Looking to buy a new PDA!

Oct 10, 2008
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So I'm in the market to buy a new PDA. I work with a few people that have Blackberry's and I wouldn't mind going that route. However, I really like the HTC Fuze! I wouldn't mind an iPhone but I want something more customizable. Does anyone know if a new Blackberry for AT&T is on the horizon? Oh, and I want to stay with AT&T but I am open to switching carriers. I am out of my contract.

IDEAS? Influence me DRC!!!!!
 
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Well, I get a good deal with AT&T on my data plan and text and whatnot. So, I want to be able to surf the web, check emails (both work and personal) and be able to post on my blog. Also, I really like MS mobile with being able to customize apps and whatnot. I have been researching the fuze really hard and I like it a lot! Any pros to having the blackberry I should be aware of as far as customizing it?
 

mrpacs

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I love my iPhone. Highly customizable especially when you "jailbreak" it. I use it to listen to Slacker all the time as well.
 

HecticArt

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My PDA was dying last December, and I wasn't really impressed with the PDA's that are out there now, so I decided to bite the bullet and go with a smart phone. I'm on Verizon, and aside from their nickle and dime billing, I like the service. I did a lot of research and came down to the HTC, the Blackberry Storm, and the Samsung Omnia. After trying them out, I picked up the Omnia. It's an awesome phone. The touch screen is great, the keyboard is easier to use than the Storm's, and you can use a stylus to hand write. (I take my notes in meetings and post to the DRC with it.) A fair number of apps, but of course, nobody comes close to the amount of apps the iPhone has.

 

Jon

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The one disadvantage to smart phones of any kind is the nickel and dime charges for data plans and such. My bill is the wrong side of $100 a month for unlimited data, text and 450 minutes of talk. But the unlimited packages are well worth it.

As far as jailbreaking, I haven't done it. The phone pretty much does what I want it to do, and iPhone 3.0 will make it moreso when it comes out in June. 3G is faster than I was expecting it to be, and they're expanding the network pretty regularly. It cracks me up when I compare my iphone to my old Palm IV PDA, and the leaps and bounds technology has made in PDA/Smartphone technology.
 

HecticArt

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It's amazing how what once was cutting edge is now brick technology.

I had one of those Casio 155's (or something like that) as my first PDA.
I think I've since seen them tied to gas station rest room keys to keep people from stealing the key.

 

limegrass69

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I'm a fan of the Blackberry. For PIM, email, etc., it can't be beat, IMHO. Intense web browsing has its limitations, but I usually near a computer so I don't worry about it too much.
 

DAB

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I personally prefer a separate device rather than having an all in one, which is why I have a thin Razr 2 and then use the iPod Touch for my PDA. Calendars and contacts sycn via push from Google, which is where I have the company domain for email setup. I get alerts, I can do email, take notes, create to do list, plus you get the music, streaming with all the apple applications. I find it to work GREAT! I never leave the office without it. Sometimes it saves me having to lug a notebook for quick meetings and such which is GREAT! It does require Wifi, though I am fortunately because in every office I have business there has been wifi, hotel rooms, coffee shops etc. Its worked out very well, so no extra data plans and I could not be happier. My cell phone bill is about $50 bucks a month, because I don't have to pay them suckers for a data plan.
 

Jon

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It's amazing how what once was cutting edge is now brick technology.

I had one of those Casio 155's (or something like that) as my first PDA.
I think I've since seen them tied to gas station rest room keys to keep people from stealing the key.


I had one of the original Palm devices when they were first introduced. It was nice for its time, but a far cry from the iPhone or Blackberry.
 

HecticArt

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I personally prefer a separate device rather than having an all in one, which is why I have a thin Razr 2 and then use the iPod Touch for my PDA. Calendars and contacts sycn via push from Google, which is where I have the company domain for email setup. I get alerts, I can do email, take notes, create to do list, plus you get the music, streaming with all the apple applications. I find it to work GREAT! I never leave the office without it. Sometimes it saves me having to lug a notebook for quick meetings and such which is GREAT! It does require Wifi, though I am fortunately because in every office I have business there has been wifi, hotel rooms, coffee shops etc. Its worked out very well, so no extra data plans and I could not be happier. My cell phone bill is about $50 bucks a month, because I don't have to pay them suckers for a data plan.

Yeah, I didn't really want an all in one smart phone. I was also getting tired of carrying around so many gadgets and chargers and whatnot. (one of the reasons I haven't gotten a slacker yet.)

I didn't really want work to be able to find me 24/7! But it really hasn't been a problem at all. The office pays for my data and a bit of my phone bill too. So I still end up ahead on the deal. Now I can post to the DRC from anywhere! So I can keep up with my post whoring! Win win!
 
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Well, on Saturday I went out and got an HTC fuze! I love the thing. I haven't removed the AT&T bloatware yet but it's still super fast and very awesome! I will be removing all the unnecessary junk off of it tonight and adding my favorite apps.