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Workbox

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Well, I used all my bonus points and rebates and upgraded to a Samsung i760 PDA with Windows mobile from verizon. I like it, it is different it will take some time to get used too. But I was wondering how many other Appraisers are using their PDA's for almost everyday use? I have been researching and there are many nice add-on to make it run nice. But I have some questions:

What add-on programs do you recommend?
Can you do with out it?
Do you use it for on-site appraisal visits? and what programs?
How much added memory is recommended to add?
GPS add-on devises?
Good site for purchases?
Do you get the Internet services?

Or Did you take it back and upgraded to Tablet?
 

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Workbox:

Not trying to get into "semantics" here (LOL) but you cannot really upgrade or add to the type of "memory" most people think of when using that term with Pocket PC's, etc. Without cracking the case and/or sending it to a specialty shop, you cannot do anything about the 128 MB of ROM nor the 64 MB of RAM found in the i760.

Perhaps, though, you mean a recommended amount of "storage" memory (?) The i760 uses the increasingly popular/standard "microSD" card for storage memory. The microSD card is so small, it is easily fumbled/dropped/lost if you do much insertion/removal - i.e. removing the card to insert it into another device/reader as when transferring images or other data. Also, not many standard "readers" have slots for the microSD format. Hence, we've found that you'll probably be looking at the adding storage memory like one might do in a traditional computer - i.e. the hard drive. Put it in and just use it for "fixed disk" type storage, pulling off data by means other than removal of the medium (card/disk/whatever.)

Scanning below, it probably looks like I am going into too much detail for such a simple element in your list of questions, but since one of the things most people think of when they think of data cards is "removal" and swapping, it really bears more consideration.

IF you really see yourself swapping out the card with some frequency, then I recommend the SanDisk 2GB kit. By "kit" what I mean is this: http://tinyurl.com/29s7dq

I think the picture is self-explanatory - you can see that this model has an "adapter" which you can use to insert the microSD into before then inserting the combo into a standard SD slot in a reader or other device. The kit also comes with a miniSD adapter, but that particular format is pretty much "orphaned" these days. Anyway, here one listing of many where you can find pricing and availability: http://tinyurl.com/ywlwo7 (Be sure to pay more attention to the "Bottom Line Price" than the other.)

For convenience, the links below are mostly to listings at BestBuy. You can, of course, find stuff at other sites - I just decided to quit posting multiple links, LOL. YMMV on pricing, availability, etc. In the early days, I used to get a lot of my mobile stuff at www.MobilePlanet.com - this was when mobile stuff was more of a novelty and you had to go to specialty retailers. Today, we're all much more mobile and accessory stuff like this is very common, so I'd just say to shop where you are comfortable...

The SanDisk 2 GB kit is routinely available for between $22 and $80, depending on where/how you shop ($40 - $50 from places you might commonly shop.) For example, it is $43.99 at BestBuy
(http://tinyurl.com/2blnq2) and I'd expect it to be close to that at other national chains... Note that the 2GB card ALONE ranges from $22 - $65 so it seems to me that the "kit" is the BB4TB (Best Bang for the Buck.)

We've found that (TODAY), 2 GB is the sweet spot, but If you do not think you'll ever need/want that much storage, the 1 GB card "kit" is $35 at BestBuy http://tinyurl.com/2etdah The 1 GB card by itself is likely less, but I cannot seem to find a listing from a reliable source today.

IF, on the other hand, you do not see yourself swapping the card in/out a lot (never?) you may wish to consider a larger card. For example, the 4GB MicroSD card is $48 - $79 (http://tinyurl.com/26pase)... I found it at BestBuy for $72 after the "see price in cart" jump - http://tinyurl.com/yohmot but I also found that the Dell link had it for $69 (+ tax if applicable)...

Note that once you surpass a 2 GB threshold (in most formats), you get into a different "density" on cards and that not all devices will work with the newer "SDHC" ("High Capacity") cards. Fortunately, the newer PDA's like yours handle the new format just fine. What is NOT for sure, though, is whether the adapters or the readers you may already have will work. Hence (and again IF), you are going to do a lot of card swapping, AND will be doing it with existing/built-in card readers, the 2 GB kit is the safe choice IMHO. However, the SanDisk 4GB card dies come with its own little USB reader "dongle"-type adapter so you can use that with a device that has a USB connector... This is probably how most people would be using it in a "swapping" type scenario. Anyway, IF you are going to leave the card in the device, obviously the 4 GB card has a lower $/GB ratio than the 2GB card.

For more info on the "SDHC" thing, you can read this: http://www.sandisk.com/Assets/File/pdf/retail/SDHC1.pdf

As for your other questions, I can address one small item with MobileSketch running on a new device like yours. I've found it to run just fine on the newer devices. We have had some users with early PDA/phones who reported a keypad problem, but we've not seen this on the newer devices. We have a few older devices and they are pretty flaky, at best, in a lot of ways, not just MobileSketch, LOL. Anyway, you are welcome to download a trial of MSP (MobileSketch for PPC) and see if it meets your needs.

For places to get cool mobile applications, a lot of people like handango. Here is a link to their Windows Mobile™ page: http://tinyurl.com/ywv7dy

Here is a site to one of the better PPC enthusiast sites IMHO: http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/

Hope this info helps!

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Workbox

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Thanks RG, for the info, I should have stated Storage memory, which I just purchased a 2gig kit for $60 at CompUSA, which I thought they would have some sales since they are going to close, but I did see your link to Best Buy, what a price different. I might swap, but or get the difference.

But, I am getting used to the PDA and I am finding it useful in some situations, because it is handy at that moment. I am going to download some stuff out of Handango which I have been reading reviews on the software and how other use it. I'm going to get a blue-tooth GPS which I found for about $50 bucks and use it with either Google or Live Maps.

Yes, I have thought about the Mobile Sketch, but once I set up the PDA the way I want it, I'll be downloading the Mobile Sketch.

But at the back of my mind I keep thinking about the UMPC's, or the small Motion Tablet. But maybe I should wait. Yet still, ...........

Garrett, can you PM me?
 
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