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How to choose between a PDA and a Blackberry

womanpondering16341449.jpgIn this world of "take it with you" technology, many people find themselves debating between a PDA and a Blackberry. There are several factors listed here that can help clarify the situation and help you choose the right one. Here is what you need to know about how to choose between a PDA and a Blackberry-

  • What is a PDA and what does it do? A PDA is the abbreviation for Personal Digital Assistant. These are small, handheld computer that come loaded with Microsoft programs such as:Word, Excel, and Office Outlook. A PDA usually has lots of different features such as: the ability to send and receive email, a calendar, clock, and calculator, organizer, and storage capabilities for documents. Some users will browse the web and perform other functions with them. Most PDA's also have the capability to upload and record video. In addition, many PDA's can function as global positioning systems, as well. Technology has continued to advance with the PDA. When PDA first came onto the market, they had screens that only had two-tones; today they have screens with full-color. Some PDA's can be used as phones, media players, and fax machines. One of the nicest features about a PDA is that you can buy a keyboard to use with it, instead of a stylus. The memory of the PDA can be expanded and the memory card used to transfer data to your computer. Recently the memory cards, for PDA's have been designed for WiFi access as well.
  • What is a Blackberry and what can it do? The main purpose of the Blackberry is to be used as cell phone. However, there are other important features as well, such as: you can download email, news and other information, from the internet. The Blackberry received acclaim for being one of the first devices that had this kind of technology built in. Users like the Blackberry becomes they can go directly to their email inbox and send messages, in an instant. The Blackberry also has extensive web browsing abilities. One of the main features of the Blackberry is that it uses RSS feeds to update your phone with news and incoming emails. This is significant since web pages get automatically updated by RSS feeds on the internet. One of the major benefits to using the Blackberry is that while other phones must depend on internet connection only, the Blackberry is the only phone that uses this type of feed. In addition, the Blackberry has numerous more features then a regular phone that include: the capability to store data, sending and receiving emails, calendars and other organizational skills. You should keep in mind that the Blackberry has a text character limit, and works best for sending shorter messages.

It is important to note that both the PDA and the Blackberry come with a big price tag. No matter which device you ultimately choose, it is a serious investment. In addition, it is important to understand that the more features you want on either device, the higher the price will be.

When you are trying to determine which one to buy it can help to determine what your main task will be. You might need a Blackberry if you need to send a lot of emails. On the other hand, if you need to access the internet and other features on the web, then you might want to choose a PDA.

Calculating how much time you spend on your current organization device (or cell phone), can help you determine which one to choose. If you spend a lot of time sending small emails, then choose a Blackberry, if you send a lot of larger emails then a PDA might be the best choice for you.

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