PDA vs Palm vs Phone PDA ?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by drpbroun5, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. drpbroun5

    drpbroun5 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    241
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2006
    I'm convinced to take the plunge into techno world and get a hand held computer for Exbal. Since I'm practically illiterate in this technology I would greatly appreciate y'alls recommendations on which to buy. It seems to me that buying a phone PDA with Palm or Windows software might be the most usefull. The salesman at the computer store suggested a Palm based unit (phone or no phone) because he said the Windows operating system takes up too much of the memory in the PDA. I know there is a lot of experience on this forum in all this. What do y'all think? Which would you purchase? Please tell me of any problems with any particular unit - hardware and software. Help!
    Paul
     
  2. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Messages:
    8,853
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2004
    This is a hard one to address as individuals/needs/uses differ in tons of ways.

    My opinion is that software usage of memory is not an consideration. I use a Pocket PC and have all of the microsoft office programs (exell, word, etc, 2 large GPS programs, and bunches of other stuff and memory is not a problem.

    I have gone through the Palm phase only because my business use software is Pocket PC based.

    I'd consider letting the cell phone be a cell phone and the PDA being the PDA. This in my opinion is just less confusing.

    I could stick a 'thinger' in the Pocket PC and it would become a cell phone but I think there would be too many conflicts between LRH and business calls. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    The Palm will be less expensive than the Pocket PC, enough so that you could dedicate it to exbal and hunting.

    A spare set of batteries could be kept warm in your pocket (properly individually wrapped) when the ones in the unit "freeze up".

    The games on the Pocket PC are super during those long spells waiting for the game animals to come up to speed on the LRH plan of the day /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    My son uses a Palm cause he's cheap. I use an iPaq because the software I need dictates it.

    When I 'finally' get around to getting exbal I'll most probaby get a Palm (less expensive) set it up with Exbal only and stash it in by butt pouch of the LRH rifle and leave it there.

    When you buy, decide which you want and shop ebay and specials on the net. You'll be suprised on how many $ you can save for important things like bullets and powder.
     

  3. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,229
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2005
    An old Palm dedicated to exbal is what I chose, for the previously mentioned reasons. Also, my sister-in-law had an old Palm that she said I could have. I've seen them pretty cheap on Ebay as well. I have the M130 and it works great. Here is a link for one on Ebay for less than $100, unused in original box.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Palm-M130-handheld-P...tem140070282157

    My cell phone is a cell phone only. In my way of thinking, it is an emergency item that can save a life, so its batteries are dedicated to only being a phone.

    Hope this all helps,
    Don
     
  4. wilecoyote76

    wilecoyote76 Member

    Messages:
    18
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2005
    I picked up a pretty decent Dell Axim pocket PC in our local craigslist classifieds pretty cheap. I don't have Exbal yet but have downloaded a few games to play when I'm not on the desktop 'puter! I will probably pick up an SD card for data storage just as a backup. I think if you do some shopping around, you can run into some pretty good deals.
     
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hand warmers, muscles warmers, etc… Stick one onto the back side of your Pocket PC and you will find that the batteries last. Stick to the backside of a TDS Recon Pocket PC and the batteries will last for 15 hours of straight non stop usage.
     
  6. drpbroun5

    drpbroun5 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    241
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2006
    Thanks, all. I think I will use a dedicated Palm for my field work. Now to decide on the program to use?
    Paul
     
  7. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,705
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2004
    FWIW, I just loaded Exbal onto a student's phone/pda/gps and it worked very nice. He can call out with the phone if he gets in trouble (unless he has Cingular), run his gps to get his elevation, and then plug it into the pda to get his drops all on one unit. Pretty slick. I would go that way if I could stand to have a cell phone! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
  8. IDAHO PREACHER

    IDAHO PREACHER Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    92
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2004
    I wish you did have a cell phone! IP
     
  9. NYLES

    NYLES Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    773
    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2006
    Wife and friends held me at gunpoint last week in the Cellular South office till I had a phone!

    Now they have a tracking collar on me.....go ahead get one leave it turned off or in the truck!

    It takes pretty pictures! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif
     
  10. slickh

    slickh Member

    Messages:
    11
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2006
    goodgrouper, Can you give us more info? What model phone was it and what service company does he have?
    Thanks
     
  11. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,705
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2004
    Nope. Never. Forget it. Only one I could ever see buying would be a satellite phone but not until they come down a few grand!
     
  12. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,705
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2004
    Oh man, another one bites the dust! Well, at least you'll have some good pictures. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
  13. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,705
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2004
    Ahh nuts. I knew you were going to ask that and darned if I could remember what brand it was. Toshiba maybe? It was black and not as thin as the Razors. Had about a 2" antenna on it for the GPS. I am positive that his service was Verizon though.

    I do remember him saying that there wasn't much choice on the market if you wanted a really good combo. It was narrowed down to two models I think. Just can't remember which two. You can tell I'm not much of a cell phone nut.