Hi. I am trying to decide between Palm Tungsten T3 and Dell Axim X3i. I plan to buy a PDA (my first ever, so I am not yet sure of all the possibilities) for the following uses in order of importance:
(1) PIM: time management, contact database, etc.
(2) Viewing Adobe, Word, Excel and HTML files (some quite long and involved, such as 40-page academic papers; no complicated graphics, e.g. a face book)
(3) Checking e-mail on the road (e.g. at airports)
(4) Surfing the Web on the road
I am willing to forego (3) and (4), which is why I am OK with either one of the models above. [Can they be later expanded for WiFi use?]
Now my questions with regard to each one of my uses:
(1) Ease of PIM use seems to be a matter of taste; there are many people who are quite happy on either side of the fence [Palm OS versus Pocket PC]. Is it fair to say though that Palm still holds an upper hand on user-friendliness? I am a Windows user, but I gather from other posts that either of these operating systems for PDAs would be equally non-familiar to me. So, which one is easier to learn and to operate for a person with no background with PDAs?
(2) How important is the large screen of T3 for this use? I am guessing the large size coupled with a landscape view would make T3 unbeatable for this purpose. But, being so unfamiliar with PDAs, I just cannot evaluate the difference in convenience. [Btw, I assume both Palm OS and Pocket PC can handle pdf, doc, xls and html files; so no compatibility issues with neither OS, right?]
(3) I think I may want to check e-mail at an airport or a hotel lobby only if I have to, and only if there is no exorbitant charge for it. What is the current situation? Is WiFi offered free of charge in public places or businesses? I really don't know anything about wireless Internet. Another issue which is marginally important for me is Outlook compatibility. I do not currently use Outlook at all (because my workplace has a special in-house e-mail program). But, if and when I switch to using Outlook, would Palm restrict me in any way? In terms of PIM use, how important is it that I use the same e-mail program (e.g. Outlook) on both my PC and PDA?
(4) Can I export all my IE bookmarks to T3 (WebPro)? X3i (IE) should give me no trouble on this, right? How different is WebPro from IE? I am not afraid so much from a new learning curve, but from lack of product quality. Is WebPro at least as good as IE?
PS. One more question on T3 versus X3: How do their battery lives compare?
For T3, I have been seeing conflicting information. T3 review on this site does not quote a certain number (of hours) for "regular" uses. Regular use for me would be strictly PIM and (pdf, doc, html) file viewing / editing. I don't remember what it was for X3, but more straight information seems to be available for X3.