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Astrotoy7
02-21-2005, 01:40 AM
Hello. I am getting pocket PC(a HP Ipaq), mainly to use with work because I do *alot* of work on excel... but I would like to know...

*does anyone here have a pocket pc/pda

*any cool software/games you'd recommend for pocket pc ??

mtfbwya

Joetheeskimo
02-21-2005, 01:49 AM
Meh, I only have a Palm...:\

El Sitherino
02-21-2005, 01:55 AM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7
*any cool software/games you'd recommend for pocket pc ??
no PDA is to be without tetris.

Silly Joe, a palm is a PDA, just not a pocket pc. :p

[RAA]-=Chi3f=-
02-21-2005, 01:56 AM
I have a Pocket PC, a Cassiopia by, you guessed it, Casio (there's a shocker). Mom bought it for me at Costco for $100, 1997.

I play pocket pool on it (no, I mean I REALLY did install a game called that... sickos)


It's great, but more a novelty item for me since it's slightly out of date. I prefer my new Sony-Ericsson cell-phone. It does everything I want (except make/recieve phone calls).

j/k :D

jon_hill987
02-21-2005, 01:59 AM
My dad just got one, he looked at the HP iPaq but went for a dell in the end because the screen is much better.

If you travel a lot you could get a GPS car kit for it.

Sivy
02-21-2005, 02:06 AM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7
Hello.

Hello :wavey:


I am getting pocket PC(a HP Ipaq),

whoopty-doo :p
mainly to use with work because I do *alot* of work on excel... oh, ok
but I would like to know...*does anyone here have a pocket pc/pda

no

*any cool software/games you'd recommend for pocket pc ??
mtfbwya

Simcity 2000

txa1265
02-21-2005, 02:15 AM
I've had PDA's since ... well, since ~1992, I guess. I had HP-LX's, Newtons, Palms, Psions, WinCE HPC's, Palm-Sized and finally Pocket PC's.

I currently have just the Palm Tungsten C, which has a keyboard built-in. No MP3 playback, lacks 3D games, and so on ... but I still ended up selling my iPaq 5450 (also had keyboard) because the Palm was just plain faster. And ...

... guess what else? I *also* use tons of Word and Excel, and found that Documents to Go for the Palm was *better* than Pocket Excel and Pocket Word for the Pocket PC. And given my iPod and GBA (now DS), those Pocket PC features didn't matter.

But in terms of games, I always went back to puzzles - things like Tetris, Chess, Mahjong, etc. There are decent RPG's out there - there is a PocketEverquest, for instance. There are also Pocket Quake and Doom out there. The action games can be fun, but I never got into them enough to go beyond the demos for most. Again, with my PC and GBA gaming habits ...

Mike

Astrotoy7
02-21-2005, 02:41 AM
Sivy ...one day you will meet a foul end sir ! All that spoilerisation has melted your brain, you silly Belgian fool :p (yes, I know you are not Belgian....etc etc)

is there really pocket version of simcity ? interesting :)

Yes, I have come across the pocket doom. I was quite chuffed to see there is a pocketNES emullator, Which means I wll be able to play some NES faves :p

I plan to get a DS and or a PSP eventually, but really cant take em to work or work trips... :p having something on a pocket pc will be a nice diversion.... I mostly was looking for puzzle games though, like tetris as or mahjong type stuff... :p

Mike -- long time no see ! :p
wow 1992 PDAs, were they heavy and clunky like old mobile phones !! :p

I do remember the old Newtons though(showing my age)... :p

mtfbwya

Anthony
02-21-2005, 02:58 AM
I've got one, got a bunch of games on it, Like quake 1, age of empires etc.

Download Betaplayer (http://www.pocketpcfreewares.com/en/index.php?soft=1080)
and all its plugins, since for it me it pretty much plays any video flawlessly

end DEFINATLY get (winamp, for pocket pc. :D)
WinamPAQ (http://www.winampaq.com/new/index.html)

and do a search for pocket nester, an emulator for NES :D

swphreak
02-21-2005, 05:14 AM
I was looking at PDAs, but I decided to soend my money on a DS.

I know there's Age of Empires for PocketPC.

txa1265
02-21-2005, 06:10 AM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7 Mike -- long time no see ! :p
wow 1992 PDAs, were they heavy and clunky like old mobile phones !! :p Howdy ... I come around about once a week ...

Actually, the HP200LX was not all that much bigger than a Palm, and it had a nice clamshell look to it. It was a full DOS computer, and supported PC Cards.

http://imagehost.vendio.com/bin/imageserver.x/00000000/hpfg/1502024.jpg

Originally posted by Astrotoy7 I do remember the old Newtons though(showing my age)... :p My two favorite PDA's ever were the HP200LX and the Newton MessagePad 2000.

Mike

MTV2
02-21-2005, 06:11 AM
For software, a media player, sync, drawing program, microsoft office(i think they give out for pocket pc)

El Sitherino
02-21-2005, 06:15 AM
Originally posted by MTV2
For software, a media player, sync, drawing program,

Care to share names?

Originally posted by MTV2
microsoft office(i think they give out for pocket pc) Pocket office, yeah.

<-- remembers the old PDA's as well. Newtons, those were some fun little things.

Troopr-Undr-Fir
02-21-2005, 07:49 AM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7
Sivy ...one day you will meet a foul end sir ! All that spoilerisation has melted your brain, you silly Belgian fool :p (yes, I know you are not Belgian....etc etc)

is there really pocket version of simcity ? interesting :)

Yes, I have come across the pocket doom. I was quite chuffed to see there is a pocketNES emullator, Which means I wll be able to play some NES faves :p

I plan to get a DS and or a PSP eventually, but really cant take em to work or work trips... :p having something on a pocket pc will be a nice diversion.... I mostly was looking for puzzle games though, like tetris as or mahjong type stuff... :p

Mike -- long time no see ! :p
wow 1992 PDAs, were they heavy and clunky like old mobile phones !! :p

I do remember the old Newtons though(showing my age)... :p

mtfbwya

I counted 7 :p's in that post...

:rolleyes:

Oh, yeah stuff for PDA's, uhhh. I can check to see what my store has on it's catalog, but since it's Best Buy, it might be teh suck. I honestly don't really see the need to have a pocket PC, since nowadays you have easy access to a computer when ever you feel the need. But hey, if you travel a lot I'd say yay to the GPS program, and maybe a virtual escort service... since I know how you are...

txa1265
02-21-2005, 09:04 AM
Originally posted by Troopr-Undr-Fir
I honestly don't really see the need to have a pocket PC, since nowadays you have easy access to a computer when ever you feel the need. That is sad but largely true ... and I remember the furor in the HPC beta & dev community when it was decided that the HPC 2000 platform was going to be crippled so as not to mess with computer makers' product differentiation ... so we ended up with Pocket PC's with keyboards (and no MSReader) rather than micro-laptops ...

Mike

Anthony
02-21-2005, 06:18 PM
Originally posted by jon_hill987
My dad just got one, he looked at the HP iPaq but went for a dell in the end because the screen is much better.

The dell screens -were- good. Their new VGA (Highres) pocket PC screens have sort of washed out colours

and Astro.. http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/

That sites got a lot of good stuff.

EDIT: and what model Ipaq are you getting?

Astrotoy7
02-22-2005, 03:18 AM
Originally posted by Anthony
and Astro.. http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/

That sites got a lot of good stuff.

EDIT: and what model Ipaq are you getting?

thanks for the link.... Im getting the Ipaq rz1715 (http://www.shopping.hp.com/cgi-bin/hpdirect/shopping/scripts/product_detail/product_detail_view.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@117156331 4.1109076547@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdkadddmdjhmjdcfngcfkmdfondfgf.0&landing=&category=handhelds&subcat1=digital_entertainment&product_code=FA290A%23ABA&catLevel=3) that Im sure is close to the lower end of the spectrum... :p Im also getting it damn cheap :p as i said, its mainly for work, for transfer, transport and synchronisation of excel and word docs... I have Toshiba Satellite 5200 (I think you have one too IIRC !) for my whizz bang compy needs :p

I do plan to get a 512 or 1gb SD card, to store music and vid clips :) I didnt know there was a pocket pc version of winamp, cool :D

mtfbwya

txa1265
02-22-2005, 04:15 AM
... no WIFI or Bluetooth? Yuk.

I liked the Sony Clie UX-50 and the iPaq 5450, each of which had both, and my Tungsten still has WIFI. I hate having to hook up cables all of the time ...

Mike

Astrotoy7
02-22-2005, 05:08 AM
Originally posted by txa1265
... no WIFI or Bluetooth? Yuk.

I liked the Sony Clie UX-50 and the iPaq 5450, each of which had both, and my Tungsten still has WIFI. I hate having to hook up cables all of the time ...

Mike

it is of no huge concern that my el cheapo ipaq sports no bluetooth :p plugging in a USB device(once a week most likely) into XP is no big hassle...

also Mike, dont forget the cost factor.... although I am using it for work, it isnt being paid for by work... (I claim it back of course :p) ... Im paying just 40% of the RRP here in Oz for mine, and tis boxed and brand new :) that other 60% can go towards paying my credit card off :(

mtfbwya

txa1265
02-22-2005, 05:26 AM
I wasn't saying that you shouldn't get it due to lack of wireless, or that you should pay more to get it ... I'm just surprised that they are releasing PDA's without *some* sort of wireless.

That's what I get for riding the high end for so many years ... ;)

Mike

Astrotoy7
02-22-2005, 04:33 PM
Originally posted by txa1265
I wasn't saying that you shouldn't get it due to lack of wireless, or that you should pay more to get it ... I'm just surprised that they are releasing PDA's without *some* sort of wireless.

That's what I get for riding the high end for so many years ... ;)

Mike

ive checked my docs, and I am actually getting the 1710, which is not significantly different, but does have IR apparently, which IIRC is a close quarters wireless :p Although my laptop has IR as well, I highly doubt I will go to the trouble of setting it up. I will have a usb cradle thingy that will sit nearby for charging and sync, no continuous plugging and unplugging of cables anyway :p

another thing to to remember Mike, your workplace may most likely have some top notch compys, I work in a state funded community health service, and we are lucky to have net capable pcs, let alone ones equipped wth bluetooth and the like :p

I'll be picking mine up next week, im sorta excited about it, I have always loved gadgets :p

mtfbwya

Anthony
02-22-2005, 04:35 PM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7
thanks for the link.... Im getting the Ipaq rz1715 (http://www.shopping.hp.com/cgi-bin/hpdirect/shopping/scripts/product_detail/product_detail_view.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@117156331 4.1109076547@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdkadddmdjhmjdcfngcfkmdfondfgf.0&landing=&category=handhelds&subcat1=digital_entertainment&product_code=FA290A%23ABA&catLevel=3)

mtfbwya

NO! NONONO!

I'd say that is good but you can get a LOT more for that money. That particular device got pretty low reviews...

EDIT: Wait, Nevermind. rz1715 is the not good one. Move along.. :p

EDIT: And for the record.. I managed to get the Toshiba e800 (http://www.mobile-review.com/pda/review/toshiba-e800-en.shtml) for christmas

tk102
02-22-2005, 05:43 PM
I've had an iPAQ 4150 for about 6 months and I love it. My mp3 player of choice is MortPlayer (http://www.freewareppc.com/multimedia/mortplayer.shtml) because all the buttons/sliders were designed for use by big clumsy fingers. 1GB SD memory card and you're set.

Anthony
02-22-2005, 05:48 PM
My "setup" goes like this...

The pocket PC's built in memory goes to running program memory and a few programs that need to be installed to ROM, the 256MB SD card goes to programs, and the 1GB compact flash card goes to all sorts of media and stuff.

Clem
02-22-2005, 07:42 PM
hey i'm just about to get a pda phone ... pocket pc kinda thing

www.expansys.com

its the imate pda 2k but rebadged as a t-mobile mda III

id really appreciate any linkies to software for the pdas ...:)

games especially!!

Astrotoy7
02-22-2005, 10:31 PM
Originally posted by Anthony
NO! NONONO!

I'd say that is good but you can get a LOT more for that money. That particular device got pretty low reviews...

EDIT: Wait, Nevermind. rz1715 is the not good one. Move along.. :p

EDIT: And for the record.. I managed to get the Toshiba e800 (http://www.mobile-review.com/pda/review/toshiba-e800-en.shtml) for christmas

Anthony, your first edit is confusing.... and as I mentioned Im getting mine super cheap :p Here in Oz the RRP in between $499 and $550, I got mine for $230, boxed and new :p

mtfbwya

MTV2
02-23-2005, 05:28 AM
Originally posted by InsaneSith
Care to share names?



If i remember correctly, Pocket XP(i dunno what they call it)OS i think comes with windows media player, a sync, and a drawing program


thats all i mainly use

Anthony
02-23-2005, 11:29 AM
Windows Mobile 2003 OR the older Pocket PC 2002.

Windows media player in PPCs is pretty crap. If you want to be able to play proper video, you download Betaplayer. If you want GOOD sounding music, you download WinamPAQ. If you use wireless on your PPC... you still use PocketIE until the mozilla browser for PPC comes out.

Jed
02-23-2005, 12:02 PM
I've got a Palm Zire 71.

*walks out of thread* :(

MTV2
02-23-2005, 01:48 PM
i dont know of any of those other players



but you should try pocket blinds

Anthony
02-23-2005, 06:45 PM
Pocket Blinds doesn't work with windows mobile 2003 AND VGA devices. I'll have to wait till the next version comes out.. :(

Astrotoy7
02-23-2005, 07:51 PM
in my googling adventures, I came across www.pocketgear.com ....just like PPCthoughts anthony mentioned above, nifty site for PPC/Palm fans, reviews demos etc :p

Jed, do you use your Palm alot ?? (pardon the pun !) :p

mtfbwya