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Recommendation for DigitalScout/Handheld?

by curban / February 6, 2004 10:35 PM PST

I am currently the statistician/scorer for a girls tournament fastpitch softball team. I am interested in DigitalScout's software and am also in the market for a mid-level handheld (I have not previously owned one and am overwhelmed by the number of choices). I do not need a combo w/phone and while WiFi etc. might be nice, my main "other" use will be as a PDA for calendar, phone numbers etc. DigitalScout will run on Palm OS or Windows software but I'd like a handheld rugged enough to endure multiple trips to dusty softball fields (i.e., decent battery life etc.). Has anyone used DigitalScout before and any recommendations on appropriate handhelds? Many thanks.

Carol

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Re:Recommendation for DigitalScout/Handheld?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2004 11:44 PM PST

Symbol makes rugged Palms.
http://www.symbol.com/products/mobile_computers/mobile_palm_products.html

But with the 99 buck units and less at http://www.compgeeks.com/products.asp?cat=PDA you may just want one of those and a little care.

Just FYI, I wrote the Palm software you see at http://www.tritongroup.com/stanvision/

The same dialog about rugged Palm or Windows CE devices was discussed. Because we had to get going, we just supplied a few Palm m100's to get going. Turns out that for the less than 99 bucks they couldn't justify the many hundred dollar "rugged" unit. Today, they use the m125, and the Zire 71 for the most part.

Bob

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Re:Recommendation for DigitalScout/Handheld?
by tjdotcom / February 20, 2004 10:16 AM PST

Pretty much any PDA is subject to the whims of rain, dust etc. You can get/find various types of armored cases and such at a lot of sources such as MobilePlanet...

....I prefer PalmOS, it's cheaper, more software, easier to use. I have a Palm Zire71. The Zire 71 takes pictures....decent web quality....I'd think about the ability to do that.....consider what having a picture of a prospective player might mean?? Some of the Sony Clie's will even record video....

Bottom line...I wouldn't worry about the ruggedness of the PDA....you can get a case for that....I think there are even ones rated to go underwater! Try looking for "PalmGear" or "Handango"....

And check out CNET's "Palm vs WindowsMobile" match....good reading there

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