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Jeff “Rascal” Rasco, CMP Attendee Management, Inc. Washington State Chapter PDA SHOOT-OUT:  TEXAS STYLE!   Stephen “Six-Sh...
PDA Device Choices <ul><li>449 PDA Choices: Prices $75 - $600+ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3Com  (1)  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
PDA Operating Systems <ul><li>4 PDA OS Category Choices, (316 different Operating Systems)  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linux   ...
Device Feature Considerations <ul><li>Operating System </li></ul><ul><li>Memory </li></ul><ul><li>CPU </li></ul><ul><li>Sc...
Comparison Chart Palm and Pocket PC Comparison Source: What you need to know About, William Hungerford, http://palmtops.ab...
Comparison Chart Palm and Pocket PC comparison source: What you need to know About, William Hungerford, http://palmtops.ab...
Reasons to choose a Palm <ul><li>The de facto standard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 24 million Palm Powered handheld devices...
Reasons to choose a Pocket PC <ul><li>No Graffiti </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft product </li></ul><ul><li>Mirrors computer O...
Reasons to choose a BlackBerry <ul><li>QWERTY keyboard typing </li></ul><ul><li>Always-on wireless network connectivity </...
The Winner is… <ul><li>If you are primarily need a compact, reasonably priced, easy-to-use PDA for calendaring, contacts, ...
Resources <ul><li>Avantgo   </li></ul><ul><li>Handango   </li></ul><ul><li>Handango  Glossary   </li></ul><ul><li>Handspri...
PDA/Wireless Developers <ul><li>Advontech/AMi – Jeff (512) 842-1613 www.attendeenet.com </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen (512) 78...
Websites <ul><li>www.cnet.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.palm.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers thousands of commercial PalmOS p...
Websites <ul><li>www.tucows.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Downloads and reviews of almost everything! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>w...
Further Questions? Jeffrey W. Rasco, CMP 164 Augusta Drive Wimberley, TX 78676 USA P: 512.842.1613 ext 4# F: 512.233.2870 ...
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  1. 1. Jeff “Rascal” Rasco, CMP Attendee Management, Inc. Washington State Chapter PDA SHOOT-OUT: TEXAS STYLE! Stephen “Six-Shooter” Nold Austin, TX A steely-eyed look at personal digital assistants and how they can make your job as easy as eatin’ watermelon on a summer day
  2. 2. PDA Device Choices <ul><li>449 PDA Choices: Prices $75 - $600+ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3Com  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acer  (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amigo  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apple  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asustek  (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audiovox  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aurora  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Casio  (35) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cidco  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compaq  (43) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross Pen  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day-Timer  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dell  (3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Earth Link  (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everex  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FIC  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fossil  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fuga  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fujitsu  (4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Garmin  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global Star Software  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Technologies  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HandEra  (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handspring  (12) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hewlett Packard  (46) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hitachi  (5) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IBM  (8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intel  (6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intermec  (3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Itronix  (3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LG  (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mainstreet Networks  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maxtech  (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Royal Typewriter  (8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salton  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Samsung  (4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharp  (33) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Siemens  (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sonic Blue  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sony  (26) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbol  (17) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T Mobile  (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toshiba  (11) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uniden  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unigen  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vadem  (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ViewSonic  (5) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zayo  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Melard Technologies  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mitac  (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motorola  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NEC  (7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oregon Scientific  (7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Palm  (29) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Panasonic  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Philips  (12) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Port Incorporated  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psion  (11) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>QuickPAD  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RCA  (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RIM Blackberry  (9) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rolodex  (1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Royal  (1) </li></ul></ul>Source: epinions.com, 11/05/03
  3. 3. PDA Operating Systems <ul><li>4 PDA OS Category Choices, (316 different Operating Systems) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linux   (3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Palm   (86) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pocket PC (Windows CE)   (187) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proprietary   (40) </li></ul></ul>Source: epinions.com, 11/05/03
  4. 4. Device Feature Considerations <ul><li>Operating System </li></ul><ul><li>Memory </li></ul><ul><li>CPU </li></ul><ul><li>Screen </li></ul><ul><li>Card Slot </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compact Flash (CF) vs. Secure Digitial (SD) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless networking </li></ul><ul><li>Cellular capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Applications (over 20,000 on handango.com) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Comparison Chart Palm and Pocket PC Comparison Source: What you need to know About, William Hungerford, http://palmtops.about.com/library/blchart.htm, 11/05/03 $    E-book reader     Video playback    Instant messenger client $    Offline browsing $    WAP browser     HTML browser   $ Voice recorder $   $ Adobe Acrobat Support    $ Microsoft PowerPoint support     Microsoft Excel document support     Microsoft Word document support $  $ Syncs with Lotus Notes    Syncs with Outlook    Syncs with Mac Palm BlackBerry Pocket PC Feature
  6. 6. Comparison Chart Palm and Pocket PC comparison source: What you need to know About, William Hungerford, http://palmtops.about.com/library/blchart.htm, 11/05/03     Data Push Connectivity    16-bit color support    MP3 playback support    Desktop PIM Included    Syncs with PC    Handwriting    Onscreen Keyboard    Calculator    Task List    Email    NotePad    Calendar    Address Book Palm BlackBerry Pocket PC Feature
  7. 7. Reasons to choose a Palm <ul><li>The de facto standard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 24 million Palm Powered handheld devices. Palm OS still owns over 80% of the US market and 57% of the worldwide market. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Variety of products </li></ul><ul><li>Price (lower priced devices available) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple handheld devices starting at $69 to Smart phones. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Greatest selection of applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 230,000 registered Palm OS developers. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ease of use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intuitive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Compatibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With PCs, Outlook, and Microsoft applications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Long Battery Life </li></ul><ul><li>Palm OS takes small memory space </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of hardware add-on products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SD expansion cards, memory sticks, digital cameras, </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Reasons to choose a Pocket PC <ul><li>No Graffiti </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft product </li></ul><ul><li>Mirrors computer OS </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>More models and vendors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Majority of Palm OS PDA models come from Sony and Palm/Handspring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Better screen display </li></ul><ul><li>Better Web browser </li></ul><ul><ul><li>similar to Windows OS version </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Easier multitasking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pocket PC can open more than one application at a time </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Reasons to choose a BlackBerry <ul><li>QWERTY keyboard typing </li></ul><ul><li>Always-on wireless network connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop email synchronization over-the-air (Exchange, Domino) allowing data pushed instantly to the handheld </li></ul><ul><li>Allows the consolidation of phones and pagers into a single mobile device to carry </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless carrier agnostic for worldwide operation </li></ul><ul><li>Centralized user and device management </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Winner is… <ul><li>If you are primarily need a compact, reasonably priced, easy-to-use PDA for calendaring, contacts, to-do lists, and possibly a few multimedia perks, shop for a Palm OS device. </li></ul><ul><li>If the familiarity of the Windows OS interface appeals to you, if you want to carry around what is essentially a tiny version of your PC, and if you want multimedia to be the rule and not the exception, then go for a Pocket PC. </li></ul><ul><li>If always-on instant data push capability is important, then the BlackBerry device is the right choice. </li></ul>Mobile Computing: Palm vs. Pocket PC, The products are different, but also the same. How do choose? James A. Martin, Thursday, August 21, 2003, http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,111825,00.asp
  11. 11. Resources <ul><li>Avantgo </li></ul><ul><li>Handango </li></ul><ul><li>Handango Glossary </li></ul><ul><li>Handspring </li></ul><ul><li>How PDAs Work </li></ul><ul><li>HP Handheld Devices </li></ul><ul><li>MemoWare </li></ul><ul><li>Palm Handhelds </li></ul><ul><li>Palm Tipsheet </li></ul><ul><li>Security Brief: Implementing HIPAA-Compliant Palm Handheld Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>SonyStyle USA </li></ul><ul><li>TealPoint Software </li></ul><ul><li>Toshiba </li></ul><ul><li>Tucows PDA software </li></ul><ul><li>ZDNet Palm Downloads </li></ul>Source: D. Samuel Gottesman Library, http:// library.aecom.yu.edu/resources/pda/pdageneral.htm , 11.06.03 <ul><li>PalmGear </li></ul><ul><li>PalmSpot </li></ul><ul><li>PDA Central </li></ul><ul><li>Pdalive </li></ul><ul><li>PDAmart </li></ul><ul><li>PDAStreet </li></ul><ul><li>PocketPC </li></ul>
  12. 12. PDA/Wireless Developers <ul><li>Advontech/AMi – Jeff (512) 842-1613 www.attendeenet.com </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen (512) 789-1603 www.advontech.com </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance Tech – (512) 617-2000 www.alliancetech.com </li></ul><ul><li>bCard – (301) 654-3779 www.bcard.com </li></ul><ul><li>EventCentric – (703) 524-3309 www.eventcentric.com </li></ul><ul><li>ExpoExchange – (301) 662-9401 </li></ul><ul><li>www.expoexchange.com </li></ul><ul><li>EventPoint – (425) 869-0567 www.eventpoint.com </li></ul><ul><li>Hemko Systems – (970) 667-0460 www.hemkosys.com </li></ul><ul><li>Pistachio – (503) 292-6617 www.pistachioinc.com </li></ul><ul><li>NearSpace – (707) 792-8004 www.nearspace.com </li></ul><ul><li>Shockfish Communications – Lausanne, Switzerland – +41 (0) 878 877 931 www.shockfish.com </li></ul><ul><li>Registration Unlimited – (916) 626-5135 www.regunlim.com </li></ul><ul><li>WideRay – (415) 263-2802 www.wideray.com </li></ul>
  13. 13. Websites <ul><li>www.cnet.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.palm.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers thousands of commercial PalmOS products </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.handspring.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn more about Handspring Visors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.palmgear.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips/Tricks section has shortcuts that will help new users get up to speed. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.nearlymobile.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New user tips and suggestions </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Websites <ul><li>www.tucows.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Downloads and reviews of almost everything! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.handango.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software and gear for multiple systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent Support section for all platforms with tips/tricks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.microsoft.com/mobile/pocketpc/default.asp </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Features, buyer’s guide, downloads, and how to information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.rex.net </li></ul><ul><li>www.blackberry.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.hp.com/www.compaq.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.casio.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.toshiba.com </li></ul>
  15. 15. Further Questions? Jeffrey W. Rasco, CMP 164 Augusta Drive Wimberley, TX 78676 USA P: 512.842.1613 ext 4# F: 512.233.2870 E: jeff@attendeenet.com Stephen Nold 14917 Solera Drive Austin, TX 78717 USA P: 512.789.1603 F: 512.233.2267 E: snold@advontech.com
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