smartphone OS option, and Linux implementations are fading out. Android, though, is a Linux-based mobile OS.

3.) Android (by Google) and WebOS (by Palm) offer the best native support for Google accounts.

4.) Text messages are not lost by random mis-taps in most cases.

5.) The iPhone is the only smartphone that refuses to support Flash. All other major mobile OSes either support Flash or will in the next couple months.

6.) AGPS and Bluetooth are standard.

Bottom line:
Given your requirements, I would recommend giving the Palm Pre, a WebOS smartphone, a first look. It is ideal for those that manage multiple calendars (one for you, one for your toddler, one for your ...) and also integrates information from multiple sources (Google, Yahoo, Facebook, etc. accounts).

Hope this helps,

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Thank you! Why doesn't Sprint have the Palm Pre Plus?
by at0micbunnygirl / March 6, 2010 1:45 PM PST
In reply to: Quick points...

Thanks John for all the great info!

I did notice on a review of the Palm Pre that it doesn't support Flash however. Also, read some pretty bad reviews about the tiny keyboard, quick-draining battery, and cheap plastic. Also, I really would like to have the ability to take at least short videos - I left that out b/c I really thought that would be standard by now.

The Palm Pre Plus really looks more up my alley (twice the RAM!), but it is sold through Verizon instead of Sprint. Do you know if I could still buy it and have it work with Sprint?

Also, do you know if there is anything coming out soon that I could wait a month for or such to meet my needs better?

Again, I really appreciate your reply! This really will help me with my search!

Carrie Anne

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Palm Pre...
by John.Wilkinson / March 8, 2010 2:03 AM PST

1.) No, the Verizon Pre Plus will not work on the Sprint network. (They use different technologies.) Thus, you'd have to wait for the Pre Plus to come to Sprint.

2.) Flash and video recording support is added by the WebOS 1.4 update; Sprint will be pushing out the update very soon.

3.) The construction is not great, but it is not cheaply made and the keyboard is sufficient for those used to a thumbboard. An on-screen keyboard may also be coming.

4.) Battery life is just average, but the Pre charges faster than most (~2 hours), has a host of charging adapters available, and has a user-replaceable battery, so you can purchase an extended battery (~$45) and swap it out as needed. Thus, it's actually more adequate than the iPhone.

5.) Palm will be releasing the Palm Elan in the near future, though little is known at this point. Rumor is it may be a touchscreen-only model (no physical keyboard) heading to AT&T and possibly others.

6.) You may also consider the Samsung Moment, an Android-powered smartphone with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Android is geared a bit more towards the tech-savvy user but also meets your requirements.


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