The best PDA for the buck?

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    This is always a difficult question to ask
    because there really is no definitive answer
    since the choices mostly depend upon individual
    needs.

    I'm sort of looking at buying a handheld. I
    suppose the best way to ask for a recommendation
    is to tell you what I am looking to do with it....

    1. Full color display - nice crisp, brilliant
    images.

    2. Low-cost email retrieval service and the
    ease of using keys to compose and reply to email.

    3. Scheduling, appointments, address and phone book.

    4. Storing information (such as DVD collections)

    5. Easy file transfer between desktop XP computer
    and handheld.

    6. Able to download news and such from serves like
    AVANTGO.

    7. A good amount of memory and expandability.

    The other big question is operating system. I have
    had an old B&W Handspring Visor with PALM OS
    and it was pretty easy to use. However, I am
    intrigued by the WINDOWS CE interface that
    looks more like my desktop OS. Which operating
    system is the better of the two?

    I'm not necessarily looking for something cheap.
    I know the most expensive handhelds are in the $600
    range. I'll go as high as I need to go pricewise,
    but I am interested to know which of the MANY
    handhelds out there get the best ratings from
    members of this forum? Arguments on the OS are
    also welcome.

    Thus far, the HP IPAQ 5450 seems to be the most
    appealing of all the PDA's I have looked at this
    morning, though at a pricetag of $560-$700 I wonder
    if this would be overkill. I like the fact that
    it has WiFi capability to synch to my desktop via
    my wireless router.
     
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    Ron:

    One of the Tungstens (C, I believe) has Wi-Fi build in, but no stereo out sound.

    All PDAs are on sale till June 10th at Amazon, so you may want to take a look there. [​IMG]
     
  5. Ronald Epstein

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    Well, I took the plunge -- and it was deep.

    Bought the Toshiba Pocket PC e755

    Cost me a bundle...but hey...you only live once.

    Will write a review here shortly.
     
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    I hope you like it, that's quite a machine. Mine's the Toshiba e310, the 755's older, smaller, slower brother. [​IMG] I've heard many good things about the 755.
     
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    Ron, any thoughts on your Toshiba Pocket PC e755 so far? I thinking about getting one, so I'd appreciate any impressions thus far. Thanks.
     
  8. Ronald Epstein

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    Jeff,

    I love my Toshiba e755. It is a quality PDA,
    with super-fast response time and lots of memory.

    The only problem with the purchase is that it
    may have been overkill. I certainly didn't need
    to pay $550 for a PDA -- and especially the WI-FI
    that I may never use -- but I believe in getting
    the best product I can, and this Toshiba fits the
    bill.

    Anyone looking for a quality PDA should consider
    the Toshiba Pocket PC line. Moderator Steve Simon
    has the lower-priced color unit and he is just as
    happy with it as I am with mine.

    Yes, absolutely, go for the Toshiba.
     
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    Thanks Ron! I ended up purchasing the Toshiba e355 model. I'm looking to use a different info synchronizing program than the included M$ ActiveSync 3.7. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks again.
     
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    Two words ron!!!!

    DELL AXIM.

    You cannot get a better pocket PC for the dough.

    Sam
     
  11. Ronald Epstein

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    Posten (Sam Posten),

    From what I hear, you may be right.

    Still, I love my Toshiba and it gets rave
    reviews despite being constantly labeled as
    excessively expensive.

    I was also fortunate to qaulify for a free
    Pocket PC 2003 software upgrade. Looking
    forward to it.

    Thanks!
     
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    Ron said:
     
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    Ron,

    I obviously have no idea how you are connected to the Net, but if you're on DSL or cable at home you might want to consider something like a D-Link router/wireless access point/firewall.

    They're dirt cheap, work really well as both a firewall, a router, a switch and a wireless access point, and would allow you to make use of the wireless capabilities of your PDA at home.
     
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    Hey Ron I'm getting a Pocket PC this week how about a Mobile version of the HTF ?
     
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    Hi Ron,

    You mention that it may have been a little overkill for what you needed. I can understand this, I'm the same way, buy the best.

    But, if you had to do it again, would you buy a lesser model Toshiba or the same model you got? I'm thinking about getting one and for the first time am thinking maybe I don't need the biggest adn baddest.

    Thanks,
    Kraig
     
  16. Ronald Epstein

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    Kraig,

    You probably don't need the biggest and baddest
    model, though J&R just dropped the price on this
    baby to $449 (I bought it at $549 over a month ago).

    I don't use the WI-FI, though I am certain at
    some point I might as service is quickly expanding
    everywhere yo go these days.

    The nice thing about this sucker is that it
    has a lot of memory and is SUPER FAST.

    My friend bought the cheaper Toshiba and he is
    just as happy with his.
     
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    Thanks Ron, I'll head out over the next week and play with each brand. I see that HP is hitting the market with their next models in mid July. I looked at the Toshiba today and it looks great. Tough decisions. [​IMG]
     

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