iTouch as a PDA

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by krjohnson, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. krjohnson macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2008
    Looking for a new PDA (replace a Palm) combined with MP3 player and Pix viewer (not too much video). iPod Touch looks like it might work for that - any advice? Would be my 1st iPod.....
  2. andybno1 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Liverpool, UK
    first rule of thumb dont call it an iTouch its an iPod Touch :p

    well since you haven't yet bought it you will be getting it with the email, maps, weather, mail and stocks which could help fill your needs.

    if you jailbreak it well that opens it up to a whole new world for ya lol If the default apps are not enough a simple jailbreak will open up to a new world of apps which will expand it for you more.

    only thing you need to look at is the wifi, you can only access things like getting new mail, checkin weather, using maps, checking stock .......... basically anythign involving online you will need to be in a hotspot with free wifi or near a network you know u can connect to.
  3. MacRy macrumors 601


    Apr 2, 2004
    I'm getting to the point where I may actually hunt down and strangle the next person to moan about it being referred to as an iTouch. Let it go, it really doesn't matter!

    As for using one as a PDA - I have mine jailbroken and it makes a perfect PDA as far as I'm concerned. Does pretty much what a palm will do and much more. Plus its nowhere near as aggravating as a windows mobile device :)
  4. krjohnson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2008
    iPod Touch apps

    OK - sounds pretty good - thanks. Is there a place where I can see / read a list of apps available after jailbreak?
  5. Renator macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Just after the update in January, I bought a 16gig iPod Touch. I am using it to replace a Palm T/X. I'd been a Palm user for years. Got one of the first Palm Pilots.

    Since beginning to use my IPT, I've not looked back. It does everything I need it to do without jailbreaking.

    There are only a few things I do miss, but I've learned to work around them. I wish the device had a speaker so the alarm would be louder. I'd like to be able to carry documents with me (I'm a writer). This will probably be possible now that the SDK has been released.

    Other than these minor issues, I'm absolutely convinced it is one of the best and most versatile devices ever.
  6. Jenheta macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
    I was questioning myself weeks ago about using the Touch as a PDA.

    What I did not know at that time is that when you jailbreak your gadget you get an "Installer" button which collects all sort of third party software from different sources. As an example, check it
    It is another universe, literally.

    Regarding the actual use as a PDA, yes, you can use it and go much beyond your needs. What it is not yet possible (but it might soon be) is to use an offline tiddlywiki (which is where I drop all notes of my life).

    Good luck !
  7. Cammunicator macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2008
    You might want to check out Google Mobile ( to see what they have to offer. I find it a nice complement to the apps that already come with the touch.
  8. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    You kids are too sensitive about iTouch. You knew exactly what the OP was talking about. The Touch (I have one) is as much an iNternet device as it is an iPod. Given Mail and all the other networking related apps you could easily call it the InTouch. iTouch is an easy to understand abbreviation for iPod Touch. It makes perfect sense to see why people naturally drift to that name. If you're suffering the giddy reaction and embarassment to the thought of touching yourself then you need to grow up. If you're offended thinking it means It Ouch, then you still need to grow up. ;)

    To the OP; A new Touch makes a perfect PDA. Just be warned that if you see ones out there $20 less that most, they will need to be updated with a $20 apps pack. I know Target sells $279 and $299 8gb Touches right next to each other with only a little hint why one is cheaper.

  9. DuckSoup macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2008
    Upstate Central NY
    I think I'm going to send the diehards off the deep-end and call it an IFeel from now on. :p

  10. macguy4reals macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2008
  11. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

    Dec 5, 2007
    wait, it's not an iNano or an iClassic or an iShuffle....


    And go here:

  12. sers macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    I use mine as a PDA all the time. I've got all my contacts, appointments and notes on it, as well as my pics, music and movies. Pretty much all you need as far as I'm concerned. It also syncs seamlessly with your computer, which makes backup very nice.

    When I'm travelling, it provides me with entertainment for hours on end. In the morning, I'll download a few pages from the local newspaper off the internet, and read them on the bus on the way to work.

    Don't forget, with the new SDK apps coming out in June, it's just going to get even better!! I love the feel and look of the touch. It fits nicely into my pocket, and half the time I don't even notice it's there. The screen is great and the apps are simple and fun to use.

    IMHO, you don't need to jailbreak it to make it an effective PDA, but some people do anyway.

    If you get one, have fun!!
  13. ansalmo macrumors regular

    May 23, 2005
    My advice is to just consider what features you use most on your current PDA. For me the most important feature was calendaring, and the most important detail of that was notifications of meetings. Unfortunately the Touch didn't make the grade for me - the built-in piezo buzzer is just too faint to hear when I have the device in a belt holster in an office environment. It also doesn't have a vibrate function, so I couldn't fall back to that. I've since replaced the Touch with an iPhone, and am much happier.

    Both of them have relatively limited calendaring capabilities - for example you can't set up a meeting to repeat on specific days of the month, e.g. the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Thankfully, you can do this in iCal and sync the meeting to the device and it works fine.

    I've also seen complaints about the lack of Bluetooth for those who like to use external keyboards with their PDAs.

    If those things don't matter to you, you're good to go!
  14. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    I use mine the same. It does everything I need as far as a PDA and more. You can't go wrong with an iPoke.:D
  15. PMB macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2007
    New York
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A93 Safari/419.3)

    either I ripped that for my sig, or you quoted me :b
    but as for an ifeel, whatever, as long as it isnt that other name.
    op: the touch is awesome as a PDA
  16. jhsfosho macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I'm want to get one to use as a PDA, and also a remote for listening to music off of my computer for DJing at parties with Remote Buddy and ajax.
  17. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    iTouch as in the touchscreen software solution? Been going years that and it's pretty useful.

    Unless you meant iPod Touch.

    <beaten to death> well it can be used as a PDA. You can enter events and all other things like that, no official word processing app. Reminds me of PDA's before Pocket PC took off.
  18. PMB macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2007
    New York
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A93 Safari/419.3)

    itouch is also a logitech keyboard. Go figure. So I am sorry, I cant help you with your keyboard :D
  19. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000


    Feb 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia & Bay Area
    It would work for me, to store my school work and stuff into the calendar and check weather and email anywhere there is wifi...if you wana do more business stuff then it may work in June when the new software comes out. Be prepared to pay.

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