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Topic # 5498 2-Nov-2005 21:48
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Hi,
I am new here and I think my question will strike a common chord. Ever feel you are hauling around Tech Pacifics warehouse with you? At the moment I have a tablet (tc4200), smartphone 2 and an Ipaq 4700. I am an IT consultant /reseller and feel it nessecary to use all this technology, but am starting to feel it is too much! I went back to the Smartphone after an unsatisfactory relationship with an Ipaq 6315 (That is just too big to be a phone!). The 'problem' is that there is too much crossover across these devices. Just which device should I use to check my email - they can all do it.
I am leaning to getting a small 3g phone - probably the Samsung Z500 and use this at the connection point for the Ipaq or the tablet when I am mobile...both devices have wireless and is available at all my clients anyway, so maybe I don't eeven need that. With the Samsung I will miss not being able to activesync appointments and contacts, maybe that will make me use the ipaq more effectively?
Has anyone had experience with Bluetooth connectivity to the hx4700 or the tc4200 from the Samsung? This will be the first Samsung phone I have ever had and what attracted me to it is the small size, and 3G for data (Remote desktop etc).
Really just looking for feedback on the way I am heading, I am sure that many 'geeks' out there have gone down this road....how did you resolve the issue of managing all the tools (toys?)?

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Reply # 22493 2-Nov-2005 22:18
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Welcome to Geekzone...

I can feel the pain. I have a Tablet PC and a Motorola MPx220 Windows Mobile Smartphone. Until now I had a Harrier and an iPAQ h4150 too.

I had the Harrier because there's no comparison in cellular data speed (CDMA EVDO) when in New Zealand or Australia. But I have the MPx220 because there's no comparison in data roaming (albeit slow GPRS) in the USA and other countries and it's very small and easy to carry (and the fact I had the same number for years now).

I had iPAQ because of Wi-Fi. All my devices are synchronised to my Exchange Server.

This week I sold my iPAQ on Trademe and the Harrier is listed at the time I am writing this. The idea is to get the Apache and have a single device with CDMA and Wi-Fi.

I enjoy the flexibility and small form factor on my Smartphone, but the slow GPRS is a pain. But I am not prepared to change the number and everything else yet.

I appreciate Telecom's network and seeing the GSM option (Jasjar) is big and heavy, I decided to go CDMA + Wi-Fi as my converged device, keeping the Smartphone for voice communications and quick email replies.

I used the Harrier and the Apache with my Tablet PC (a Toshiba M205) for synchronisation and connection to the Internet and they work ok - you get the best performance when connected via USB though.


In short, I am still carrying too many devices, but at least managed to replace 2 x 1.





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Reply # 22515 3-Nov-2005 09:05
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Heh, yep, i know the feeling. Being relatively new to the whole "OMGLOOKATTHATIHAVETOHAVEIT" gadget club, I have recently started to run into the same issues. I am not a great fan of device convergence - I like my devices dedicated to a task so they do it well (maybe I am getting old). But I do now see the advantages of having single devices to carry out multiple roles. I just hate to sacrifice some useful functionality just to have something gimmicky included in my device. Mind you, it saves on having to wear cargo pants or a geeky vest (no offence geeky vest wearers) to lug everything around in. I have managed to stick to just an iPaq hx4700 (with buckets of Mem) and a Nokia 6235 CDMA (where's the bluetooth dagnabbit!) for the last wee while.




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Reply # 22517 3-Nov-2005 09:09
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Mutly: I have managed to stick to just an iPaq hx4700 (with buckets of Mem) and a Nokia 6235 CDMA (where's the bluetooth dagnabbit!) for the last wee while.
The Nokia 6255 comes with Bluetooth and people have used it with success to connect to CDMA from PDAs.





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  Reply # 22523 3-Nov-2005 09:22
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mmm perhaps the OQO Model 1+ and CDMA/3G smartphone would be great hehe... :-)

I'd be inclined to use that, and totally do without PDA... (if OQO is available here, and affordable)




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Reply # 22525 3-Nov-2005 09:26
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The OQO is nice, but still not as portable as a PDA. I played with one while in SF for some conferences. And the price... Still too high!





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  Reply # 22528 3-Nov-2005 09:46
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Sigh. I need to win lotto. Or stop working at a University ;)




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  Reply # 22531 3-Nov-2005 10:05
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winning lotto sounds good, i like that job too! *wishful thinking*


I quite like OQO from what I can see, would be great to give it a test drive and see if it suits me or not. I like VGA screen PDA but it's still PDA, for some reason, I like to take the desktop with me, probably the feeling of having my comfort digital desktop and digital properties with me, within close vicinity to me.... *LOL*


I've been wanting HP/Compaq TC1100 but they just doesn't seem very affordable. I'm looking forward to see the next generation Tablet PC (the 8.4" screen) by something Motion? (you know what i'm talking about right, Mauricio?)

I guess that'll be ideal to replace laptop/pda while still have all the digital properties within your touch.




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Reply # 22533 3-Nov-2005 10:19
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chiefie: I'm looking forward to see the next generation Tablet PC (the 8.4" screen) by something Motion? (you know what i'm talking about right, Mauricio?)
Check our Motion LS800 review. It is available in New Zealand through i-toyz. There's a picture there and you'll see how much smaller than the TC1100 the Motion is.

Very interesting, but remember, it's a slate only, while the OQO has a full (slide) keyboard.








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  Reply # 22536 3-Nov-2005 10:26
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true... but with bigger surface and much more intelligent handwriting recognition built on Windows XP Tablet PC... i think the lack of keyboard is worthwhile, and of course if going to do an extensive "writing", just need to plug in an USB keyboard or bluetooth keyboard. hehe




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  Reply # 22540 3-Nov-2005 10:37
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The OQO already comes with a digitizer, and they say they will release a version sometime soon, based on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.





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  Reply # 22542 3-Nov-2005 10:40
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oooh a true breed Table PC OQO! how sexy!... *swinging back towards OQO*




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