Palm to Pocket PC and Vice Versa
If you're a Palm OS user thinking of moving to
a Pocket PC, you'll want to know how to get your PIM data (contacts,
calendar, to-do's and memos) into your new Pocket PC. It's pretty
easy, though you may need to buy a piece of software to do it.
Pocket PCs sync to MS Outlook for PIM information.
If you've ever used Outlook, you know that it has mail, calendar,
contacts, tasks and notes features, and these can all sync to your
Pocket PC. Most non-entry level Palm OS PDAs ship with Chapura's
Pocket Mirror, Intellisync Lite or PalmOne's own Outlook syncing
conduit. These are intermediary programs that allows you to sync
your Palm OS PDA to Outlook rather than Palm Desktop. If you're already
using one of these solutions, then you're set! When you sync your
new Pocket PC to your desktop machine, all the PIM info in Outlook
will be downloaded to your PDA.
If you're not using one of these solutions and
instead are syncing to Palm Desktop, check the PC to see if one of
these solutions is included. If it is, install the one that came
with your Palm, then sync your Palm OS PDA to sync all the PIM data
into Outlook. Once you've done this, the Pocket PC will pick up all
the data the first time you sync it. If your Palm is quite old and
didn't come with one of these solutions you can purchase one separately.
Check out Intellisync from PumaTech or
Pocket Mirror at www.chapura.com.
If you're a Pocket PC user moving to a Palm OS
device, the process is simply the reverse. Your data is already in
Outlook. If your new Palm came with Pocket Mirror, install it and
you're ready to sync your Outlook data to your new Palm.
Some programs come in both Palm
and Pocket PC flavors, but not a lot. AvantGo! comes with both
PDAs and if it isn't in the box you can download it from Avantgo.com.
The same is true of Palm Reader, HanDBase, MobileDB and Acrobat
Reader. Even if your shareware and commercial apps aren't available
for your new device, you'll likely find counterparts that work
just as well. Both platforms offer language dictionaries, medical
references and applications, enhanced agenda programs and so on.
If you're moving from a Pocket PC to a Palm OS PDA other than the
Sony Clié, you won't find any MP3
players or music players because these devices don't support advanced
multimedia (that will change when high end Palm OS 5 PDAs come out
If you're used to using a commercial Office suite
like Documents to Go on the Palm, you'll notice there isn't a counterpart
in the world of Pocket PCs. That's because all Pocket PCs come with
Pocket Word and Pocket Excel. Several also ship with 3rd party Powerpoint
viewer apps. If you need to work with Powerpoint presentations on
the Pocket PC, there are commercial programs available for purchase.
If you're a Pocket PC user switching to Palm, your
Palm likely will come with a bundled version of Documents to Go.
Most non-entry level (meaning least expensive) Palm OS PDAs ship
with Documents to Go. If your Palm didn't come with Docs to Go, check
out our review of Office programs for Palm here.
And don't forget to check our software
listings to see a sampling of what's available for each platform.
For a truly large selection of Palm and Pocket PC software, check