PDA's, Dell, IPAQ's ??

  1. I'm going to break down and finally buy some type of personal assistant but am so confused with all that is out there. Two women in my class each have something different but they love the models each has. I see how much these devices help them on the floor and everyone in their groups use it. Unfortunately, I'm with a group that doesn't have one. My question is do you have one and what model do you have? What are the pluses and things you dislike about the model you have?

    Thanks in advance!

    sandy
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  3. by   *PICURN*
    I have the Dell Axim

    Its nice b/c its formatted like your home PC, so very user friendly. It also is relatively inexpensive and its fast enough and has enough memory for me. I did run into some problems with the programs freezing up, but I called Dell and it turns out that I had loaded too many programs, some parts were stored on the memory card, etc. Now its all worked out though.

    My friend has an HP and she really likes hers as well, no problems but I think she has less memory/mHz than my Dell does
  4. by   CarVsTree
    Quote from sweeeeetnothins
    I'm going to break down and finally buy some type of personal assistant but am so confused with all that is out there. Two women in my class each have something different but they love the models each has. I see how much these devices help them on the floor and everyone in their groups use it. Unfortunately, I'm with a group that doesn't have one. My question is do you have one and what model do you have? What are the pluses and things you dislike about the model you have?

    Thanks in advance!

    sandy
    HI Sandy,

    I used to sell PDA's. There are two major types as you've named above, Palm and Pocket PC. The difference is the operating system. Palm has been around forever and their operating system was invented by Macintosh so it is a Mac type OS. Pocket PC is the Windows Me2 PDA. Basically, if you are not comfortable learning to use a new OS, the Pocket PC is just like Windows. If it doesn't bother you to use more than one than there are some advantages to Palm.

    The file sizes are smaller. For example Taber's Med Dictionary is 13mb for Palm and 21mb for Pocket PC. Also Pocket PC handhelds have a much higher starting price.

    As for what's available, it used to be that having Pocket PC limited you in software choices, but the gap is quickly closing. I wouldn't let software availability sway you. You should have no problem finding software. BTW, skyscape.com is a great source.

    The Dell PDA's are Pocket PC PDA's so you know. Only Palm makes Palm OS now. Sony got out of the PDA biz. HP makes Ipaqs (Pocket PC). I would bet any amount of money that HP makes the Axim for Dell.

    HTH.
    Last edit by CarVsTree on Jan 25, '05
  5. by   malenurse1
    I have a pocket PC and I love it! I have a nursing drug book loaded on it and a couple other things. I use it every day. Iwould be lost without it. It was definately worth the investment. Sue is right about skyscape.com being a great resource.
  6. by   *PICURN*
    I would bet any amount of money that HP makes the Axim for Dell.
    Really?!?!?! I am confused. Why would HP make the Dell Axim? Do you mean HP makes the Axim and then Dell puts their name on it and sells it?!?!
  7. by   CarVsTree
    Quote from *PICURN*
    Do you mean HP makes the Axim and then Dell puts their name on it and sells it?!?!
    Yes. Except not sure who makes it could be HP, Toshiba, etc. Dell only makes computers. All of "their" accessories are made by other companies. For example, "Dell" printers are actually Lexmark printers.
  8. by   KrisRNwannabe
    I have a dell axim. in my opinion they are way better than a palm. my was 200 dollars and had 64 megs of ram. most palms for that price only have 8 or 16. i had no problems finding programs plus i went online and bought a 1 gig expansion card for 60 bucks. so i am really not that limited in the programs i want. for price and quality i would go for the Dell. As for the person who said dell does not make their accessories, Dell makes all of their electronics. things like cases and such no. I have several family members that work for Dell. and as for HP making them well according to all the crap i went through with my last laptop, HP doesn't make anything. all of their computers are Compaq's. when they finally lemoned my HP out this is what i was told by the VP of customer relations. as for dell's printers being lexmark, if I am not mistaken, The parent companies are the same
  9. by   *PICURN*
    Quote from KrisRNwannabe
    I have a dell axim. in my opinion they are way better than a palm. my was 200 dollars and had 64 megs of ram. most palms for that price only have 8 or 16. i had no problems finding programs plus i went online and bought a 1 gig expansion card for 60 bucks. so i am really not that limited in the programs i want. for price and quality i would go for the Dell. As for the person who said dell does not make their accessories, Dell makes all of their electronics. things like cases and such no. I have several family members that work for Dell. and as for HP making them well according to all the crap i went through with my last laptop, HP doesn't make anything. all of their computers are Compaq's. when they finally lemoned my HP out this is what i was told by the VP of customer relations. as for dell's printers being lexmark, if I am not mistaken, The parent companies are the same
    I don't think it really matters who actually make the Dell Axim, HP, etc. What matters is how much you like your Dell/ipaq/palm so the poster can get opinions so she can decide which one to buy

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