My backround is that I have tried out three Pda's. My first was a Palm 4MB; I immediately ran out of memory, got frustrated, and gave it away.
I have recently purchased, and returned, a HandSpring model that was not color. The return was for poor visibilty. I also just returned a Handera 330 that is not color either. Again for poor visibility etc.
The above models were $ 200 and $300 respectively. Both models were (as all PDA's are) Palm combatible; these were useful up to (I think I remember this right) 3.5 OS.
FRom that knowledge base of trial and error I continue to persevere (sp?). I am convinced I will gain so much in having a PDA for my varied nursing of Agency Nursing and Entrepreneurship (come visit us over at the Nurse Entrepreneur Forum here @ AllNurses).
It is my understanding, that the PDA arena is what should be considered currently for the Health Care Professional. This is due to the many software programs that are available that are free, for fee, and with many variations of compatible Medical programs.
It is also my understanding, and heh... jump in here.. you HandHeld Computer Knowledge savvy folks... that this software is just beggining to be developed and becoming accessible.
I think, the two models of PDA and Handheld Computers sometimes are used interchangeably by some and this needs to stay separated as the software availablity is VERY different.
When you speak of Palm OS compatible, you need to be cautious also about #'s. As I am currently researching the Palm Tungsten T with a Palm OS software compatibility of 5.5 (I hope I remembered that correctly). The hardware has the most current color screen visibility but may not be compatible, in software, with 3.0 unless the software has been enhanced.
My concerns with the Tungsten also are that the battery life will be enough to get me through my day.
Please, add to this conversation any corrections or misunderstandings I may need to be aware of.
To check out software, discussions about Pda's and Handhelds, some of hte escellent sites I have read were probably already mentioned on thie posted discussions. For reasons simplicity, I will post some here that may have already been included. YOu can also do a Google Search under "freeware palm" "PDA" or "Handheld Computers" and find tons of info; www.pdabuzz.com
has multiple dialogues talking about the various hardware that are available. The wesite is in a review format. www.RNpalm.com
is a web address of RN and other Healthcare professionals who use it for resource, purchasing, and other information about hardware and software data for the PDA and HH PC.
I have other websites on my laptop that I will be happy to bring to this discssion if anyone wants it. The above posters have brought a wealth of information to this discussion.
Thank you to all the posters. I have not made up my mind on my next purchase. I like the Tungsten and the Palm 515 so far for now.