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Kazbadan

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#2121 27-Aug-2004 10:39
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I post this here becausei cannot find a better place for it:

I am thinking on buying a pda but i am confused with some aspects. First i want to tell that i will use it for work (i need word and excel like apps). A good agenda and calendar software, for my work, will be needed to.

Besides work i would like to have a normal pda for simple (but addictive) games. The most "heavy" game that i would thinking to play it´s any one like Ages of Empire kind or the old Prince of Persia....nothing more than that.

MP3 player it´s not important but anything able to read ebooks (and pdf format files) it´s important.

These are my basic needs for a pda (or a palm, whatever).

I´ve been observing some pdas but i am confused wich should i choose (dont add any more pdas to thelist because in Portugal it´s probable that i will not find it -_-). So, here is my list of pdas that i´ve observed:
- Tungsten e3
- hp 1940
- Asus 620bt (i am disapointed with this one because i thought that it was good but i found a review on the net giving it only 6.8- and it seems that have little software)
- Toshiba e400 (not to good i heard say)


There are some more like Zire 71 or Tungsten t3 but i am not shure about them.

It´s a difficult choice because tungstem e3 it does not have windows and i dont know how far it can go, how good it´s the "excel"(emulator) and "word" when compared with real excel and word, how good are the games (could i play the old Prince of Persia?), how much problems (due to compatibility with Windows in normal PC) with cause, etc.

About 1940 i saw some reviews and they warn that it may not be a good choice.

The other 2(toshiba 400 and asus 620) they look fair good but i heard that they dont worth the money. I dont have shure but if these 2 are the ones that do not let you change battery thats bad. What can i do if the battery dies? I cannot replace one, so should i buy a new pda? In that case these 2 choices are bad too.

As you can see these options dont look very good and i dont have any more choices because in Portugal, the other options are very expensive or they are so cheap that dont have any applications at all.

Other question: some pda have Ram and others Rom memory (or both). What differences can i find between one pda using RAm and other with rom? Wich advantages and bad things should i expect? Wich is better and why, ram or rom? etc

So, help me please answering these questions.

Sorry about my english but thats not my mother tongue.

Thank you.


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#8026 27-Aug-2004 21:43
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The fact that the Tungsten or Zire don't use Windows shouldn't be a major factor in your decision. It should of course be something to take in consideration - the file structure, icons and other stuff on Windows Mobile Pocket PC are similar to Windows as you know on the desktop, but not always so.

You're looking for something that you can use Word or Excel with. In this case I'd say that using the Pocket PC is easier, since files can be copied to and from, but I'd recomment adding a couple of software to your handheld - PlanMaker and TextMaker are really good and way more compatible with Word and Excel than Pocket Word or Pocket Excel.

On the Palm world you'll probably use Documents To Go - which is really good, but you'll probably see that the screen is too small for big documents.

What's more important, the PIM (Personal Information) or the applications?

I personally would go for a h4150. A little faster than the h1940, includes wireless LAN and Bluetooth. Or wait a little for the new iPAQ modes to be in store.




 

 

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  #8032 27-Aug-2004 22:51
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What about the other questions? And about the other pdas? Wich would be my better choice, given the list (my list)? About hp4150 its expensive and i dont know if i can find it here in Portugal, so i wanna ask about the ones that i say.

Asus 620 is that so good? Sometimes i think that toshiba e400 or hp1940 are better.

Give me some help because i am near starting to work again and i need the pda as soons as possible.


FreitasM: thanks for your help, i will take into account what you say about planmaker and textmaker. btw, do you think that the palm "excel"/"word" are better than their win dows couterpart (the real word and excel)? Thanks again

 
 
 
 


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#8033 27-Aug-2004 22:56
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Toshiba is offering a free upgrade to Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for its Toshiba e400 Pocket PC. The advantage is the landscape mode. I'd seriously think about this model.

Regarding the Palm OS word processor and spreadsheet, they're very good, but of course don't offer everything their couterparts in the desktop world have. I've used Palm before and I think those two software for Pocket PC would do better.That with the e400 in landscape mode should be a good call.

But of course I'd go to the store and play with these devices too. Check how they feel in your hand, if you're comfortable writing on the screens, how bright the display is, etc...




 

 

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  #8035 27-Aug-2004 23:29
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Thanks for your quick reply! I will check out e400 and the others. The problem with seeing the pda in my hands its that in Portugal, this country it´s so stupid and stone aged, that you must wait until the they have any pda in stores for you to see it. Many times they even dont know anything about the pda itself.

Thanks for the help

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