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February 22, 2005, 6:48 pm
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handhelds. I've never owned a handheld, but lately I've been thinking
I want something to keep information, and to give me reminders when
programmed to do so. I can't seem to find what I'm looking for without
paying for a lot of whiz bang stuff that I don't need. I'm hoping
somebody can help me.
Ideal for me:
An appointment book that can execute a program on a timer, and/or alert
me by shaking, beeping, or flashing at the appointed time.
Long battery life.
Something with plenty of memory, that doesn't lose all my files when I
do change the batteries.
Basic spreadsheet and word processing capabilities.
A basic browser. Not for Internet access, but for simply
viewing/editing information in HTML format.
A fast processor.
Optionally something I can program myself. I'm a fairly serious
developer, but haven't touched a handheld yet.
What I don't care for:
Internet connectivity, or a built in telephone.
A built in camera.
Can somebody help me get the best bang for my buck? All information
Re: Interested in buying a handheld
What reply follows is mostly opinion.
On Tue, 22 Feb 2005 13:48:08 -0800, thurberk wrote:
Most $10 data organizers can do this.
Most devices with fast processors or lots of memory(as opposed to Flash)
aren't good at this.
Anything with internal flash storage or a memory battery-backup.
How basic? I haven't seen much for this outside MS Pocket Office and
Hancom Mobile office(WP, SS, Presentation)
HTML is extremely hard to use effectively on a 240x320 display, and not
much better on 640x480, anymore.
How fast? More than 300Mhz may impede the battery-life request.
Well I definitely recommend the Sharp Zaurus for this, despite their lack
of English support for.... anything(this while having several domains
registered for such.)
Internet: most of your requirements make this possible/likely
Phone: you're asking for a handheld, not a cellular. Phone/PDAs are
primarily phones, even when designed more like PDAs
Games: Too bad you're getting it anyway. Because most people do want them.
Bang for buck hint: Buy refurbished. Even if you pay to get a full-length
warranty, its usually about 20-30% cheaper, and refurbishing usually
includes replacing scraped-up plastic, IME.
Re: Interested in buying a handheld
Devlor Nakarti wrote:
Excellent. I assume you mean the shake, beep or flash thing. If I
could get a data organizer to execute a program that I wrote myself, I
may not need anything else.
I realize there has to be a trade-off. On the other hand, I guess I
don't need a terrifically long battery life if I can change the
batteries easily, without losing files. I'm trying to get a better
handle on what to look for. If I have a 400Mhz processor, 64MB or
memory and another 64MB of flash, how long can I expect the battery to
So what's a good metric? How much flash storage should I look for?
What does memory battery-backup mean?
For my purposes, 240x320 would work just fine. I have 10 MB of
reference material, which may possibly grow to about 50. I've got a
little search engine that I wrote myself, which I hope I could port to
a handheld computer. I'd guess this requirement throws my data
I want to be able to look things up on the hand-held at least as fast
as I could with the book in front of me. I know some people with
fairly new models who say they don't use the handheld for a reference,
because their fingers are faster. Well it seems to me that they should
have saved $200 or $300, and gone with the data organizer, right?
Well, I'm getting the idea. I end up paying indirectly for a lot of
things I don't need because they're whiz-bang marketing ideas. I'm not
particularly opposed to games or Internet connectivity--just prefer not
to pay for them.
Thanks for the feedback. I'll look into the Sharp and the data
organizer. Is the Sharp linux based?
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