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Choosing PDA/Smartphone.

by m.nandini / August 16, 2006 8:33 AM PDT

I currently have a basic mobile phone from cingular and a Palm Tungsten E2 PDA. in about a month my contract with cingular ends and I plan on switching to either Verizon or T-mobile service.

I am looking to get rid of my phone and my PDA and get a PDA phone or smartphone. I really dont know where to start looking. I want something that is easy to use as a phone (i dont have to scroll through menus for 5 minutes just to use it as a phone). but i am also looking for full functionality as far as bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and of course good cell phone reception. I am used to Palm OS and I really like it, but i am willing to try windows mobile 5 (or whatever the current version is). Im not really sure whether i want something with a touch screen and stylus or something with a scroll wheel and no touch screen.

so i am basically open to any suggestions you guys have, as long as they kind of fit into my loose guidelines above.

and one more thing, do you prefer palm os or windows for your mobile device? i have only tried palm but i want to know which is preferred among people.

thank you in advance for any help you provide.

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WiFi can be a stickler...
by John.Wilkinson / August 16, 2006 12:41 PM PDT

Not many smartphones include built-in WiFi support, so that requirements narrows the field dramatically. One of the options remaining is the Verizon Wireless XV6700, which runs Windows Mobile and includes a 1.3MP digital camera with flash. It's normally $399 with a $100 discount if you sign a 2-year contract. Aside from that I can't think of any off hand that have built-in WiFi.

In regards to the OS, Windows Mobile is typically preferred by Windows users and those looking for power and tweaking abilities while Palm is preferred by those who like simplicity. I made the switch from Palm to Windows Mobile and am happier, but the choice is really up to you. Once thing to consider...PocketPCs do not have native support for the Mac, so if you have Macs the Palm OS is the better option.

Hope this helps,

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Forget smart phone, upgrade your phone and get a T/X
by deserttaxguy / August 17, 2006 1:26 AM PDT

I'm switched from Nextel to Cingular for the internet feature on the phones. I got a blue tooth phone that pairs with the T/X, and couldn't be happier.
I only use the Cingular GPRS internet when I cant get a wifi signal, which is not that often. Using the internet on the smart phones isnt as nice as on a T/X, and a smartphone doesnt have as big and nice of screen as a T/X. I can use my phone for internet if I want to, but I usually dont because its a small very abbreviated optimized browser. I know its all the rage to have a smartphone, but for the value and ease of use, stick to a small bluetooth phone and a Palm T/X.

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i understand
by m.nandini / August 17, 2006 7:57 AM PDT

what your trying to get at, but the idea of me getting rid of my handheld and my phone and getting a PDA/phone was that i dont have to carry two different devices. im willing to sacrifice a little bit of screen room on viewing web pages if that means that i can have one device that can accomplish what 2 devices did before.

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