Questions about switching from Palm to Pocket PC

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I have been a Palm user for 4 1/2 years now and after seeing what my
friends new Pocket PC Dell Axim x50v can do I am considering
switching.  I have a lot of questions though.....

If I don't use Microsoft Office what do I use for a desktop
application in place of the Palm Desktop?  Or does the Pocket PC come
with its own desktop version.  Is Outlook usually included with the
Pocket PC?  

Is it easy to switch from the Palm Desktop to Outlook or what ever
desktop version I use?

Can any program small enough to fit on the Pocket PC run there as well
as on my desktop?

Is there a lot of software out there now?  I seem to see more on
Google now than I did a few years ago.  One reason for going with Palm
then was the availability of software.  Especially freeware :-)

What minimum memory,  cpu,  etc.  should I look for?

Lots of questions I know but my friend is new to his and could not
answer me.

Thanks for any help with this.
Ralph Numbers

Re: Questions about switching from Palm to Pocket PC

removed the duct tape and proclaimed:

I switched from Palm to PPC about a week ago, after over two years on
the Palm. Here is what I can tell you so far:

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My iPaq came with Outlook 2002.

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In my opinion, yes. Mind you, I have been using Outlook for years,
synchronising my Palm to it.

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Desktop and handheld programs are not interchangeable. Different
architecture, or processor if you will.

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Piles of software. I already have some of my favorites going on the
iPaq: Mapopolis, Pocket TV Browser, SplashID, Leonard Maltin's movie
guide, Monopoly. I will transfer all my MobileDB stuff soon as well.

And in my opinion, the PPC version of all of these programs is much
slicker than the Palm versions. For example, Mapopolis seems to be
reading the maps right off the SD card. The Palm had to copy the maps
to RAM first.

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The newer machines will do fine. I have a 400MHz machine with 64MB of
RAM. Runs for about 4 hours on a charge, and I can swap batteries just
like on a cell phone. It has WiFi and Bluetooth. And mine is a
year-old model. The HP hardware beats anything Palm is building these

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Be warned: It is not an entirely smooth transition from Palm to PPC.
The paradigm is quite different. But I have to remind myself that it
took a while to learn the Palm, too. My patience is paying off,
though. And I am liking this new environment very much.

Too bad for Palm. I was not willing to risk any more of my good money
on their hardware.

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I put 2 and 2 together and got 22.

Re: Questions about switching from Palm to Pocket PC

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Bruno has already answered some of your questions.  I, also a newbie will
add a little.

No experience with Palm.  I am a total newbie.

The win CE comes with the calendar/appointment book. If you currently use
outlook it will sync with it. Outlook for the  desktop and the mobile is
included with the Win CE set up CD.

Pocket word and excel are included with the OS.

Some applications for the PPC has a desktop companion (usually shareware,
not freeware) it depends on what you need to do.

I choose the x-scale processor 624MH (Dell Axim X-30, 64MB).  I think I
bought a bit more than I need right now but I hope it will last an extra
year because I did.


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