Pocket PC vs. Palm
March 30, 2005
| || |I have a problem: I want to buy a PDA,
mainly for appointments, calendar, and contacts info. I'm on a budget, so I'm looking into the Palm Tungsten E
or the Dell Axim X30
. They are about the same price ($199), but I don't really know what I should go for. Any suggestions?
| | This is a great question.
Ultimately though, it comes down to the Pocket PC
vs. Palm OS
But first things first, if you're a Mac person, there's no question about it: Pocket PC-based PDAs aren't Mac compatible, so it's a no-brainer to go with the Palm Tungsten E. If you use a Windows-based machine, you can use either.
While Palm OS-based PDAs tend to be easier for people to acclimate to, if you prefer the Windows look and feel, you'll no doubt be more comfortable with the Pocket PC. Furthermore, at the low end, devices tend to be more similar than dissimilar. That said, in your case, I'm leaning toward the Palm OS device. While we like Dell's Axim series, we prefer the higher-end Axims over the lower-end versions; the Tungsten line is pretty solid from top to bottom.
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