which pda is best?

  1. Opinions on which PDA is best? Need one that is compatible with a McIntosh computer. I am a longtime computer user but not technically savvy. Want to put the drug guide and some other stuff on it. Thanks.
    paulamac
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  3. by   rjflyn
    Paula just use the search function on this site. Being a Windows based PC user I cant really give you much advice. I do know that the Palm based PDA work ok with the Mac. As far as the PPC platform I do know you need to have some knowlege how the MAC system works to get it to sync with the MAC.


    Rj
  4. by   LDMooreRN
    Quote from paulamac
    Opinions on which PDA is best? Need one that is compatible with a McIntosh computer. I am a longtime computer user but not technically savvy. Want to put the drug guide and some other stuff on it. Thanks.
    paulamac
    Hi Paula, I have both a PDA (Sony Clie) and a Pocket PC (HP iPAQ 5550). I use my Clie more often because 1) it's smaller and therefore much easier to tote around. It can easily fit into my scrub chest pocket; and 2) it's just what I need without all the unnecessary bells and whistles. The Pocket PC can do more than the Clie (I can sync it with my computer and download emails, it has an MP3 player) but I really don't need that stuff. The Pocket PC also has a much shorter battery life compared to the Clie and it's twice as big, almost awkward. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice piece of equipment, but my Clie can do what I need and it's easier to carry around.

    Now I'm not a computer expert and I've only worked with PCs, but I do believe that with a little research and support, you can customize your PDA to work with MACs. When doing the research on PDAs, you have to know why you need it first, then buy it based on that. My Clie is able to support all of the nursing-based programs I use (RNotes, epocrates, ClinSkils, etc) with no problem. I just had to buy a memory card to store it all. There were fancier models than the one I got, but I didn't need the extras.

    If you want to do more research and to get reviews on PDAs and/or PocketPCs, go to www.cnet.com And to get the best price for one go to www.pricegrabber.com

    Hope this helps!
  5. by   paulamac
    [Thanks very much. This is good info and helps me get started.
    Sounds like the Clie may be for me.
    Paula
  6. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from paulamac
    [thanks very much. this is good info and helps me get started.
    sounds like the clie may be for me.
    paula
    except that sony clies are being phased out in the us.
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    [color=#4b0082]what you probably want with a mac is a palm based pda. if you don't need the camera and the mp3 player, palm tungsten e is a good starter pda. you get lots of memory, slot for a memory card, excellent screen and a fast processor all for about $199. you can do some research at brighthand.com or palmblvd.com -- sorry, i don't know how to post a link.
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    [color=#4b0082]the zire 72 has a camera and mp-3 player and is a very nice unit if you can get past the electric blue plastic coating that peels off. anything with a palm os is going to work better for you than a pocket pc. once you get your pda, look for free software at freewarepalm.com!
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    [color=#4b0082]ruby (proud owner of a zire 71 and a tungsten t3)
  7. by   paulamac
    Thanks. As a matter of fact, I looked at Best Buy today and the PDA guru told me to get the Tungsten E. It's good to have that verified by someone in the profession.

    Paula
  8. by   Ruby Vee
    good luck with your pda purchase. i hope you enjoy yours as much as i've enjoyed all of mine!
  9. by   camay1221_RN
    I recently purchased a Palm Zire 31. It was approx $149.00 and was a Consumer Report Best Buy. It is very easy to use, and I am able to syncronize it with my computer. The main reason for getting one was for the Weight Watchers eTools, but it has been extremely useful to me in keeping up my very busy family schedules!

    www.palmone.com

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