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    So I've got an hpiIPAQ 2200 series from 2003k, Bluetooth enabled and other than the cracked battery cover which requires me to scotch/duct tape it to the back of the case, seems to function satisfactorally (pending my test once it is once more fully charged). I'm slightly knowledgable about tech stuff and I like the Bluetooth capability, but I'm wondering if folks have any notions about newer generation PDAs, especially combo-phone/PDAs. One of the nice things about the iPAQ was the portable keyboard I could connect to it to write away from my main brain computer, be it laptop or desktop. Obviously the goal is to find the minimum number of devices that allow the maximum number of applications: e-mail/web/writing/music/yadayadayada. Just for ease of shopping purposes I tend to be a company man so I would look first, for example, at hp for a PDA, Dell for a laptop or computer given my previous purchase history and lack of major catastrophes. Any thoughts?
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    These days, it comes down to whether or not you have wifi in your area.
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    Gots the wifi, but wondering about how to balance bluetooth v. wifi access.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2008
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    Concur on the wifi; I recently got a Nokia N95 and, having gone your route of the Bluetooth keyboard, now use it as something approaching a pocket-computer - email, RSS, mp3, video, fairly good web using Opera. Pretty much all of this relies on wifi, which is blanket around my university. I imagine that if I had to pay mobile data charges it would not be half as useful.
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      CommentAuthorCOMTE
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2008
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    My old Zire 71 still sits in its cradle on my desk at work, but the only thing I'm using it for these days is to keep my checking account in-balance. My Moto Q9h seems to work just fine as an all-round phone/music/email/Interweb device (sans wi-fi), and if I could find a decent home finance app, I'd probably ditch the Zire altogether.
    • CommentAuthortmofee
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2008
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    I use mine as a cheap alternative to an e-book reader. The wifi is handy, I dont have to start up the pc if I'm in bed being lazy.
    • CommentAuthorMrD
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2008
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    Ipaq 3950 here. The ram is half what's on the modern equivalent specced PPC. I used a wifi SD card temporarily for lazy sunday mornings, but since I got given a laptop the PPC is used soley for reading ebooks in bed where it's far more convenient than hardcopy and the necessary light on. I will admit it was handy in college with a decent folding keyboard to take notes at my tutors general talking speed, where those scribbling away fought to keep up.
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    I still use my Palm Handspring. Mostly for the calendar. I got that graffiti handwriting down so I'm not willing to give it up!
    My nieces tease me and tell me "it's sooo 20th century!" -- but hey, it still works and does the job. Plus, it's easy to sync.
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    I've been using my Palm T|X for about a month now and, although I'm enjoying it, I find it more limited than I had thought it would be. It could also be user problems, though.
    Email works fine but I can't seem to find a useful RSS client. Any suggestions?
    Wireless IR keyboard is a dream during classes or if I don't want to power on my laptop.
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    @Mr.Effbomb

    I have a Palm TX as well, and use it all the time. Some of the software I've found handy are:
    Documents to Go 10 - upgrade from the Docs to Go 7 that comes with Palm
    IM+ : instant messaging
    TCPMP + TCP AAC audio codec: Great video player. Interface is ugly, but works, even with video that is higher resolution than the Palm's screen.
    Kinoma Media player: The video component sucks ass - very choppy, but the audio player plays Apples' AAC audio files, but not DRM protected (iTunes store), plays.
    On my server, I set up a folder with Htaccess/WebDAV to sync iCal calendars for my wife and I, instead of .mac account for syncing both out calendars. Syncs iCal for both accounts, and then I use Missing Sync for the Palm to sync iCal with the Palm
    Missing Sync for Palm, Mac version
    I haven't done much surfing on it, as most web sites aren't designed for mobile browsers, or they use Java, which my Palm doesn't have.
    I don't have an RSS reader yet either.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2008
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    i love being able to tether my Blackberry 8800
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    I've got a HTC TyTn that i should get a keyboard for but the flipout keyboard works well enough. It seems to struggle with movie and sound files, but I put that down to media player being rubbish and me not finding a decent substitute yet.
    Was disappointed it had no audio record option (it is a bloody phone after all) and I found buying a dictaphone much easier.
    Didn't sync calenders very well until I found goosync.
    Webbrowsing is okay but hamfisted.

    In short, I love it and do all my writing on it now.
    • CommentAuthortmofee
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2008
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    Add me to the Palm TX list. I use mobipocket on there for my reading, and RSS, I havent found anything usefull yet. The only thing I dont like about it is the way it doesn't like reading locally stored HTML. Even if it's on the SD card, it has issues.

    yeah, the web browser is a little limiting, but I can twitter and check my gmail from it, so im happy.
    • CommentAuthorMrD
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2008
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    TCPMP plus the relevant plugins (codecs and the like) is the best movie player I've found for both Palms and PPC's. http://picard.exceed.hu/tcpmp/test/

    For ripping, PocketdivxEncoder works nicely to view using TCPMP http://www.pocketdivxencoder.net/

    and they are both 'free' and work so well or I wouldn't recommend them!
  8.  (1264.15)
    Personally, I use an HTC Wizard (the old T-Mobile MDA here in America), skinned with the PointUI interface. I bought a bluetooth keyboard for it, since my laptop died, and it's a good "writing on the go" solution. When had a data plan, browsing was great with Opera, especially with the flip-out keyboard. The Wi-Fi is passable, I've been having issues of connectivity.

    (As a side-note, Is there a Mobile version of Whitechapel, a la the HTML Lite version of The Engine?)
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    @Pete Martin:

    It's very odd that the TyTn doesn't have voice recording capability...considering the Wizard (older generation) does. Do you have the "voice dial" button nearthe top right of the device? If you hold that in for a second or two, my voice recorder starts. Otherwise, you can record voice in the Notes application.