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Summary:As you develop your mobile enterprise application, select your mobile device very carefully -- it may ruin your chances of rolling out a really successful mobile application.Mobile phones: Cheap and easy to use, long battery life, but cumbersome for data entry, difficult to read.

As you develop your mobile enterprise application, select your mobile device very carefully -- it may ruin your chances of rolling out a really successful mobile application.

Mobile phones: Cheap and easy to use, long battery life, but cumbersome for data entry, difficult to read.

PDAs without keypads: Heavier, more costly to buy and replace, shorter battery life, somewhat cumbersome for data entry, somewhat easier to read.

PDAs with keypads, Blackberry: Same as above, but better for data entry.

Tablet PC: Even shorter battery life, but more convenient for data entry (if your arms don't get tired). Compatible with virtually all PC software.

Notebook PC: Very short battery life but best system performance. Don't carry it around too long or it might get unpleasantly warm. Data entry is impossible unless you find a desk.

Topics: Hardware

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Lee Lup Yuen is passionate about mobile phones and PDAs, as he is constantly buying new gadgets and programming them in J2ME, .NET, Symbian and AppForge. He has developed commercial applications with mobile technologies like SMS, MMS, WAP, 3G video streaming and location-based services.

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