All those with Palm PDA's...

  1. I'm (almost) definitely going to get a PDA once nursing school starts (monday). I'm comparing the e2 with the tx. The Palm TX is 100 dollars more, and the difference I see is screen size (the e2 is about 1/2), resolution is slightly lower, and the e2 has no WiFi access. What do you guys with these handhelds think? Those with e2, did the smaller screen size frustrate you at all? How about no internet access? Those with the TX...did you get online as a student? How resourceful was that feature? Any info would be greatly appreciated!!!
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   HM2VikingRN
    Get the TX. THe wifi is nice for email andvery light web info lookups. I wouldn't live without mine.
  4. by   deeDawntee
    I would second the TX.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I'd like to offer a different perspective. As a nursing student, how important is it that you receive email notification? Also, technology is changing fast. I started out about 8 years ago with what was at the time, the end-all of PDAs. However, I change PDAs about every two to three years in order to upgrade. For school, I would get the simplest PDA that will do what you need it to do. Something that will run ePocrates, have a calendar, phone contact lists and maybe memos. That is what I used the most in my early PDA years.

    Now, as an APN, I have a smartphone with all the gadgets. Yet...I still don't need email notification of the 17th email spam. However, I DO need a good phone/PDA combo and I use the calendar, ePocrates Pro, memos for my lists of patients and other info I have downloaded from other source.

    Just another perspective.
  6. by   blueiwahine
    Quote from kmcnelly
    I'm (almost) definitely going to get a PDA once nursing school starts (monday). I'm comparing the e2 with the tx. The Palm TX is 100 dollars more, and the difference I see is screen size (the e2 is about 1/2), resolution is slightly lower, and the e2 has no WiFi access. What do you guys with these handhelds think? Those with e2, did the smaller screen size frustrate you at all? How about no internet access? Those with the TX...did you get online as a student? How resourceful was that feature? Any info would be greatly appreciated!!!

    I had a Tungsten C...which I loved...Used it through nursing school and still use it on the med-surg floor I work on...Well the thing just stopped working...so instead of paying the 169.00 Palm wants to charge to fix...I'm going to buy the Palm TX...so far everything I've read about it has been good...of course it has problems like all the others...but for the price...it looks like the Palm TX is a decent deal.
  7. by   nuangel1
    i just recently got a palm tx when my sony clie died .i am very pleased with it.
  8. by   justme1972
    I have the wi-fi access and I am suprised on how much I use it. I actually got it from Palm for $250 (they were having a sale). I got my case off e-bay for only $15, and it's perfect.

    I'm not using it that much b/c I haven't started clinicals yet, but it is a very handy thing to have around.
  9. by   care4you
    i got both my palm tx and a case of off ebay and i love them both ... i'm a third year nursing student and i use my tx all the time ... its great for keeping your assignments straight and looking up meds quickly... i'm glad i went with the tx...i got everthing for $200 ... w/o the med programs which was another $150 ... but i have a bunch of them
  10. by   KJB_65
    I bought a TX yesterday. I had been using the E2. I am very happy with the screen size and the built in wi-fi is very handy. If course I haven't used it day to day yet but so far I think I'm going to like it much better.
  11. by   alkaleidi
    I just ordered the TX used for $130 (including a 1GB memory card and accessories) -- thought I got a good deal. If I were a student, there's no way I would invest hundreds of dollars in something like that... I made it through nursing school perfectly fine without one as did all but 1 of the 80 people I graduated with (only one student had a PDA in my class). Sure, you have to carry a couple more books, and physically write more down, but having to write things down help you remember... I can easily see why they're fun to have and convenient, but personally as a nursing student I found a lot of other uses for that money than a PDA. Still, if I were a student I'd find one used (craigslist.com or ebay.com) over buying one brand new -- the only perk to getting one new is having the receipt and (sometimes) store warranty.
  12. by   dmp135
    I love my Palm TX. I use the Palm outside of work all the time and the Wi-Fi is great. I could not be without Wi-Fi even though it is not used within the hospital. I check my mail at home without having to start up my PC and find that quite handy.

    Web browsing on any small screen is a challenge but it's nice to have that function. I also like to be able to wirelessly sync the PDA
    with my PC. The screen size is great for programs and I think the colors are beautiful.

    I got mine for a discounted price with a free keyboard about a year and a half ago. Look for sales.

    Enjoy!
  13. by   amberfnp
    Getting my first pda for Christmas:spin:...a palm t/x...I want one primarily for school/work references but having internet access seems like a cool feature. I am not very technologically advanced so to speak, so I am wondering if someone can explain exactly how the internet/wi-fi option works. Is it like a laptop where you have to be near a "hotspot" to utilize it? Or is it like your cell phone or home internet where you can subscribe and pay a monthly fee?

    In addition to that, there is the email alert feature. If you have a web-based email versus outlook, I assume being able to access it is based on your being able to get online???

    I have glanced at the website for this info and I THINK I get it but some of that lingo is beyond me.

    Thanks for your help!
  14. by   dmp135
    Hi,
    It would be the equivalent of wireless on a laptop that allows you to hook up with any available wireless access point. If you were at a store or an airport or anywhere with "free Wi-Fi" you could access it and then be able to do anything requiring connectivity such as getting email or going to an Internet site. If you were somewhere that used say T-Mobile or AT&T fee based hot spots that charged folks without accounts, it would not allow you to access for free.
    I use the built in Versamail to access mail from 2 POP3 email accounts and it works fine. Yes, to use web based email, you need to be connected to the Internet.
    If you are at home and have access to wireless access via your Internet account, it will work there too. In other words, it can connect to any available wireless service you are in range of and can sign on to.
    It also has Bluetooth built in.
    Brighthand has info and forums where TX specific questions can be asked as well.

    http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=9096

    Enjoy
    Dorothy

    Quote from 92mxmom
    Getting my first pda for Christmas:spin:...a palm t/x...I want one primarily for school/work references but having internet access seems like a cool feature. I am not very technologically advanced so to speak, so I am wondering if someone can explain exactly how the internet/wi-fi option works. Is it like a laptop where you have to be near a "hotspot" to utilize it? Or is it like your cell phone or home internet where you can subscribe and pay a monthly fee?

    In addition to that, there is the email alert feature. If you have a web-based email versus outlook, I assume being able to access it is based on your being able to get online???

    I have glanced at the website for this info and I THINK I get it but some of that lingo is beyond me.

    Thanks for your help!

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