GMorgan wrote:I'm going back to university next year (Computer Science) and I'm thinking about getting a PDA. The thing is I have no experience whatsoever with them so thought I'd post here and try and get some feedback. Anyway here goes.
Hi GM, time for me to give something back to you
I bought a PDA last year and am still fairly pleased with it, though it hasn't completely lived up to my expectations. I bought it really as a thing to take on holiday so I could use free hotspots to keep in touch with email, sending photos home etc. This has turned out to be not so good as free hotspots are not as easily found as I had hoped. Here are some random thoughts.
I use my iPAQ 4700 daily. It works on Windows mobile 2003 and I sync via USB it to Outlook on my Window XP dirve for Calendar, Contacts, Todos, and Notes and also sync Pocket Quicken with Quicken 2004. The ability to sync to a main computer is essential as simply backing up PDA stuff is not sufficient. For example there are some programs which work only on a PDA and if you lose your PDA you won't have access to your data even if it is backed up somewhere else without buying a new PDA.
Backing up is also essential as my iPAQ has spontaneously done a hard reset twice now
I use the Contacts not just for phone numbers etc, but to keep details for my various website details, registration for online banking, FTP settings. I keep notes for holiday packing lists, tips on using Linux and all that stuff.
I have several classic ebook novels on my SD card to read if ever I get bored and this works well.I also keep comouter articles on the SD card for reference.
I use my stylus on the virtual keyboard and find this acceptable. The handwriting recognition works well most of the time but correcting mistakes can be tedious so I mostly don't use that now.
Web browsing is a bit of a pain due to the small screen but I sometimes use it in when sitting outside in the sunshine etc.
Skype works well on the PDA when you have the wireless available,
The ability to sync to the PC is one of the reasons I cannot abandon XP. I am not ready yet to do battle with syncing to a Linux system
I imagine that finding a Linux PDA together with matching programs will prove to be very hard going.
If I broke my PDA I would definitely buy another though I would probably look for one of those with a foldable keyboard albeit one still small enough to keep in my pocket.
Hope this rambel helps in some small way