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Okay, advice tiime.

As you all know, my precious PalmOne Tungsten E was lost on Friday. It will be replaced; it *must* be replaced.

My choices are the same thing again, Tungsten T, which has a cool sliding screen, somewhat faster processing , Bluetooth and a HotSync Crade, or a Tungsten C, which has a built in thumb keyboard, still faster processing speed, WIFI, twice as much memory, and a power supply as well as the HotSync Cradle.

None offer cellphones or cameras.

The price differences are huge - ranging from $179 to $359.

At this point, the "T" seems out of the running. The differences between it and the "E" are not extreme enough to warrant $100 difference. The "C", on the other hand, has features that seem useful.

It pretty much has to be one of those three, since all my data is backed up with PalmOne software.

So, peoples. Advice? Counsel? We might be able to get the money as a Chanukah present or a combined Chanukah/birthday present. ETA: Jonathan spoke to his parents. They're chipping in half the money, since they were at a loss for my present this year anyway. So, definitely the C at this point.


I have a WIFI iPAQ, and the WIFI feature pretty much changed the way I use email - during the day it's very easy to spot a network and download my email & answer quickly on the spot. (I can also check urgent stuff with Google, etc. Read surfing takes longer because the screen is so small.) So I'd say that feature is really, really worth it.

PDAs with WiFi are da bomb. I would recommend the Sony Clié PEG-TJ37, which was cheaper than the Tungsten C when I bought it, but I hear Sony is discontinuing the Clié.

More accurately, Sony is no longer producing a Clié for the non-Japanese market. :-(

Sorry about that. I have a pocket PC, though, so I can't help you much with that.

Buy the one you really want. If you buy cheaper and downgrade from what you had, will you always miss the better one?

Very likely. The choice was get the same or better. And, well. I may actally need the better.

I just got a Dell Axim x50v, with built in wifi and bluetooth, a 650 mhz processor, 128 mgs of built in rom, and! a genuine vga screen.

I cannot reccomend it highly enough.

ok...waht's a tungston?

Tungsten is a line of Personal Digital Assistants from PalmOne. I got my Tungsten E, which is the entry level, ecomony version, last February, and it very quickly became indispensible to me - holding my phone numbers, my favorite games, entire *novels* and fanfiction, as well as works in progress and notes and...it even had an lj client so I could write posts to upload. It didn't have a web connection, though.

I'm getting one of the top ones, now, one with web connectitivity. I would have gotten it in a year or so anyway.

oooooh it's a pda! now i get it.

i wonder...i've been lookign for something like that that has the ability to organize recipes....ideas?

I've been happy with my Tungsten C, although I don't use the WiFi t hat much- I can't get used to surfing on a 2"x2" screen and the Palm browser can't handle pop-up windows. That said, though, it is good for checking e-mail and I _really_ like the built-in keyboard. Also, since I use my Palm professionally (and pharmacy/medical databases are _BIG_, I really love all the memory space.

Thanks. I might be on my synagogue dinner committee (as well as the other Thing I'm doing), so handling databases is a good thing.

Zire 71

I have had mixed luck with the Zire series, but I like the camera built in. And the Zire 72 has a microphone for voice memos. But the battery life issue is a major annoyance. I like AAA replaceable batteries -- so that I can just run into a store and get spares. But anyway, the point is -- get the best you can afford.

Happy Chanukah!