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What's a good bargain handheld for writing & wireless?

by thepxii / March 13, 2007 8:49 AM PDT

I've been researching different products and I was wondering if anyone could help me decide what device to buy. I've been looking for a handheld device on which I can access the wireless internet and edit documents. (If anyone knows of a tablet PC in my price range, one that is inexpensive enough to make up for the extra bulk I would have to carry, I would be interested in that too.) I'd like to take college notes on it so it would need an attachable keyboard and a good battery life. I'm looking for something less than $1200, but I would be willing to consider more if the features are good enough, for instance if I could do web or graphic design on the device. Although, finding a bargain would still be the best selling point for me.

Thanks for any help!

~ Lana

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Just a thought...
by whizkid454 / March 14, 2007 5:51 AM PDT

With the graphic design you are talking about, a PDA would probably not be the best investment for you. Perhaps posting this same question in the Laptops forum will yield some better responses. They might be able to give you a good suggestion for an ultraportable tablet PC. They usually have acceptable battery life and give you many options over what a PDA would give you. Good luck!

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Jornada 720, 728
by rgfitz / March 14, 2007 7:00 AM PDT

Used HP Jornada models 720 and 728 are small and accept wireless cards. You just have to make sure to get a wireless card that will work in these models. They have a built-in keyboard.

I read someplace that a person wrote a novel using one...a little hard to imagine.

I have never seen a separate keyboard for one but they may be available.

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Great idea
by thepxii / March 14, 2007 10:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Jornada 720, 728

Thanks! I'll look into that.

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Jornada not so good
by nelsonj3 / March 15, 2007 8:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Jornada 720, 728

The HP Jornada is a very old device. It may work well for you, but you won't be able to use the latest software and a wireless card may be hard to find. In addition, it was discontinued several years ago, so you would have to get a used one.
Another option you may want to consider is the Palm TX with a wireless keyboard. It includes an office suite that is more capable than Microsoft's own version, allowing you to create, view, or edit Word, Excel, AND PowerPoint files on the device. It has built in Wifi and Bluetooth for connecting to other devices or the internet. I use the Wifi a lot to check email and do some limited web browsing. It includes a good browser called Blazer.
Battery life is good on the TX. CNET tested it at 10 hours for a looped MP3 file and 4.5 for a looped video.
Best part, it will only cost a fraction of your budget. The TX cost $299 and the keyboard between $80 and $150, depending on the type of connection. Bluetooth keyboards are more convenient but more expensive and infrared cheaper but require line of site with the top of the TX.
One more thing, the TX holds the third most popular spot with CNET editors and the number one spot with the CNET users.

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