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Buying Tips For Handhelds

Feb 4, 2008
Personal digital assistants more commonly known as PDA, mobile phones, media players and all other handhelds are increasing in popularity in today's all too digital world. Credit goes to the fact that they are so mobile that they can be carried with you anywhere you may go and so small that they would fit even the most inconspicuous spaces of your left jacket pocket. Small as they may be the benefits offered by these petite devices are major in comparison. They can function as a calculator to assist you in your mathematical equations; a clock and a calendar to make sure that you are on time for your appointments; a radio or a player or a computer game to keep you company when you are bored; an address book to keep record of all of your important contacts, a phone and a computer to access the "world wide web" with.

Handhelds however are not at all created equal. The basic features are usually there but one does boast of a quality that makes it better than the others. It is with this distinction that there are certain considerations when purchasing a handheld to ensure that it best suits your needs. Your friend Joe's PDA may be perfect for him especially as it is equipped with the best gaming and entertainment options that suits his fancy; it does not always spell the same for you.

Handhelds by their name itself are small enough to be carried by hand. And like hands, they vary in size, weight and form. As mentioned, handhelds were made to be small for mobility. Choose a handheld that fits your physique or your lifestyle. You do not want to be lugging around a device that seems heavy or bulky for you.

On the inside, you must never forget to check on the handheld's operating system. It is the operating system that allows for utility and applications support, the companion/host interaction and upgrades which are extremely important. Get one with a flexible operating system that accommodates upgrades and keeps your device up to terms with the latest there is. Memory storage is also a big deal. The more data you want to keep in your PDA, the more memory you will need. So if you want to keep albums and albums of songs in your handheld or perhaps add in a lot of applications, you should see one that allows you to add memory with the use of expansion cards.

Speaking of expansion, look into the slots for removable media, connectivity ports for Bluetooth and serial wireless connectivity, a compatibility to share information with other similar devices and the capability to carry in other accessories. Ports of communication is also one feature of a handheld that you can look into. One or two of these ports are usually available. It would be better if you have more. The list includes ports for printers, USB, infrared, cables and other wireless services.

If you are constantly on the move, then it is imperative that your PDA should have great batteries. Check your battery type, its rated life and recharging options. You may also want to keep a backup battery just in case.
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