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What to look for in a PDA

Because of the number of PDA's that are available on the market, it can be confusing and overwhelming, trying to pick out the right one, for you. Many people are confused as to whether they should look for a PDA that has the latest features, or choose a specific feature that will help them the most. Taking the time to carefully evaluate each PDA will help you make the right decision, when purchasing a PDA. Because buying a PDA can be a significant investment, it is important to clearly understand what you are looking for. Here is what to look for in a PDA-

The biggest decision is to have a clear idea of what you want your PDA to be able to do. Once you have that in mind, you can narrow down the field to the PDA that will work best for you. Here are some questions to ask yourself, when you are shopping for a PDA.

  • Are you looking for a PDA that will help you with your schedule? For people who have multiple appointments that they need to keep track of, having a PDA means always having your schedule close at hand. You can use your PDA to track your schedule and any appointments that you need to keep. However, you should keep in mind that if this is the main function that you will be using your PDA for, you don't need a top of the line PDA, since this is a fairly standard feature.

  • Do you need a PDA to keep your list of contacts? Whether personal or business, your PDA can keep all of your contact information, right at your fingertips. This way no matter where you are, you can always get in touch with the people that you need to. Again though, this is a fairly standard feature on most PDA, and will no require buying a top of the line PDA.

  • Will you need immediate access to your email and to the internet? If you decide that you want internet access on your PDA, this changes what PDA will work for you. If this is priority for you, then you need to make sure that any PDA you are considering buying, will support this feature. Best of all if you have internet access on your PDA, you will most likely have scheduling and contact information available as well.

  • Do you want your phone and your PDA combined? This option can also be referred to as a smart phone. Many users don't want the hassle of carrying two pieces of electronics with them and this has led to PDA's and phones being combined. Keep in mind that if you want this type of device, you are most likely looking at paying top prices. In addition, there may additional services such as: data fees, in order to fully access, all of the features of your combined PDA/cell phone.

  • Are you happy with the physical characteristics of the PDA? Many times users are sold on the features that a PDA has, without considering the physical characteristics of the device. Take some time to pull out the PDA and see how heavy it is. Remember, that you will be carrying this all day in your pocket or bag, so you want to be comfortable with it. Closely examine the keyboard. If you plan on emailing or texting, you want to be sure that you are comfortable with the keyboard size. If the device is to heavy, or the keyboard to small, you will find that you are dealing with constant frustration and may end up not using your expensive PDA as you intended to.

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