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Need a new PDA; need help making a choice.

by Cegasaturn / March 11, 2004 5:45 AM PST

I looking to buy a PDA since my old Palm VII broke. I am a student and have no idea what to get. I'd like a PDA that I can hotsync stuff I write straight to the computer and print. I don't know whether to get a palm OS or Pocket PC, but whatever I get, I want it to have games, and Wi-Fi, if possible. I would like a color screen, and a lot of memory, since I play MP3's a lot. Could you help me out?

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Re:Need a new PDA; need help making a choice.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 11, 2004 7:54 AM PST
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Re:Re:Need a new PDA; need help making a choice.
by Monaco / March 16, 2004 3:16 AM PST

Not sure why in the US Bluetooth is almost ignored and everyone seems to deserve Wi-Fi.
With Wi-Fi you depend on locations with HotSpots or an AccessPoint at home or in your office (Wi-Fi connection also always means security issues!).

With a Bluetooth enabled PDA and a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone (used as a modem) or just a Pocket PC Phone Edition device (both in 1 device) you can surf the web and download emails almost whereever you are.

To stick to your requirements:
a small Pocket PC (color screen of course) with 2 slots - compact flash and SD format - i.e. maximum flexibility - Bluetooth enabled device - is the HP iPAQ H2215. Unfortunately there is no comparable device (2 slots and small) with Wi-Fi.

But you can use the SanDisk Wi-Fi SD Card (very good!) and still have 1 slot (CF format) available for as much storage as you deserve and can afford (CF is good, fast, reliable and cheaper than other formats). You see: 2 slots often are very important! Most devices just have 1.

So what else can be better?

Franz Haslbeck
President, Pocket PC User Group Munich (Germany)

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