PDA/Handheld pc questions.

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ste2223

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Hi. I dunno if this is the right place to put this but here goes. I am thinking of getting a PDA/Handheld pc. The only problem is I have no idea about them.

Are they just like normal desktop pc's?
Can I access the internet on them?
If so can they play flash games and stuff like that e.g. runescape?
Do they use the same software/programs as a desktop pc?

Any information on them would be great. Thanks!
 

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They're not like desktop computers. PocketPC PDAs bear some resemblance to Windows since Microsoft makes both OS's.

You can access the internet if you have a wireless network in your home and the PDA comes with a wireless network card, or you can add one on to some. You could also connect via a wireless hotspot.

I don't know if you can play flash games on them. The screen is pretty small, so you'd have to find a site that formats their games for PDAs. I've not heard of a PDA flash plug-in.

They don't use the same software as desktop computers. They run a different operating system entirely and use software made especially for those OS's.
 
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Pocket PCs and Palm devices do often have versions of software such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. They have calendars, to do lists, and memos. There are many games you can play.

Some handhelds have built-in wireless or can use a wireless card. Some have cell phones built in, which can provide connectivity. As DoubleHelix mentioned, they are small screens, so not all sites are going to look great.

I also read books on my Palm Tungsten T3 - there are lots of them out there. Many of the devices can also store photos, and some can operate as a MP3 player.

Before you make any decisions, do your homework - for Palm OS devices, check out www.palmone.com. For Windows OS devices, check out the various manufacturers (HP, Dell, etc.). Look at processor speed, connectivity, memory, and the myriad of features available before you make a decision.

Have fun!
 
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I'm a total converged junky. I've had a wireless PDA for almost two years now (Hiptop and now the Kyo 7135) and *love* it. I can't go back to wondering if I have email or waiting until I get to a computer to flash up MSN or AIM. Wireless PDAs rock.

HOWEVER - they are not computers and don't expect them to be. If you want to use a PDA like you use your home computer then you'll have to wait a few years.

However, if you want basic connectivity and wicked 'schtick' factor then a wireless PDA is the way to go.

:)
 
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