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    I need your help choosing a PD

    I need your help choosing a PDA. MS Outlook and MS Office are necessary. Preferred items are a built in keyboard and web access. I had a Psion 3c and was very pleased with everything, but now I am "hooked" on Outlook and see the need for internet access. The built-in Psion keyboard was the greatest. Could you tell me a PDA with these. It doesn't have to be the most recently marketed version.

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    Re: I need your help choosing a PD

    PDAs with built-in keyboards are not as popular on the market as their smaller cousins, but there are still some out there. A search on <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mobileplanet.com>MobilePlanet's web site</A> turns up the Jornada 720C, the Intermec 6651, and the NEC Mobile Pro 880 and 790. (See <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mobileplanet.com/listing.asp?cat_id=101&cat_name=Pocket+PC/Windows+CE&pdept_id=26&dept_id=2670&dept_name=>http://www.mobileplanet.com/listing.asp?ca...2670&dept_name=</A>) Another place you can check for keyboard models is on <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/mobile/handheldpc/buyhpc.asp>Microsoft's mobile products website</A>.

    The biggest problem with all of these units is their high price ($900-$1200USD) for the feature set - you can get more for that money in a full-fledged notebook computer. The upside is that these PDAs are instant-on, have no moving parts, are generally smaller than notebooks and have longer battery life. However, another big con is that none of them come standard with the newer version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/mobile/pocketpc/default.asp>Pocket PC</A>, but have the much less stable and much less robust Windows CE operating system. Danger, Will Robinson! You have to check carefully whether the handheld can be upgraded to Pocket PC.

    I haven't seen a PDA model that includes a keyboard (not just a thumbpad) that runs on the Palm OS, but I stand to be corrected on that. The Windows CE/Pocket PC devices synchronize well with Outlook, and have Pocket Word built-in, which makes it easy to work on Word documents on the PDA if that is a priority for you. There are third-party programs available for the Palm OS that also have this functionality, and Palm OS devices also do a good job syncing with Outlook, particularly if you use third-party syncing software like <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.dataviz.com/products/desktoptogo/index.html>Dataviz's Desktop To Go</A>.

    Hope that helps!

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    Re: I need your help choosing a PD

    You may want to rethink the builtin keyboard requirement ... there are many Palmheld devices which come with add-on keyboards, such as Palm V, Compaq iPaq, etc - these are Outlook compatible. Don't be put-off by the graffiti interface - when I first got my Palm V I was horrified at my ineptitude , now I'm reasonably proficient.

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    Re: I need your help choosing a PD

    I've gotten better at Palm graffiti, but I have a load of trouble with "v", even though I know to put the little "extension/serif" at the top right hand end. Got any tricks to "V"?

    My other trouble when I'm trying to graffiti fast is accidently putting the machine in punctuation mode, but I'll just have to practice on that.
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    Re: I need your help choosing a PD

    Start at the top right corner of the V, and draw it backwards... works great for me!
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    Re: I need your help choosing a PD

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> Sdrawkcab? Never thought of that. I'll give it a try, but if I go dyslexic, I'll blame you!
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    Re: I need your help choosing a PD

    How did you discover that? I wonder if there others that will work that way? <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>
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    Re: I need your help choosing a PD

    To be honest... I don't remember how I found that one. There are a few letters / numbers that will let you draw them a "different" way.

    I think I may have found it on the palm website... but I'm not positive.
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    Re: I need your help choosing a PD

    I too use the backward method for the "V" and haven't looked back since ... I found this and other tips on graffiti here (http://members.tripod.com/lars_lindb...m/graffiti.htm) ... not wishing to spam anyone with advertising, but I guess I should acknowledge that I found the link to Lars's page on the "Tips and Tricks" page on this site (http://www.palmgear.com)

    Cheers

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    Re: I need your help choosing a PD

    As far as I knew, the "v" is supposed to be drawn "backwards" so as to distinguish it from "u". At least that's what my little sticker chart that came with my Visor Deluxe says. Now, if someone could find the key to consistently getting a colon ":" for me, I'd be <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>...

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    Re: I need your help choosing a PD

    My Palm shortcut chart shows the "V" as a kind of 'square root' symbol, so your Visor Deluxe shortcut is better.

    As for the colon - my chart shows "<Shift Mode> ... start at top, down and up" as per the rather poor representation attached

    Obviously the colon is "your cross to bear" - I don't have problems with it, but get driven to despair by the numeral "6"

    Don't ya just love graffiti!!!!
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    Re: I need your help choosing a PD

    On my Visor a : is as easy as . (dot) followed by a straight line down then back up on top of itself. Works every time. My wish is for an easier "y".

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