I have seen several post in the newsgroups asking for assistance to choose a palmtop device. After some scratching and several tape restore cycles, here is my list which I used to assess. I have converted to questions that you should ask yourself.
is in my Palm?
What is in my Palm IIIx?
Do you need an extension of your desktop?
This answer to this question more or less decides everything. Do you need the Windows interface? Start bar and everything? A conceptually seamless extension of your desktop to your device? Look and feel plus applications?
If your answer is a definitive "Yes", then Windows CE is definitely for you!!
any questions in this section, what is the size of the palmtop vs you?
Try doing a paper cutout of the palmtop hand hold it against you. Are
"Hey I can carry it in my hand". My response is,
"Go buy a Win 9x sub-notebook"
What kind of portability do you need? Do you need to use while standing in the bus? Or in the restroom, while writing The Story.
What happens if you got sick of it? How much are you willing to pay for the second unit if you lose the first one?
What is the minimum
battery life that you can endure? For me, minimum 1 month lifespan. If
you are going to carry it around anywhere everywhere, the last thing on
Programs to smooth out the rough edges. To use those long minutes while waiting at the check in counter. Either calculating the amount of tritium for your better than Los Alamos' thermonuclear bomb or increasing your winning streak in Bejewelled.
Useful Palm sites >
Palm Users Group (SPUG)
If you need to know
what is else is in the Palm
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