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Stu400
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WHICH - PDA - Notebook - Laptop - smartphone?
      #15303 - 09/10/04 08:27 AM

Which would you advise, firstly I should figure what I want/need. I have a desktop PC, major word proccessing done there.
Need:
- on the move Word / note taking; to then add to my 'Word' documents back at the office.
- Light weight
- Easy to read, colour
- rechargeable battery, 2hrs min.
- to not have ot replace it in 12 months, due to 'outdated'

Would like (not essential)
+ wireless, for the future use & mobile hookup
+ secondary function as a phone negates two devices; not essential!
+ able to edit Excel
+ KEYBOARD makes it so much easier
# to play games when bored would be delux

What a dilema. I want powerful word processing device that fits into briefcase. Lightweight. And still be able to read the screen, many PDA's appear too small. All for a low budget. In MY eyes a PDA ?180max, Notebook ????????.

I'd love a notebook/laptop that was small but easy to use qwerty keyboard but cant swallow the price tag. However its does enter my mind it would negate the need for my desktop PC - which i had not intended on upgrading any time soon.
However a PDA is so small I could then use it out on site work, on the move litteraly.

A Tablet PC / Notebook seems such a good idea but maybe out of my price range. My niggle with a PDA is screen size and the type speed possible. Is it possible to get a plug-in keyboard which i could use my thumbs with quickly??

This dilly-dallying has gone on too long, over a year or so. PLEASE HELP


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Re: WHICH - PDA - Notebook - Laptop - smartphone? [Re: Stu400]
      #15336 - 09/11/04 03:06 PM

Here is some info for you, hopefully it will help you narrow down your choices...

1) If you are using the PDA mainly for viewing, editing documents, any PDA should last you more than 2 hours. Using wireless features, playing video/games will drain your battery more.

2) Personal, I can't type well with small keyboard for long documents. Check out our keyboard reviews for various options: http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/tips/keyboards.htm

3) Most of the PDA screens are no bigger than 3.8". The Tungsten T3, the Zodiac, the Garmin iQue and the Toshiba e805 have the largest screens.

4) The smaller the laptops usually means the higher the price.

5) If you are looking at phone plus PDA devices, check out: http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/smartphone.htm

Some PDAs under $250:
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/Dell_axim_X30.htm
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/dell_axim_x5.htm
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/ipaq_1940.htm
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/palm_Tungsten_E.htm
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/feature/sony_TJ27.htm

The above devices are currently on the market. There are also some discountinued ones that you can still find and might like. Check these lists:

http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/pilot.htm
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/feature/clie.htm
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/ppc.htm


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