I'm looking to get a PDA so I can install Terminal Services Client on it to be able to administer our servers wherever I am.
I realise the small display and slow GPRS access will make it painful to do, but it's only for emergencies and would give some reassurance.
I'd been looking at the O2 XDA2 however I can't join O2 as they only accept payment by direct debit, and I never use direct debit. I'm currently with Orange and have a first-generation SPV phone which is almost useless for anything except email, sending text messages and making phone calls didn't seem to feature in the design requirements.
Thus I thought: get my handset changed to a Bluetooth one (say, Sony Ericsson T610) and by a separate PDA - maybe one of the HP ones?
Does anyone else do this who can give any feedback on how successful this is and any pitfalls to avoid?
Id recommend trying carphone warehouse or the phones4u.co.uk website as they do some good deals on mobiles and you can always plead with them to get some great extra features that they usually dont advertise.
Managed to get 9 mobiles in bulk from phones4u for an AWESOME contract lease price.
I have done this before with the following hardware...
I have a Nokia 7650 which is Bluetooth on the Orange network.
I have an iPaq 5450 which is Bluetooth and wi-fi. Terminal services on as standard.
I then just dialled up my freeserve account which is an 0845 number. Speed is a little pain unless I am connecting over wi-fi. The only downfall after that is the small screen size but for emergencies it is usable.
Thanks for the replies - that's useful. I'll go PDA shopping soon and take advantage of Orange's generous offer of a free handset upgrade if I stay with them for another year and probably go for the T610, but I'll check out the Nokias you mention also.
Originally posted by joelmoss The XDA is only available on O2 as I have been looking at it for a while. I would rather have just one device than two.
Anyone know of any good PDAs or smartphones to do just as DTmark mentions? I could do with something similar
The Sony Ericsson P9000 (I think) is said to be very good, a friend also had the same as me - the Orange SPV - and ditched it in favour of the Sony, and can't recommend it highly enough.
Most of the problems with the SPV are the tiny keys and the inadequate processor/memory which mean it runs like a dog and the OS which was absolutely riddled with so many bugs it is virtually unusable and completely insecure (for instance it's so slow to boot up that you can read messages and see contacts before it gets around to asking you for the pin that's meant to protect them, it was rushed out about a year before it was ready). Apparently the new SPV (E200?) is much better as it was a second chance to get it right.
The Sony P9000 doesn't use the MS operating system and is much better although this means I couldn't put TS Client on it and use it as a single device, but as Smart phones go it's meant to be very good.