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Very Small Portable Laptop vs. PDA

by rw56 / November 16, 2006 4:43 AM PST

Hi everyone,

I need some help, please. I'd love to find a WiFi capable, portable computer in a small and light package. I'd like to be able to do the following:

1) surf the web/do coursework on line/send and receive email--for this reason I'd prefer a reasonably sized screen and keyboard, i.e. a cell phone screen and keyboard are too small.
2) record and listen to music--for this reason portability, light weight and small size would be big pluses. My current music collection is maybe 3000 songs so i'd like to be able to hold maybe 5000 total.
3) manage personal information, e.g. calendar, address books, etc.

Reliability is huge for me. I owned two of the first Palm 3 PDAs and they both crashed, twice each. No more Palms for me.

Any ideas are welcome because I'm very new to MP3, WiFi and such.



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Some suggestions :
by Ghost26-20878886633866019035262628200812 / November 16, 2006 4:49 AM PST


Look at the HP Pavilion dv3000t ( 14.1 " ). Nice desing ...

There is also the Dell Inspiron E1405. Same screen size.

You can try to find a good Toshiba 14.1" model ...

Asus, a good brand but seams to be not very popular in America, makes pretty good ultraportable laptops.

Finally, the Compaq V3000t is a nice and affordable laptop.

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Nothing doesn't crash.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 16, 2006 4:50 AM PST

Even laptops only last a few years. While I really enjoy my PalmOne TX and other PDAs, I treat them nicely. My Palm IIIc is now at it's 5 year mark. Usually I find these to last a very long time. I've never had a failure so I keep coming back.

Your requirements are however too stiff for a PDA. Go laptop shopping.


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