PDA vs. Smart Phones?!?

  1. Hi all,

    I have been considering a PDA Phone (also known as Smart Phones) for several months now. I like the idea of having a high quality cell phone with PDA capabilities. It seems like the perfect combination. I have had a PDA in the past, but it is kind of annoying to carry around two pieces of electronic equipment, when one could do the job. I am in the market for a phone anyway, as my 2-year contract is up in January, and my phone is literally on its last leg!

    I am pre-nursing, and hope to be admitted in the fall to a nursing program. I currently use cingular, and am really impressed by the Cingular 8525.Get Started | Cingular Wireless It has a very large touch screen, and slide-out qwerty keyboard, as well as wi-fi (big plus!). I like the fact that it is a high quality cell phone, but also a pretty slick little PDA. I checked out software on Handango.com, and it seems as if there is a wide variety, considering the phone hasn't been out a month. I'm sure there will only be more, as it's predecessor, the Cingular 8125, has a lot of software available. Obviously the other big issue holding me back is price, as PDA's and PDA Phones tend to be pretty pricey, and the 8525 is no exception!

    Does anyone use a PDA Phone/Smart Phone?
    Do you like it better as compared to a regular PDA?
    What kind of PDA phone do you have and how do you like it? Is it easy to use?
    How is the software availability for your PDA phone?
    What nursing related programs/medical programs would you reccomend?
    Is a PDA an asset for a nurse?

    If you can answer any questions or give your opinion I'd really appreciate it!

    P.S. I use a PC Windows based system. AND the Cingular 8125/8525 is a Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC platform.
    Last edit by Cinqly on Dec 12, '06
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   ravneet
    well i have a PPC 6700 from sprint, its been one year an i must agree its a great PDA, but a bad bad phone. remember its not a 'perfect' combination coz u pay the price for being on the bleeding edge of technology. the phone, like any windows based system is prone to freeze ups and hangs. I have epocrates on it and use it in my pharmacology class, works flawlessly. I would be starting my clinicals coming spring and wud know the real worth of it in hospital settings thereafter. regarding cingular, check their unlimited internet access pricing first, coz i pay 15$/mo. thru sprint which is the cheaspest and speed is better than DSL. also i wud recommend PDAPhoneHome.com for reviews on any smart phone. u might also consider samsung blackjack. the software availability is similar to any regular PDA.
  4. by   sonja77
    i went with a pda because we are not allowed to carry cell phones (other than the hospital issued cell phones) at work. so i guess it will really depend on your (future) place of employment. the same rules applied to my nursing program, no cell phone during clinicals.
  5. by   Cinqly
    Quote from sonja77
    i went with a pda because we are not allowed to carry cell phones (other than the hospital issued cell phones) at work. so i guess it will really depend on your (future) place of employment. the same rules applied to my nursing program, no cell phone during clinicals.
    yeah, but almost all phones have an airplane mode where you can turn off the phone funcion while still being able to use the rest of the applications/functions. that's not really a big deal.
  6. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from cinqly
    yeah, but almost all phones have an airplane mode where you can turn off the phone funcion while still being able to use the rest of the applications/functions. that's not really a big deal.
    [font="comic sans ms"]it is a big deal if the rules prohibit carrying a cell phone on the unit. a good friend of mine, don of a nursing home, has banned cell phones on the unit because staff were spending too much time yakking and too little time with the residents. she tried allowing smart phones only because a couple of the nurses claimed they used the pda functions at work -- but eventually ended up banning them, too, because the nurses were yakking, not using epocrates or the calculator.

    my sister has a treo and she loves it. i've found, however, that the palm tx with it's larger screen suits me best. i don't mind having a separate cell phone. in fact, it's been a good thing because i've found that my pda and my phone die at different rates! i'd hate to lose the use of both phone and pda because one of them died!
  7. by   Cinqly
    Quote from ruby vee
    it is a big deal if the rules prohibit carrying a cell phone on the unit. a good friend of mine, don of a nursing home, has banned cell phones on the unit because staff were spending too much time yakking and too little time with the residents. she tried allowing smart phones only because a couple of the nurses claimed they used the pda functions at work -- but eventually ended up banning them, too, because the nurses were yakking, not using epocrates or the calculator.

    my sister has a treo and she loves it. i've found, however, that the palm tx with it's larger screen suits me best. i don't mind having a separate cell phone. in fact, it's been a good thing because i've found that my pda and my phone die at different rates! i'd hate to lose the use of both phone and pda because one of them died!
    well, i guess if people don't follow the rules, then it does become a big deal. it always sucks when a few people ruin it for the rest of us! i guess it isn't a big deal for me to be without a cell phone while at work. it is something that i already practice, because i think it is unprofessional to be talking away when you are being paid to work. there's always breaks/lunch if i need to talk that badly!

    however, that is certainly something to think about then. i do't want to end up having to buy a pda in addition if a smartphone isn't allowed! guess it will just depend on where i work. maybe i'll just see if i can get a really cheap pda for now, and wait and see what will be best. i love the idea of having both devices in one, but can't really afford to get both! thanks for the input!
  8. by   West_Coast_Ken
    [quote=ruby vee;1978027]...the palm tx with it's larger screen suits me best./quote]

    bingo. a pda is plenty small enough already and cutting the screen down by about 40% just to be able to make phone calls with it doesn't make sense to me. there's always tradeoffs and for me this one (cell phone, but smaller screen) isn't worth it. but that's my opinion.
  9. by   Cinqly
    [quote=west_coast_ken;1978875]
    Quote from ruby vee
    ...the palm tx with it's larger screen suits me best./quote]

    bingo. a pda is plenty small enough already and cutting the screen down by about 40% just to be able to make phone calls with it doesn't make sense to me. there's always tradeoffs and for me this one (cell phone, but smaller screen) isn't worth it. but that's my opinion.
    i guess to each his own!
  10. by   dansamy
    I adore my Treo 650, and I never had a problem with having it in school. I alsways showed my instructors that the phone was off and that I was only accessing my drug guide. (Which saved my behind whenever I'd come in and have a new med order I hadn't looked up last night because it was just written at 0500.)

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