Socket Mobile or Pharos 565 pda

  1. Hello Everyone,

    I am a first year nursing student looking to purchase a PDA. Since nursing school is taking me to the poor house I want to buy the PDA through Dell (using my Dell CC). I only see two real choices. There is a Socket Mobile 650 which received good reviews and the Pharos 565 that has a qwerty keyboard . I am not really sure if either of these pda's are what i am looking for. The socket Mobile specifically states it is used in the medical setting, and there were two short reviews by nurses that seem to love it. The Pharos only had one review but some one who uses it for his business. I am not sure if skyscape and epocrates will sell their products on a Micro SD card. Does anyone have any experience with either of these devices?

    The Socket Mobile 650
    Provide an extra layer of protection against harmful bacteria and microbes with SoMo® 650RX-M from Socket® Mobile. It is designed for Business Mobility applications including sales force automation, inventory management, patient care, merchandising and asset management. Featuring a contoured grip surface, the SoMo 650RX-M is an ergonomically designed and is easy to use Windows Mobile 6.0 computer. The handheld computer provides reinforced CompactFlash and Secure Digital I/O slots to take full advantage of slot based peripherals. And even, it protects the computer from the day to day impacts of a business mobility deployment. The SoMo 650RX-M includes a business class implementation of Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® wireless networking providing dependable connections, great coverage and enabling advanced features such as Voice over IP communications. Further, it is easy to customize with a wide range of bar code scanners, RFID readers, and communications peripherals based on the CF, SD or Bluetooth interface. With the preloaded Software drivers and utilities, you can deploy out of the box with your favorite Socket peripheral. Additionally, its Bluetooth implementation enables you to connect to Socket hand-held and hands-free scanning solutions along with hundreds of readily available 3rd party Bluetooth peripherals. With all these features and more, the SoMo- RX M Model is an exclusive package for you.
    The Pharos
    The PTL565E 565 PDA from Pharos® is a ruggedized Windows Mobile 6.5 PDA which comes with a built-in GPS receiver. This compact device comes with a powerful Marvell PXA310 624 MHz CPU, 512 MB Flash ROM, and 256 MB DDR SDRAM for fast access. It incorporates multiple input as well as connectivity options by providing a full QWERTY keyboard, QVGA color touch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, IrDA, RAW IR/SIR, Serial RS-232 and USB interfaces. Furthermore, it can sustain a 4-5 feet drop as it is Industrial IP54 grade standard compliant. Featuring the complete Office Mobile suite of applications, it ideally meets your mobile organizer, multimedia entertainment, and GPS navigation needs in a convenient and easy-to-use package.
    If neither of these make a good choice, can you recommend any PDA's with windows OS, or with a qwerty keyboard?

    Thank you.
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