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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Handheld Devices: Buy Smart

The following are some easy-to-follow tips that can help set you and your clients on the right path when it comes to handheld devices.


You should be extremely careful when you are thinking about buying totally new, untested handheld devices. Many of these models can have major design or software flaws. The bugs are typically not fixed until about three to six months after the first release. You don’t need to take on the unnecessary risks associated with trying to get the first release of all new handheld devices or other technology items.

When buying handheld devices, make sure to get peripherals and accessories bundled with the purchase. This will save you money and time on installation and help eliminate incompatibility issues.


When purchasing handheld devices, look closely at the vendor support offerings. Tech support and warranties are not all the same, and the company you buy from is sometimes more important than the product itself.

The handheld devices you buy should be compatible with the operating system you intend to use. If clients’ offices are tied to a very specific version of Microsoft Windows or any other operating system, make sure your PDA can sync data with all computers, notebooks and desktops, in the office.


The handheld devices purchased should be well connected. USB interfaces can be the easiest of the interfaces to configure and troubleshoot and also perform best in the most circumstances. You should avoid buying older, legacy serial interfaces whenever you can.

Blogged By: Joshua Feinberg