PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) is a general term used to describe Palms (devices that run the Palm OS), PocketPCs (devices that run the WindowsMobile OS), and more. Thus, a PocketPC is a type of PDA. As such, there is nothing that a PocketPC can give you that a PDA cannot.
PocketPCs run WindowsMobile, not Windows. There is a HUGE difference here. Windows Mobile is similar to Windows, and functions similarly, but is much more limited. In addition, programs that run on Windows do NOT run on PocketPCs, and vice versa. Some programs, such as Quicken, have Windows and WindowsMobile versions, but the WindowsMobile/PocketPC version is much less advanced and the two cannot be interchanged. (Though you can sync data between the two.)
Basically, a PocketPC is much like a Palm, in that they both have the same capabilities and limitations. The differences are that the PocketPCs feel more like Windows and run seperate software. (If you purchased or downloaded software for your Palm, it will NOT work with any PocketPC. You would have to find/purchase new software for it.)
What I recommend is going to an electronics store like BestBuy, CircuitCity, etc and giving a PocketPC a try. (Check out the display models from companies such as HP.) That is the best way to find out if the PDA is for you. If you have any questions about software availability or functionality, feel free to ask.
Hope this helps,
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