Picking a PDA?

  1. I am looking into getting a PDA. But I'm not too sure as which one to get. I have been told that HP Ipaq Pocket PC's are best...but there are about 100 of them to choose from. I am a first year nursing student and need some help! Which programs should I buy?
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  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from RNStudentStarr
    I am looking into getting a PDA. But I'm not too sure as which one to get. I have been told that HP Ipaq Pocket PC's are best...but there are about 100 of them to choose from. I am a first year nursing student and need some help! Which programs should I buy?
    I'm having the same problem. There are several threads on PDAs, but I still don't know what I want. I do have one in mind, but I can't remember the name. It was $499.99 on sale.


    I think it was a HP, but not sure of the #.
  4. by   RNStudentStarr
    Quote from Fun2Care
    I'm having the same problem. There are several threads on PDAs, but I still don't know what I want. I do have one in mind, but I can't remember the name. It was $499.99 on sale.


    I think it was a HP, but not sure of the #.
    Yeah, I feel so electronically illeterate. I don't know which one is best. I think the one's around $400-$500 look good but I'm not sure...
  5. by   gauge14iv
    The problem I had with the HP was that if the battery died (which it did frequently) I had to reload ALL of the software AGAIN... huge pain the hiney.

    Bought a Dell this time around - no issues - it has backup memory for just such occasions. I love the little bluetooth keyboard for taking notes and such on it. Get the biggest SD card you can afford.
  6. by   CrabbyPatty
    I have an HP IPAQ 3315. I think I paid just over $300.00 for it at Best Buy in December 2004 (my Christmas present). I bought this particular one because I couldn't locate a lower-end model anywhere (sold-out). I LOVE my IPAQ! You need to buy an SD card to store and backup all your files (otherwise it will wipe everything out when the batter dies). I think I paid around $40-50 for a 512 mb card. Make sure you get one that fits into the SD card adapter on your PDA (the first one I bought wouldn't fit in, so I used it in my digital camera....thank god!). I store all my larger program files on the card and back everything up to the card. I've not lost anything since then.

    The IPAQ is a MS Windows based system so it's like using my home computer...everything's compatible. I use MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Excel, MS Outlook (to manage my calendar), Windows Media Player.....

    Check out my other posts in the PDA's & Programs area:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...1328032&conly=

    I'll try to answer any questions you have, but can't promise a prompt response since school is making me crazy
  7. by   gauge14iv
    THats why I didnt like the ipaq - it saved my data but I was CONSTANTLY reinstalling ALL of the software....

    OVer and over and over and.......


    Dell is windows pc based too - so are many others
  8. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    QUESTION!!!!

    I see that many of the PDA's are Word compatible. Is there a Word program made for the PDA, or does that mean you can only view Word documents?

    Can you make & save Word documents on the PDA, or only on your home computer, & then transfer it to your PDA?
  9. by   sunnyjohn
    Which PDA will work best with a Mac computer?
  10. by   RNStudentStarr
    I bought an HP Ipaq hx2110 pocket pc on HP's remarketing website. It's refurbished but I saved about $100. It's normally $350-$400 and I got it for $150. It comes with everything...and I don't really care that's it's not brand new. The software is so expensive and so is a PDA! All the software I need run's on pocket pc's which seem to be a big player in the PDA and nursing software market- second to Palm.
  11. by   papa429
    Quote from Fun2Care
    QUESTION!!!!

    I see that many of the PDA's are Word compatible. Is there a Word program made for the PDA, or does that mean you can only view Word documents?

    Can you make & save Word documents on the PDA, or only on your home computer, & then transfer it to your PDA?

    if your pda or pocket has a windows os then it should have a word program in it. and yes, you can make and save word on your pda
  12. by   CrabbyPatty
    Does your Dell have a huge storage capacity without getting an SD card? If so, that's fantastic.

    Once I got a 512 MB SD card, I never lost another program or anything on my IPAQ. It automatically backs everything up as often as I schedule it to.

    I have had great experience with HP products for years. My laptops, my printers, my old desktop pc's. I guess I'm just partial to them.

    Quote from gauge14iv
    THats why I didnt like the ipaq - it saved my data but I was CONSTANTLY reinstalling ALL of the software....

    OVer and over and over and.......


    Dell is windows pc based too - so are many others
  13. by   CrabbyPatty
    Quote from sunnyjohn
    Which PDA will work best with a Mac computer?

    Not sure, but www.cnet.com might be helpful in researching this. Or maybe epinions.com ?

  14. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Same here. My last 2 PC's is/was HP, last 2 out of 3 printers is/were HP. I just have had good luck with HP products. (My laptop is a Compaq.)

    Duuuuuuude, my mom has a Dell .....and I don't find it that great. Maybe not any difference, but nothing special either. lol

    I really care less which brand of PDA, as long as it is a good one!!!!!!! I don't want to have to buy another one in 6 months b/c I wanted to go cheap now! (Hence the reason I am not telling my mom I want one for Christmas. She'd go buy a $100 PDA that would be put in the closet.) So, I tore a advertisement out of the newspaper circular, and gave it to my hubby...just a small hint. :chuckle




    Quote from CrabbyPatty
    Does your Dell have a huge storage capacity without getting an SD card? If so, that's fantastic.

    Once I got a 512 MB SD card, I never lost another program or anything on my IPAQ. It automatically backs everything up as often as I schedule it to.

    I have had great experience with HP products for years. My laptops, my printers, my old desktop pc's. I guess I'm just partial to them.

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