Personal desktop assistants (PDAs) are a group of small handheld devices that are designed to provide uses an easy access to email, Internet, contacts, calanders, etc. There are many PDA products in market now and they vary from each other in terms of prices and features. If you are planning to get one such device and benefit from owing these “do-it-all” devices, you should know what to look at before you shop around. Here are three most important tips for buying the best PDA.
1.Consider whether you need a PDA integrated with phone function or just a “pure” PDA.
The first thing you should consider is whether you need a PDA with phone features. Many products, such as the Palm Treo and Centro models come with phone functions and are sold like smartphones. Of course a PDA with phone feature is cool but it also comes with higher price. In addition, you may also need to pay extra $60 monthly for the subscription fee. However, if you are a guy who check emails every minute through a day and can’t easily find Wi-Fi spot around you, then a PDA with phone feature seems to be a good choice. And surely, you can make phone calls with it whenever needed.
2.The operating system is important since it affects available applications and users’ operating habits.
Once you decide whether or not you will purchase a PDA with phone functions, the next thing you should take into consideration is the operating system (OS) of the device. The operating system is important because based on different OS, various applications will be used even for the same function. Moreover, different Oss have large impact on how the Internet and email features are handles. Some popular operating systems include Palm OS, Android, Iphone OS, Windows Mobile and Blackberry OS. To select which OS is really a personal preference related choice because all the above operating systems have numerous individual features and drawbacks.
3.Look for extra features.
Last but not least, you should also take a look at extra features after you decide what kind of PDA you want and which operating system is your favorite. Some useful and popular features include but are not limited to Bluetooth capability, PC sync functions, media playback, third-party application support and so on.
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