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where can i test a PDA?

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones Forum' started by martin day, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. martin day

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    Iy seems that virtually all PDA's are sold via websites. I know PC world /Dixons etc have a few but does anyone know of any specialised shops where you can ACTUALLY go and test some of these out?

    Basically this is my first purchase and I really only want one as an organiser/mp3 player but which can connect up to my PC at work and home.

    At work we have Lotus Notes but at home Outlook Express would that make any difference. Also would a Palm be better or a PC one?

    I only want to spend about £120 tops and I have been looking at ZIRE72 or E2 but if anyone has any better suggestions then please let me know!!
     
  2. Monty Burns

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    Syncing with Outlook Express should not be a problem for any PDA - I would hope!

    Now, from my old days as a network admin/Notes administrator (yup - it was a while ago, Notes 3.3!) this was more ....er ... "choosey". Notes could sync with various PDA's but it was a lot more tricky getting a correct client. TBH, things should of progressed nicely and I can't see Notes being a problem now but, I would recommend a quick google to confirm this. I used to use the Intellisync stuff for Notes but I don't know if they still do this or indeed if its available on Palm and/or Windows Mobile. I can't remember the name of the device I used to sync with, maybe someone else can? It was blue, fairly chunky and had 65000 colour screen - one of the first available. Oh and it had a catridge expansion slot in the top back which also allowed an MP3 player to be plugged in - also rare in its day! Maybe someone can ID this and tell you if it was Palm or another O/S.

    (I would google this for you but our net pipe or proxy seems to be VERY slow today)


    Btw, is it not now known as Domino? ;)


    Best of luck!
     
  3. martin day

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    Well if it is then maybe its anewer version than we've got at work. We still know it as lotus notes.
     
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    I use a tungsten E. It syncs with palm desktop software and outlook but I'm not sure about lotus notes. From the manual, I don't recall it mentioned anywhere that it is compatible with lotus.

    My wife's company looked extensively into this as they use lotus and needed a fancy device that allows dial in and work from anywhere in the world etc. They finally decided that the nokia 9500 was the best solution for them. Doesn't help you I know as your budget is much lower.
     
  5. martin day

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    Thanks for the reply. I'm not too worried about Lotus Notes as it's really more for personal use. So I may go for the E2 which is obviously similar to yours or I think the Zire 71?

    Any ideas on this. Do you think the Palms are better than the PC?
     
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    I use my Ipaq 4150 (no longer a currently available model), which syncs with Lotus Notes 5 via an application called Cadenza. This seems to do a decent job of syncing my calendar and notes, although I cannot do this wirelessly - only offline (ie download notes, respond whilst away from the office and send when sync'd with office PC).

    Is this if use ?


    Cheers
     
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    On a budget as low as 120 (not being rude) i think Palm is definately the way to go.The essential thing you need is memory expansion capabilities as if u need to listen to mp3s then you will need more memory plus as you find more uses for your new machine you may well want to buy additional software something where the palm excels.Feel free to let us know how you get on or if there are any further quesries you have


    Peter
     
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    We use a range of iPAQ's at work which synchronise with Lotus Notes via the Cadenza Software. As long as it is installed properly then it will sync both ways with your PC's /PDA's contacts / calender / diary on Notes. My wife sync's her PDA ( Orange SPV M1000 ) with Outlook and it took ages for her to set up propoerly without any IT support.

    There was a link to a Navman PIN 300 which seemed a good deal as it includes a satnav package as well http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Produc...35&GroupID=1016
     

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