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Prefrosh
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PDA effective for college use
      #11329 - 05/25/04 09:29 PM

Hey all,

As the preceding subject line suggests, I'm looking for a PDA that would best suit me when I head to college next fall. I'd like to purchase something over the summer so I have plenty of time to get used to the contraption, as I am currently a total PDA newbie.

As for the unit itself, I'm looking for something largely to act in place of a planner/organizer, keeping track of classes and assignments. As for wifi and bluetooth, i can't really decide. Internet browsing capability would be cool, but the only wireless signal i would have access to is at home, not at school. Bluetooth would also be great in order to be able to sync wirelessly. Games and multimedia would certainly be a plus, but I probably wouldn't be using either feature very often.

Basically i'm looking for a really strong contender in the mid to mid-high price range. Palm and Pocket PC both seem to have their advantages, so suggestions from either camp are welcome. Someone please help me find my niche in this new and fascinating world of handheld electronics.


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Re: PDA effective for college use [Re: Prefrosh]
      #11355 - 05/26/04 03:25 PM

If you are looking to get a mid or mid-high range PDAs, I'd like to suggest the following units:

http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/palm_Zire_72.htm
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/Dell_axim_X30.htm
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/palm_Tungsten_T3.htm

Read the reviews and see which one has the most features set that fits your needs and style. As for Palm vs. PPC, it's often a personal prefs. But in case you don't know where to start, here is our article:

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

In addition, there are some good student software out there that can't help you organize your class, credits, papers, etc. Here is one of the tools: (they have Pocket PC version as well.)

http://www.handmark.com/products/detail.php?id=46


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Prefrosh
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Re: PDA effective for college use [Re: Tong Zhang]
      #11394 - 05/27/04 10:20 AM

Thanks so much for the prompt reply!

The Dell X30 looks really great to me, especially since battery life is so good despite the fast processor. Can anyone suggest a good external keyboard or any other accessories that they have found to be invaluable to go with this or a simmilar Pocket PC?


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Re: PDA effective for college use [Re: Prefrosh]
      #11395 - 05/27/04 10:24 AM

Hi there,

You may want to seriously consider going with the WiFi option if you are heading for college in the fall. I work at a university and most colleges/universities here (Canada) have at least some wireless support that will allow you to connect to the network while in a library, student lounge, coffee shop, etc. So, while you may not have a use for it now, it might come in handy in the fall.

Also, some colleges may be using CISCO-based access points so you may require some support for "LEAP". You'd have to talk to the college networking folks to see if this is a requirement. See also these two postings:

http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=UBB27&Number=7753&page=1&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1

http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=UBB27&Number=9059&page=1&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1

Good luck,

Trevor


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