best cost effective PDA?

  1. Hi all. I have not started nursing school yet, but I really want a PDA. Unfortunately, I cannot afford a 500 dollar model. I was wondering if anyone has one that is really good for nursing school but costs around 300 dollars or less. Also, I am not very gadget savvy, so it needs to be user friendly. Thanks in advance!
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  3. by   JR816
    Hi, This is not an advertisement. I just purchased one off of Ebay and I am so glad that I did. There is a seller who takes new palms and downloads all the RN textbooks on it and then sells them. Mine was 305.00 and I plan on using it alot next semester. If you go to EBay and type Palm pilot RN they should pop up~~his name is king????? I was very pleased with tthe whole tranaction. Good Luck to you
  4. by   babynurselsa
    Should be a really cheap one floating around my town here about now. Of course it would be minus the cradle, power cord and stylus. I still got those.
    Mine was lifted out of my work bag in my driveway the other morning.

    We bought ours off of ebay. It was a Toshiba. I just always look for someone who has been selling for a while and has good feedback.
  5. by   PickyRN
    I have owned a Palm Zire 72 for the past 18months. It has been excellent for classes (I just graduated last summer) as well as at work. It cost me $299 originally, but I think it is now down to $250 (or less on ebay). I paid an extra $30 for an aluminum case for it, as well as $50 for an SD expansion card. It came with a free keyboard, so that was good. It has been worth it several times over. I use it (with the keyboard) to type my notes from class, look up medications in my Davis drug guide (from www.skyscape.com) and listen to music on my break with the built in Mp3 player. I don't know what my next palm will be, since I am so happy with this one. I might need a new one in a year or so, and maybe then they will have one that will do my laundry ;-)

    PickyRN
  6. by   pugmum
    Quote from PickyRN
    ...I might need a new one in a year or so, and maybe then they will have one that will do my laundry ;-)

    PickyRN
    Hee hee...I'm looking for a PDA, but this is the one I'm waiting for...hope it cleans toilets, too !!!


    Thanks everyone for the info, its been interesting reading opinions!
  7. by   dreamBIG
    Thanks to all! Please keep em' coming!!!
  8. by   Jessy_RN
    The palmone smartphone. You can get great deals and it is both a pda and phone.
  9. by   Nemhain
    Quote from dreamBIG
    Hi all. I have not started nursing school yet, but I really want a PDA. Unfortunately, I cannot afford a 500 dollar model. I was wondering if anyone has one that is really good for nursing school but costs around 300 dollars or less. Also, I am not very gadget savvy, so it needs to be user friendly. Thanks in advance!
    The two I recommend now for nursing student on a budget (since Palm just discontinued the T5) are:

    The Palm T/X. It is about $299 and has Wi-Fi, Blue Tooth, 128MB of memory... this seems to be the most bang for the buck (aside from the Lifedrive, but it's 500.00). The T/X is the T5, with added Wi-Fi, but they took out 1/2 of the memory and put in a slower processor (grrrr...) and knocked off $50 from the price.

    The Dell Axim X51. It's $254 (right now on their website... it appears to be on sale) has almost 200MB of memory a decent processor 416MHz, has Bluetooth, no Wi-Fi.

    I can't recommend HP 'cause they are just way overpriced. I've done mucho research on PDA's and I can always find some other brand that is cheaper that is almost the same.
    Last edit by Nemhain on Jan 6, '06
  10. by   palesarah
    Quote from Future_RN_Jess
    The palmone smartphone. You can get great deals and it is both a pda and phone.
    Palm Treo! I have one, it's awesome, it's a phone/PDA, plus I use it to check my email and can even access the internet. I also use it for an MP3 player. Very handy little gadget!
  11. by   jgee
    This is excellent information!! I'm just finishing up my prereqs and am gearing up for clinicals and had no idea what to get in a PDA!!

    this is also my first post!!
  12. by   Rocky_LPN
    Quote from Future_RN_Jess
    The palmone smartphone. You can get great deals and it is both a pda and phone.

    i have used the palm tungsten e2 for the last few months and it works great but i figured since i carry a cell phone also why not kill 2 birds with 1 stone. So i bought the palm treo 650 smart phone, it does all my palm did plus it has a phone built in.

    (Tungsten E2 -FOR SALE- $225)
    Comes with Tabers encyclopedia, Archmedes, metal case, bluetooth, home charger and the original box with all the software.
  13. by   JMM RN
    Quote from JR816
    Hi, This is not an advertisement. I just purchased one off of Ebay and I am so glad that I did. There is a seller who takes new palms and downloads all the RN textbooks on it and then sells them. Mine was 305.00 and I plan on using it alot next semester. If you go to EBay and type Palm pilot RN they should pop up~~his name is king????? I was very pleased with tthe whole tranaction. Good Luck to you
    I know this is an older thread. But I was just on ebay and won a Palm TX with RN programs loaded. I think this may be the same seller...his ebay sn is "jftheeckoman". Paypal sn I think is "TheKingMJ". He's gotten nothing but positive feedbacks and it seems like you had a great transaction also. Hope my Palm comes as decribed!

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