Who of you out there with a PDA "really" use it?

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  1. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    I have a Treo and barely use it....

    Why would I put down my flight information on my calendar when it I have to print out a confirmation anyway?

    Isn't a paper to do list easier than a PDA?

    Aside from addresses and contacts. I find the things pretty useless.

    OK, Edit:

    I use it for an alarm.

    I suppose I should use it for business mileage...
  2. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    There was a discussion about this on slashdot recently. Most did agree that their PDA didn't get used much, but some used it for reading e-books on the go.
  3. iGary thread starter Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    This is like the third PDA I have owned.

    Contacts and adresses I use - a lot.

    I like the camera for attaching faces to my Address Book V-Cards...

    The rest is better sorted on a legal pad, IMHO.
  4. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2005
    I have a friend who still uses his Newton to this day. He uses it for calenders, mostly, but also for fiddling with when bored and occaisionally hurredly doing homework :p I'm planning on getting a Nokia 770 when they come out, and I see myself using it an awful lot - a full embedded Linux system complete with terminal and GCC, as well as 54g WiFi and BlueTooth :D Nowhere will be safe ;)
  5. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    When I had my Treo, I only used it as a phone and email, I never used it as a "PDA"...it took too much time to enter the information into iCal and to sync it.
  6. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Prior to getting a laptop, I used my Clie as one for school. Got a nifty little keyboard and typed up all my notes like that. I sort of miss that set up simply because it was so tiny/compact/light compared to my PB/iB. :p But I hardly used it for anything else... oh wait, I must have clocked in hours and hours of Bejeweled. Sigh. Miss that game dearly.
  7. OneMike macrumors 601


    Oct 19, 2005
    I have a treo 650.

    The main features I use heavily are:

    The phone
    camera / video camera
    ms word
    pocket tunes
    few other alarm apps, etc..

    The only things I don't really use that came standard with it is excel.
  8. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    Someone gave me a clie sj-33 and gave it to my son. I have no use for one.
  9. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    I've been looking for a PDA the past couple weeks, particularly the new Palm TX.

    I don't really need it for PIM functionality, since I have a Nokia 6600, which I use a lot for it's Calendar and Contacts functions and since it's a mobile phone, I carry it almost everywhere I go without having to worry about carrying 'another' piece of kit.

    The one thing I thought was neat with the Palm TX, was the ability to check email and browse the web (in landscape display mode) via the Wifi connection at home, cafe's and the office, although I probably do too much of that already - so I'll stop looking now. :rolleyes:
  10. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    I also use my phone for contacts.

    We were given an iPaq at work. Mine sat in it's box for a year before I gave it back.
  11. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    My Tungsten E is collecting dust most of the time but i still use it to remind me of my family and freinds birthday cuz i can't remember JACK!

  12. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    I have never used a PDA before. I see some people at school with them but other than that I don't think that I would get much use out of them as a pad of paper and a pen work quite well at the moment. Funny as I try to be less of a paper waster but I just find that writing something down w/a pen works best for me.
  13. hookahco macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2005
    To Live n Die in L.A. California
    i have a sony ericsson p900 that ive been using since it came out and i use almost every feature.. phone, contacts, calendar, jotter (note pad) quickword, etc. i had a palm before it and i never ever used it.. i guess when its very functional and simple and hooked up to a cell phone people tend to use it more.
    now the new P990... wow... 3G (UMTS) 384kbps, wifi, 2mp camera, another camera in the front for video-conferencing, a keyboard AND a real keypad (unlike any other so-called pda phones)
    im getting horny.
  14. DeSnousa macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    I the same as you, I used to use it alot but I don't find it useful anymore. I now pretty much use it as a AUS$500 alarm clock :rolleyes:

    I'm I student so I should try to get into the habit of using it again as when I did I actually did more homework as I would set about 2 hours a day to do H/W.
  15. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    i have some Palm... thing at work. obviously i know a lot about it and use it frequently. In truth it's never left the dock on my desk. I took it to a couple of meetings but it's soooo much easier to take paper notes and transfer to my PC later. And I use my phone for anything I need to have with me all the time, so there's no point.

    Even my first PDA, a Newton, I didn't really use. Granted I was in high school, but it wasn't worthwhile for anything. Everyone loved playing with it tho.
  16. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I liked to use the PDA's Mah Jong game, but I also do much better writing stuff down with a pen and paper.
  17. JDar macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2003
    After going through two Palm M-100's I got a Kyocera Smartphone and heavily use the address book, calendar, and memo sections. Got lots of password protected info that's handy to have anywhere you'd carry a mobile phone while travelling.

    Backed up on the iMac, all info is available in Palm Desktop.

    Also play Vexed or read downloaded files when having to wait on something. It's my extended brain and I hope it never quits working as there is no better implementation imo even if there are more modern ones.
  18. AtHomeBoy_2000 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2005
    Zire 71

    I bought a Zire 71 about 3 years ago and I use it ALL the time and my life is so much more organized.

    i used to forget appointments and important dates ALL the time. But with this, I have everything. When I am told of an event, I put it in right away.

    All my contacts on here in the Address book, I use the Notepad to make small notes all the time. I no longer carry photos in my wallet, they are all on my palm.

    I use Avanto to download USAToday and various other new sources.

    Needless to say, i use it ALL the time. It's just a matter of getting used to depending on it instead of a notebook or address file folder.
  19. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    You could PDF your flight information and sync it on your PDA. Or you could copy and paste the info into a notepad and it would be on your Treo. And, yes, you can get a spreadsheet program and keep your mileage on there. Sync your spreadsheets, and link the mileage to your more formal report or record-keeping spreadsheet. Contact info is good to have in your hand, thus the name PALM! :D

    I confess I haven't been using my Clie as much lately, but I need a new battery. I have my laptop with me most places anyway. I plan on getting a new battery and keeping it updated and with me like I used to.
  20. super mini (mac macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2005
    i have a palm tungsten T3 which i have no problem with and use on a daily basis, generaly i use it for work as quick notes and salling clicker, i also couple it with my tomtom navigator 5, for bluetoothed gps which is great and it gets used mainly for that, im thinking of updating it to a palm T/X which is a little funkier with the black, but more importantly uses wifi saves buying another sd card.

    so if any one in the uk wants to buy a good working t3. has a few pings, but becasue its solid state there are no defects in the machine, and works for me great, im just one of those who needs the latest toy. otherwise id keep it
  21. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Years ago I planned on buying a laptop, back when I was 13 with no real income. I was pretty buggered really. back when laptops cost a small fortune and nobody really had them. My dad was close to getting me one at some point. but when I was 16, my dad said if I went to college he'd buy me a Pocket PC. really I was after a Casio EM500. So i went to college, and just after enrolling he took me to Rio Systems (some mates of ours). Only the secretary said that PC World didn't stock the EM500 but had a faster newer Toshiba E-300 (i think it is). we "bought" the Pocket PC there, took a form down to PC World and picked it up VAT free. which was pleasant!

    First of all I loved it. totally fell in love. sure it was no real computer but it had a mini-photoshop on there, and a few other surprises. I liked it. all until a week later we went on a quick holiday to Ireland and it crashed. me, thinking that the restart toggle would restart it. well it did. with no software on it! Effectively left with nothing more than Word and Excel on there.

    Nowadays I dont use it. partly down to that fact I have to buy software to get it working on OS X. Which is a little sad as the PC alternative is free, and it doesn't really do anything more for the end-user than the PC version. I wish i could use it though. Its fantastic, so much potential but in the wrong hands.

    EDIT: if it had 802 wireless then I would use this all the time. i kicked myself when i read a month after buying mine they had added wireless for no extra cost -_-
  22. r6girl Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Sep 6, 2003
    i have a tungsten t5 and have had several pda's over the years and use them less and less, mostly since i got my powerbook. i keep a food diary on my pda, read ebooks, keep shopping lists, use the calendar and address book often, and use it for entertainment when i'm stuck somewhere (bejeweled is my friend). and i have the palm/tom tom navigation system, which has been very handy, especially when i've traveled out of town. i'm beginning to think my dream pda would have a gps receiver built in - yes, i know garmin makes these, but they're hideous, imho. ;)

    i used to have a clie nx70v with a mini keyboard, and i used to use that a lot to compose email and sync/send when i got back to my computer. that clie also had a built-in camera that could be used for still shots or video. now, my phone can do that, but i do kind of miss that nx70v.
  23. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I have a Sharp Zaurus SL-5500, and I must admit, I don't use it very much. It's fun to play around with as it runs Linux, but it'd be more useful if I could get GCC working on it so that I could compile open source apps for it. I've thought about buying a big SD card and CF WiFi adapter for it so that I could use it for web/email and watching movies, but I haven't done that so far. I really don't have a need for a calendar, I keep mine in my head and do just fine. I do have a fairly large Address Book, but the lack of a good Mac->Zaurus sync solution sort of makes the Zaurus less useful for that. Besides, I don't have a cell phone, so if I need somebody's contact info to call them, I'm probably near my computer anyway.
  24. iGary thread starter Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    What program can I use to store/sync and view PDF's and other docs?
  25. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    I used to use a PSION Revo all the time for work until I got my first Mac and couldn't sync etc.

    I'm keen to get a new PDA as I've got a few spreadsheet based forms that I need to fill in on-the-go for work each day and at the moment I either print, complete and then have to type up back at the office or dictate and type up.

    Calendar and contacts would also be very useful but my phone handles stuff synced from my Mac(although entering new appointment details on the phone is a RPITA)

    Any future PDA would need to have phone functions and just today I was checking out the i-mate JasJar and k-jam models. The JasJar is by far the best option I've seen so far but at £600 it's more than and iBook, I'm still nearly ready to take the plunge though!
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