Choosing a portable computing device is getting trickier with the proliferation of PDAs, mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, and more. We take a variety of devices for a spin and weigh up the pros and cons.
Yes, it's time to look at mobile devices again. PDA phones and slim-line notebooks are on the menu this month.
So which PDA/phone is the best? If you ask David Berlind from ZDNet US, he will tell you it's the one attached to the right network. Make sure your carrier has got you covered wherever you roam. Indeed, even if you don't roam, as such, if your workplace is away from the big city lights, certain networks will be of no use to you. Obviously, the greatest device in the world looks pretty hopeless when it drops out at a critical time. On the other hand, if you are used to a Wireless LAN or WAN device, then any standard mobile network is going to seem good in terms of coverage.
Getting back to the machine itself, some have a QWERTY keyboard and others use up part of the touch-screen with a virtual keyboard -- you have to consider what is most practical for you and your staff. Are 3375 colours enough, or do you really need 65,536? Is your IT department more comfortable with a particular operating system?
If your company needs a fleet of PDA phones, standardise! Your IT people won't thank you if they have deal with the idiosyncrasies and security risks inherent in a heterogeneous collection of new devices.