BlackBerry Example – 7130e
RIMS’s BlackBerry has been popular with business users due to the easy way of checking e–mail, to–do lists, and contact lists. BlackBerries are not meant for power PDA users as they don’t offer memory card slots to store programs, music, or pictures. Below is a list of features for the BlackBerry 7130e.
- 2.6 inch diagonal screen
- 240 x 260 pixel resolution screen with 65,000 colors
- EV-DO high speed internet service
- 16 MB RAM
- 64 MB ROM
- ARM processor
PDA Phone Tips
- If you’re a power PDA user who basically wants a Windows desktop in a handheld, then PocketPC PDA phones are for you.
- If you want your PDA phone to be half phone and half PDA, then Palm Treos are for you.
- If you want your PDA phone to be mostly phone and also be able to check your e–mails, contacts, and to–do lists, then a BlackBerry is for you.
- If you are out of cell phone minutes, you can use a combination 802.11b Wi-Fi and Skype PocketPC to make free calls. This also works great for any international business travelers.
- Look for PDA phones with built–in Wi–Fi if you want to avoid paying cellular downloading service fees. Of course, you will be limited to Wi-Fi hotspots.
- Verizon and Sprint offer high speed EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) internet services. EV-DO bandwidth is limited to a maximum of 2.5 Mb/s with a average sustained data rate of 300kb/s to 600 kb/s. Older downloading speeds of 1xRTT are limited to 144 kb/s (1Mb = 1000kb).
- Cingular offers internet connection through its EDGE service. Maximum downloading speeds are 236 kb/s, but Cingular publicizes average speeds of only 70 to 80 Kbps.
- You can also use your PDA phone as an internet gateway for your laptop. Some PDA phones also let you use Bluetooth to wirelessly connect your phones to your laptop. Keep in mind that you will be limited to Bluetooth’s 2 Mb/s maximum downloads.
- See the PDA gaming section for more information on PocketPC, Palm, and BlackBerry gaming.
- Slingbox offers video streaming software for PocketPC PDA phones.