When shopping for a PDA, Kevin Cheek, hardware product manager for Apple Computer in Cupertino, California, recommends asking yourself the following questions:
- How many functions must your PDA fulfill? If you use only a Rolodex and an appointment calendar while on the road, you won't need a highly sophisticated, costly device with e-mail capabilities. On the other hand, if you usually need a substantial amount of data, look for a PDA with lots of memory.
- How careful are you with your equipment? Should your PDA come equipped with a protective lid?
- How lightweight must your PDA be?
- Does your PDA need to communicate with your desktop computer?
- How well and how fast does your PDA need to recognize handwriting?
- Do you need wireless communication capability?
- Do you need a "password" function for confidentiality?
Bear in mind, as with any electronic equipment, manufacturer's list prices and street prices are often very different. For instance, Sharp's OZ-6500 has a manufacturer's list price of $499, but one computer superstore sells it for $269.