Will older PDAs work with current nursing software?

  1. My sister has a Palm that is about 4 years old. I don't know which model it is, precisely. She never really used it and has offered to give it to me for nursing school.

    Her Palm was the state-of-the-art model when she purchased it brand new. My question is, do you think this model is too outdated to run the current crop of nursing software? Would I be better off to invest in a new model of PDA?

    I'm sorry I don't have the specifics about operating system and such. I'm hoping someone can give me an opinion, anyway.

    Thanks!
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  3. by   clee1
    Quote from semisweetchick
    My sister has a Palm that is about 4 years old. I don't know which model it is, precisely. She never really used it and has offered to give it to me for nursing school.

    Her Palm was the state-of-the-art model when she purchased it brand new. My question is, do you think this model is too outdated to run the current crop of nursing software? Would I be better off to invest in a new model of PDA?

    I'm sorry I don't have the specifics about operating system and such. I'm hoping someone can give me an opinion, anyway.

    Thanks!
    I've been doing some research on the subject, and currently, any Palm OS 5.x and up should work. You'll need to know exactly what your sister has before you can decide if it is sufficient. Also, many of the apps recommend a color screen, but for most it probably isn't a requirement. If a PocketPC is more your thing (closer to the windows PCs everyone has already), then you'll need something that runs PoC-PC 2002 and up.

    A good rule of thumb with any IT device is: buy the most state-of-the-art you can afford - it staves off total obsolescence that much longer.
  4. by   loricatus
    Quote from semisweetchick
    My sister has a Palm that is about 4 years old. I don't know which model it is, precisely. She never really used it and has offered to give it to me for nursing school.

    Her Palm was the state-of-the-art model when she purchased it brand new. My question is, do you think this model is too outdated to run the current crop of nursing software? Would I be better off to invest in a new model of PDA?

    I'm sorry I don't have the specifics about operating system and such. I'm hoping someone can give me an opinion, anyway.

    Thanks!
    I bought mine 3 years ago (T2) when the latest state of-the-art had been out a couple of months (T3) & it handles all the software just fine. Bet that your sister probably had he same one as I bought. Only thing is that I have to put some things on an expansion card. If the model your sister has doesn't have that capability, you might be limited on the amount of software you can add to it. Anyway, if you are getting it free, it's worth trying out, and you can always put the software on a new model if hers doesn't work for you.
  5. by   Elizabeth Hanes
    Thanks very much for your responses.

    I do believe my sis's Palm has a color screen. We were all oohing and aahing over it when she first got it, and I seem to recall the graphics were in color.

    An expansion card would be no problem. I mean, I could hardly complain about any expense involved with that when she's willing to give me the device for free!

    Just for the record, my sister is the greatest, and I don't mean just because she's willing to give me her Palm!

    Thanks again!

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