Accessories for Your New PDA

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  1. Antoine Wright

    Antoine Wright Neighborhood Mobilist Super Moderator

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    HP, palmOne and Dell have got you getting a new PDA for the holiday season, and you’re hip to the idea. Your only issue is that you will probably need a few accessories to go along with it. Things like cases and keyboards seem important, but what else could there be that you would need or want with a new PDA. Below, BargainPDA has highlighted a few accessories to consider around that time you purchase that new PDA. Take a look at some of the items here, and make your new PDA more versatile, as well as fashionable.


    Cases
    Outside of an extended warranty, one of the most important accessories that you can purchase for your PDA is a good case. Cases offer a measure of protection, mobility, and personal style. Though some models even come with some kind of slip case, to spend the extra money on a good case not only will protect your investment, but also make a statement of style.


    Below you will find a list of some quality case companies:


    Belkin&
    www.belkin.com
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    Brando&
    http://shop.brando.com.hk/
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    Fellowes&
    www.fellowes.com
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    Franklin Covey&
    www.franklincovey.com
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    JavoEdge&
    www.javoedge.com
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    Martin Fields&
    www.martinfields.com
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    PDair&
    http://www.pdairshop.co.uk/index.php
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    Proporta&
    www.proporta.com
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    Vaja&
    www.vajacases.com
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    &


    Pictures are from the respective websites, there are more model styles available.


    Keyboards
    Keyboards are a necessity if you plan on doing a heavy amount of text editing on your PDA. There are a few models that come with thumb-sized keyboards built in, but some of the best ones are the ones that are not. Featured here are some hardware keyboards, as well as a few software-based keyboards for those that like using the stylus to do data entry.


    Belkin&
    www.belkin.com
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    Fellowes&
    www.fellowes.com
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    Think Outside
    Makers of the popular Stowaway series of keyboards&
    www.thinkoutside.com

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    With the lager foldable keyboards you have a choice of connecting to your PDA through its data port at the bottom of the device, through infrared (IR), or through Bluetooth (BT). Using the IR or BT models will drain the battery of your PDA faster, though you will be able to set the PDA in a more comfortable position. Prices range from $60 to $120 depending on model and how you will connect to you PDA.


    Styli
    Styli are my personal favorite accessory. There are so many degrees of styli, much like pens. You have those styli that come three and five to a pack that may not be any better than the stock styli. But then, you have those insanely expensive styli/pen/pencil/kitchen sink combination ones that are just incredible. If you are a person that carries your pen and PDA around a good deal, you may want to look into getting a combination styli, as that will save your pocket that unavoidable ink accident. Check out our listing below for some of the styli makers and distributors:


    Brando&http://shop.brando.com.hk/


    Fellowes&www.fellowes.com

    JavoEdge&www.javoedge.com


    Martin Fields&www.martinfields.com


    PDair&http://www.pdairshop.co.uk/index.php


    PDAPanache&www.pdapanache.com


    Pentopia&www.pentopia.com


    Proporta&www.proporta.com


    Stylus Central&www.styluscentral.com


    Screen Protectors
    Next to a case, screen protectors are an important piece of your PDA investment. To replace a PDA touch screen can cost upwards of $120 dollars with shipping and labor charges added on. Get High Tech (www.gethightech.com) is one website that a person can go to and purchase a replacement screen, and they give you the option of installing it yourself. But to avoid getting that far in the short term, invest in a screen protector. They will go a long way in allowing you to get the most out of your PDA purchase.


    Belkin&www.belkin.com


    Brando&http://shop.brando.com.hk/


    Fellowes&www.fellowes.com


    FreeScreenProtectors.com&www.freescreenprotectors.com


    JavoEdge&www.javoedge.com


    Martin Fields&www.martinfields.com


    PDair&http://www.pdairshop.co.uk/index.php


    Proporta&www.proporta.com


    Vaja&www.vajacases.com


    Memory Cards
    Memory cards are becoming the most popular addition to handhelds because they offer the ability to carry multimedia files, as well as backup your PDA while on the go. The two forms of external memory used on PDAs are Compact Flash (CF) and Multimedia Card/Secure Digital (MMC/SD). MMC and SD cards look and act similar, but SD cards have the added option of being able to lock the information on the card via a switch on the card (something like the tab on a cassette tape or floppy disk). Currently, the largest size cards that you can purchase are:
    1GB&for MMC cards
    1GB for SD cards
    4GB for CF cards


    The prices for these cards are always getting lower, so be sure to shop around (especially online) for the best deals. Below, you will find a list of common manufacturers and the type of card they offer; as well as a list of some websites that offer excellent prices on memory cards.






































































































    Manufacturer


    Compact Flash
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    MMC/SD
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    ACP


    X


    x


    ATP


    x


    X


    Canon


    X


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    Cisco


    X


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    Crucial


    X


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    Delkin


    X


    X


    Edge


    X


    X


    EP Memory


    X


    x


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    X


    X


    Fujifilm


    X


    X


    Fujitsu


    X


    x


    GoldenRam


    x


    &


    Hewlett Packard


    &


    X


    <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Kingston</st1:City></st1:place>


    X


    X


    Kodak


    X


    &


    Lexar


    X


    X


    Memorex


    X


    X


    Nec


    x


    &


    Okidata


    X


    &


    Palm Computing


    &


    X


    Panasonic


    &


    x


    PNY


    X


    x


    Ritek


    X


    X


    SanDisk


    X


    X


    SCM Microsystems


    X


    &


    Simple Technology


    X


    &


    Smart Modular


    X


    X


    Toshiba


    &


    X


    US Modular


    x


    &


    Verbatim


    X


    X


    Viking


    x


    X


    &


    Here are some websites who sell memory cards (and other accessories) for your PDA that have as good or better prices than the manufacturer.


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    http://www.Buy.com


    http://www.ECost.com


    http://www.PCMall.com


    http://www.Pricewatch.com


    http://www.JR.com


    http://www.EBay.com

     
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  2. jonchoo

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    You can buy 1Gb MMC cards already.

    And you forgot about Memory Stick. Yeah, I know its only used on Sony and Acer PDAs but bargainPDA should not show favourites especially in advising readers.
     
  3. Brian

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    There's no reason to address Memory Stick for our US audience and we really don't have many visitors from Japan, so we think it's okay to skip that medium.

    As for MMC cards, your are correct. We'll update the article.


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  4. Antoine Wright

    Antoine Wright Neighborhood Mobilist Super Moderator

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    Whoops on the !GB MMC cards. I forgot they were out, and when I was looking at sites, I didn't see to many of them. Thanks for getting that B.

    As for Memory Sticks, I originally had that in there, but since Sony has not yet committed to coming back to the US market as of yet, I left it out. If they make that comeback here, I will be sure to make an updated look with a MemSticks included.

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