What do you need to know about in a pda review?

Before I go into PDA review let’s take a quick look at some facts.

Personal digital assistants (PDA). Hand held devices that were originally designed as personal organisers, but became increasingly versatile over the years.

A basic PDA usually contains the following must-haves: date book, address book, task list, memo pad, clock, and calculator software…. some even had “PDA ladies”…

Newer PDA / PDA phone also have color screens and audio capabilities, enabling them to be used for showing multimedia content.

Recent PDAs also have Internet access functions, Intranet or Extra nets via Wi-Fi, cellular , Wide-Area Networks (WANs) or Bluetooth technology.

No 3G PDAs … yet. Well, you know the routine ‘coming soon’. Then I’ll have to do up a 3G PDA review.

What do you need to know about in a pda review?

Touch screen

Practically all PDA features a touch screen for user interaction, having a detachable stylus that can be used on the touch screen.

The amount of buttons is minimised for sake of developing smaller and lighter PDAs. Which means…. arms crouched, fingers cramped and shoulder stiff… Keep on guessing.

Text input is usually done by using a virtual keyboard, where a keyboard is shown on the touch screen. Or, using letter or word recognition, where letters or words are written on the touch screen, which is the more popular method.

I mean to say which would you prefer? Squint your eyes and develop finger arthritis or practice your handwriting? So much for my PDA review eh? :p


An important functionality for is the synchronising of PDAs with computers. The data synchronised are usually contacts, appointments and e-mail, allowing accessibility to the same information on the computer and the PDA.

This also prevents the loss of information stored on the device in case it is lost, stolen or due to acts-of-god. Data input is much more easier on a PC than on the PDA itself.

You’re not going to lay out tomorrow’s powerpoint presentation on the PDA, are you? It would be much effective to transfer the data to the PDA and bring it to the presentation.


Software can be bought through outside sources or downloaded from the Internet, allowing users to install them and personalise their PDAs.

Watch out for certifications/compatibility before you gonna download or use their software.. you don want the OS to crash on you ya? Well, I have to list out the bad points if this is to be a good PDA review.

Most PDA also allow for adding hardware. The most common being a memory card slot, which allows for additional and exchangeable storage space on the hand held devices.

Some of the other functionalities that are commonly added to PDA, which differs by the model-type and brand. Some examples are:

  • Audio recording
  • Camera functionality
  • Map functionality, with a GPS receiver
  • Cell Phone functionality, including SMS and MMS.

A small history fact

The term “personal digital assistant” was coined on January 7, 1992 by John Sculley at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, referring to the Apple Newton. Although earlier models like the Psion and Sharp Wizard could also be considered PDAs.

When PDAs were not calles PDAs yet, other names were available as early as the mid-1970s — first as very advanced calculators, then as electronic organisers, and later as PDAs.