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As always, your first thought should not be what PDA, but how – and to what –you are going to use...
As always, your first thought should not be what PDA, but how – and to what –you are going to use your new PDA. A PDA is a small handheld computer; earlier models focused on organizing contacts, meetings and easier tasks, but today though they can do most of the things an ordinary computer does. There are special version of Microsoft’s office suit for PDAs. You can e-mail, surf the internet or play games on your PDA. There are also models with mp3 players, GPS, cell phone, digital camera and lots of other functions and features built in.
The functions and features offered are almost endless; if you Google “software for PDAs” you get over one hundred million hits. And there are endless numbers of software developers for tailor made systems if the one you need does not exist yet. The gaming industry has also found its way into PDAs and offers a lot of different entertainment games. There are translation softwares for almost any language. If you want to listen to music, radio or watch a movie? No problems.
The main issues for PDAs are what OS (Operating System) they run; weight, size and battery run time, screen size and type and finally how well the handwriting recognition works if it is a model with touch screen. There are mainly three operating systems; Pocket PC/Windows mobile, Palm OS and Symbian OS depending on what brand you buy. As the purpose is to bring your PDA along at all times, it should be as small and light as possible and have battery stamina so that you could work all day without charging it. The screen should of course be as large as possible, especially if you intend to use it for internet surfing. And be aware that there are not so many sites that work satisfactory with such small screens as those in PDAs. Handwriting recognition varies a lot between different models so check it carefully to see that it works well for you and your handwriting.
Most PDAs have some sort of memory card slot so that you can expand the memory capacity and move data. Go for a card with rather high storage capacity as the memory built-in is not always the largest one. You can also connect your PDA via USB to almost all computers or wireless via Bluetooth or infrared in order to synchronize organizers, calendars and contacts. Many PDAs also support wireless networking.
There is an abundance of accessories available; car holders, hands-free, cases, travel chargers and you can even turn your PDA in to a music system - perhaps a convenient solution for you office desk? And there is more; for example, a wrist clock with Bluetooth connections that vibrates when you have a phone call or a SMS has arrived!
After deciding which PDAs to choose between, read tests of interesting models. Try the keyboard and/or the handwriting recognition carefully because ergonomics is important when you use your PDA every day.
Get a GPS navigator; it is available to most of the PDAs on the market today. Then you will find your way around on business trips.
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