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Having doubts on my Palm TX purchase.

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Hello, I am a pre-nursing student, and my school requires us to have a PDA for the nursing program, and that they will provide the software they want us to have. I have NO PDA knowledge or experience, so I did tons of research in this forum (thank you, tech people, for your wonderful posts) and other websites as well.

From my online research, I decided the Palm TX was the most logical choice for me, but now that I have it, I'm not so sure. First of all, it did not come with a user manual book type thing, just a disc for my computer, and even that wasn't very helpful. I've still managed to sync it with my computer (after 3 hours of grumbling and gritted teeth) and even downloaded the free Epocrates, just to see if I could. I'm still having questions about actually using the Palm. There is no "exit" button! Do you Palm users just hit the "home" button when you want to get out of something you're doing?

Also, and please correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that if I want to download my mp3's from my computer to my TX, I have to pay $40 a year for a subscription to Rhapsody or RealPlayer! The "listening to music" option isn't very important to me, but I feel if they're going to tout this as one of the great options, it should be free.

I chose the Palm TX because it had all these nifty things like WiFi, and had the biggest screen (I do love the screen), but now I'm wondering if I should have chosen a Pocket PC instead. I visited 6 different stores in my area as part of my PDA research, hoping to hold and try out a Palm and a Pocket PC, but not one store had actual models out, only plastic, and they would not open any product for me to try out. Frustrating! I'd love to hear any comments or suggestions on my dilemma, but please be kind, I'm not tech savvy.

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MacD has 8 years experience.

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Hi

I will finish my BSN on Aug 17th. The TX you bought is a great PDA simpler to use in my opinion than the Windows Mobile units but like anything electronic there is a pretty steep learning curve. This is my second Palm and unfortunately Palm decided to forgo a written manual with the TX however you can downlaod one at the Palm website. Hang in there. If you got Epocrates to work you will be doing fine in a very short time. And, yes the home button is the easiest way to get out of a program if it doesn't have it's own quit button. Take care.

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bekindtokittens specializes in Psych..

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Hi, and thanks for your reply! I'm glad to know I'm not doing something bad to my TX by pressing "home" all the time. And I had no idea I could download a manual from the Palm website; I will definitely be doing that.

I've decided to stick it out with my TX and make a better effort to learn how it works. It does seem to have more bang for the buck than the Pocket PC's I've read about -- more storage, longer battery life, and won't lose information if I let the battery die, which I am betting I will do. I ordered a screen protector and a case off the internet today, so I've made the commitment!

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Indy has 5 years experience as a LPN, LVN and specializes in ICU, telemetry, LTAC.

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Hm. I've got a bee in my bonnet about mp3 players that make you pay for music. My cd collection is vast and I'm not paying anyone another darn dime to listen to what I already have. Unless, of course, I have to have a new toy to listen to it with. Creative's Zen was nice and the software rips my cd's without anyone trying to grab anymore dollars out of my wallet.

Ipod, microsoft and anyone else that does that crap can kiss my patootie.

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You don't have to buy music from iTunes to get it to play on your iPod. The majority of music on my iPod is from my CD collection. You do need to download the iTunes software (which is free) to get the music from your CD to the iPod, but it is not required to buy music from iTunes.

Sorry to get off topic there. I love my Palm TX and have used the help files from Palm whenever I get stuck. I'm glad you're giving it more time. I think it's pretty intuitive once you get used to it.

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bekindtokittens specializes in Psych..

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It irks me too, to think you have to pay extra to play your own, already purchased music, on an MP3 player. My husband has an Ipod, and I have one of those bottom of the line Target MP3 players, and neither of us had to pay for a program to transfer music to our devices. In fact, all mine required was to plug in my MP3 player to my computer, and then a simple click and drag.

So I guess that is what surprised me about the Rhapsody thing on the TX. Even in the directions, is says "open Rhapsody" as though you were supposed to already know about it, and pay for it, and be perfectly fine with it. Maybe they just assume that most Palm TX purchasers already have lots of PDA experience and paying for a music program is a given. So this is true though, right? You do have to pay for a program to transfer MP3's from the computer to the TX?

I will be keeping the TX regardless. I doubt I will play music on it though. I also read that music takes up a lot of storage space. I just like to know how every little option works on my devices!

I had no idea what a UMPC was, so I looked them up. Pricey! They seem to be really neat, interesting devices, but they are also a lot heavier than any of the PDA's. Maybe sometime in the future...

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bekindtokittens specializes in Psych..

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I did just find out that there were many instructions on the palm website, and thank you for your link also. I followed all the steps, but I can't seem to get my Palm to sync with Media Player. Oh well, I'll give it another try sometime. It is nice to know that I can transfer my mp3's for free...when I figure out how!

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bekindtokittens specializes in Psych..

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No, you are right, you can't replace the battery in the Palm TX. However, I did read a lot of reviews on Palm and it seems that their batteries last a long time. If mine lasts 3 years, I'll be happy. I figure by then that smartphone technology will have improved and I will be ready for an upgrade.

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