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Palm OS or Pocket PC? If you're in the market for a new PDA, we can help you choose.

This story appears in the November 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

PDAs these days come across more like little bitty laptops thanthe portable to-do lists and calendar carriers they started out as.As more power and more features get heaped on, choosing the righthandheld for your business style has gotten more complicated. Wetook a whole stack of Palm OS and Pocket PC devices out for a walkto see what's appealing-and what could use a littletweaking.

One basic question that greets every handheld buyer is, Palm OSor Pocket PC? The chasm between the two isn't all that wide.With the right software for either system, you can pretty much doanything, from reading Word documents to getting e-mail. Manybuyers simply prefer the OS they're already familiar with. ThePalm OS interface is still as user- and battery-friendly as ever,while Pocket PC effectively mimics its big brother, Windows.

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