PDAs are well on the way to becoming indispensable
devices for many people so finding the best pda for your needs is
important. Their size and versatility make them attractive because of
the convenience of having critical information right at hand in a small
package. As people become busier, keeping track of their lives can get
quite complicated and relying on your own memory or a bulky agenda just
doesn't cut it anymore. Keeping calendars, schedules and contact lists
on a notebook computer - or even worse, a desktop, rarely is as
serviceable an alternative as the smaller PDA. With the integration of
cellular telephone capabilities, email and web browsing, the PDA is
turning into an all-in-one device in a convenient size - and it's
changing people's lives as well as reducing the sheer number of devices
they need to lug around.
But, if you are a newcomer to the PDA
market, it can be an overwhelming, upsetting, anxiety provoking
experience to walk into a store and stare at all those PDAs while
you're being stalked by commission hungry sales people dying to sell
you the model they get the highest commission on. As a side note here,
that model with the big commission is rarely the best PDA or the most
reliable, but it almost always is the one with the biggest difference
between the store's cost and your cost. What all this means is that
it's time to do some sitting in a quiet place and a bit of work and
then some research before you actually go out on a buying spree.
off. Never buy on impulse. This is a serious device not a weird t-shirt
to freak out your d weight, check how well it seems to be built, what
the keyboard (if any) is like and how easyfriends or a new beer that
sounds tasty. If you purchase wisely you will be using that PDA and
storing critical data on it, perhaps using it in activities that
involve your livelihood. So no goofing around, OK?
Take a pad and
a pencil and sit down in that quiet place and list out all the things
you think you might want to do with the PDA. Go ahead and list all of
them, even if they're far out. This is brainstorming. Put it away for a
day or so, assuming you don't actually need that PDA this moment. Go
back to the list and see if anything else has occurred to you. Your
next step is to evaluate that list realistically. Which of these things
would you actually do on a regular basis with your PDA. Which ones are
the most important. Which ones might be nice but aren't really
required. And which ones can you deep six. You also need to identify
your budget. Just how much are you willing and able to spend including
any accessories you may need?
Since you now have a much more
focused idea of what you're looking for, it's time to do some online
research. I'll usually start at Amazon.com to see the best selling
models, get a feel for the prices, check out the technical specs (this
is important, you want to be sure it will do what you need), look at
what kinds of accessories people buy. Then I'll look for reviews,
though you need to be careful and consider the source and the motives
of the source. By now you should be starting to get a feel for which
models may represent the best PDA for you.
Before you settle on a
model, visit an offline store if you can find one nearby so you can
actually see the device life-size, handle it, get a feel for it's
dimensions an or hard it may be to use. If you happen to find a
knowledgeable sales person ask the questions that come to your mind but
remember that sales people are there to sell.
By this time you
should be down to at most 3 different models. Identify what accessories
each will require, the cost of additional batteries, the type of memory
and if it is expandable and how much that will cost. If your best PDA
includes web and phone capability, be sure to find out if there are any
limitations on the cellular services it will work with.
shopping. Look for any discount offers or promotional offers either
online or at an local store. Check prices through Amazon and other
online sellers. Stay within your budget and don't forget to add in any
accessories you require. This process may seem sort of tedious when you
read about it, but it will work for almost any significant purchase.
The sorting, selecting and eliminating is nearly automatic and it
should lead you pretty painlessly to just one or two of the best PDAs
which not only do the job, but do it within your budget and are
products that you will be comfortable using and able to rely on. And
now - finally - you get to indulge yourself in impulse and pick the one
that simply appeals most to you for any reason.