What is a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)? The personal digital assistant better known as the PDA is a handheld computer that contains a lot on it. Although different brands may vary, they all usually do about the same thing. Some are bigger and others are smaller. The PDA has become a tool for people on the go all the time. Students in high school use them to keep track of homework assignments, while others might use them to keep track of taking notes. As newer versions are produced, their capabilities are faster and some with better screen resolution. However the same operating system usually goes into each PDA just as it would a desktop or laptop computer. The operating system depends on the owner of the PDA. The PDA has Internet capabilities if it is docked to a desktop computer of some kind. At this point you can access what you need to, and store it on your PDA for later use. Emails can be loaded on the PDA and read at a later time if the individual is in a hurry. The PDA can be placed in a case that clips onto your belt or pocket as well. It is a convenient way to carry the PDA around as well as protecting your PDA at the same time. The PDA has become one of the most popular items as a pocket pc for many people and although newer versions are coming out on the market, there are those who would not trade their PDA at all. There are so many different programs on the PDA it is just like a portable computer. Some come with attachments, including keyboards that the PDA docks on in order for you to type. The PDA has many features including the ability to record for verbal notes, depending on what version of a PDA you have. Some PDA's also have wireless capabilities to connect to the internet so they do not have to be docked with a desktop computer. The PDA has a stylus as the screen is a touch screen to access each page you want to view, also to type or you can simply write a note in the note area. There are many useful purposes for the PDA or the personal digital assistant. It is basically a compact style computer that many people appreciate having. The standard basic style of PDA can be used for so many purposes, and can hole information that is necessary for the owner of the PDA. Such as task manager, a calendar, a calculator, taking notes, a virtual keyboard for typing by simply tapping the touch screen with a stylus, and so much more. You can even read e-books on the PDA, without ever opening a book. In fact, many novels are being transferred into the e book format which allows them to be placed on the PDA. Recipes can be stored on the PDA, as well as many other things, such as addresses and phone numbers. The opportunities for freedom of the pen and paper are endless. The PDA allows you to view pictures or poetry, play games, and listen to music. The PDA can even get your email off of your desktop should you not have time to read it at the time and allow you to read it later. There are many different uses for the professional digital assistant, better known as the PDA. How Much Do PDA's Actually Cost? Depending on the brand, the amount of memory and the style you are looking for; PDA's can average in cost. To some people they are not expensive at all. While to others they sound too expensive to get. Basically a PDA that is good for the use of basic programs and optimizing word documents as well as other simple tasks the cost is lower. However the newer models coming out now, with wireless capabilities, Wi Fi, and of course blue tooth will cost you more. It also depends on where you go to purchase the PDA as well. Basically the cost of a PDA can be anywhere from $99.00 to over $600.00. And after buying other accessories to go with your new PDA, such as a case or screen covers and much more, the cost increases a great deal. Don't lose your breath this is true. The newer you go with a PDA, the higher the cost is going to be. Some people want the best brand name, while others want good processor speed for a PDA. And yet there are still others who want to outdo their associate. This of course, is the one that gets the best of us. Unfortunately, there are people like that. But if they want to pay the cost, its their choice. Sometimes you can find PDA's at a cheaper cost, however it means buying a PDA that is used. And often times these PDA's aren't under any type of warranty and if something happens to go wrong, you pay to get the PDA fixed. When you purchase a PDA that has been refurbished, this means the PDA has either had a programming problem, a processing problem, or some other flaw. It has been repaired and now it is being sold as used. Most of the time refurbished PDA's only last for a short period of time. Not to mention the fact that there may be flaws in different programs on the PDA that you are initially unaware of until you go to actually access or use that specific program. So, the cost of the PDA you have purchased as being used will obviously increase as time goes on; or problems should arise. As a matter of speaking bluntly, you shouldn't really buy a used PDA from a friend, if for some reason something goes wrong with the PDA it can ultimately end a friendship quickly. There are some computer stores, that will sell PDA's as well as other accessories that are in fact brand new, they will however sell them lower as part of a wholesalers price, whereas at a store where you won't find as many products by the company would initially cost you more. It sounds confusing, however either way cost effective, when it comes to the purchase of a PDA that you want. You can also buy PDA's that are brand new on the Internet through websites, however the shipping cost and insurance on the PDA can be costly. This is something to take into consideration too. Choosing A PDA That Is Right For You When you go to purchase a PDA there might be a few things you want to check out before your actual purchase. Deciding which PDA is right for you depends on things like, what you will use your PDA for the most. Also, how much information you will need to store on your PDA before it can be transferred to another computer or a memory card. Look at the different feature types out on the market, such as brand names and those with Internet access capabilities, whichever PDA you choose should be to your liking and not simply because someone says its a good one. Then, look at the processing speed and the memory size. Depending on how much memory you need, to keep information actually on your PDA. PDA's usually come with 16 to 64 megabytes of memory, however with a PDA you have to remember that one third of the memory is used for the operating system alone to run properly. Most PDA's come with basic installation programs nothing very fancy, but worth the cost of the PDA and the operating system as well. There are special software programs you can purchase for just about anything. That you can install onto your PDA once you have chosen the type that best fits you. Medical software is available, calculations and numbering software, teaching software, reading software, games, and so much more. Additionally, there are accessories you might want to purchase too, such as a case so your PDA will not suffer damage. Choose a case that isn't too bulky or heavyweight, it should be to your liking. Also, a pair of headphones, if you plan on listening to mp3's on your PDA. One more thing that is usually a must is the purchase of a memory card. Memory cards come with different amounts of memory storage on them, so get the size you choose that will hold additional information you want. Or to hold specific Mp3's. When you have chosen a PDA that is right for you and got all the necessary accessories, be sure to get electronic cleaning wipes. The touch screen is very sensitive and using any other type of cleaner could damage it in some way. Most PDA's come with a battery charge cord. Be sure to maintain a decent charge on your battery, because if you don't you will lose all the information stored on the main memory of your PDA. Once you have chosen the PDA that is right for you and have it purchased, you can then start to personalize your PDA. Some PDA's require twenty-four hours before actually using it. In most cases, it would be a really good idea to let your new PDA charge for at least the twenty four hours before using it, even if the directions don't actually say to. This way you know your battery does in fact have a complete charge to it. Then, start using your PDA and personalizing the way you want it to be. Why Choose The Standard PDA over a Smart Phone The most recent product out is the smart phone. Although it is almost like a PDA it is in addition in fact a cell phone. However, the standard or basic PDA isn't considered as being as bulky whereas the Smart phone of course is. Also, screens on the standard or basic PDA are larger than those of the smart phone, making it easier to see and navigate through web pages. Not to mention the creation of word documents and spreadsheets. The standard and basic PDA also allows you to see pictures and videos much better than that of the smart phone. So, some recommend that if you really don't need the use of the Internet access, the better choice is the standard and basic PDA. This makes sense given the idea that people who just want the PDA for simple tasks and pictures, perhaps the use of Mp3's and keeping up with appointments, then nothing else is needed really. True, the smart phone which is a newer type of PDA does have more features, access available to the Internet, it obviously has its draw backs too. Ultimately, this depends on who is buying the PDA and what they intend to use it for. In comparison however, more people right at the moment would prefer the standard and basic PDA. I think the main reason people ran out to buy the smart phone was because of curiosity, and of course, they were determined to keep up with the times. Having the latest technology and advances that go along with the smart phone. The smart phone also comes with fees, like when you use the cell phone, or access the Internet and do other things. Sometimes there are even fees for downloading things on the smart phone. But there are those people in the business field that believe they need these additional features to "move up in the business world." If this is the case there is going to be no stopping the person from getting the most advanced PDA on the market. As for the standard or basic PDA things don't cost you, unless you actually purchase a program and download it to your desktop to add to your PDA. But even then, these programs are considered much cheaper. There are no additional fees obviously, because the standard and basic PDA is not a phone. That's the biggest reason why people have run out for the newer PDA's because of the phone capabilities however, they didn't stop to think of the charges that would be incurred each month as they use the phone part of the PDA, or perhaps the text messages as well. If a person is not careful this can at the least be very expensive, and the person could probably have gone out and bought a couple standard or basic PDA's for the cost. While the standard and basic PDA's don't have these capabilities they do however have many of the other capabilities and that's what makes all the difference in the world to some people. This is the real reason for PDA's in the first place. A PDA Has A Touch Screen Rather than Plain Screen A PDA has a touch screen, which is a very cool feature. This allows the PDA to have very few buttons you have to deal with. The stylus is used to access different areas of your PDA by the use of the touch screen. However, the touch screen is very sensitive. The touch screen also should only be cleaned with an electronic cleaner, this way it is not damaged in any way and will work on your PDA just as it always does. By tapping the touch screen with the stylus allows you to activate buttons or maneuver from different menu choices just as you would with a desktop computer mouse. You do not have a cursor on a PDA; instead by using the touch screen and the stylus you are able to use your PDA in a quick manner. If you have your PDA set to take notes, which most PDA's have this feature you can use the stylus and the touch screen and literally write words. If your PDA is not in this mode, then you simply use the virtual keyboard at the bottom of the touch screen on your PDA. Using the stylus you tap the letters you want that appear on the touch screen. This is very easy to do as well. You can also use the touch screen and stylus to highlight different areas of a paragraph you may have done on your PDA. Remember you don't have to press hard on the touch screen of your PDA. The touch screen is very sensitive. Tapping it lightly is always best instead of pressing hard. If it's possible, try to clean your touch screen everyday, especially if you keep it in a case, this way dust and other things don't build up on it. If you let dust or other film collect on the touch screen it will not be as sensitive at the tapping of the stylus. Some people use screen covers for their PDA touch screens simply so the touch screen will not get scratched or damaged in some way. These screen covers are not costly, in fact they are considered very inexpensive when you think about the possible damage that could be done to the touch screen of your PDA. Most of the time the touch screen covers come in packs as well. You don't have to get them at a computer store or somewhere like that. Most department stores sell them so they don't even have to be special ordered. These touch screen covers are not reusable however, but this is why they are sold in packs, and one screen cover does last for a while, depending on the amount of usage you do on your PDA. Never try to use a pen, pencil, or any other pointed object to tap on the touch screen of your PDA, many times not only will the PDA not be able to acknowledge the command you are trying to perform, but it is also a good way to definitely damage the touch screen. Software Associated With The PDA Among the many accessories that already come with a PDA, there are also several different types of software that can be installed on your PDA. One of these installations for software, includes different languages. Software can include English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and a few others. The software program once installed on your PDA can have different features. Although most software is basically the same, some forms are actually different. For example, if you have installed software on your PDA that is going to teach you Spanish, it may give you the English translation first, and then the Spanish translation so you can learn it. Some software language also teaches you the spelling of the translated word. However, software that is for a regular PC in not going to work on a PDA. These files are too big and PDA files are compressed so that they will fit on the PDA and work properly. The main thing to remember is that some files are made for the PDA while there are others that were not. For example, if you have the encyclopedia Encarta on your desktop computer and you think it will work for the PDA, it won't. It is a totally different filing system than that of your desktop computer. Some are fat 32, others are NTSF and others have yet still other file systems. So there are software variations. At least the PDA has a lot of software of its own with many different programs especially for the PDA. Software on PDA's doesn't seem to take quite as long to install either. If your PDA stops responding after you have recently installed software, simply reset your PDA. Most PDA's have reset buttons on the back panel. A note about resetting your PDA is that it does not remove information, it simply shuts down just as you desktop computer would do. Software that is installed on your PDA to teach different languages can often be valuable if you are taking a trip or vacation to the location that speaks the alternate language. However, it can also prove to be useful for classes one might take in some type of educational aspect. Language software for a PDA is far less expensive than other forms of software for a desktop computer in order to learn another language. In many cases, the language software can also be upgraded for a small fee once you have sufficiently gained the knowledge of the language you are learning. Then, after you have achieved the fullness of learning an alternate language with the aid of your PDA, the software for the language can be easily removed or uninstalled from your PDA, freeing up memory and space; therefore making room for other software installations or files you might want to put on your PDA. After you decide to uninstall software or a program from your PDA, reset your PDA as if you were refreshing your desktop computer. The end result is basically the same. Your PDA will run faster and probably more effectively. PDA's Help People Stay on Schedule Although some newer laptops are coming out with reminders, you still have the problem of actually taking it with you wherever you go. The PDA has a program already installed on it when you purchase it called a task manager. As well as appointment book. This allows you to keep up with appointments and tasks that are upcoming. The PDA can also be set to remind you of certain events that are coming up, that you don't want to forget such as an important meeting right down to a birthday. You can set a reminder tone on the PDA that will go off, and this of course lets you know of the appointment or specific date you wanted to remember. It will also do this if you set it in the morning, for say picking up files from an office at three that afternoon. The PDA will go off thirty minutes before whatever it is you have to do. The PDA can also be set days in advance for an appointment, this way your schedule is always at hand. The PDA can come in handy if you have several things you have to do in one day as well. You can list everything you need to do for that day either the night before on that morning, then go by what is listed on your PDA and not forget absolutely anything. It is a good way to stay on schedule. Also, I should mention if your schedule changes it is very easy to delete or move an appointment on the PDA. Its just like a computer in the aspect of the way the program for the task manager is set up to function. The scheduling program allows you to set dates well in advance and will keep track of those dates as they approach. You can also delete things on your schedule once the appointment is done, or if the appointment has been cancelled or changed. You have the option of changing the appointment you have scheduled as well. Most PDA's come with a task manager and sound alarms can go off letting you know of an upcoming task, as well as alerting you of appointments, meetings, even birthdays and anniversaries. In the fast society now, it seems almost everyone goes by some sort of schedule, and by having a PDA and using it for this purpose, basically eliminates papers and pens that always seem to get lost, then you can't remember where or what time you were to be somewhere. Like going to the doctor, or a staff meeting. With a PDA you can stay on schedule and not be late. The PDA stores the information on the memory and if it's a birthday or anniversary you are to remember you can actually use the settings so it is a reoccurring event, and select once a year and so forth. The PDA won't let you down in most cases as far as scheduling and things you have to remember to do, unless of course you forget to charge your PDA, if the battery is low, you can't use it very well. The PDA Compared To A Laptop There are things a laptop can do, that a PDA is unable to do. There are tasks the PDA can perform that the laptop can't perform. One of these things is the ability to go anywhere you go, simply by putting the PDA in your pocket or purse. Obviously though small and convenient, the laptop isn't as easy to just grab and go. The PDA holds information just like a laptop, however the laptop has more memory. As for comparing the PDA to a Laptop, it would in a sense be hard to do in the technical world we are living in today. While the laptop is bigger than the PDA it is still portable and easy to take from one place to another. However, with the PDA information that is on you laptop can be put on your PDA as well. You can use the PDA almost anywhere, yet with a laptop this could prove to be a problem in some cases. A PDA is also easier to use in the sense, if you are in a class or business meetings and need to take a few notes, you could take the notes with the PDA faster than you could with a laptop. A PDA is obviously much lighter and carrying it with you for appointments and work or other information all day, compared to a laptop; the PDA would be lighter. Some laptops are getting lighter, but none are still as light as a PDA. You can also listen to music on your PDA with a headset like a walkman, although you can listen to your music on a laptop as well and with a headset as well, unfortunately often times you have to bring the media player up, which in turn would entail starting your laptop up. There are benefits to your PDA compared to the laptop. Easier to manage and carry around. Information you put onto your lap top many times stays on your laptop, where as the PDA the information can be removed and put on a main computer so you free up memory on your PDA. Viewing pictures on your laptop would definitely be better obviously because the screen is so much bigger, however there are PDA's with pretty good size screens and quality resolution so that the pictures can be viewed easily. Being held in the hand, makes the PDA easy to access files and other programs that are out of reach of the laptop or in some cases if there are several files on the laptop it can take longer for the laptop to load, where as a PDA only has so much memory and with a tap of the stylus most pictures and other files instantly show up on the screen. Comparing a PDA to a Laptop has its good points, and to some degree bad ones too. Laptops obviously have more memory and can store more files. And today they are being made even lighter than they used to. However as far as being portable the PDA still has them beat. So, a lot of people say you can't compare the PDA to a laptop simply due to the idea that both have unique qualities and capabilities. Using PDA's As A Learning Tool Some high schools across the United States have implemented the use of PDA's into their learning system. This allows students not only to learn the use of a PDA but also allows them to keep up with their homework assignments, take notes and use programs that are installed on the PDA. Some of these learning programs might be word processing, excel projects, as well as the use of a dictionary that is usually installed on the PDA. Some of the PDA's come with encyclopedia software, and informative software, teachers use as simple learning tools and aids. By using the PDA as a learning tool the students are able to also save information and later put it on their Desktop computers for future reference. In some instances, students have chosen to actually record a teacher while giving a lesson. The ideas for the PDA are actually and ultimately endless. More newer versions are being produced, and some with even better capabilities and accessories. However, a lot of the newer versions that have more capabilities use the same software as the older versions, therefore the new PDA's are somewhat like upgrading your desktop computer. So, you don't have to run out and simply buy the latest version of a PDA because you don't think you have what you need on the PDA you already have. Often times the PDA's that are used in classes are using programs that have been installed on the earliest versions. And the PDA believe it or not has been around and produced since 1992. They became popular as people realized all the different tasks that could be done on them. This is another reason they are slowly being integrated into high schools in certain areas. In fact, some publishers have begun an interest in creating e-books that are the actual textbooks for higher level educational institutes, such as colleges and vocational schools. Having the opportunity or the advantage rather; to synchronize an e-book textbook to your desktop computer or vise versa can be very useful to a college student taking several different courses at the same time. Some colleges have already introduced the PDA into their classroom as part of their assignment keeping. Literature and other project fields where the college student has more than a few weeks to prepare. The PDA has a task manager that keeps the student aware of the exact date the assignment being due was set. The college professors especially like this because the students therefore have no excuse saying they lost the paper telling them when the deadline for the assignment was due. The PDA is also used for the notes on the paper and can perform many useful tasks for the college student too. In some cases, the dictionary, Microsoft word, power point and other programs that are even the most basic PDA's are a lot of what college students use as part of their studies. Some can even do their work on a desktop computer then load it to the PDA. After this all they have to do is take it to the library and in some cases by using the storage card from the PDA, print their essays and assignments that are due off, having them ready to be turned in. When Your PDA Stops Working A lot of people can get very agitated when their PDA stops working. I am talking about letting it charge all night, going to turn it on, and nothing happens. Of course you try resetting your PDA on the back cover and still nothing but a dark blank touch screen. There is obviously something wrong with your PDA. Unfortunately, people forget that a PDA is nothing more than a small computer with a very high technical out put of intelligence. The ability to store files and do other things just as a desktop model would. So when the PDA stops working what do people do? You guessed it, instead of trouble shooting or taking it somewhere where professionals can see what's going on with the PDA, the owner decides to take it a part, as if it were a portable radio! There are several reasons why your PDA has stopped working. Maybe the memory is full and you simply need to stop some of the programs. However, if it is the case that your touch screen remains black and the PDA won't start even after you have reset it then there is a potential problem with your PDA. When your PDA stops working the last thing you should do is take it a part, this is a no, no. A big No, no. Unless you know what you are doing, you have no idea what is involved. Taking the PDA a part can and usually does cause severe damage to the point of one having to get a brand new PDA. Remember a PDA is a small computer, it has components, memory and very small parts and delicate parts, such as the processor and tiny wires as well. These things cannot be disturbed unless you know what you are doing or the PDA is flat out destroyed. If one wire is broken off, or a component even slightly moved, the PDA is not going to work properly. Something to consider before taking your PDA apart, is are you absolutely sure you know how it goes back together, and if taking it apart will this cause more damage than good. Another point to consider is if you take the PDA a part will it actually fix the problem. Although some people get the notion that taking the PDA a part will in fact allow to fix the PDA often times are those people who find themselves buying a new PDA as the out come of their endeavor. Most PDA's are not built to be taken a part. However, a very few of them are, if it is by a professional and knows exactly what he or she is doing. Otherwise the efforts are simply in vain, and cannot be reversed in most cases. The best thing to do, is not take it a part at all, to diagnose the problem. The best thing to do is take it to a professional. Most often times they can attempt to dock it with a main computer and see if they can't get it to come on, to troubleshoot the possible reason as to why it is not functioning the way it should. But never take the PDA a part on your own. PDA's Can Be Used To Store Pictures Almost every PDA available today has the capability to store pictures on them. The picture has to be in the right format in order for the pictures to display properly. Most pictures can actually be saved on the main memory of your PDA, however once again they can be stored on a memory card and viewed this way. The same rule applies; simply use the stylus to open the storage card file and find the picture you would like to view. This is another way to view pictures on your PDA. Most pictures appear reasonably clear on a PDA, this also depends on the resolution your PDA has on its operating system. Some PDA's will allow you to place pictures on the main screen that is just like the desktop computer main screen. Pictures that won't display on your PDA may be too big as well. If this is the case, the picture will come up however you will only see a portion of the picture instead of the entire view. The PDA that has pictures on the main memory will display the pictures by simply opening the appropriate folder and using the stylus selecting the specific picture and it will be displayed on the screen. If your PDA doesn't have a lot of memory to spare the picture may load slowly. If this happens, simply close some of the other programs you may have running just as you would with a desktop computer. Your PDA comes with a display picture or a wallpaper display for the main screen, however adding wallpaper pictures usually will not work on most older version PDA's. This is possible with some of the newer versions of PDA's, and there are many versions available today. One that will fit almost every need for every individual person. One thing I should mention also is if you let your PDA battery lose its charge completely the pictures you might have saved on the main memory will definitely be lost. You want to keep your PDA battery charged. This way you won't have to worry about those pictures being deleted and possibly lost for good. This is also considered a good way of being able to not have to carry all those pictures of loved ones and friends that can possibly get damaged in your purse or your wallet. By putting them on a PDA, they are digital and can easily be put right back on if for some reason one or two are accidentally deleted. People like this feature, whereas they can carry the PDA in their purse or on their belt and have easy access to show off their pictures. As with a journal or the MP3 part of a PDA, some people use the PDA just for pictures, it is like their very own digital picture album and with plenty of space, because this is all the PDA is used for it can hold several pictures, as well as holding pictures on a storage card that can be placed in the PDA as well. Using Your PDA As A Journal In some cases, although the PDA has several different uses, people often get them simply for the use of having a digitalized journal. This is a good concept in the fact that PDA's have the ability to let you create a password denying anyone who does not know the password access. The journals you would buy at the store in reality have locks on them but these locks ultimately can be broken into. The PDA has memory that can hold several journal entries depending on their length. And if this is the only use for the PDA, it will probably be useful as a journal for quite a long time. People can either use the word pad program or notepad program that is already installed on the PDA when you purchase it. Using a PDA for a journal prohibits others from knowing what you have typed. Or written using the stylus and the touch screen. It is a very private way of keeping or making notes of your days events or other things on your mind. There are those who feel a better sense of security by using a PDA as a journal. While some people, think it is a waste, considering all the capabilities a PDA actually has to offer. But in all fairness, it depends on the one that owns the PDA doesn't it? Personally, I think journals kept on PDA's are a good form of privacy as well as being able to not "lose" the journal. People are more apt to lose a book style journal than a PDA that has their journal on it. Personal use of a PDA is up to the individual and not those around them. In many cases, a journal can be rather lengthy on a PDA without scarcely using space, where as with book style journals you tend to run out of pages faster. And even if your memory did start to fill up, the journal entries could be saved. They don't have to be saved on a desktop style computer for everyone to access. Remember PDA's have slots for memory card use. All the person has to do is place some of the journal entries onto the memory card and put it in a safe place. It is that simple. Then, continue on using the PDA as their journal. Using the PDA as a journal is effective if you do not want others to have any type of access to your journal. This is truly a private means of keeping your thoughts safe and of course private. Journals are often considered the inter most private thoughts of an individual. And these thoughts deserve to be protected. With the use of a PDA, it makes it virtually impossible for anyone to see your journal after a password is set. In some cases even the individual forgets the password and has to think about it. However if the PDA is reset the password in most cases stays in effect and will not let anyone who doesn't know the password access to those files. Using the virtual Keyboard on your PDA To some people this takes some getting used to. Using the stylus, at the bottom of your screen a keyboard will appear that looks entirely like the keyboard on any other computer. However, to use your PDA keyboard you tap the letters with the stylus on the touch screen. This of course acts as a typing mechanism and the words appear where you want them to on your PDA. The keyboard, can also be used with numbers, capitalization, and symbols too. Some PDA's come with a very small keyboard that your PDA can be attached to, and you can use it to type with. In most cases though, people simply find it easier to use the virtual keyboard on the touch screen of their PDA. And once you get use to it, tapping the appropriate letters or numbers to put information into your PDA becomes a breeze. While to others say they struggle constantly, simply because the virtual keyboard is so sensitive on the touch screen, the letters they tap will appear twice, or more than they want them too. It is true that the touch screen is very sensitive however, in time the owner of the PDA will get used to it being sensitive and will find that more of the mistakes made to begin with aren't made as often as when he or she first got the PDA. When you are finished with the virtual keyboard you simply click on the icon for the keyboard and it will close, just as with a laptop or desktop style computer, going back to the regular size of the screen on your PDA. You can also write, using the stylus, just as if you were writing on a post it note, then when you are finished you just tap save and the note stays on your PDA until you delete it at a later time, or when the task is finished. The virtual keyboard does not always have to be apparent on the touch screen, it in a sense can be minimized until needed. Then, when it is needed all the PDA owner has to do is tap the stylus on the icon and once again the virtual keyboard appears ready for use. No more digging for pens, and a piece of paper for someone to give you their address or phone number for example, simply use your PDA which is usually clipped on your pocket or in your purse, turn it on and you have your means of taking the note down, that quickly. PDA's fit into the society today obviously, otherwise so many people would not have them. PDA's are being used in all types of circumstances and becoming even more popular as newer versions come out available to consumers. The virtual keyboard is still a big part of the newer versions of the PDA however, they are making them with bigger showing keys to tap with the stylus, this of course makes the PDA screen appear smaller. And this is something that some people do not care for. They would rather have the larger appearance of their screen.
Using the Infrared Beam Feature On Your PDA This is actually a great feature that is on most PDA's. What this does is allow you to aim two PDA's at each other and they can ultimately transfer files or pictures one to the other. And, this is without any wires being attached or docking systems having to be in place. The infrared beam on the top of your PDA allows you to quickly transfer files without a lot of grief and hassle. This process allows the freedom of no wires or additional connections between two PDA's making it simple to transfer just about anything without any problems. If there is a problem your PDA will let you know. One important thing about the infrared beam process, is to be sure the PDA's are aimed directly at one another and that the beam area is absolutely clean. Otherwise, this can cause complication when trying to transfer your files from one PDA to another. In addition, if you don't have enough memory space on your PDA, and the file is too big, the infrared beam will not work, or not allow the transfer to complete. Sometimes it does partially, however that doesn't work either. You have to have the entire file transfer in order for a file to open or a program to work on your PDA. If this happens, simply stop trying to transfer the file and clean up your PDA a bit, get rid of some files you no longer need, or temporary notes that are no longer in use, by doing this you will free up some memory on your PDA, and this may be enough to allow you to use the infrared beam to eventually transfer the file from one PDA to the other. If the file you are trying to transfer has a code or a password, it is considered locked on the PDA its installed on, therefore it will not transfer to your PDA, or if it does it will not open properly and should simply be removed or deleted. Remember PDA's are small computers and will act in the same manner as a desktop. Files that cannot be transferred for security purposes will let you know ahead of time. Also remember that large files that are being transferred by the use of infrared can take some time, and that you must not by any means move either PDA. If you do this the process must be started all over again, taking even more time. This infrared feature is commonly used for notes, or short files that don't really take that long. Including picture files and other things that have minimal file capacity. Infrared allows one PDA to communicate with another PDA however, each PDA is different and some may not read the other. This is rare of course however, it has been known to happen when attempting to transfer files from one PDA to another, this is something to simply keep in mind. If for some reason the PDA won't see or read the other, move the PDA's closer this sometimes assists the beam trying to pass the files and then will allow the transfer to in fact take place. The PDA Being Used In Patient Care It's no big surprise really, that hospitals are starting to implement the use of PDA's into their system. Patient care and treatment can easily be stored on the PDA and then synchronized with the main computer of the hospital allowing the patients records to be put into specific files. Once the patient care information is loaded onto the main computer at the hospital then the doctor or nurse can go on to the next patients, and record their patient information and care as well. Depending on the memory the number of patients that can be stored on a PDA will vary. The amount of information on the patient and the care of the patient will also take up memory. However, doctors and nurses are finding with the use of a PDA to record Patient care information, they are able to get to other patients and obtain information much easier and much faster. Even if the doctor or nurse has to have the PDA uploaded to the main computer once or twice during their shift, this lessens the load of having to actually write out the patient information which is eventually loaded onto the main computer database anyway. With this in mind, after the patient care information is loaded onto the main computer, others can file them into the appropriate folders and they can easily be reviewed. While in other cases, doctors can record their dianosis or findings about a patient and the patient care that should follow. All with one device. The PDA is appearing in more places as well. But the biggest asset some doctors and nurses feel they have now, is the use of the PDA for patient care records. In the near future a lot of hospital doctors and nurses will probably be seen less with clipboards in hand, rather they will be carrying PDA's around into the individual patient rooms to record their progress and their patient care as well. With the use of PDA's and programs installed on the PDA's vital signs can be taken and recorded, and other items added if needed to the patient care records. Some medical professionals disagree with using a PDA for patient information because they feel too many people gain access to the patient information, or that patient information is not properly noted on a PDA where as the paperwork forms of patient care have specific outlines medical staff and professionals go by. This being the case the actual use of the PDA in medical situations such as keeping track of medical information is in a debate. The medical professionals and staff realize by using a PDA it is much faster and more convenient, however if patient information is in fact listed wrong on the PDA, there could be additional consequences. This being said the issue has become a stand off with a lot of faculty within hospitals as well as clinics, whether the use of PDA's should be allowed or not. Although those who say PDA's do in fact help, have started using them for patient information and have had no problems thus far. Teenagers Using PDA's Now you see more teenagers using the PDA's. This is of course considered a good thing as long as they don't have access to the internet or if they do they are responsible and don't do things that aren't appropriate. Teenagers can use PDA's for calculation conversions and other assignments. They can also keep track of assignments and dates they have to be finished. Teenagers of course have friends, so they can keep track of phone numbers and email addresses too. Additionally they can organize the data on their PDA letting them also keep track of their friends' birthdays' and other events. Some teenagers start spreadsheets of scores for sports. While still others use the PDA for things such as when movies are going to be playing theatres, or days when school will not be in session. Like spring break, or their Christmas vacation time. Some teachers allow their teenage students to have PDA's in class because of programs that can be installed on the PDA. Some programs might include dictionaries, calculators, maps, and so forth. Also, a PDA allows a student to take notes as well. Teachers usually don't have a problem with their teenage students having PDA's in class if they are being used properly. In some cases, PDA's have been banned from certain classes for certain periods of time simply because of testing periods. With the use of the PDA infrared beam it is to easy and to tempting for the teenage students to cheat or to get answers from their friends in the room. Depending on what style of PDA a teenage has and the features it has, may have an impact on whether or not it is allowed in class as well. Most of the PDA's allowed in classrooms with teenagers are the standard basic type PDA's. Used for organization, taking notes, setting assignment due dates, and additional tasks that might be useful for the teenagers education. This is the only reason PDA's would be allowed in classes. And, usually at the beginning of the school year, a teacher will notify parents whether or not PDA's can be used at different times in the classroom, however, they will also let parents know that the misuse of PDA's in the classroom will initially end with the PDA being taken away from the student and the parent must retrieve it from the teacher. Normally, teenagers will respect PDA's and realist they are an important asset for their learning, or that they could be an important aspect for their learning. And so the teenager won't abuse the right of owning a PDA. They also know that the sole purpose of having a PDA is to keep their schedule, school notes, and other things on their calendars at a much easier form of access. I don't believe preteens should however have PDA's because there are a lot of responsibilities that do go along with owning a PDA, such as not losing it and many different unfortunate instances. This of course would depend on the parent and how he or she feels about their preteens maturity level. As to whether the preteen should have a PDA or not. Synchronizing your PDA With Your Desktop Computer Every PDA available today can be synchronized with your desktop computer. This is an important program or function that allows you to add data to your PDA. Your PDA could come with the docking station that plugs into your desktop computer, while some docking stations for specific PDA's are sold separately. Either way you want to be sure you have the right one. Being able to synchronize your PDA with your computer also allows you to back up information should you need to. Synchronization is also effective if you need to get information off of your PDA in order to free up some of the memory space on your PDA. With synchronization you can also load emails and other items onto your PDA to read them at a later time. It also keeps you up to date , with any appointments or details concerning your calendar of events on your PDA. The file manager on your PDA, knows when the PDA itself has actually been docked to a desktop computer and will begin to synchronize information. There is a program that comes with your docking station or PDA for the desktop computer to acknowledge the PDA and its source. If synchronization starts automatically you have to be careful, in some ways because the PDA will attempt to load files on its own that you may not want on the PDA in the first place. You should create a special folder on your desktop computer for your PDA to keep track of your information. One point that is definite, if you do not create a file and you synchronize your PDA with your desktop computer specifying what folder to sync with your PDA will attempt to synchronize and every folder on your desktop computer it can. You have to be specific in this area, or your memory on your PDA will fill up a lot faster than you had wanted it too. And, with information you didn't want on your PDA to begin with. Some people change the settings on their PDA so is doesn't automatically start to synchronize with your computer as soon as it is docked with your desktop, doing this basically makes the PDA from a command from you before it starts to synchronize the folders. Also, in the event your PDA gets lost or stolen, you have the information on your desktop computer and that data as well as maybe pictures or mp3's aren't lost. You synchronized the information with your PDA. Most PDA's already have the synchronization program on them, therefore all you have to do is install the program on your desktop computer for the synchronization process to work using your PDA. Another good use for synchronization is if you want to personalize your PDA, such as purchase games off of the Internet. You download the game to your desktop computer and then through synchronizing the game is installed on your PDA. However, make sure it is a game that can be used on your PDA. There are special formats for that too. Some PDA Drawbacks To Take Into Consideration Okay, everyone agrees that PDA's are effective in many ways. The PDA helps maintain schedules, keep addresses, among other things. PDA's are also used in colleges in some areas. So, if they are so important; how can there possibly any type of drawbacks? - Your PDA is stolen, if you have any type of personal information or addresses that are important they are now in the hands of whoever it was that has stolen your PDA. - The stylus sometimes doesn't stay in place exactly as it should and it can get lost easily. Then you are forced to purchase a new one. - The PDA is set in water, this can damage the battery or affect the battery life. - If the screen gets damaged the PDA can not be repaired. - Buying used PDA's have no warranties. - Loading applications that have a virus, just like your desktop computer can cause the PDA to not function properly. - Using household cleaners on the screen can reduce touch sensitivity or damage PDA. - Putting information that is illegal on your PDA, someone else could get access to your PDA. There are additional drawbacks people need to take into consideration, however in some cases the PDA can in fact, be prepared. To some people this is not important, because they have the funds to simply go out and purchase a new PDA, yet to others they cannot afford to just run out and buy a new PDA, therefore these people take every precaution necessary to make sure their PDA is completely taken care of and properly used at all times. Some of the consideration that is put into the idea that would be considered a definite drawback, is if you are a parent and you bought your teen or preteen one of these PDA's and they showed absolutely no respect for the PDA. Leaving it in places where it could stolen, or damage and misplaced. This would definitely serve as a drawback I would think. You only want to get a PDA for those with the responsibility and will be sure to take care of the PDA and know what it actually can do to help them, Adults can make the same mistake sometimes, forgetting where they laid their PDA down and other things, however with adults they usually remember where they laid it and retrieve it quickly. One more thing you should not do, and this is to loan your PDA out to anyone. Information you have put on your PDA could be deleted or information could be added. This is definitely not a good idea and would definitely be considered a drawback as to owning a PDA. Newer versions being released so often that tend to make the PDA you already own, just not as accurate or as good as you thought it was at first. Some software restrictions that apply to some PDA versions that won't work on your specific brand of PDA. Some schools do not allow the use of PDA's as part of their program, so it won't help you much educationally such as taking notes and other different things. Like using the task manager and other programs you might have installed on your PDA. PDA's Can Be Used As MP3 Players For Music A PDA can also play mp3's if they are stored in the memory of the PDA. Just like a desktop computer, depending on the amount of memory on your PDA. The PDA has a built in windows media player, that allows mp3 files to be played. You can be doing other tasks on your PDA while the mp3's are playing, however it may slow your PDA down a little. Once again in depends on the amount of memory you have. Another way to store your mp3's you want to play on your PDA is by the use of a memory card. The memory card slides into the top of your PDA in most cases, and then using your stylus you simply open the storage card folder and it lists the mp3's you have on the memory card. If you have enough memory, this is how you also transfer mp3's to the main memory of the PDA in order to play a specific mp3 at a different time. You can listen to mp3's through the speakers that are usually found on both sides of the front of your PDA. Different models vary however. There is a place for a headphone set to be plugged into the PDA as well, so you can listen to mp3's without disturbing those around you. Another feature with the PDA referring to mp3's is the windows media player. When it is showing on the touch screen and you aren't doing anything else with your PDA, it will display the name of the song that is playing. And, with a simple touch of the touch screen with the stylus the mp3 will be paused. Once the touch screen is tapped again, the mp3 will continue. Your PDA will often times be able to play music in the .wma format as well, if it is set to do this. You have to allow it however, by going to the settings on your PDA and changing it, so it will accept those file types and play them as well as the Mp3's you have on your PDA or memory card. Additionally, you can't simply take a memory card out of a Mp3 player and play it in your PDA. The memory card must be formatted for the PDA specifically and then the MP3's you want added to the memory card, to play in the PDA itself. Usually if an Mp3 will not play or a .wma file doesn't play a format error will come up on your PDA screen letting you know. Mp3 play lists can be created on the PDA as well. Usually the amount of Mp3's you actually store on the main memory of your PDA depends on other information that might be vital. Otherwise the Mp3's can easily be stored on the memory card and used for later. They do not have to be erased, unless you need the memory card for different use. Mp3's however have to be in a certain format for them to play on your PDA but this depends on what kind of PDA you own as to the format the Mp3's will play. Playing Games on Your PDA Oh my, where does one begin when it comes to the considerable variety of games that can be installed and played on the PDA. While some people choose learning games, still others like card games or games that are casino style. By putting games on their PDA, they have something to do while waiting for a meeting to begin, or an appointment. Playing games on your PDA does help to pass the time. Most of the game software sold for PDA's are below twenty five dollars, they are not expensive at all. And in some cases if you have access to the internet you can actually download different types of games and versions for PDA for absolutely no cost to you at all. The graphics on the PDA are pretty good, and depending on what style or brand of PDA you have will let you know how the game is going to perform. And how well you will be able to see the game screen shots too. Different games, such as card games or other games will play a lot more effectively rather than if you choose to play a game where the display screen is constantly. This of course uses memory and its best if you are playing games that no other programs are running on your PDA at that time. For example, if you are playing a game and listening to mp3's at the same time your PDA is going to run slower, therefore the game you are playing will run slower as well. With this in mind, all you need to do is one or the other. Then, when you are finished start the program back that you need to or want to. In most cases if you are adding appointments to your PDA and listening to mp3's your PDA shouldn't actually perform any slower, the main fact is that game programs need memory to perform the way they should. With setting appointments all you are using basically is your virtual keyboard, and this does not take much memory at all. Also some game programs are bigger than others, so you might want to take this into consideration when installing them on your PDA too, the game you install does use memory space. You have to keep in mind the amount of space your PDA actually has. Some games that are made specifically for the PDA can be transferred to another PDA by using "beam" or the infrared port. This doesn't always work, however for some of the games that don't use a lot of memory, it will work. This way you and your friend both have the same games. It is also a good way to share games that one or the other may not have but wants to play. Unfortunately however, you both can't play the same game against each other using the beam technique it is only designed to transfer files from one PDA to the other. In some cases however, among the more expensive PDA's cables are sometimes used. PDA's That Won't Install Programs Properly Yes, sometimes this does happen. You purchase a program for your PDA and get home just to find out the program doesn't want to install the way it is supposed to onto your PDA. You have docked it with the desktop computer and still it doesn't want to install. There could be a number of reasons as to why it doesn't want to install the program on your PDA the way it should. Did you read the program before you bought it? Is the program designed for PDA's or desktop style computers. There is a difference in programming and this is one thing some people make the mistake of doing. They do not check to see if the program is compatible with the PDA. Another problem some people have is that the program they are trying to install won't work with say the size of video card in the PDA, or other components such as resolution size. If this is the case the program is not going to run properly and you shouldn't continue to attempt the cause of installing it on the PDA. The last problem one might have with installing a program onto their PDA would be lack of space. Or memory that is needed for the program. If this is indeed the situation, the PDA will tell you the program cannot be installed. However, if there are files on your PDA that can be removed or transferred to a desktop computer or memory card to free up space, at that point it may then be possible to install the program. If the program started to install, and the error message told you that it could not install for lack of space, be sure to remove the initial installation. And as an extra precaution reset you PDA. Then, start the installation again, if you now have enough space the program will probably install correctly. The purpose of removing an existing attempt to install the program and resetting your PDA is for the fact that in some instances, when a program is reinstalled overwriting the previous that did not fully install, it can cause the PDA to have some corrupted files within the program and although it installed ok, it may not work the right way. If you are trying to install a program from one PDA to another PDA by using the infrared port on your PDA, a lot of times this won't work for several reasons. One main reason is simply because the application is what you are actually transferring from one PDA to another, and not actually the setup program needed for it to run properly. The best way to solve this, which in some cases it still might not work, is to go into the windows directory or program files on your PDA and see if you can find the setup files for the program you are trying to install by using the infrared procedure. This works occasionally, however, the setup files are sometimes considered temp files and once the program is installed the setup files are automatically deleted. Employers Of Companies Using PDA's Some employers of corporate offices are using PDA's with the use of the Excel Spreadsheet program to keep track of their many employees and their hours. The employers are not only able to keep track of their employees, but their schedules and the time that they have actually put in each week. The employer can easily put the information in the appropriate area by using the stylus and touch screen, then later like at the end of the week, transfer the information onto a desktop computer where the employee records are kept. Each week a new spreadsheet is created and the records of the employees and the hours they worked are undisputable. This is effective if there is a discrepancy about the employee's actual hours. The documents can be reviewed at any point, either from the desktop computer, or if it is in the middle of the week, through access of the PDA itself. Many employers who have a lot of employees working for them will do this now. There are even independent contractors who keep these sort of files on a PDA, because different workers work different hourly shifts or different days. It is easier to keep track of them. Some employers also use the PDA for inventory or shipments that are coming or going. The files of the inventory can be saved on the PDA and also transferred to a main computer at a different location. There are many uses for a PDA in the business field. And there are many programs designed for the PDA that you can purchase and install to assist you in the business field. Though some of the PDA's come with some programs, you might not have the one you need. You can usually look on the Internet to find out if a program you need can actually be purchased for your PDA. If you can't find a certain program for your business, that will work on your PDA try going to a business where computer software is sold. There are some places that can special order it for you. If it is available for use with your PDA. It may cost a bit more, but you'll then have the program. Construction site managers often use PDA's now not only for the purpose of employees but also for the amount of progress done to the construction site has been done. For example the day concrete was poured, or wall beams were put in, all this information can be stored and dated on the PDA, and the on site manager of the construction site can then transfer the information to the main computer where it can be viewed by the actual owner of the construction site. This gives the owner an idea of possibly an ending date, when the building will be finished, or if in certain areas there are more workers that are needed. And in some cases, if there is a shortage of building materials for the construction site. All this can be filed on a PDA and accessed later. PDA's Are Declining In Sales As Time Goes On Over the last year sales on PDA's have increasingly dropped. Palm pilots and those with blue tooth capabilities are still holding at a steady pace. According to the economic statistic poll taken in 2006 PDA sales had fallen by at least twenty percent. Even if incentives were included into the package. Either people needed more memory, faster processing, or simply liked the idea of having a newer design and brand name. However, the sales of the newer types and brand models, were actually rising. Those that weren't actually considered PDA's but a higher upgrade of the version of PDA. Now, some companies are working on different ideas such as faster processing for the PDA, additional software for different types of material and programs. Additional games, and cases are being offered as an incentive to purchase the basic PDA's too. Some researchers believe it's actually the economy. That people are trying to catch up, in order to afford things like a PDA. If this is the case indeed, this is possible. This would ultimately mean that in the near future sales for PDA's and equipment would sky rocket. This is what manufacturers are hoping is the situation. However, production of PDA's have slowed down, they haven't totally stopped obviously. And, the research to improve them, has not stopped either. The improvements are believed to only entice consumers more than before when the PDA was being sold. Sometimes waiting is all that can be done, and this is in a way what manufacturers are doing at this point. Meanwhile, waiting for economy to catch up. The economy is in a bad position right now, and to a lot of people a PDA is considered a luxury more than an asset. Therefore the purchase is delayed. Most people in offices and hospitals don't see the decline in sales of PDA's, due to the simple fact that at this point they are in use by these people. As well as major companies and department stores. College students are currently the highest buyers of PDA's. When surveyed and ranked among other buyers in different establishments. Still some of the manufacturing companies of the PDA have started to bring their prices down. Not a lot, however there are some cheaper than they used to be. Or the stores will offer sales and discounts on PDA's. If you do get a PDA with less programming on it, or a decrease in memory, which in a lot of cases isn't easy, A PDA is sometimes cheaper too. However the decline is more in part my all the different styles that are coming out so quickly. Competition in company sales can also cause a decline, because people just don't know which one is really the best, and they want to wait a while in hopes that some kind of consumer news on a certain PDA will come be released to the public. This being the case, companies will have more PDA's setting on the shelf of a store rather than sold, because consumers won't be able to choose. Battery Charging Do you Don't lose Information on PDA The basic concern about the battery of a PDA is the way the PDA is actually treated. It should not be allowed to completely drain, if this does happen all information and data that is on the PDA will be lost. The PDA actually goes back to the manufacture state when you first purchased it in a sense. With this in mind, you should probably charge your battery at night just as you would say your cell phone. Or dock it with the computer, not allowing it to synchronize with the computer. If it tries to synchronize with your computer all you have to do is make sure you hit cancel and the PDA will simply sit on the docking station and charge. Most PDA's will also charge the battery while docked. Sometimes with different brands of PDA's however this is not possible at all. They indeed have to charged by using an alternate cord that plugs into a wall outlet. These cords usually come with the PDA at the time of purchase. If the PDA happens to get laid in a water spill or something of this sort, it can definitely damage the battery. The PDA should be wiped off immediately and in some case possibly taken to a computer repair place to be checked out. Some PDA's as they get used and older tend to lose their battery charge sooner than when you first purchased the PDA. This being the case, you can purchase another battery; however depending on where you get the battery from, it could get expensive. In some cases your battery might be under warranty. Usually however, the manufacturer doesn't warranty the battery for a long period of time. This also happens if the PDA is used quite often and the PDA battery is constantly being charged. Several times a day and such, with this in mind to maintain good battery performance, check the settings on your PDA. This way when you are using your PDA there are settings that allow you to minimize the battery use. Such as the light going off if the PDA isn't used after a few minutes. Or the PDA shutting off automatically after an mp3 has played. Most PDA's have a light or signal letting you know the battery is low, the same as your desktop computer would do, it is then you should charge your PDA and not wait until it has almost totally lost its charge, just in case you do fail to get it on charge and the battery life goes completely out. Remember, if this happens all data and information stored in the main memory of the PDA is permanently lost. You cannot get it back. Something to definitely keep in mind when charging and maintaining the battery life in your PDA. However, in the case that a battery is not holding a charge at all and needs to be replaced you can purchase another one for your PDA. You will need the model number which is usually located on the battery somewhere or the PDA itself. Batteries can be expensive, and normally used batteries are not offered for sale. The PDA Is Going To Be A Part Of Our Future PDA's have definitely been around for a while now. More people are coming to the conclusion that they are more convenient to use for more of the tasks that people do everyday. Some people however disagree with PDA's because they feel it tends to make our minds lazy. No longer do we have to walk to a shelf and get a dictionary, flip through its pages and find a word, to read the definition. Instead we can put the word in a search area and have the definition within seconds. And there are other tasks just like this that we no longer have to do. In a way, I suppose they have good cause to feel this way, however technology is moving faster everyday, and in most cases PDA's are extremely useful. Since PDA's were first introduced into society and the computer world, they have evolved and revolutionized the lives of those who carry the PDA's. The newest PDA's have capabilities that no one ever dreamed would be possible. Making transactions on the Internet, reading emails, creating word documents and spreadsheets, their capabilities are virtually endless. Some are even cell phones as well. This being said, the PDA has proven to be a worthy asset to the technology world as well as the computer world. It also enhances many of the tasks for everyday people as well as professionals such as doctors, lawyers, police officers, and teachers. The PDA or professional digital assistant was a good idea to whoever came up with the original plan. I am almost positive PDA's will continue to improve and be revised just like any other product, however the purpose and concept will initially be the same. PDA's are a part of today's world and they will be a part of the future. People need to learn that technology is what this world is based on today. Those who are in disagreement about PDA's and their usage, are usually the people who don't understand them. This is the same way as the computer or digital camera. The biggest thing to consider is this; do we stay in yesterday, or enjoy the improvements for a better tomorrow? Our children and grandchildren will have an advantage if you really take the time to consider the facts. The PDA is a useful tool in many areas of a person's life, and it is a tool that can be used for many things. It doesn't matter what type of PDA a person really has, as long as it serves the purpose or fulfills the needs of the individual. The PDA is definitely doing to be in our future in some way or another. It is not just simply going to go away. It serves to many purposes for those in the business world and those individuals who like to keep track of their daily routine and tasks that they have to do. The idea of being able to keep track of birthdays and anniversaries alone without the means of having to write it down in a book or a calendar somewhere makes it an important asset to a lot of people.
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