Looking for PDA advice

  1. I have a very old Palm Treo 90 which i love, but it is slow and is getting beat up and scratched from carrying it around. I'd like to get something new, and would like some advice from those of you who are more knowledgeable than me about these things.

    The main thing I love about the Treo is the qwerty keyboard, so that is definitely a must. I'd like to just go with a newer model Treo, but from what I have seen all of them are combination phones/PDA's.

    I know that you all will find this hard to believe, but i don't have a cell phone, and don't want a cell phone! I'm wondering if you can use the newer Treo's just as a PDA without using the phone feature. I'm also wondering if there are any other PDA's with the qwerty keyboard?

    Can anyone help me with this??
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  3. by   MT RN
    Anyone??
  4. by   Aquarian
    I've been using Hp iPAQ 6365 for years and have no problem with turning off all wireless (phone, bluetooth, wi-fi) connections. In the setting I just need to tap the 'all wireless off' button on the screen (it's a touch-screen). You then can use the PDA alone. There is a touch-screen keyboard (w/c I use) and a detachable one (not sure if it's qwerty, though). There are more new models now for iPAQ like the 6965 w/c has the qwerty keyboard, faster processor, 1.3 megapixel camera, GPS, etc.but smaller screen.

    What's hot now in Manila is the Dopod 838 Pro series w/c can surf the net at 54 Mbps! There's a sliding keyboard underneath but it doesn't look like the qwerty kind.
  5. by   MacUser456
    One possible solution is buying a Palm PDA phone, using a pre-paid sim card, and just turning off the 'phone' portion of the device.

    I know this would work with an unlocked phone. I'm not sure if it would just work with a generic phone.

    Verizon does not use sim cards, and a Verizon-branded Palm Treo without a cell phone contract may still fully work minus the 'phone' capabilities.
  6. by   CraigB-RN
    Quote from MT RN
    I have a very old Palm Treo 90 which i love, but it is slow and is getting beat up and scratched from carrying it around. I'd like to get something new, and would like some advice from those of you who are more knowledgeable than me about these things.

    The main thing I love about the Treo is the qwerty keyboard, so that is definitely a must. I'd like to just go with a newer model Treo, but from what I have seen all of them are combination phones/PDA's.

    I know that you all will find this hard to believe, but i don't have a cell phone, and don't want a cell phone! I'm wondering if you can use the newer Treo's just as a PDA without using the phone feature. I'm also wondering if there are any other PDA's with the qwerty keyboard?

    Can anyone help me with this??
    I guess I need to ask, what are you using the keyboard for if your not using the cell phone and email/messaging? One of the advangages of PDA's is that they have touch screens and you can write on them. I've written papers and patient notes on an old palm. I've never needed the keyboard. My current smart phone has one but I never use it.

    Give us a better picture of what your doing with your treo and maybe you'll get some better suggestions.
  7. by   happybunny1970
    I swear by my Palm T/X, and selected it after reading some reviews from other Nurses who were using Palms for the same applications. I'm also unclear on the QWERTY keypad -- I would love one for my phone, since my husband works in OR and we text message (A LOT!), but never got a phone with it because I like the smaller phones (I have a SLVR now, which is nice because the letters/numbers won't rub off). I never really researched the SmartPhones because I just want my phone to be a phone.

    However, if you want a phone without service, that's easy -- there are TONS of places on the web where you can buy any phone you want -- I've done this before and then ADDED it to my service because what I wanted was backordered or out of stock at my provider (just have to make sure the phone is compatible with your service provider), so yes, you could easily just buy one and never activate the phone part -- just charge the battery. Do a Yahoo or Google search for 'Palm Treo' or 'SmartPhone' Granted, you'll pay more for it by buying it outright than by buying it with a phone plan, but if this is the tool you want then it will be well worth the cost. Also, you could look on eBay -- you could buy someone's used phone and just charge the battery, not activate the phone service.
  8. by   ICU_JOSIE
    An XDA-Mini S is a phone/pocket pc. It's got a QWERTY keyboard but quite bulky

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