Questions about the Palm TX...

  1. Hey, I'm a nursing student and I've been wanting a PDA because they seem really useful and I've been leaning towards the Palm TX. I really just want a PDA so I can download programs like drug guides, med dictionaries, ect.. so that I have them on the go. Wi-Fi seems nice too. I really don't need a PDA for personal entertainment such as doubling it over as an iPod or movie player, so I guess I don't need to spend $100-200 more for a pocket PC...

    I have a few questions for peoples who alread own a Palm TX...

    1.) Is the Palm TX a reliable? Has it helped you a lot, a little, and how?

    2.) Do you ever wish the Palm TX had a voice recorder function so that you could leave yourself voice messages? At any point do you think this would have been useful?

    Thanks a bunch in advance for anyone who helps! I think I might get one but I want to be sure of what I'm getting before I drop $300 on one. I trust your alls opinions. Oh, and if anyone else knows of another good PDA worth checking out please let me know!!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   adamsmom
    I love my TX. When I decided I wanted a PDA I did alot of research. It holds alot and has a memory card slot, I do have a 1G card. I also like the wifi since I have wireless in my house and if my kids are online I can still go online with my pda. I thought I would miss having a recorder but I have a separate digital recorder. I used to tape lectures but found I never went back to listen to them not enough time. It is very reliable I even bought mine used on ebay for 200. I take it everywhere it is like my cell phone I feel lost without it.
    I have the drug guides that my school requires along with the med. dictionary they require and the nursing diagnosis book they require. I did have to get the books too but I use the pda more. I am also planning on gettting a good NCLEX program for it so when I am waiting at the bus or in traffic I can do some NCLEX questions. I highly recommend a TX .
  4. by   Scrubz
    Thanks.. They sound pretty cool. I was thinking about what I really wanted and I decided I needed a PDA rather than a pocket PC because I really don't need a portable media hub and the Palm TX seems to be able to do everything I need it to do. I do wish it had a recorder so I could leave myself memos and stuff, but I guess I could just write those in. Other than that it seems pretty good. I know they said that it doesn't have a user replaceable battery so I wonder how much it would cost to do that when the time came...

    Oh, one more question... When using the stylus to type on the TX, does it take a long time to get used to it? And even when you're used to it does it take a long time to type something lengthy? I don't mean like a 5 page essay, but how long would it take to type a few sentences of notes, memos, ect..

    Thanks for your input.
  5. by   Scrubz
    I know the Palm TX usually sells for $299 new but I found this website called buydig.com that was selling it for $254 and it seems to be brand new and packed with all the usual stuff. If anyone wants to check it out for themselves here's the link...

    Palm TX HandHeld Organizer w/ WiFi and Bluetooth Technology |BuyDig.com

    Does anyone else think this looks ligit because I might buy it pretty soon because if I can save around $45 then I'll take it because I'll use that other money to buy those programs I'll need.
  6. by   joyfulgal
    I am also looking at the Palm TX. I am waiting a bit because I want to be sure this is THE ONE! I have never owned one and am by no means a tech person. My nursing program starts in Aug '07 so I plan on purchasing one in June so I can learn how to use the thing. I plan on using it to carry around "at-hand" info to study or use as a reference for clinicals. The wifi is just a perk! I would love to hear any more input on the device. Should I even look at a pocket PC?, or stay on the Palm track? Let me know what you think?
  7. by   Scrubz
    Quote from joyfulgal
    I am also looking at the Palm TX. I am waiting a bit because I want to be sure this is THE ONE! I have never owned one and am by no means a tech person. My nursing program starts in Aug '07 so I plan on purchasing one in June so I can learn how to use the thing. I plan on using it to carry around "at-hand" info to study or use as a reference for clinicals. The wifi is just a perk! I would love to hear any more input on the device. Should I even look at a pocket PC?, or stay on the Palm track? Let me know what you think?
    I got the Palm TX recently. First out I'll tell you about http://www.buydig.com . If you end up getting the TX, buy it from here because they sell it brand new for $245 while most everywhere else I found sold it for $300.

    So far I've downloaded Nursing Constellation and Taber's medical dictionary. Nursing Constellation comes with Davis's drug guide, RN notes, and a lab reference (among a few other things), and Taber's is just a really comprehensive med. dictionary. You can find out about them at http://www.skyscape.com . All of that is worth the money, cost me $126. Other than that I've been downloading some free stuff, like med calculators, diagnosaurs, an ABG analysis thingy, and a couple other goodies. I got some free games on there too.

    I highly reccomend the TX if your main intentions are using it as a utility for nursing school, and even your nursing career afterwards. It does everything you'd need it to do (mainly house usful programs). Pocket PCs tend to be more expensive because they have more memory and are more media oriented. So if you're not worried about playing a lot of music or videos, don't bother with a Pocket PC. You can do all of that on a TX but you'll have to buy extra SD cards for memory.

    Anyway, I got my TX the day before semester started, so I really havn't got to use it during clinicals just. I work as a CNA and got to use it at the hospital I worked at. Nurses were talking about meds for different pts and everytime they blurted one out I'd look it up just to know what it did..

    PM me if you have any more specific questions.
  8. by   Cinqly
    Just wanted to chime in! I am going to get a TX with my income tax return. I hope to be starting nursing school in August, and I want to have plenty of time to get used to it. I think you have made a pretty good review. Maybe in another month's time you can update us and let us all know how it is after settling in a bit. Thanks for the review!
  9. by   fishchick72
    I just got a TX for Christmas, I don't have much to compare it to, but I love it. It does everything I need it to. I don't ever need to record my voice, for quick reminders you can put it under tasks or you can scribble it on the notepad.

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