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By Jack Powers, Director
International Informatics Institute
On the left, a PalmOne Tungsten running the PalmOS operating system. See the PalmInfoCenter review.
On the right, an HP iPAQ (formerly Compaq iPAQ) running Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 operating system (formerly Pocket PC 2002, formerly Windows CE).
Screenshots of Palm OS Personal Information Management tools: Calendar, Contacts and To Do List.
Silent, green-screen Palm V. See the 1997 U.S. Robotics Palm Pilot Features and Functions page from the excellent Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
High-end PDA displays typically support 16 bit color on a 240 x 320 resolution transflective TFT LCD screen.
A video-capable PDA is a natural platform for portable movies. Makayama Software sells a $25 utility for ripping up to 4 DVDs onto a standard 512MB SD card. (See the Pocket PC Thoughts review.) The graphic shows a clip from Mel Brooks' The Producers ripped to PDA with web freeware.
Three typical desktop applications running on a Pocket PC:
For a comprehensive look at the price ranges of hot PDAs, browse the excellent Expansys catalog.
On the left, the Palm Tungsten C.
On the right, HP iPAQ h4350.
Jenneth Orantia explains PDA "Screenwriting Secrets" in APC.
TURBOCHARGING YOUR PDA
On-line catalogs offer a wide range of add-on software and hardware:
AvantGo mobile media
On the left, Microsoft E-Book Reader showing a bogus but typical Digital Rights Management error.
On the right, Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF files.
WorldMate travel guide
Vindigo city guide
Nexian HandyGPS for Palm Visor PDAs. See also the MightyGPS PDA catalog.
IAPresenter on the Pocket PC and the Margi Presenter-to-Go.
LifeView FlyCam CF digital cameras
Microsoft Pocket Word and Pocket Excel
SPB's FreeCell and Sony's Everquest. See also MDM's Age of Empires, the Pocket PC Life A.O.E. review and the PDAMills PDA game site.
Simple Tunes MP3 player and Windows Media Player. See also Makayama Software's utility for ripping DVDs.
Legacy Palm modem now only available in the aftermarket.
SanDisk WiFi SD card
WayPort U.S. WiFi locations
Jack with his T-Mobile Pocket PC phone
Palm OS email
Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer with Google for PDAs and IN3.ORG's Home Page
For better browsing on a Pocket PC than the built-in Microsoft Pocket Explorer, Bitstream's Thunderhawk Pocket PC web browser uses special fonts to fit a 640x480 pixel web page onto a 320x240 PDA screen.\\
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