There are a lot of different things to consider when buying a PDA, for the average Joe this can be a jungle. Some aspectes of electronic gadgets appeal more to the affectioned side of a person, often things like design, size and age of the model.
Don’t let some sales pitch mislead you into thinking you need more features than you are ready to pay for, its so common people do get caught up in the tech race with friends. Don’t lose focus and end up paying for features not needed.
You might even want to take a closer look at some older bestseller. Old in this game means 1 year or something like that so it’s not a 10 year old product I’m talking about. You can get away a lot cheaper while the device still fulfill your needs.
A new upcomer, the smarthphone, is gradually increasing its market share. This device integrates the functionality of a cell phone with the PDA. So once again the engineers have packed in more features per square centimeter.
Usability is an important perspective to look at in every device. As the size of the gadgets decreases, so does the usability. One engineering challenge is getting a high level usability maintained while making the devices smaller and smaller.
While functionality increases per square cm the usability is decreasing, the size is actually one of the most important aspects to look at in a PDA. Size is a cruical aspect to look at on a PDA that can make or break the deal. The brand is not as important as one might think, every manufacturer have good and bad models, just make sure to find out the good ones. Whether it’s a Palm or IPAQ is secondary now when palm supports the Pocket PC hardware specification.
One area of usage often involves taking notes, this make the size aspect very important. If the device is to small you really can’t expect the screen to be large. You’ll want to look at things like screen size and the quality of inking functionality when you are going to use the PDA for taking notes. HP iPAQ 211 is a standalone PDA with excellent qualities for this purpose, read the review below.