I bought my first Palm organizer back in 1998. It was a Palm IIIxe. I then purchased a Casio E100 color pocket PC running Windows CE. Then, an HP Jornada 820 clamshell again with WinCE. Two more Handspring devices on the Palm platform, then a newer Palm PDA. Did I mention my HP 2410 Pocket PC?
You get the picture. And where are they at this minute?
Sitting in a desk drawer.
This is what I learned after spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars to improve my organization and productivity:
1) If you can’t already organize your time and work on a piece of paper, the cleverest electronic gadget in the world won’t help you a bit. Checkout www.pocketmod.com for a smart way to take a single sheet of paper and create a pocket sized, 8-page booklet. (more on this later)
2) If you rely on a PDA, the batteries will go flat at the exact time you need to find the direct-line number for tech support at blah-blah company. On a trip without your charging cradle and synch cable? Been there. Spare batteries/ replaceable AA/AAAs? Forget it nowadays-mostly sealed cases and non-replaceable batteries. So I have to haul along a charger and cable, if I leave the office for any length of time.
3) If you try to take notes on one, you still look foolish pecking away with half a chopstick. Though I mastered grafitti, it is always more of a hassle and s-l-o-w-e-r than it is worth. Enough of the snickering in meetings!
4) You will experience grief when trying to sychronize/overwrite/download with your primary PC. It eventually comes together, but never as easy as the manual states. Contacts disappear…or triplicate themselves mysteriously.
5) WiFi access is a neat feature, but viewing non-PDA optimized webscreens or pecking out a detailed email response leaves still so much to be desired.
6) Bluetooth-enabled blah blah…does anybody really find Bluetooth-enabled anything that useful?
Perhaps electronic PDAs prove useful to some people. But to me, they are still alot of show and very little go for a lotta dough.
A piece of paper, loose or bound, still gets the job done.