How to Choose a Personal Digital Assistant

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When choosing a personal digital assistant, also known as a PDA, consider the Blackberry, the Palm Centro, an HTC device or the iPhone, all of which offer different capabilities and functions. Research various personal digital assistants with information from a wireless specialist in this free video on cell phones.

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Hi, I'm Ben from the Cellphone Broker in San Jose, California and today I'm going to show you how to choose the PDA device or personal digital assistant that fits your needs. There's man different types of PDA devices. You have the Blackberry. You have the Palm Centro, HTC devices which run the Windows Mobile operating system. You really need to pick what works best for you, what's going to be easiest for you to use, what's, you know, going to work best in your situation. This is the Palm device. This uses the Palm operating system which is similar to the Palm Pilots that people used in the 90s. It's actually pretty much exactly the same. The only difference is it has a color screen. It has a phone built in, which the old Palm Pilots didn't, and it also has the camera on the back. These are pretty easy to use, very good to use with media, so if you have a lot of music or you take a lot of pictures, you want to stay organized with that, these are great. They also are pretty decent with email and they're really good with the calendar function. This is a Blackberry. This is a pretty popular device right now. This is... I believe Blackberry has about a third of the market share in terms of cell phone sales right now. This is an all in one device. This has the camera on the back with video capabilities, so you can take pictures and take video. It has a pretty wide screen and it has the full keyboard. This is great with media, so if you play a lot of music, you take a lot of pictures, you like to have a lot of pictures on your phone, this is great. The only thing that's different between this and the Palm devices is that this does not have a touch screen. A Palm device has a touch sensitive screen so you can tap on it. This one also has a track ball in the middle which is pretty unique and inventive because it allows you to scroll through menu items a little be easier diagonally, across, whichever way you want to do it. This is also a great device to use with email. You get about ten email accounts... there's about ten email accounts that you can put on here. So it's a pretty neat device. Very easy to use. The operating system is pretty straight forward, so a lot of people like this phone. Another PDA device that's getting pretty popular is the iPhone. A lot of people want the iPhone. It's you know everywhere. This has a full touch screen, no buttons anywhere except on the front which allows you to navigate to the home menu, the button on the top which locks the screen from getting touched when it's in your pocket. There's a button on the side here that keeps the... turns on the vibration or the regular ringer and then there's a volume keys on the side. Those are the only buttons that this device has. It's pretty popular. Personally, I believe that if you're going to get the iPhone you should be using a Mac computer at home, and Apple computer because if you're using a Windows computer you're not going to be able to take advantage of all the capabilities that this one has. I'm Ben from the Cellphone Broker in San Jose, California and that's all about PDA devices. If you have any questions or concerns, comments, log on to our website, myspace.com/cellphonebroker.

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