PDA Programs

  1. I'm looking to buy a PDA for NA school this fall, and I have it narrowed down between two. I am having a problem deciding between them - the main fundamental difference is that one runs on the Palm OS, and one runs on Windows-based PocketPC. Any info on which of the two is better? To those who have PocketPC, do you find all the programs you need are offered on this platform?

    The PDA I really want is the Dell Axim x30 with wireless capabilities. If anyone has any feedback on this I would appreciate it.
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  3. by   MaleAPRN
    Quote from heartICU
    I'm looking to buy a PDA for NA school this fall, and I have it narrowed down between two. I am having a problem deciding between them - the main fundamental difference is that one runs on the Palm OS, and one runs on Windows-based PocketPC. Any info on which of the two is better? To those who have PocketPC, do you find all the programs you need are offered on this platform?

    The PDA I really want is the Dell Axim x30 with wireless capabilities. If anyone has any feedback on this I would appreciate it.
    If you buy a PDA, make sure that you have the PALM operating system. There are lots of programs that run on Palm OS, and this has been tried and tested. I've been a palm user for many years, and I had a pocket PC OS once a long time ago, and I found it to be limited. That is, for medical programs that can run with this system. This is just my personal opinion, and based on my experience on PALM OS.

    Good luck with NA school. I'll be starting August 16th too!
  4. by   MaleAPRN
    Quote from heartICU
    I'm looking to buy a PDA for NA school this fall, and I have it narrowed down between two. I am having a problem deciding between them - the main fundamental difference is that one runs on the Palm OS, and one runs on Windows-based PocketPC. Any info on which of the two is better? To those who have PocketPC, do you find all the programs you need are offered on this platform?

    The PDA I really want is the Dell Axim x30 with wireless capabilities. If anyone has any feedback on this I would appreciate it.
    I forgot to ask...where are you going to school this fall? I'm just curious.
  5. by   rn4cicu
    I would go with a palm OS based PDA. I have had both and there is far more programs and information available for palm OS. I am currently using a Tungsten T and couldn't live without it.
  6. by   trakstar
    I agree and could not live without my Palm Tungsten T. Palm OS programs tend to take and require less memory. Windows based sytems are nice and comparable to the home PC environment. However they tend to use a lot of battery power. Under normal daily use I only charge it once a week.
  7. by   tdg_rn
    Although I am still a Nursing student, I have worked in IT for a while. The Palm OS is definitely the way to go. I have used Palm every since back in the day. I now have a Tungsten C (and an Ipaq for testing purposes, of course).

    The Palm OS is more efficient with space, faster, and less problematic - hands down.
  8. by   heartICU
    Case Western Reserve in Cleveland OH. You?



    Quote from vinnysca
    I forgot to ask...where are you going to school this fall? I'm just curious.
  9. by   sonessrna
    Quote from heartICU
    I'm looking to buy a PDA for NA school this fall, and I have it narrowed down between two. I am having a problem deciding between them - the main fundamental difference is that one runs on the Palm OS, and one runs on Windows-based PocketPC. Any info on which of the two is better? To those who have PocketPC, do you find all the programs you need are offered on this platform?

    The PDA I really want is the Dell Axim x30 with wireless capabilities. If anyone has any feedback on this I would appreciate it.
    I see most people are suggesting a Palm...I have a PPC and I love it. Are you working with Medatrax when you'[re in school?? Whatever PDA you purchase, make sure it is compatible with this if you are using it. I have ClineAn on my PDA ((Clinical ANesthesiology) by Barrash and Stoelting. I also have a Netter's Anatomy atlas on my PDA and Epocrates for drugs. There is also a program called 5 min clinical consult which is very helpful. Goodluck!!
  10. by   duckboy20
    I have the Anesthesia Constellation by Skyscape on my Pocket PC. I like it quite a bit. Comes with 4 programs built in to it.
  11. by   zrmorgan
    I have used both palm OS, and pocket pc. Currently using pocket PC. Like the windows environment better. Can sync it easier without the go between programs needed with palm OS (eg documents to go etc). My word .docs transfer right over to the pocket pc without additional applications, as well as excell spreadsheets. I have anesthesia constellation by skyscrape...has a very abridged version of Barash et. al. And Omiguichi's drug handbook (sp?) Would only recommend getting Omiguchis Anesthesia drug handbook though...Either way, it is nice to have all your sources in one place, instead of having a ton of little handbooks, and misc pieces of scratch paper.
  12. by   InTheBlood
    Just ordered a Tungsten C, should arrive today!!! I can't wait to check it out. Thanks to all for the suggestions for softare.
  13. by   TMPaul
    Quote from heartICU
    I'm looking to buy a PDA for NA school this fall, and I have it narrowed down between two. I am having a problem deciding between them - the main fundamental difference is that one runs on the Palm OS, and one runs on Windows-based PocketPC. Any info on which of the two is better? To those who have PocketPC, do you find all the programs you need are offered on this platform?

    The PDA I really want is the Dell Axim x30 with wireless capabilities. If anyone has any feedback on this I would appreciate it.
    I have a Dell x30 and LOVE IT!! I bought extra memory for it because I have a lot of Medical/NP programs I use. I can check my home e-mail from just about any location as well as download my favorite songs. Let me know if you'd like a list of freebie medical/nursing programs for it.
    I also paid the extra $ and bought a leather case for it-I think it cushions the PDA better than the case it came in.
    Good Luck choosing.
  14. by   zrmorgan
    Quote from TMPaul
    I have a Dell x30 and LOVE IT!! I bought extra memory for it because I have a lot of Medical/NP programs I use. I can check my home e-mail from just about any location as well as download my favorite songs. Let me know if you'd like a list of freebie medical/nursing programs for it.
    I also paid the extra $ and bought a leather case for it-I think it cushions the PDA better than the case it came in.
    Good Luck choosing.

    also have an x3i.....it is a good one....I would be interested in those programs

    thanks

    zrmorgan

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