KBMurray
(junior member)
06/04/04 03:29 PM
Do I still need a cell phone & PDA?

I'm ready to trade-in (and of course trade-up) my cell phone and PDA. With the emergence of the smartphone, I'm wondering whether I should take the plunge and combine my old devices into one. I've been using Palms for years now and don't mind the need to be "graffiti-proficient".

This is what I "need":
-access to the Verizon mobile network (so I can make calls while on the Wash DC Metro); the only reasonable free roaming & free long-distance plan they offer requires a tri-mode phone.
-contact/address book, date book/calendar, reminders & tasks, memo/notepad of some sort (to keep driving directions handy), simple games.
-ability to categorize all of these items.
-size not much larger than the old Palm m125.
-easy data-entry (ideally by synching with my home PC--Outlook Express or whatever else; not allowed to synch with Outlook at my new job).
-easy way to share (beam) data to others.

I don't have to have internet or email access or a digital camera. My new job will give me a Nextel DirectConnect phone, so I'll have fun learning how to use that (but can't use it for personal calls). Plus, I don't want to have to buy something else in 2 years. I don't mind paying up to $500 upfront, but want monthly fees to be "reasonable" ($40/month).

Someone suggested getting devices with Bluetooth so I don't have to enter contact info into both the PDA and the cellphone. Do I just need a cellphone (and need to get used to the smaller screen)?

Any ideas? THANKS



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