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  1. Is Operating System an Issue?

    I am making progress understanding how to make a purchase choice. At this
    point I am wondering if there is any real difference between the MS verses
    the Palm operating system?

    One person told me to definitely avoid the MS type system. On the other
    hand, I intend to write text notes on my handheld that would be best done in
    Word. I will use a spreadsheet but this is _not_ mission-critical. I also
    would find it useful to link my handheld to my desktop--I.a., be able to
    coordinate the Outlook scheduler on my desktop and similar function on the
    handheld. I think the Palm OS will allow this but I wonder if the MS OS
    would coordinate better?

    As usual, I will appreciate any comments.

    Ciao,
    David Todtman



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    > One person told me to definitely avoid the MS type system. On the other
    > hand, I intend to write text notes on my handheld that would be best done

    in
    > Word. I will use a spreadsheet but this is _not_ mission-critical. I

    also
    > would find it useful to link my handheld to my desktop--I.a., be able to
    > coordinate the Outlook scheduler on my desktop and similar function on the
    > handheld. I think the Palm OS will allow this but I wonder if the MS OS
    > would coordinate better



    I've no experience with PPC but I've been using Palm OS on a Clie T675C for
    a while now, with no complaints. It synchs with MS Outlook and, with
    'Documents To Go' software, I can read and edit Word and Excel documents on
    the PDA.



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    I personally like Palm OS better, after using both operating systems. Its
    much easier to install software, change settings, and navigate with Palm OS.
    And, i might be wrong, but it seems like there are A LOT more applications
    available for Palm. Go up to your local consumer electronics store and check
    em out.... the PPC might appear to be more flashy and eye catching.... but
    use them and the make your choice. have fun.



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    "David Todtman" wrote in message news:<4b0Cb.665236$9l5.283716@pd7tw2no>...
    > I am making progress understanding how to make a purchase choice. At this
    > point I am wondering if there is any real difference between the MS verses
    > the Palm operating system?
    >
    > One person told me to definitely avoid the MS type system. On the other
    > hand, I intend to write text notes on my handheld that would be best done in
    > Word. I will use a spreadsheet but this is _not_ mission-critical. I also
    > would find it useful to link my handheld to my desktop--I.a., be able to
    > coordinate the Outlook scheduler on my desktop and similar function on the
    > handheld. I think the Palm OS will allow this but I wonder if the MS OS
    > would coordinate better?
    >
    > As usual, I will appreciate any comments.
    >
    > Ciao,
    > David Todtman



    David,

    You'll find that on similar hardware, PPC/Win CE can be depressingly
    slow--the Adobe ebook reader on a Dell Axim is basically unusable.
    Microsoft's OS contains much more abstraction than PalmOS. Also, most
    of the applications are built for a much wider range of devices,
    including older, very slow processors. If a program works will on a
    16Mhz dragonball processor, you can bet it's going to be incredibly
    responsive on a 100Mhz ARM processor device running PalmOS 5.

    I think as the standard hardware continues to greatly increase
    available CPU and Memory, PocketPC devices are poised to make huge
    inroads. However, unless there is a specific software package you're
    considering, a Palm OS 5 device like the Zire 71 is going to give you
    much more value.

    I've used a sony clie NR70-V, Tungsten W, Handspring visor, Palm m500,
    and Dell Axim, and developed embedded software. BTW: unless you
    really wireless capabilities, don't buy a tungsten W. I was
    unimpressed.

    ---
    Jared Dykstra
    www.bork.org/~jared

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