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Seeking A Versatile PDAViews: 640
Jul 09, 2005 11:52 pmSeeking A Versatile PDA#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901
Garland,

Can you recommend a PDA to me that has all of the following:

1) Runs the latest version of Windows Mobile OS.
2) Comes with a Wi-Fi card.
3) Is Bluetooth compatible.
4) Connects to a portable keyboard.

Lamar Morgan

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Jul 10, 2005 12:23 amre: Seeking A Versatile PDA#

Russ Howard
Lamar and Garland,

I hope you'll pardon my butting in. How about combining a cell phone, PDA, and keyboard? One toy that has always intrigued me is the Nokia 9290 Communicator. Affectionately known as "the brick". Full PDA. Not sure if it is WinCE or Palm or Symbian. Full qwerty keyboard. Excel, Word, Internet, Cell Phone. You may have to buy it or it's cousins off ebay, because I don't think the carriers sell it any more. I think it's initial price tag of $699 led to poor sales here in the US, but I bet the carrier networks support it. It was a GSM phone, I believe. I never bought one, because of the price, but if my business starts making enough money, I'm going to seriously reconsider.

Hope this helps. Oh, BTW, check it out at nokia.com. You'll have to type either 9290 or communicator into the product search, because it is an older model (2+years). I think that's the only way you can get to it and see its features.

Russ Howard
Eagle Computer Technologies - Fort Worth, Texas

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Jul 10, 2005 4:11 amre: re: Seeking A Versatile PDA#

Frank Michlick
Just a quick add-on: There are newer versions of the Nokia Communicator (9500)... www.nokia.com/9500 .

/Frank

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Jul 10, 2005 9:01 amre: Seeking A Versatile PDA#

Eva N. Denes
Hi Lamar,

I have a HP iPAQ hx2415 that I bought at Amazon for $409 a couple of months ago. I'm more than satisfied with it, it has everything you listed. You can even use it as a phone if you download Skype for handheld devices, and go into a WiFi zone :)

Eva

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Jul 11, 2005 3:42 amre: Seeking A Versatile PDA#

Martyn Rees
You may like to check out:
http://tinyurl.com/7mdhh
This is an Australian site - but I am sure you will find other suppliers via the net.
I have had one of these devices for sometime, it is also my mobile phone. It has all you listed, although the WiFi is a card from ScanDisk, but works well via the 'card slot'.
Good luck in your search.
Martyn

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Jul 11, 2005 4:40 pmre: Seeking A Versatile PDA#

Garland Coulson

Hi Lamar,

Looks like you're already getting lots of help here.

I am not using a PDA at present, but I have heard good things about the Handspring Treo, a cell phone and PDA in one.  I think it would make sense to carry just one device instead of two, if it is good quality.

Garland Coulson, "The E-Business Tutor"
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Jul 11, 2005 7:34 pmre: re: Seeking A Versatile PDA#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901
Garland,

I agree with you. Why carry two devices when all you need is one. That is why I desire NOT to carry a cell phone. If I can have a Wi-fi card on a PDA that is Skype-compatible, I have the ability to recieve and make calls. If the other party is also a Skype user, the call is absolutely free. I aslo have the option to leave and pick up voicemail. Yes, I an do all that with a PDA.

Now, take the LifeDrive Mobile Manager. It's the idea PDA for anyone wishing to use a PDA like a desktop, when it is hooked up to a portable keyboard. The only problem with it for me is that so far as I can tell the Palm OS will not run the Skype software. That is a big problem in my opinion. No FREE long-distance calls using that PDA. No free video confrerencing via vSkype, either. I want both. Any idea as to how I might be able to get it with a PDA, since the LifeDrive won't fulfill my asperations?

Lamar Morgan

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Jul 19, 2005 12:44 pmre: re: re: Seeking A Versatile PDA#

Steve Bralovich
I'm using a Dell Axim X50V which I can whole-heartedly recommend as good unit for a VoIP PDA.

It has built-in Wifi, Bluetooth , 64 MB , and an excellent VGA screen for easy viewing. It's also upgradeable to the new Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system which offers a lot more in the way of connectivity. That was an important consideration for me and I believe prospective buyers should follow suit as well.

I got it on sale last month from Dell Canada's site (I'm Canadian). It was regular $499 and I got it for $385 with free shipping.

Dell will probably have more sales as Christmas approaches. They're famous for that so if you can hold off for awhile, you should.

I've been using it for a month and have Skype installed. It works excellently on my home WiFi setup. Haven't field tested it yet though.

I will be writing an article on Skype and WiFi soon on my tech blog at http://pdatoday.blogspot.com

With the new WiMax and NEC WiFi technologies that will soon be available (1-2 years) which allows for cellphone type connectivity, I can see this combination eventually being on par with cellphone service.

--Steve

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Jul 24, 2005 1:49 amre: re: re: re: Seeking A Versatile PDA#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901
Steve,

When is that article about Skype and Wi-Fi going to be posted? I went to the website link and could not find it.

Do you have an opinion on the PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager? If so, I would like to hear it. Are you simply focused upon Microsoft Mobile Manager software for the OS; or, are you familiar with the PalmOne OS as well? I like what I read about the LifeDrive. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with Skype. I wonder if there is not a way that this incompatibility can be resolved? For example, put Skype and vSkype software on a website and run it from there. Do you think that would work?

Lamar Morgan

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