May I preface this by saying that I am premed and not med student and I do not have a PDA. I have however been looking around (for shadowing purposes) and have made a few points of what I am looking for in a PDA.
-Keyboard built in, so I can work it with one hand and still look up meds etc.
(the keyboad is my largest stipulation and I wouldn't buy one without a built in keyboard)
-phone capabilities, (why not just eliminate the no. of el. devices)
-small enough to be held comfortably in your pocket
-large enough screen to be able to skim over med. articles
-Audio Jack (Pretty much everything has that)
I think I'm going to go with a Trio. they have many options and prices. My phone company Verizon is also compatible with them.
I just got a smartphone (T-mobile Dash) and I love it. It's internet capabilities are not stellar (it's a bit slow, at least with my home wireless) but since my last phone was a simple flip I am ecstatic about having epocrates, archimedes 360, etc.!
I've found there's a ton of more free medical stuff that you can put on a Palm rather than my Blackberry. Also, for browsing and doing calculations its nicer to have a stylus/touchscreen. I love my Blackberry as well, however, and it is MUCH faster with internet access (but mine requires cell service to access, rather than wifi like my palm). I tend to stick with my Palm for medical things and keep my Blackberry for email, phone, and organizer functions.
Personally, I prefer palm-os based devices to pocket pc ones. Also, while there are a variety of PDA/phones out there, these combination devices usually end up giving up a degree of storage/processing power/battery life to incorporate phone functionality, so I'd just go with a dedicated PDA.
well simple advice...stick to the palm series...i am using palm TX..its not too bad...it has some good functionality...most of all....if you are interested in the skyscape CME programs then you are better off sticking to palm...why? cos you can easily get the keygen...so think about it. good luck.
I have the Palm Treo 680 and I hate it! I bought one a year ago and have had to exchange it twice because of problems. The first one would not sync, and the second one had horrible phone reception. I am having trouble with the touch screen on the one I have now. Maybe the newer Palms are better, but the Treo 680 is a piece of junk!
we have the palm tx and it kind of sucks. It works just fine but compared to my ipod touch it is tedious and annoying. I've got Epocrates on my ipod touch now so I don't really have to use the palm anymore.