Palm TX, Axim x51v, or iPaq rx1950 for busy college student?
by mjrooney1 - 2/20/06 8:18 PM
I am currently a second year college student and this is my first time purchasing a PDA. I was going to get a smaller laptop but I thought this is more economical than buying another laptop. Ive pretty much narrowed down my selection to three PDAs. The Palm TX, Dell Axim x51v (this one is kinda expensive is this VGA screen really worth it?), or the HP iPaq rx1950 (I dont know a whole lot about the HP).
Before I go into more details I want to list some of the things I want to do with my PDA.
-Go Online to check email, surf the web, and be able to access AOL instant messenger and/or MSN instant messenger.
-Have an organizer
-Be able to watch videos
-Store some Photos (not really a priority)
-Be customizable / tweakable
-Able to write notes easily without having to fumble through different files or icons.
My campus is 100% wireless so WiFi is a must for me. I am in the library a lot which means Im away from my personal computer, so I want to be able to go online to check my email, check a few websites and if possible go on AOL instant Messenger or MSN Messenger (I think I saw that the Windows Based PDA has that but Im not sure if the Palm OS version has it). If I had a Palm TX would I be able to go on AOL Instant Messenger or MSN Messenger? Also I want to be able to watch videos on my PDA. I know the Palm TX has an excellent screen, and can go into landscape mode. Im not so sure about the Dell Axim or the HP iPaq.
Im really big on technology and one thing I love to do is tweak and customize my gadgets. I saw some videos on Cnet where you can watch TV on your PDA, but they only showed it for Windows Based PDAs. Is none of that stuff possible with the Palm OS? How tweakable or customizable is the Palm OS in comparison to the new Windows Mobile 5.0?
Also on the same topic of OS how stable is the Palm OS compared to the Windows OS. I keep hearing bad things about the Windows OS saying the web browser is buggy, people keep needing to do soft resets, the media player is poorly designed, and a lot of other discouraging comments like that. Will that be fixed through downloadable updates or patches? On the other hand I dont hear too much about the Palm OS being buggy but that doesnt really matter because apparently the Palm OS is no longer going to exist after the Palm TX. If this is true, is it even worth getting a Palm OS based PDA? I am going to need a lot of programs such as medical handbooks. Will they stop programming for the Palm OS? I guess what Im trying to get at is whats better Palm OS or Windows OS?
Again after reviewing all of the PDAs Im really confused what to get. I keep reading so many good reviews about the Palm TX not to mention the high score Cnet gave them, but I cant get over the fact that it is Palm Os based and that could soon be outdated. Do you think that maybe it would be possible to convert the palm os to windows os when their new PDA comes out?
On the other hand most of the Pocket PCs that Ive seen on Cnet have gotten bad reviews with endless complaints about bugs, constant soft resets, and a whole slew of other problems.
Any input would be highly appreciated!