View Full Version : PDA recommendations
05-18-2002, 01:25 AM
I am considering purchasing my first PDA. What does everyone recommend? I don't need anything fancy, but don't want it to be obsolete next week, either. Color screen would be nice, but not essential, and I definitely want expandability. What brand and OS would you recommend? Palm? Sony? Handspring? Compaq? I considered the Casio BE-500 deal that was posted a couple weeks ago, but the reviews of the OS were dismal (too complicated, not user friendly, etc.) I'd like to stay under $250. Thanks in advance!
05-18-2002, 04:56 AM
neither palm os or ppc have very user friendly interfaces. in my experiences palm is definatley easier, but that is for me. for you ppc might be easier. i think you need to tell us what you are looking to do with your handheld. if you are only going to use it as an address and phone book, palm would be the way to go. if you need to frequently edit and create word docs, spreadsheets and presentations ppc is probably best for you.
05-18-2002, 05:38 AM
Primary usage will most likely be as an organizer (address book, appointments, notepad). I don't foresee much as far as word docs or spreadsheets. So I have been leaning toward Palm. There are several brands using the Palm OS. Is there a best "bang for the buck" out there? Is there an advantage to one brand vs. another? I see reference in many threads to the Handspring products, is there a reason they have become so popular, considering that the Palms have been around longer? Lots of questions, I know. Thanks for the input!
05-18-2002, 06:50 AM
handspring was created by some the original employees of palm. they created a less expensive and in some instances faster handheld. they also included an expansion slot for tons more vesatality. Palm and every other handheld now makes pda's with slots.
you can find em on sale every so often. fry's electronics always seems to have refurb handspring visors for under $100. i don't how well the refurb works.
good luck and let us know which one you get and what you think of it.
05-18-2002, 09:00 AM
I think a Palm would be better suited for you. I have the m505, but I would suggest taking a look at the Handsprings; they seem to give you more for your buck.
05-18-2002, 10:57 AM
I love the Sony Clie T615. Small package but packs a big punch. It's a great device.
05-18-2002, 12:41 PM
Everyone I know that has a handspring really likes theirs. And I'm actually thinking about getting a Handspring PDA.
If you are just going to be using it for organization, I think you should get the Handspring.
05-18-2002, 07:16 PM
I'm really starting to question whether going with Handspring would be the right choice. While it's true that they have the Springboard module, it appears the Springboard slot is being phased out of future models (the upcoming Treo 90 is apparently only going to have a Secure Digital (SD) slot for instance).
I'm currently using the Palm m125, and find it to be a quite nice. It does have an SD slot, so I can add memory to it (among other things). It's not quite as versatile as the Springboard, but if Handspring officially stops making devices with Springboard slots, then I'm sure device makers will follow suit.
05-18-2002, 07:56 PM
stick to palm and sony if your going the palmOS route. handspring IMO is bulky, not flash upgradable(!!!), and springboard slots are useless. SD-slots are the way to go for expansion.
05-18-2002, 09:42 PM
i dont know they are still around, but the handera 330 is pretty nice. otherwise go for a sony. you wont be dissapointed by thier offerings
05-18-2002, 09:42 PM
05-18-2002, 11:49 PM
Thanks for all the responses! I'm going to do some looking around and see what kind of a deal I can find on the Sony Clie. If anyone knows of any hot deals please let me know. Also, does anyone know of a place that sells refurb units? As long as it comes with some sort of warranty I wouldn't mind going that route...
05-28-2002, 12:17 PM
If it's not too late you can wait and look up the newest Treo handhelds from Handspring.
For $300 you can get the Treo 90. It's has NO cell phone capabilities but it is in color, built in keyboard and it now has a SD expansion slot instead of that bulky Springboard module doodad.
My Visor Edge broke and I think a good upgrade would be this Treo 90. Color, keyboard, SD slot and I think the same weight and size as my broken Visor.
The new Clie is really nice too. It's longish and kinda weird when it's out with the keyboard. The video camera is really nice though and the screen resolution is soooooo good.
05-28-2002, 12:41 PM
You also might want to check out the Blackberry. I know a lot of people who use them and they all seem to like them. The newer ones even double as a cell phone.
05-28-2002, 11:10 PM
Thanks for all the advice! I had decided to try to find a deal on a Sony Clie PEG-S360, but I stopped by the local Circuit City and they had a "damaged box" Clie PEG-S320 for only $79. I figured for the price I couldn't beat it. It was complete and brand new/unused. It has 8 MB less memory than the S360 but I figure I'll get a Memory Stick, so no big deal. Really impressed with it so far. :D
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.1.12 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.