March 17, 2008
An Update on PDAs

Some of you have recently been asking questions about PDAs. So, here's an update on what we're recommending and what to think about as you're upgrading operating systems or computers:

  • If your current PDA is working and has the functionality you need, you can continue to use it with no changes.
  • If it's several years old and you're going to be replacing your computer and/or upgrading to Vista, it's a good time to think about replacing your PDA
  • We currently support Windows Mobile devices.
  • If you upgrade to Vista, have a Palm device and elect to keep it rather than upgrade, you will probably have to upgrade your Palm software.
  • Windows Mobile devices use Active Sync and are generally easier to sync with Windows XP and Windows Vista machines as set up for Extension than Palm devices.
  • Although Palm has some less expensive low-end devices, the cost of wireless-capable Windows Mobile and Palm devices are comparable.
  • Smartphones have many of the capabilities of PDAs and may be a good alternative depending on your needs

If you have questions about your current PDA or about upgrading to a new device, contact the hotline at 515-294-1725 or via email at eit@iastate.edu

Posted by dcoates at March 17, 2008 10:33 AM