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Choosing a Windows-Based PDA

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Having looked at the Palm brand, we now focus on the well-known and rapidly-advancing Windows Mobile-based PDA systems.

The first and greatest advantage of a Windows-based phone is the vast variety of possible manufacturers. Even though the Palm has been around for longer and is more renowned, the Windows-based systems are available from HP, Samsung, HTC, Imate, T-Mobile, Audiovox and Motorola.

For consumers who are well acquainted with the Windows operating system for computers, it is nice to find that their Windows-based PDA is much like their home computer. Having the common "start menu" along with Office-based programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint allows users to easily transfer files back and forth between their computer and their PDA. The calendar synchronization allows direct transfer between calendar items on both the PDA and Microsoft Outlook on our computers.

Unlike the three major types of Palm, the operating system and basic features in all the Windows-Based PDAs are identical. The difference arises between the types of features each manufacturer will choose to offer. Some manufacturers like HTC and Imate have installed a full keyboard on their PDA devices, whereby other manufacturers have opted for a solely touch screen base phone with no keyboard or dialing pad.

A key feature that helps individuals decide between various Windows-based phones is WiFi capability. Many of the new PDAs have WiFi capability, which allows individuals to connect to the internet through a wireless internet signal. This leads to no-cost internet usage, which can prove to be beneficial to those who enjoy surfing the web or checking their emails at absolutely no cost at all.

When choosing a Windows-Based PDA, there are a number of options that individuals look for. Bluetooth capability, WiFi access, and a built-in phone are the common decision factors. How to choose and what to choose really depend on the user of the phone. Windows-based phones have the advantage of looking like your home computer, but the little gadgets are from the various manufacturers.

To sum it up: spend wisely, spend smart, and buy something that's right for you specifically.

Author of this article: Abbas Lakha
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