The Ultimate PDA? - page 2

I just found out from my school that smartphones aren't allowed. I had my heart set on the HTC TYTN and have been holding out on buying a new phone/contract for around 6 months. I am... Read More

  1. by   jms79
    I also researched PDA's. I went to different places. In staples they are covered with glass or chained down. I dont think pda's are going out. I just think its a protective way so people dont try to steal them, or break them. I decided to get the Palm TX. It just came today. Im so excited. Im looking on the site and not sure what is the best software. If you have any suggestions please pm me or write reply back on here.
  2. by   Cinqly
    Quote from jms79
    I also researched PDA's. I went to different places. In staples they are covered with glass or chained down. I dont think pda's are going out. I just think its a protective way so people dont try to steal them, or break them. I decided to get the Palm TX. It just came today. Im so excited. Im looking on the site and not sure what is the best software. If you have any suggestions please pm me or write reply back on here.
    The only place that I could find PDA's to try out was Office Depot, but they were still chained down under plastic. Everywhere else the devices were actually made of plastic!

    Just out of curiosity, what kind of software are you looking for??? Are you thinking just medical software or regular stuff too?? For regular (and comprable prices on many medical software programs) I would look at www.handango.com. If you are looking for nursing/medical software, I would start with www.skyscape.com (check out their nursing constellation- I will probably be getting it!), and many people like epocrates medical software (www.epocrates.com), also www.unboundmedicine.com (nursing central). Try doing a search on this forum, or just browse under the PDA forum. You'll find tons of opinions and suggestions (I think there is a sticky for PDA software). Enjoy the TX! Mine was shipped today, so counting down till TX time!!

    Aww heck...here are a couple of links to forums you might find helpful!

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f234/pda...ky-121240.html

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f234/fre...re-133244.html

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f234/nur...ay-199129.html

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f234/nur...ne-201930.html
  3. by   jms79
    most likely just medical/nursing since I bought it for nursing school/clinicals thanks for the help. theres just so much i dont know what to get. So I might just ask what my professor thinks. thanks for the links
  4. by   broadstreet
    I got a Dell Axim x50v three years ago and paid $500 for it. Now the x51v is available for under $300. Typical.

    Anyway, I absolutely love it. I've got 2 drug books, 2 patho books, medical dictionary, diagnostic test reference, RNotes, med calculator, and a few others i can't recall at the moment. my employer also provides codes to go online and download other software for free. in school, i had an nclex review with 5000 questions on it that i practiced daily.

    as far as other nifty features, it's got wi-and bluetooth. anywhere there's a wireless signal (just about anywhere nowadays), you can pop oniline and check e-mail, etc. it's also got a high res display, and you can rip dvd's to a storage card for long commutes, etc. there's also a lot of pretty cool games available for it. it uses pocket PC software, so it's very similar to running windows.

    just my two cents.
  5. by   Doofy
    After using the Ipaq Travelmate for a week, I finally decided to return it. The GPS function was very accurate, even in Manhattan. But I was turned off by the small screen and slow reponse time. After tapping an app, it would take too long to load. I expected a little extra time to load the GPS app, but I expect the contacts or calendar functions to open immediately.

    The quality of the PDA was pretty good. Seemed very solid. And it didn't feel heavy.

    If the screen was bigger, I probably would've kept it. I didn't actually measure the screen, but from the online pictures of the TX, I'm pretty sure the TX is larger. I still have a few weeks before we learn drug calculations, so I have a little time to purchase something else.
  6. by   Doofy
    *update*

    We're supposed to start pharmacology next week, but I've concluded that there is no such thing as an 'ultimate' PDA. I'll have to buy the actual Davis' Drug Guide. And lug around another book with me everywhere I go.

    I did find a really cool gadget. I placed an order for it, but it won't arrive for over a month. It's the OQO Model 02. 5" touchscreen that runs full XP/Vista. Bigger than a typical PDA. But it'll run everything. I believe the drug guide comes with an application that will run on XP, so I won't have to buy the software separately.

  7. by   tofutti
    That's too cool Doofy! But $1849, ouch.

    Betcha in 10 years we'll all have one and they'll be affordable.

    I want one though.
  8. by   marilynmom
    I love my Palm TX! I'm taking pharm right now and the Davis Drug guide on my PDA is all I need.

    I have no idea what the ultimate PDA is, but for me the TX is all I need

    I use it every single day, have had no problems at all with it, and I dont have to carry around my drug guide, my lab/diagnostic guide, my Tabers, etc. I just keep it in my pocket!

    I really really like the documents to go. I can upload my powerpoints, notes, etc on my TX and review them anytime, anyplace.
  9. by   IrishIzCPNP
    I use an HP PDA and really like it.

    I heard recently that while Palm was the way to go for many years that it's going to slowly disappear. I can't say for certain how true that is but it was told to me by a high in the in the field technology person.

    I know a bunch of people with Dells and they are having a lot of problems and are not getting them resolved. Last night in class an instructor said "Who here is having a problem with their PDA?" (the students were basically forced to buy them from the school) and I think EVERYONE but me and maybe 2 others raised their hands. I have the HP...I got out of buying the PDA from the school (long story).

    I have a ton of programs on my PDA...some I paid for and some I got for free. I really like my PDA. I love the idea of not dragging books around.
  10. by   HM2VikingRN
    Most of the palm devices are thinner. I think the PDA market might be mature so more of the purchasing etc will be done online....

    I have a palm TX. Sony blew it when they bowed out of the PDA market. The Clie was darn near bulletproof.
    Last edit by HM2VikingRN on Mar 18, '07
  11. by   Kabin
    PDAs are good if you can accept limited functionality. The industry has been trying to move to the $700 ultimate mobile PCs (UMPC). They have all the computer functionality minus phone. There's some talk now of UMPCs with phone function.

    I've played with smartphones at the store and if anyone is hoping for real internet capability you'll probably be disappointed. They don't play well with secure sites (stocks, banks) and you need to hope the websites you frequent have dummied down mobile friendly interfaces.
  12. by   FAworld
    Someone mentioned uploading powerpoints and other documents between their pc and PDA. With the Palm having it's own OS, does anyone know if you can document share between a Windows OS (on a laptop) and a Palm PDA?

    I'm liking how the Palm TX sounds but it would be great if I could share documents (such as homework) between my Windows-based laptop and the PDA.
  13. by   IrishIzCPNP
    Quote from Kabin
    PDAs are good if you can accept limited functionality. The industry has been trying to move to the $700 ultimate mobile PCs (UMPC). They have all the computer functionality minus phone. There's some talk now of UMPCs with phone function.



    I don't think PDAs are so limited that there's an issue. The industry may be trying to get UMPC but it doesn't mean it's happening. What I have been seeing is PDA use. That's it. The industry...is that the medical world or the general computer/internet/technology industry? The tech industry is always trying do something; doesn't mean it's going to happen.

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