Birthday Present!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DSchwartz88, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. DSchwartz88 macrumors 6502

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    Hey Guys,

    I need help deciding what i want for my birthday. As of now i have one idea, and that would be a dell axim. My parents have given a $500 limit (can prob go up to 550 if need be) So i need help, i dont know what to get. I will be a freshman at carnegie mellon next year and could use a pda but would rather get it as a birthday present. So help me out guys (im already getting a new MBP) what can i get? Im very into electronics and cool gadgets (that i will use)

    Dan

    EDIT: Just to clarify, i do not want a PDA, but as of now its an option that my parents gave me. Id rather get something than $500 check (cause i know ill spend it on stupid stuff)
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. DSchwartz88 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Mobile internet and aim so i wouldnt carry my MBP everywhere, but like i said i dont like that present idea.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    One of my roommates bought an older Axim to do just the same thing. He sold the thing on eBay last year. I've been wanting a PDA as well but I never get interested enough in one to spend that much money on it.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  6. michaeldmartin macrumors regular

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    Be sure to use boot camp on the macbook, though, I've found the PPC syncing programs for mac to be completely useless (like pocketmac) sure, you can sync ican and address book, but.... yeah.. that's all it can do.
     
  7. T-Stex macrumors 6502

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    I don't think you'll use a PDA as much as you're thinking. I'm in college now, and got a PDA for christmas last year, thinking I'd use it all the time. I ended up using it to check e-mail in class and that's about it. I think you might be better off either waiting and getting something you need, rather than getting something just to get it.
     
  8. DSchwartz88 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    agreed, so im off the pda idea. i have a camera, and i dont want speakers cause i dont think i would use them much if i could just listen to the music from my comp speakers
     
  9. Nikhil72 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a rising junior in college and I find my PDA indispensable...it's a combo device, phone+PocketPC (the K-Jam), and actually just recently died on me (perfect timing because I'm switching over to Verizon, so I'm picking up the Motorola Q sans data access).

    I use it to keep track of meetings, to-dos, phone numbers; I use AvantGo to synchronize news for reading between classes. I'm also a science major and I carry lab-related work (reports and such) around as well.

    I had been synchronizing with an old PC until last week when I started using the Missing Sync 2.5 beta, which works perfectly for synchronizing. The only thing I can't do is install apps from exe files.
     
  10. Lorelai macrumors member

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    I think a PDA is more useful for college students in theory. Unless you have a lot of info (exams, study groups, appointments) to keep track of, your MBP and a (paper) notebook will probably be fine. A friend of mine had one of those PDAs that comes with a separate keyboard that folds out. (I don't know what brand... I'm really not that familiar with PDAs!) He used his like a laptop to take notes in class, but since you are getting a MBP, I don't know if you really need that option.

    The camera sounds like a good idea. You should be able to get a pretty nice set-up for $500. :)
     
  11. wako macrumors 65816

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    I dont know what cell phone carrier you have, or if you even have one, but take a look at the Tmobile MDA.


    Sounds like ti would be a perfect PDA/Cell Phone for you. It does surfing, aim, and organizes as well. Just without the hassle of learning how to write in the special alphabets :)
     
  12. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Speakers aren't too bad an idea - nothing worse than having people over to your room/flat/house and only having computer speakers for the music.

    As for your camera, how good is it? It pays to have a decent camera for Uni to get good shots of people and events you'll want to try and remember the next day.

    I'd steer clear of a PDA - just really not worth the bother unless you're completely hooked into it. I used a pad and pen for keeping track of events which then went into iCal when I got home and onto my iPod to carry around. I just think there are better things you could buy.

    You could use that $500 for a smallish but decent TV, maybe some sort of DVD player. I dunno, kit out your Uni college room with it - get some cool stuff.
     
  13. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    How about you get something much less expensive (sub $100) and ask your parents to hang onto the money until you think of something you'd actually want and use? :p
     
  14. Lau Guest

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    Not wanting to seem like an old hippy :)p), but you could always think of something you'd like that didn't cost $500 and just get that. You don't have to 'use up' the whole $500 if there's nothing you want that much, do you?
     
  15. Chrispy macrumors 68020

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    Holy crap! My parents never spent that kind of money on me... not even for my high school and college graduations haha.
     
  16. DJMastaWes macrumors 65816

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    Have them give it to you in cash. Then send it to my address. I will send you somehting in return, but I wont tell you. It's more fun this way.

    Or

    Get an iHome or a iPod speaker dock system. I like the iHome the best. A Camera (if you don't already have one) Is a great idea. You can take hundresds of pics of your friends and then just load it onto your MBP and edit them niceley. Or a camcorder, to record your friends/trips and stuff, and then make a dvd.
     
  17. kaboutertje macrumors regular

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    Good speakers (klipsch or z5500?)
    And do you have a external screen? Otherwise the dell 2007 might be a good idea?

    Other options:
    Xbox 360
    HDTV
    iPod
    Beer (Heineken)

    I simply don't use a pda though so I'm a bit biased
     
  18. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    Don't send it to him. I will send you much better crap...er...stuff than he will. I promise.
     
  19. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a

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    A lcd tv that duals as a monitor is a great idea for a dorm room. I wish I would have gotten one of those instead of just the lcd widescreen I have in my dorm setup now
     
  20. DSchwartz88 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey Guys,

    What I Have:

    Xbox
    Xbox 360
    Panasonic Lumix Camera (Love it!!)
    Going to be getting a MBP
    iPod
    RAZR (which i also love)
    Altec Lansing inMotion (the first ones)

    So if you guys can think of anything awesome other than these that i would use in a dorm room let me know, thanks already forf all your help guys

    Dan
     
  21. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Personally I think you have everything you could possibly need or want at this point in time. I don't see why you're in such a rush to spend the money. At your age you ought to have sense enough to put that money in a bank account and sit on it until you need it for something you really want. To be frank I don't quite understand your parents. They're buying you a $2000+ computer, yet they also feel the need to spend another $500 on a gift. Show them some appreciation by asking for a check and putting it in the bank to collect some interest on it for a while. If you can only think of spending it on "stupid stuff" then I'm afraid you're parents have done a poor job of educating you on the value of a hard-earned buck.
     
  22. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    If you want a PDA, try an entry-level Palm OS device. Pocket PCs just don't mix well with OS X (yet?).

    Put the rest in a savings account. You'll be thankful for the $300 safety net when you need it.
     
  23. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I agree with everyone who said:

    1) You don't need to spend exactly $500.
    2) You don't need to spend $500 all at once.
    2) You don't need to buy anything.


    Save it for a rainy day, or buy something small and don't bother with the rest of it. Maybe you'd like a laptop backpack, notebook sleeve, or an accessory to go with your new MBP. It won't cost you $500, but you still got something for your birthday.
     
  24. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Looks like your "already have" list includes pretty much anything I'd want personally for a dorm room. I didn't see a TV on there, so that's really my only worthwhile suggestion (ideal would be a flatscreen that doubles as a monitor, given the confines of a dorm room, but that's not really necessary). Otherwise, I'd say just ask for something small and be happy with what you've got (or ask to have it put in the bank for a rainy day or when you really need something).
     

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