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How much can you write on your pda?
Writing documents on a PDA
Insaa




msg:931058
 11:23 am on Mar 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Wow, I've finally found a discussion group for pda's. What on earth is wrong with the internet when its taken me about 6 months to find an active group like this. Maybe I'm just getting slow now that I'm in my 'internet old age' 21.

I am looking at buying a Toshiba e750 to replace my Toshiba Portege 3480. The reason is that although the Portege is damn small (1.5Kg/3lb) it is still not as portable as I had hoped as you have to set it up somewhere and it has to load up and it takes up a lot of room in my bag dispite the special case I made for it.

The thing that has stopped me so far with going ahead with buying the PDA is that I want to be able to write documents and spreadsheets on it, not just look at already created documents. This PDA needs to try to replace a laptop so information entry is vital to me.

Therefore, how much can you easily write on a PDA. Do you happily create documents that are as long as this one? Would you write a document that was ten times as long as this one on your PDA?

Thanks,

Insaa

 

Brett_Tabke




msg:931059
 11:28 am on Mar 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

It is difficult, but you can get good at it with some practice. What's available on pocketPC's:

- handwriting recognition. It's pretty good if you have fairly legible handwriting. It can also be trained.

- visual keyboard hunt and peck. It puts a kb on the screen for you to top.

- block recognition and letter recognition. These are similar to Palms system.

Lastly, you can buy a real thumb keyboard.

I'm doing better on the input stuff, but still stop and say a few heated words from time-to-time in frustration. It's slow going.

The PocketPC system is better than the Palm system. I never was able to get very much data input into the Palm. I picked up the pocketpc system within a few hours, but still working on mastering it.

You are going to transcribe the Iliad on it, but it works ok for short notes and emails.

Insaa




msg:931060
 11:52 am on Mar 24, 2003 (gmt 0)
>I'm doing better on the input stuff, but still stop and >say a few heated words from time-to-time in frustration. >It's slow going.

>...but it works ok for short notes and emails.

Thanks for your reply.

I've pulled out the bits that I am worried about. I do want to write documents. As a university student I want to be able to write down parts of an essay from whereever I am but sure if I'm going to create a 2000 word plus assignment then much of the work formatting it etc has to be done on a desktop however, I do want to write a lot of it on the PDA. I'm repeating myself now.

I think you might be interested in this link below. It is to a free download called Dasher and it has a very good animation on the website there. What it does is it allows you to enter text on either a desktop or PDA (maybe not for Palms?) by selecting characters as you go. The more you write the more it learns how often you use various character combinations (read: words) and believe me it really works... well, it does on a laptop. Sure its slower than typing however on a PDA it might be very very quick compared to other methods. I would really urge you to download it and give it a go. Donate a day to it writing various stuff while you get use to how it works and read the tutorials because the tips they give are very important and make it so much easier to use. I found that I could use it quickly and competently after about 2 hours of general use. I would love to know how people find it on a PDA.

Here's the link

http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/DasherSummary2.html

Still interested on how much people write on their PDA's.

Thanks,

Insaa

Brett_Tabke




msg:931061
 12:13 pm on Mar 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've tried several 3rd party input utils and they aren't very good. They slow the system down, and a couple are crash city. I had to hard reset (lost all data) because of one. Certainly not recommended.

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