PDA - Zeh Justin Zeh 11/28/07 Tech Comm Reformatting...

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Zeh Justin Zeh Tech Comm 11/28/07 Reformatting Recommendation for PDA Background This is a recommendation report for any individual interested in purchasing a palm-held personal digital assistant (PDA). PDAs have recently become a popular organizing and planning tool—they serve as a replacement for cumbersome pen-and- paper day timers, address books, and to do lists in a compact, user-friendly electronic format. This report features palm-held PDAs, which are designed to be battery-operated organizers that generally contain a calendar, address book, memo pad, and calculator. Most palm PDAs use a pen-like stylus to enter data, include handwriting recognition software (usually featuring a type of shorthand called Graffiti). As well as onscreen keyboards and buttons that control power, scrolling, and other functions. They can also interface with PCs through a cable and with other PDAs through an infrared link. Intro The purchaser of a palm-sized PDA needs to take into consideration the following criteria: cost; display quality; dimensions; operating system; synchronization capability with desktop computers and software. The models tested for this report had all of the standard features listed in the paragraph above. All three have a retail cost of less than $550, have at least 8 MB of memory, and are among the leading brands and styles in terms of sales. There are many palm-held PDA's on the market today. The three models selected for comparison in this report are the Palm IIIxe, the Handspring Visor Deluxe, and the Casio Cassiopeia EM-500. The Palm is a classic palm-sized PDA and is a top- seller. The Visor is a Palm clone that comes in a choice of five case colors and is a close competitor with the Palm in sales. The Cassiopeia also comes in a variety of case colors and features an internal rechargeable battery as opposed to Palm and Visor's AAA alkaline batteries. Comparison Every PDA was tested on an array of variables that set each PDA apart from the rest. The variables that were compared are price, screen display, weight and dimensions, operating systems and software, and synchronization. Rated on these feature the PDA’s will be compared to determine the best PDA. Price
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