I’m not ashamed to admit I like my gadgets. But I do particularly like a gadget that makes my life better.
Earlier this year, after much deliberation, I bought a Dell Axim X51V PDA. My main reason for buying it was to allow me to check emails and browse internet sites when I’m away from a PC.
However over the past nine months the PDA has become so much more useful than I’d originally anticipated.
Here are eight ways I use my PDA that I didn’t expect:
3. Keeping tabs on RSS feeds with Newsgator Go! (as well as synching with my desktop and web-based RSS readers).
4. As a powerful and Outlook synch-ed diary and contacts manager, using Pocket Informant.
5. As a phone using Skype Mobile when I’m in a wi-fi zone.
6. Watching DVDs, using a clever piece of software called Spb Mobile DVD.
7. As a digital audio recorder, for recording meetings or even interviews for podcasts (hint: the 3.5mm audio jack is for both headphones and mono microphone – split the socket into two using item PX50MS here)
8. As a pocket calculator, using the bundled Windows Mobile 5 calculator.
The only thing I wish is that I could use it as a mobile, to save me having to carry both around.
There are, of course, PDA/phone hybrids around, but none had the processing power or feature spec that the Axim did.
By the time I next replace my mobile and the Axim I suspect I’ll end up with a hybrid device with a higher spec than the Axim – which will be a good thing as the one aspect I haven’t managed to successfully set up is GPRS network access using my mobile (via Bluetooth).