PDA’s (Personal Digital Assistant) are mobile devices used as a personal information manager and can perform various functions simultaneously. Sometimes known as ‘Smartphones’, they perform easy functions that used to be only done on computers and laptops. Today’s PDA can be synchronized to the laptops or computer share information or work simultaneously with both, saving the savvy consumer time, effort and money.
What was once thought of as a technological miracle only a few short years ago is now part of both the everyday and business mainstream. It can be used as a computer, a camera, a notes pad, tv and cd player, and a cell phone. They are now thinner and small enough to fit in your purse, your pocket or your briefcase. It has become such a part of society and the culture in which we live that we often feel naked without it.
Most PDA’s have touch screens, but some still have the traditional key pad, much like a computer. You can use it strictly as a note pad, not having the capability of a cell phone available if that is what you choose. It can be used as storage, backing up old computers and parking information on their hard drive. There are detachable keyboards as well for the die hard and those not comfortable with the ever changing landscape of technology.
Over all most of the PDA’s purchased today have the built in convenience of a cell phone and other programs, such as an address book, contact names, to-do list and calendars, just to name a few. PDAs are constantly being upgraded and evolving into faster, easier and smaller machines. What used to be as heavy as a normal computer is now as thin as a passport. It is truly amazing how far technology has come with this economical business and educational tool.
Each consumer has to figure out what works best for them. With the constant refining and improvements made to PDA and all electronic devices, it wise not to get too comfortable with one model anyway. It may just become obsolete tomorrow.