HELP!! I need a new PDA. Suggestions?

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  1. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    For the second time in less than 15 months, I've had a PalmPilot die on me. The first, an E2 lasted about two weeks more than the 90 day warranty period. The second, a T|X last eleven, give or take. They've both come down with a case of digitizer-itis from which, all research indicates there's no cure (at least that I haven't tried).

    Therefore: I am D-U-N, done, with Palm. I've looked at HPs line of iPaqs, but they don't seem to be getting rave reviews. I definitely don't want a PDA/Telephone combination, and I've looked at Netbooks, which, while attactive from a price-point are just a little too big.

    So: I need a PDA, I would prefer one running the Palm OS (So I don't have to spend oodles on new software), but I don't want one made by Palm.

    Thoughts, input, suggestions appreciated.

    Thanks,
    John
     
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    epp_b No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I hear ya. Palm has really dropped the ball and they're going down the crapper.

    Unfortunately, Palm OS is as pathetic as Palm itself. I can't think of any third-party makers that use Palm OS anymore, other than Garmin, but they only make very expensive devices that incorporate a full-featured GPS.

    You could probably find a used Sony Clie, but good luck finding any support or software for it. Most of them use an older, even more obsolete version of Palm OS anyways.

    I have had an iPAQ 110 (Windows Mobile) since February. One of the buttons became defective and they exchanged it. The second one had a memory defect, causing programs to go missing. They exchanged it again.

    After all that, I finally have a good one. It's worked perfectly ever since I got it and I love it. It has wifi, bluetooth, lots of storage and RAM and is a very capable little device. Windows Mobile is a little more finicky than Palm OS, but it's a whole lot more capable and advanced. I haven't tried this, but I've heard good things about StyleTap, a Palm OS emulator for Pocket PC (to run your Palm apps on a Windows Mobile device).

    Palm is dead, just give in to Windows Mobile. You'll learn to look past it's foibles and eventually enjoy using it. I sure enjoy using the original, proper Graffiti handwriting system (which Windows Mobile mimics 100% perfectly!) and not Palm's defective Graffiti 2. I also like that it uses a real file system, not some clobbered-together mess all in one directory like Palm.

    The iPAQ 110 also supports SDHC. I have an 8GB card, but it should accept cards up to 32GB!
     
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  3. Jaszek

    Jaszek No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Not really a PDA but a smartfone (is there a difference?) but check out the HTC Touch Pro. I have it for a week and i love it.
     
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    lids369 TPF Noob!

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    also look at the samsung omnia and the ericson x1
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    I've been using a Palm Tungsten for years without problems.
    Except once last year.
    The screen wouldn't accept input no matter what I tried.
    I finally let the battery drain totally and didn't use it for several weeks.
    Then I re-charged it, re-booted and it works fine now.
    Before I bought a Palm I used a Handspring. I think they are still going and their PDA's run the Palm OS.
     

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