PDAs, Personal Digital Assistants, are increasingly popular and can be an invaluable tool for brain injury survivors. A PDA can help keep track of appointments, including reminder alarms, they can keep ToDo lists, prioritize tasks, keep addresses and phone numbers, provide maps with directions to get to and from your next appointment, and so much more. Many programs have desktop equivalents, too, so that you can use either your computer or PDA and synchronize the changes.
PDA Guides and Reviews
If you're a first-time buyer or are considering a new one and want to know the latest, I've included some PDA Guides to help you decide which is the best choice for your needs and budget.
- Cybercatalogs.com Product Reviews: PDA - Personal Digital Assistants http://www.cybercatalogs.com/ProductReviews/Electronics/Catalog/101001.htm
Cybercatalogs.com provides an overview of PDAs, reviews of many popular PDAs and accessories, and links to more information.
- PDABuzz.com Detailed Reviews http://www.pdabuzz.com/Reviews/
You'll find thorough reviews, reader feedback and ratings and more about PDAs at pdabuzz.com. Helpful for seeing varying opinions.
- PDA Guide http://www.viewz.com/netscape/buyingguides/pda.shtml
Netscape Canada has provided an incredibly helpful guide to PDAs, clearly explaining the basics from screens and platforms to ergonomics, synchronizing, using a PDA for the Web and email, accessories, sound, links to PDA-related sites, and much more.
- PDA Product Reviews and Reports http://consumersearch.com/www/electronics/handheld_computers_pda/index.html
Consumersearch.com reviews the reviews! They consolidate all the reviews and report the findings, ranking all the PDAs. Terrific resource for comparisons especially.
- Reviews: Palm OS Organizers http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/palmos.html#Reviews
Well done, helpful reviews of all the main PDAs by several reviewers at the Gadgeteer. You'll also find reviews of cases, accessories, hardware add-ons, styli, software, services, links to FAQs, and more. Very helpful!
- ZDNet Shopper: Most Popular Handhelds http://zdnetshopper.cnet.com/shopping/0-11013-1410-0-0.html&cobrand=29
ZDNet is a terrific site for helpful reviews and information. Read reviews, see what the top 50 most popular PDAs are for ZDNet readers, and compare prices and features, and more.
- Handspring http://www.handspring.com/
Offers a wide range of Palm-based handheld devices in both features and price ranges. Their expandability with modules is a great selling feature, and they're now offering a full line of combination phone/PDA devices.
- Palm http://www.palm.com/
Home of the Palm handheld devices. They offer a wide range of features and price ranges.
- Sony Clié http://www.sony.com/clie/
Describing their PDA as a “personal entertainment assistant,” you'll find lots of information about Sony's line of PDAs at their main site.