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Thursday, February 22, 2007
  Toshiba e830 - still my favorite Windows Mobile PDA

Why is a Windows Mobile 2003 SE device post on this blog, particularly a device that was not sold in the USA? The reason is the Toshiba e830 is still my favorite stand alone PDA. I was always a fan of Toshiba PDA's; I thought Toshiba was the innovative vendor for Pocket PC's like Sony was the innovative vendor for Palm OS devices. I owned e550, e740, e750, and e800 Toshiba PDA's, and enjoyed using them all. Toshiba PDA's were the first with built-in WiFi, VGA resolution screens, graphic chip, 128 MB memory, and USB host ability. All the Toshiba PDA's had excellent Bluetooth stacks either built-in, or included with the Toshiba Bluetooth SD card. I liked my Toshiba e805, and was looking foward to the e830 being released because it would have both built-in Bluetooth, and WiFi. Unfortunately for me, the e830 was never released in the USA. I did purchase several e830's on eBay, and use them daily when I am home. The PPC-6700 is my favorite SmartPhone; however, the Toshiba e830 is definitely my favorite stand alone PDA.

I like, and still use, the Toshiba e830 because it has:
  • A crisp 4" VGA resolution screen which is definitely one of the best I have seen on a portable device.

  • Built-in Bluetooth, and WiFi

  • 520 MHz processor

  • 128 MB memory

  • Removable battery

  • A nice look, and feels good in the hand

  • Both USB host and client capability

  • An optional attachment that adds external VGA, and USB ports. The external VGA port allows the e830 screen to be displayed on a LCD projector at 1024 X 768 resolution. I have used the e830 to present at the local PDA User Group several times, and the e830 did a real nice job displaying my presentation on the classroom LCD projector. It was a nice touch to use a PDA to present a PowerPoint presentation about PDA's.

There will probably be a time in the future when one of my critical apps will not run on a Windows Mobile 2003 SE device, and I will be forced to stop using the e830. Until that time, the Toshiba e830 will be my favorite stand alone PDA, and one of the e830's will remain on my bedroom nightstand.

Toshiba recently introduced a new Windows Mobile SmartPhone. I certainly welcome Tohiba's return to the Windows Mobile market, and look forward to more innovative devices from Toshiba.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
  Still love the PPC-6700 after 3 months

I have been using the PPC-6700 daily for a little over 3 months, and I still love the device. The main reasons I dropped the Treo 700w were the lack of built-in Wi-Fi, lack of adequate memory to multitask, and the small keyboard. I regularly multitask numerous apps with the PPC-6700, use the built-in Wi-Fi daily, and the slide out keyboard is a nice fit for my fingers.

Overall, I am very happy with the PPC-6700. The device has been very stable, has good battery life, is easy to carry around, and does just about everything I desire a smartphone to do.

I would like a faster processor, more memory, and a larger screen. However, those are items I would like with any device I own from the latest dual-core PC to a wristwatch.

I definitely recommend the PPC-6700 be on the short list for anyone considering a smartphone which will be used for more tasks than just making phone calls.
I was a Palm OS champion for years, but switched to the Windows Mobile platform in 2005. My experiences using my Windows Mobile devices, and other electronic devices will be detailed in this blog. The posts reflect what I like, and do not like about a device, or application. Your needs, and opinion may be different.

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