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.
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!