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Functions of Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

April 27, 2009

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When I ask someone who has not used a PDA before; Why are you not using a PDA?” or Will you use a PDA?”, some of the most common replies I get are…

A1: “My RM300 phone already has appointment and task built in. So I don’t need a powerful device to do it.”

A2: “I don’t have so many contacts/email to store.”

A3: “I don’t need to set appointments as I am not in sales/marketing line.”

A4: “Expensive!”

A5: “Don’t know how to use.”


Generally, when people think of PDA, they think of only appointments, task and contacts. PDA has evolve so much since the day I started using it. I do not blame them for thinking that way as PDA was mainly used for that purpose 5 to 6 years ago. Palm was so popular back then people generally refer PDA as Palm. How things have changed. I hope to bridge the knowledge gap with the simple slideshow I created below.

Buying a PDA is very much like buying a computer. It is all about what you install into it that makes it worth while.

Recent years, prices of PDA has also come down to a very reasonable range. Did you know that you can get a PDA phone with Bluetooth, WiFi, 2MP camera, GPS with Touch Screen for under RM1,000?

Hint: HTC P3300

Anyway, back to the functions of PDA… Did you know that

  • you can search through ANY words among your thousands of SMS?
  • you can sort your SMS like a chat window? Making it easier to reply and read your SMS instead of just Inbox/Outbox.
  • you can schedule a SMS to be sent tomorrow, next week, next month and even a year later? Never forget a birthday wish!
  • you can watch youtube movies clips anytime, anywhere?
  • you can do PUSH EMAIL on Windows Exchange Server? Arguably faster than Blackberry?
  • you can WIRELESSLY SYNCHRONIZE all your contacts using FREE Google Sync?
  • you can view all your friend’s current location with the latest Google Map/Latitude?
  • you can have all your Yahoo messanger, MSN, GTalk, AOL, Skype all launched in one application?
  • you can filter out unwanted calls/sms?
  • 90% of our customers are actually new users?

Leave your comments and share with me what do you use your PDA for besides the usual appointment and task?

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Review: Palm Treo Pro

November 4, 2008

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Available Date: End October 2008

Launch Price: RM2,199

Fresh Gear rating: 8/10

Specifications:

  • 400MHz Qualcomm MSM7201
  • 114 x 60 x 13.5mm (133g with battery)
  • ROM: 256MB RAM:128MB (MicroSD Slot)
  • 320×320 pixel; 65k-color; transflective back-lit touchscreen
  • Quad-band, WiFi, Bluetooth and A-GPS.

Un-boxing the Palm Treo Pro

The Palm Treo Pro comes with a rather interesting retail packing. First of all, the retail box is small and with a “cut” at an angle at the bottom making it slanted while standing. This also makes it stand out from other display in the shop.

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Open up the cover reveals the Palm Treo Pro (very much like Apple iPhone packaging). Inside the box shows the accessories neatly packed (divided by recycled cardboard).

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Inside the box comprises the following accessories.

  • Wired headset
  • USB AC with 3 different adapters
  • Sync Cable
  • 2GB Memory card
  • 1500 mAh Battery
  • Manuals

There is no CD, pouch or extra stylus inside the packaging.

Package Content

Package Content

USB AC Adapter

USB AC Adapter

Treo Pro Battery

Treo Pro Battery

First Impression

When we first saw the Palm Treo Pro, we were very impressed with the design. It is currently the thinnest Palm Treo series with so much features built-in. The design of the phone is modern with curve at the right places. Glossy Obsidian black gives it a classy feel but it is very prone to finger print and scratches.

Palm Treo Pro

Palm Treo Pro

Back Cover

Back Cover

Screen comes flat without edge is a great design as it minimizes dust built-up. Just like previous Treo series, there are many useful buttons on the PDA. E.g. 5 Way Navigator button, Windows button, OK button, Calendar & Email/SMS button, Call and Hang-up button.

Treo Pro Keyboard

Treo Pro Keyboard

On the top of the phones is the ON/OFF button, Silent/Mute Slider button.

ON/OFF and Mute Button

ON/OFF and Mute Button

Not many PDA nowadays comes with IR (Infra Red) transmission. Located on the right side is the Wireless button with the IR port.

IR Port and Wireless Button

IR Port and Wireless Button

On the left side sits the UP/Down button and Camera button. You can also change the button mapping.

Up/Down and Camera Button

Up/Down and Camera Button

At the bottom is the headphone jack and also the sync cable jack. Do note the sync cable on the Treo Pro is different from other Palm Treo series.

Audio Jack and Sync Cable connector

Audio Jack and Sync Cable connector

Inside Palm Treo Pro

Inside Palm Treo Pro

Using the Palm Treo Pro

Some of the key difference Palm did to this PDA is the main screen google search button, screen saver with time/miss call notification and also the auto key lock function.

Palm Treo Pro main screen

Palm Treo Pro main screen

Since this device is manufactured by HTC, Palm have also license some useful software/utilities and included them into the Palm Treo Pro.

  1. HTC Task Manager
  2. HTC Communication Manager
  3. HTC Camera Software
HTC Communication Manager

HTC Communication Manager

Since Palm Treo Pro does not comes with CD, it comes pre-loaded with the required Windows Active Sync desktop software in the device itself. The first time you connect it to your computer it will run and install automatically.

Size Comparison

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Palm Treo Pro & HTC Touch Pro

Camera Shots

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Picture taken using Palm Treo Pro

Conclusion

Pros

  • Nice modern and sleek design
  • High capacity battery
  • Palm customized software (E.g. quick search, screen saver and auto key-lock
  • QWERTY keyboard

Cons

  • Pricey compared to Samsung i780
  • Some software might not run properly on a 320X320 screen
  • No 3G video call camera
  • No VGA Screen
  • Finger print magnet, constant wiping needed.

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Tech Tips: Which PDA is right for me? (Part 1)

October 8, 2008

With so many PDAs in the market currently, exactly how do you find the right one for yourself? We hope to have the solutions for your questions.

In this article, we will cover key components/features of today’s PDA and hopefully after going through, you will be able to understand better and decide on what is a necessity and what is nice-to-have.

PDA has come a long way. Not too long ago, PDA was essentially called “Palm” by many. This was not surprising as Palm “was” the dominant player in the market. Back then, Palm PDA has built in of only 8MB (with no memory slot) and does not even come with color screen! Consumer has to organize mass gathering to upgrade their 8GB to 16GB and this usually also void their warranty.

Fast forward to today, how we are spoilt for choices and the PDA market changed significantly. We now have PDA with all kind of features one could ever dream of. Some PDA have built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.5G, 5 MP camera, Bio-metric finger print scanner, 600++ Mhz and built in 16GB of memory! Recent range of PDA comes with accelerometer and WVGA.

In the world of tech, just how do you choose one which is suitable? Below are some questions which you should ask yourself first.

Which Operating System (OS) should I choose?

There are 6 major OS dominating the smartphone/PDA market; Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian, Blackberry, Apple and the new Android by Google. Each has its own strength and weakness and to say which is a better than another would be akin to comparing Mercedes Benz with BMW.

Since Apple, Android, Palm and Blackberry are very hardware specific, we shall not include in this tech tip. E.g., If you like the Apple iPhone, there is no other choice/alternative to it.

In Malaysia, the most popular OS for PDA (not smartphone) is Windows Mobile. For easy discussion sake, we shall just concentrate on the Windows Mobile 6.1.

Tech Tips: Windows Mobile and Palm has one of the most number of third-party software you can purchase from the Internet.

What are the different features/built-in?

Not all PDA are built equal to cater to different market. Hence, it is important for you to think carefully if you really need a particular feature before paying money for it. E.g., if you already have a GPS navigator in your vehicle, why pay extra to get one with built-in? Below are some of the key features found in today’s PDA.

EDGE or HSPDA

This is essentially the speed of the data transfer rate between the network. Below shows a simple overview of all the different connection name with their speed.

GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) – Max Speed of 80 kbits/second

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM) – Max Speed of 236.8 kbit/second

UMTS aka 3G (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) – Max Speed of 384kbits/second

HPSDA aka 3.5G (High-Speed Download Packet Access) – Max 14.4Mbp/second

For those who access the Internet often, this is a very important point to consider. Although not all telco are currently ready to provide HSDPA and even if they do, usually are in limited locations only. Nevertheless, if possible, always choose 3.5G and above as your PDA can also act as a wireless modem for your laptop.

Tips: Always check with your local telco for a unlimited data package. Failure to do this might unknowingly cause you hundreds to thousand of ringgit on data charges alone. At the time of writing, Maxis offers RM99 (3.5G), U Mobile (3.5G) capped it at RM176 and Digi (EDGE) offers RM66 for unlimited data transfer.

Some of the PDA currently that supports HSDPA are the HTC Touch 3G, HTC Touch HD, HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, HTC Tytn II, HTC Touch Cruise, Samsung Omnia, Samsung i780

Global Positioning System (G.P.S)

GPS is relatively new in Malaysia. When GPS devices first started selling in our retail outlets some 4 to 5 years ago, we had a hard time educating the general consumers. Most of the people confused GPS with GPRS and hence the question we always get is “How much is the monthly access fee?”.

The built-in GPS in PDA is essentially a receiver which receives signal from multiple satellite orbiting the earth at a certain location. The receiver is able to calculate the exact distance based on the fixed interval of the signal and the location of the satellite info in the signal. With this information, the receiver will be able to triangulate and get the precise coordinates from a minimum of 3 satellites. Of course, the more satellite it detects, the more accurate the location.

number of satellite a receiver can “see” at any point in time

Coordinate is pretty much useless to ordinary folks. What you need then is a map software so tell you what road are you on, where you will be able to travel, how long is the distance, the estimated time of arrival. There are several mapping company in Malaysia you can get your maps from. One very useful website you start reading is Malsingmaps.com

Tips: Some of the maps comes bundled free when you purchase the PDA. If not, you can always purchase it online. There are NO monthly charges, just yearly charges for the updates of maps if you want to keep your map updated.

Some of the PDA currently that comes with built-in GPS function are HTC Touch 3G, HTC Touch HD, HTC Touch DiamondHTC Touch ProHTC Tytn IIHTC Touch Cruise, HTC P3300, Asus P320Samsung OmniaSamsung i780

Weight, Size and Form-Factor

PDA nowadays comes with all kind of shape and sizes. Lets briefly go through some of the more common ones.

Type 1 – Candy Bar

Type 2 – Candy bar with Sliding Keypad (Up)

Type 3 – Candy Bar with Keypad

Type 4 – Candy Bar with Full Keyboard

Type 5 – Candy Bar with Keypad and Slide out Keyboard

Type 6 – With Slide Out Keyboard

Type 7 – With Slide out Keyboard (Curved)

Type 8 – With Slide Out Tilting Keyboard

Type 9 – Clamshell with Keypad

Type 10 – Clamshell with Keyboard

Type 11 – Clamshell Keyboard with Rotating Screen

Type 12 – Detachable Keyboard

Type 13 – Dual Hinge with Keyboard

Tech Tips: Always try to go for a PDA with built-in keyboard as this makes input much easier. Also, one-handed operation is much more feasible on a PDA with keypad. PDA with keyboard normally do not look as nice as those without but sometimes a little compromise is good for the long run.

[To be continued]

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News: Fresh Gear PC Fair 2008 (I) Package is out!

April 8, 2008

Check out Fresh Gear PC Fair 2008 package detail.

Some highlights…

1. HTC Touch Dual (RM2,299)

  • FOC 1GB Memory Card
  • FOC Western Digital HDD 120GB

2. O2 Atom Life (RM1,899)

3. LG KS-20 (RM1,888)

  • FOC 1GB Memory Card
  • FOC Bluetooth headset

4. Altina GPS Car Navigator A660 (RM899)

For a full promotion detail, check out Fresh Gear website

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Fresh Gear Brochure Jan 2008

January 25, 2008

Fresh Gear January 2008 edition brochure is out now. Grab a copy from any of our outlets today! You can also download the electronic version from our website here.

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For more information on the latest promotions, go to our main website.

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