help looking for a pda..

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  1. bokdol macrumors 6502a

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    ahh here i go ask the wonderful group at macrumors. this seems like the place to start. a\ny how, i am looking for a pda. but i need to be able to check email on it. or at least connect to my computer and download emails. and of course it has to be mac compatable. so i am hopeing you wonderful people could recomend or at least give me some of your expirences with pda's:D
     
  2. cubist macrumors 68020

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    You can get a used Palm-III for $30 to $50 on eBay, hopefully with a USB PDA adapter like the PalmConnect included. It does the job, uses regular AAA batteries (I use rechargable NiMHs).

    Yes, the screen is B&W and quite small, but it's usable for plain text. I don't have an email mechanism working on the Newton yet.

    (If anyone suggests using a T68i, laugh in their face.)
     
  3. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816

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    If you're after a newer palm, you should wait until the end of the month. What I've heard is they are releasing a Tungsten|C that has 802.11b connectivity and the XScale processor. If that's not your boat, the Tungsten|T price will drop and they're introducing a new Zire with an integrated camera running on the Ti OMAP processor.
     
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  5. bokdol thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    wow thanks for the help.
    also do you know of any email clients on the palm that well work with a pop server?
     
  6. benixau macrumors 65816

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    actually the T|T is in my opinion the best one. even with the T|C around the corner. 802.11b is nice but not s useful in a handheld as bluetooth is.
    Think about it. you really want net access on the go like that? get a laptop with 802.11.
    PDAs should use the phones through a BT conn or built-in and a GSM/GPRS/3G network for things like email and maybe, text messaging but nothing else. the screens are not really designed for heavy HTML browsing
     
  7. Foxer macrumors 65816

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    I've owned various PDA's on no less than 5 occasions, and returned every one for lack of use. I bought the sixth yesterday, a Sony Clie PEG-whatever. It has a mini-keyboard (I think the graffitti thing was a reason I never used the others) and bluetooth. Haven't opened the box yet, so I can't give a final report. However, unless you have experience with graffitti, and know you like it, you may want to consider a keyboard model...
     
  8. bokdol thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    laptop not really an option. and no html browsing but email and organizer is mostly what it well be used for.
     
  9. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816

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    The article never said that there would not be bluetooth. It just never mentioned it. I think it would be useful in a handheld with all the T-Mobile Hotspots popping up in every starbucks and Kinkos in the world. I could be wrong but I imagine it would be cheaper to get the Tungsten|C and add a bluetooth SD card than buying the Tungsten|T and getting a wi-fi SD card. Although there will be wi-fi SD cards with memory so I don't know. I imagine the T|T will get a processor upgrade too, at least it should.
     
  10. benixau macrumors 65816

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    NavyIntel007: can you read?

    look at my location. in this part of the world (the real part if you ask me) we dont have hot spots like that. let me extend:

    i go into the CBD with a T68i. I do a BT search as often as i can as i am walking to the mac store (it was a 1.5K walk (i trained it in)) i found NOTHING.

    in aus we dont know what wireless is unless you are a mac user or a techo freak.

    so. 802.11 is useless for me but BT is very useful. Also i like graffiti, i hate those keyboard type inputs.

    oh well. evey man to his own PDA.
     

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