PDA's:yes/no, palm v windows, programs, etc.

  1. I've been shopping for a new handheld computer and I can't seem to figure out what I really want. The most important thing is the availablity and ease of use of the various programs out there- the MP3's and picture capability are only toys....

    Do you use one?
    Which kind? Palm or Windows based?
    Is the information as useful as it seems?
    Any preference for programs? Epocrates v skyscape v whoever?
    What's the downside?

    I'd love to hear from all of you on your thoughts....
    Kev
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    Palm-held computers are great for inventory keeping, electronic reminders, playing games, recording, and so forth. I extensively used them at my previous job (perhaps every 12 minutes). The one I used had Windows XP.
  4. by   pghfoxfan
    I got one for Christmas. The problem is, I am computer illiterate. I have a HP 3000(something). It has windows I believe. My problem I am having with mine at the moment is, when I download something in it to read, for example while on the shuttle getting to work, my wireless internet keeps trying to connect to the local business or homes that we are passing. This interupts what I am trying to read. Do you guys know how to turn the part off that wants to link to the internet?
  5. by   nosonew
    Quote from pghfoxfan
    I got one for Christmas. The problem is, I am computer illiterate. I have a HP 3000(something). It has windows I believe. My problem I am having with mine at the moment is, when I download something in it to read, for example while on the shuttle getting to work, my wireless internet keeps trying to connect to the local business or homes that we are passing. This interupts what I am trying to read. Do you guys know how to turn the part off that wants to link to the internet?
    The paperwork that came with it should have a number to the company for assistance...if not, take it to a local computer store, one that fixes computers and ask for their assistance!
  6. by   sme_nurse
    I have a windows based PDA and I have purchased several programs from Skyscape. I like the fact that you can go back and forth between different programs easier.

    As a new nurse grad I have to admit to not using it that much yet because I just ask my preceptor so that I get more familiar with our hospital policies. But when I am working alone I find it easier to look up drugs and lab info on the handheld. It is easier than carrying a book around. Does kind of take a lot of pocket space though. And I am really not good at hooking it up to my computer. I can download programs but that is about it, but that is all I wanted it for anyway.

    I would pay attention to memory size. Many programs such as drug and disease guides take a lot of space on the PDA's. I have a Toshiba that I bought because it has a lot of memory, but it really isn't a popular brand it seems. I don't see alot of accessories.

    If you do buy a PDA, don't let the battery go completely dead for a long time. Then you have to reload the programs!!
  7. by   TMPaul
    Quote from saintlouis
    I've been shopping for a new handheld computer and I can't seem to figure out what I really want. The most important thing is the availablity and ease of use of the various programs out there- the MP3's and picture capability are only toys....

    Do you use one?
    Which kind? Palm or Windows based?
    Is the information as useful as it seems?
    Any preference for programs? Epocrates v skyscape v whoever?
    What's the downside?

    I'd love to hear from all of you on your thoughts....
    Kev
    I use a Dell Axim X3 with wifi and Bluetooth capabilities. My programs include: Archimedes, ARTbeat, BONES 1.0, Diagnosaurus, Epocrates Essentials, Merck Medicus, Pocket EKG, NBC Agents, plud some games cause sometimes you just have to fave some "wind down" fun.

    Tina, Nurse Practitioner
  8. by   TMPaul
    Quote from TMPaul
    I use a Dell Axim X3 with wifi and Bluetooth capabilities. My programs include: Archimedes, ARTbeat, BONES 1.0, Diagnosaurus, Epocrates Essentials, Merck Medicus, Pocket EKG, NBC Agents, plud some games cause sometimes you just have to fave some "wind down" fun.

    Tina, Nurse Practitioner
    Oops, I meant plus some games. Dell is a windows based program and so far I'm very happy with it and use it daily in my Occupational Health practice.
  9. by   plumrn
    I have a Tungsten C and use it constantly at work. I love the keyboard. I rarely use the wireless internet (screen is just too small for me). It has plenty of memory for my use. I use the calculator, phone book (lab,radiology,pharmacy extensions), drug guides, etc.,several times daily. I have even put our Heparin protocols, renal dose dopamine protocols, etc. on it so that I can access them without having to go back to the desk.

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