Handheld PC advice needed!

  fizz4 19:30 02 Feb 2004
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I need to have access to the internet whilst on the move. Could someone let me know how I go about this? I understand I will need to get a handheld PC and a mobile phone. Which models are considered best (any price range) and what sort of contract do I need to subscribe to?

What of speed do this devices connect to the internet? Are they comparable to a normal desktop running at 56.6?

My apologies this is a pretty vague question but your help would be greatly appreciated as I am something of a novice!

  tmle8 23:21 02 Feb 2004

need to consider palm vs pocket pc first
need bluetooth enabled device to connect to phone, makes things a lot easier
then depends on how much you wanna spend, pocket pcs are more expensive but have familiar windows format. i got an hp ipaq 2210, does the job fine, speeds are comparable to 56k but expensive, most of software required is usually loaded on, another to consider it palm t3

  bfoc 23:28 02 Feb 2004

On how much access you need on the move.

If it will be in places were there is Wi-Fi hotspots you could get a Pocket PC which is Wi-Fi enabled, like the Dell Axim for instance. But you could also use any PDA which would accept a Wi-Fi compactflash card.

Cost can be a major issue here both with mobile phone costs and Wi-Fi access, but this is entriely dependent on how much, and where, you will use it.

  davidg_richmond 08:16 03 Feb 2004

The O2 XDA II is out shortly, which is a combined PDA/phone, and lets you browse the net via GPRS (about 115kbps connection speed, pay per Mb of data used).

Alternatively, I use an HP Jornada (now iPaq) with a Sony Ericcson T610 phone. Any bluetooth phone and bluetooth PDA would suffice. Connection speeds are acceptable to an extent, when pictures are not shown in the browser (only text).

  fizz4 10:58 03 Feb 2004

Thanks for your replies. Much appreciated.

Is it possible to connect to the net using GPRS at the moment? I assume it is only Vodafone, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile offering mobile connection at the moment.

I will be using my PDA to play at online casinos. This involves downloading software from the casino website and then to play you need to be online. Is this feasible on a PDA?

Overall can you do the same stuff you would be able to do a normal PC when on the net or are there constraints?

Once again sorry for the vague nature of these questions!

  Wizzle 13:31 03 Feb 2004

I own an xda 2 and apart from the screen size and slower download (slower than ADSL), internet access is pretty good. GPRS is "always on" and you pay for the amount of data transfered. As for the online games, the programs would have to be written either in .NET or specifically for the PDA processor i.e. a Windows exe will not run on a PDA and a PDA exe will not run on your desktop (unless they are written in .NET)

  fizz4 13:51 03 Feb 2004

Wizzle, thanks for your reply.

Alot of the casinos have a nondownload version that runs in Flash. Would this work without any problems?

How do I check whether a program is written in .NET?

  fizz4 11:43 04 Feb 2004

Wizzle, thanks for your reply.

Alot of the casinos have a nondownload version that runs in Flash. Would this work without any problems?

How do I check whether a program is written in .NET?

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