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garz63
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another 'what to buy'
      #10778 - 05/11/04 02:19 PM

the wife and i are looking for a couple PDA's. our previous palm 500's...
mine won't sync with our PC-XP anymore (SUDs issue) and my wife's is slowly
begning to have "issues". nothing really hi tech, doesn't req. internet browsing
or GPS(whats WiFi?), open to other makes/brands.
any recomendations...!?

Thanks in advance,
garz63


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Re: another 'what to buy' [Re: garz63]
      #10782 - 05/11/04 05:17 PM

If you wish to learn more about WiFi, here is our article:
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/tips/wifi.htm

If you want to stay with Palm since you know how to use and are used to them, check out the updated palmOne devices:

Basic entry level:
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/palm_Zire_31.htm

Very good med-level device:
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/palm_Tungsten_E.htm

If you want a camera and Bluetooth (if you have BT cell phone):
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/palm_Zire_72.htm

If you want a Bluetooth and a larger screen, here is the top of the line model:
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/palm_Tungsten_T3.htm


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Re: another 'what to buy' [Re: Tong Zhang]
      #11254 - 05/24/04 02:04 PM

I didn't want to start another thread so I figured I'd bump this one.
I'm looking for a Mid level PDA. I can't decide between PPC or Palm...mainly because I don't know what is right for me. Originally I wanted a Smart phone but Verizon only carries two models and they are both awkwardly large and they are both limited in both phone and PDA use. So now I think I'm going to get a smaller, cheaper phone, and a separate PDA.
What I need to do: I'm an engineer who will see half my time out in the field. I'm also quite forgetful so I need somthing to organize my life. First and foremost I need somthing to easily and thoughtfully keep my contacts and appoinments and sync up with Outlook. Any PDA can do this but an easy menu system with the fewest button pushes will win my heart. Secondly I want something to keep me fairly entertained during downtime. An MP3 player would be awesome as well as a few classic games like tetris and pong. It seems like most PDAs can also do these things well now a days but fast MP3 tranfer rates and integrated MP3 controller again would win my heart.
As far as Bluetooth, WiFi, I just don't see a short term use for them. Extensive other options like IR remote capability and movie playback would be cool, but it isn't critical. I want to keep the PDA under $300 and I want it to take a bit of abuse because it will be in the field.
How's that for requirements What is right for me?


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Re: another 'what to buy' [Re: MiataMe]
      #11266 - 05/24/04 06:38 PM

Well, you're right that any PDA can sync with Outlook. Generally Palm OS requires fewer button presses to get to your PIM data.

As far as MP3 transfer rates, your best bet is a card reader. The reader is hugely faster than any PDA's syncing software over USB.

PDAs with MP3 plackback capability do have both a software app and a hardware controller chip (separate DSP or integrated into the CPU).

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Re: another 'what to buy' [Re: Greg]
      #11287 - 05/25/04 02:59 AM

I've narrowed my choice down. I'm going to get a Zire 72 unless anyone can steer me away from it. It has everything I need, including a voice recorder, and I read great reviews on it. It seems to be around $299 at all the retail stores, with a few places offering rebates, and starting around $260 plus shipping from online only stores. I'm considering going to Newegg, only because I've had tons of great luck with them in the past. It is a little more expensive then the cheapest online stores but they have a $20 rebate right now which brings it close. I'm also going to get an SD card. I want 128 or 256, but can't decide which one. I knew very little about cards and have learned that just like PC memory, you get what you pay for. I want a nice fast card so I never have to wait for the memory to keep up with the PDA. Kingston and Kingmax (both RAM menuafactures that I'm familar with) have high speed sticks for around $55.
What would you recommend for a good memory stick?

Edited by MiataMe (05/25/04 01:51 PM)


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Re: another 'what to buy' [Re: MiataMe]
      #11342 - 05/26/04 05:32 PM

In general, the high speed SD cards are much faster. Look at our reviews here:

http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/tips/storage.htm

Memory Sticks are however different kinds of storage cards and work only with Sony and Sony Eircsson devices.


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