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    New PDA?

    Hi Loungers <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29>

    My Handspring Edge (Palm OS) is getting a little long in the tooth, and probably has been dropped one, or too, many times <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15>. So in the next few weeks I will be looking for a new hand-held, and am completely (well almost) open to suggestions, operating systems etc. I will be looking to syncronise it with both my Dell lap-top in the office and my Mac (G4 dual 1.47) at home using Office (Outlook/Entourage) or Palm. At the moment I use my Edge for contacts and calender but I have seen some of my colleagues with these portable keyboard add-ons and mini-versions of Word/Excel etc - could this save my from schlepping my laptop?

    Appreciate any and all comments, suggestions and any other input. About the only thing I'm not looking for is an intergrated cell phone. I've managed to avoid them up until now, and I don't want to change now. (OK I will admit that I have the wife's old pre-paid in my car, but have only used it once.)

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    Re: New PDA?

    Hi, Bowlie, I may be coming to that point soon myself. I'm tempted by the new <A target="_blank" HREF="http://sonyelectronics.sonystyle.com/micros/clie/">Cli
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    Re: New PDA?

    I think in a previous life you must have been a 'bar steward' (say that quickly 3 times). I am no further ahead with your suggestions, but I think I will pass on your Kanguru, not because it is likely to have Geoff jump into this thread, but because I already have a very nice 5gb mp3 (or aiff) player. I won't tell you which one, I'll let you guess! What I really want to know - should I be going for Palm OS or mini-Office?

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    Re: New PDA?

    Be nice, Bowlie, after all you did say "Appreciate any and all comments, suggestions and any other input". And those websites provide a good product overview. Since Palm's acquisition of Handspring appears to be going through, who knows what the Palm OS product choices will become?
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    Re: New PDA?

    Have you skiied with the iPOD? Looks kinda bulky for active use.
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    Re: New PDA?

    Ski with my iPod? I never leave home without it! Its 9 1/2cm x 5 cm x 2cm and weights only about 200gm (that's 3.75 x 2 x 0.75 inches & 7 oz) In theory I get about 10 hours play, but I never have it on that long. Never run out yet! The new ones are even smaller but have less battery power - they say 8 hours which should still be plenty for a days skiing. Recharge takes about 3hours. I've got 465 songs and still have 2.6gb available. There is a remote on the earphone cable so I can have it on my belt, inside my ski jacket and still operate the controls (I admit I have to take my gloves off)

    First snow on our local mountains this weekend, it's gone now but it won't be too long ....

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    Winter isn't looking good for skiiers here. Still very warm in the mountains for this date. We had a couple of freak storms dust the mountains above 3000 meters, but it didn't last. Just bought my preseason tickets, hope I get to use them!
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    Re: New PDA?

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Bowlie on 08-Oct-03 12:16. to add link to swissinfo site)</P>This is one of the weirdest year for summer that I have ever seen. Geneva gets, in an average year, 9 days with a temperature over 30C. This summer we had 45 days over 30. We had 10 days where the low didn't get below 28C (82F)! Now its down below 10C and the snow line (freezing level) is at 1500m, we are about 450m. Had more snow last night on the mountains to the north (the Jura) which are only about 1200m around here. Will be gone in a couple of hours but it's a very pretty sight. The Alps, to the south also have a dusting 3 or 4 cm at most, but this will last a little longer as they are quite a bit higher. I've never skiied in November, but if this keeps up ... who knows? Have to go find that skiing smilie.

    Apparently we got off quite easy in Western Switzerland as this report indicates. May have to get those snow tyres on ...

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    Re: New PDA?

    How is the iPOD for shock absorption? I fall a lot, though it's usually in powder. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: New PDA?

    I too have been known to do a head-plant and eat (non-yellow) snow from time to time. Not even a blip - I just checked the Apple site and it says that the new ones have 'up to 25 minutes' skip protection, not that I would want to test that. I have had a couple of bruises from landing on the iPod, but the damage was to me, not to it.

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    Re: New PDA?

    I like my iPaq so much that i ended up with two of them, one for general use and the other one sits in the car pretending to be a dedicated GPS device.

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    Re: New PDA?

    If you like PalmOS and would be interested in something a bit more entertainment oriented, check out the Zodiac from Tapwave, a landcape/portrait color PalmOS device with game-optimized controls and two SD slots.

    <center><IMG SRC=http://store.tapwave.com/buyTapwave_assets/images/featured_2406959.jpg></center>.

    Disclaimer #1: I do legal work for this company.
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    Re: New PDA?

    Very interesting. They might get more business if they shipped outside of the USA (Web-site requires ZIP code for shipping).

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    Re: New PDA?

    I'm not sure why there's no retail distribution until 2004. Production delays, I assume...

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