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View Poll Results: My most important aspect of a new handheld is:
Screen Size 7 53.85%
CPU Speed 0 0%
Battery Life 2 15.38%
An average of the three 3 23.08%
Something else... 1 7.69%
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Old 02-14-2005, 07:14 AM   #1
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Screen vs CPU vs Battery Life

When it comes to choosing a new PDA, one has to find a balance between three essential factors: Screen size (physical, resolution), CPU speed, and battery life.

Personally I find screen size to be the most important aspect of my new handhelds. I do care about battery life, but if that means that my PDA screen is just a tiny square with a eye-straining low resolution, I rather give up some of the battery for a better screen.

What are your preferences? What is your most important factor when buying a new handheld?
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Old 02-14-2005, 02:19 PM   #2
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Screen vs CPU vs Battery Life

I also prefer a balance; however that taken into account, Battery Life is a bit more important.
I like reading eBooks, so a large screen is nice; for games the CPU needs to be pretty good; but both reading & playing games are affected by / require good battery life.
I was able to get at least two with my T3, I just wish the battery was better.

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Old 02-14-2005, 10:47 PM   #3
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I have to agree with you Morpheus. I saw my first VGA screen a few days ago, and I'm afraid that now I can't settle for anything less when I get my next device! A word of warning for those who thinks the screen's not important. Have a play with a VGA ppc, than go back to your poor QVGA device....and be happy, if you can

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Old 02-15-2005, 06:36 AM   #4
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I have to agree with you Morpheus. I saw my first VGA screen a few days ago, and I'm afraid that now I can't settle for anything less when I get my next device! A word of warning for those who thinks the screen's not important. Have a play with a VGA ppc, than go back to your poor QVGA device....and be happy, if you can

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I did. Played with an iPaq 4700, and decided to get the O2 XDA II Mini in favour of its small size, heh heh. I am still, uh, moderately happy.

But I concur with what you said, the VGA displays are really nice!
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Old 02-15-2005, 07:47 AM   #5
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I like VGA also, but have the same issues about size. I won't trade off a small overall size for a big device with VGA. I'm sure some VGA devices will shrink a little soon.

But my primary concern is basic funtional specs... I want above average memory, cpu speed, and most recent OS so I can be confident that things will just "work" and I don't have to jump through hoops to handle limitations. Software usually runs better on more memory and faster cpu. That means both the core PIM functions and the fancy multimedia and specialty software will run smoothly and fast. If you've ever used subpar/subaverage hardware, you know what I mean. It's okay, and I've done it with success, but you end up with slow programs, inconsistently performing programs, or software you just can't get to run.

So believe it or not, as nice as VGA, wifi, etc are, they're still just optional bonus features for me. (But I hope they are core feature soon on all power PDAs!)
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Old 02-17-2005, 02:23 AM   #6
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I think ergonomic is important too.
I don't want to make my hands or my head suffer when I have to answer email or make phone calls.
And I think people prefer big keyboard than big screen (blackberry vs palmone ?)
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