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HELP need choosing a PDA!!

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blossom2 Tue 12-Apr-05 19:07:43

Does anyone have a PDA and if so, can you advice me on what i should be looking for.

Its DH's birthday on Monday and thats what i'm getting him!
He is on Lotus Notes (so diary must be compatible), some colour, some games and a good sized memory.

Any thought/recommendations !?!?!

Many thanks

misdee Tue 12-Apr-05 19:11:16

what is a PDA?

NomDePlume Tue 12-Apr-05 19:11:56

Is Lotus Notes still a supported product ? DH didn't think anyone still used it.

DH recommends the HP Ipaq & the Dell Axim (?) one.

DH says that he'd be better with a pocket PC rather than a PDA. ie something that supports Windows Pocket 2002/2003 op system as opposed to Palm OS (Tungsten, HandSpring etc). A pocket PC is more compatible with other hardware and has more functions, is generally more useable.

blossom2 Tue 12-Apr-05 19:12:48

It think its one of those palmpilot things but with more technology ... not too sure myself.!!!

misdee Tue 12-Apr-05 19:17:04

even more stupid question, whats a palm pilot?

anonymouschap Tue 12-Apr-05 19:17:30

I'm no expert, but you probably want a PALM based one rather than a windows one - on NO ACCOUNT go into PC world.

blossom2 Tue 12-Apr-05 19:17:34

thanks Nomdeplume .. Dh's email/diary is Lotus based, i think.

where's the best place to get a pocket PC and are there any websites i can look at??

blossom2 Tue 12-Apr-05 19:24:09

misdee - its one of those gadgets that has everything (diary, address book, place to write notes etc). A bit of a boy's toy really but its the only thing i can think of that DH needs/wants ...

I can't got to PC world because i'm in France!!

NomDePlume Tue 12-Apr-05 19:24:29

DON'T GET A PALM BASED ONE !!!! He'll find a palm one frustratingly restrictive, they are not compatible with a great many things due to not being windows based.

harrogatemum Tue 12-Apr-05 19:27:28

I have an 02 XDA and its brilliant - for diary, for synching with Outlook etc, not sure if it would be compatible with Lotus notes - you would need to check.

blossom2 Tue 12-Apr-05 19:34:55

harrogatemum - is that from O2, the mobile phone network people??

Carameli Wed 13-Apr-05 15:37:17

I have an HP IPAQ and love it. Although its a few years old now so not sure about the more up to date ones.

for websites have you had a look at I think they are French, well they ship their things from PAris. Very good prices from things I have bought from them.

Marina Wed 13-Apr-05 15:41:39

I like my recently bought iPaq too
Have finally retired my poor old Betamax Psion 5

Carameli Wed 13-Apr-05 15:45:46

I had a Psion as well, before my Ipaq. I loved the keyboard with it.

hub2dee Wed 13-Apr-05 15:58:43

I wouldn't advise not to get a Palm. They're cheap, fast, simple, and arguably crash less often than PDAs with mobile Windows on.

If he's very kind to you and regularly buys you flowers, you might consider a Treo which combines a mobile phone and a Palm PDA in one so dh has less to carry and a great toy. NB it is larger than a normal mobile, and thicker, but it does have its fans...

On the same link above you will see the new Palm E2 which was announced today I think. It has bluetooth so can be used alongside a bluetooth phone to access e-mail, Web sites etc. Can also take a WiFi stick (IIRC) to enable him to surf the Net at home or work wherever there is a wireless network present.

If he's VERY Lotus Organiser / Notes-centric, the most important thing will be stellar compatibility between his PDA and his desktop application or Notes server at work... I would google which platform (Windows or Palm) looks best at doing that particular task and choose from there...


hub2dee Wed 13-Apr-05 16:01:35

oooh... if he enjoys thinking outside of the box, consider also a Blackberry device - receives 'push' e-mail direct to the device. Also acts as a phone. Bluetooth.

Sometimes called the crackberry as it's so addictive...

RIM (the company that makes these things) has an old-school corporate server background so this device may play nicely with older Lotus products...

tamum Wed 13-Apr-05 16:05:02

I have a Palm Tungsten which is good. I haven't noticed any compatibility problems, but I don't use it for anything too sophisticated.

Just a word of warning about Pixmania- I got my camera from there and although the price was good, the manual was in French. I've downloaded the English version but it's not as handy as having a wee book!

Marina Wed 13-Apr-05 16:05:39

Would that be the same sort of Blackberry that got Alistair Campbell in to a lot of hot water recently? No disrespect to your dh Blossom, but is he up to working a Blackberry competently?

tamum Wed 13-Apr-05 16:10:25

The contract for Blackberries is quite expensive, isn't it?


Merlot Wed 13-Apr-05 16:14:52

I've got a Palm Zire 21 - I love it . It is excellent for diary and address book and syncs beautifully with my outlook calendar. It is very basic though - no other real fancy stuff, but then it was really quite cheap about £35 on Ebay (brand new)

MiriamR Wed 13-Apr-05 17:02:46

I 'd recommend a blackberry. Had one for a couple of years now - we have the lotus notes system at work and it's compatible for e-mails, calendar, to do's etc . You can also open word documents on it, use it as a mobile phone, has wap and it has a nice colour screen. Not sure about memory as I don't tend to store things on it - I use it more as an accessory to my PC. Mine doesn't have games on it. HTH

iota Wed 13-Apr-05 17:10:37

Lotus Notes is alive and well and being actively marketed by its owner IBM

Enid Wed 13-Apr-05 17:18:00

Palm zire looks great merlot - I want something i can use to synchronise outlook at work with outlook at home, a simple calendar and address book, very cheap on EBay!!

blossom2 Wed 13-Apr-05 19:34:25

thank you very much for your advice girls. where were you last night?!?!?

I called HP today. Get this, you can change the language options on their iPAQ. ie if we buy a french one, then go back to the UK, they can't change it back to english for us!!! how crap is that ... i thought these things were suppose to be universal...

hub2dee Wed 13-Apr-05 19:54:03

ahem, no skirt here...

(Although perhaps you'd disagree if you read about my slugs .

IIRC Palm you can toggle language settings v. easily but Ihaven't used one for years now...

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