Accessories for Your New PDA

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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

 
Brando 
http://shop.brando.com.hk/

 
Fellowes 
www.fellowes.com

 
Franklin Covey 
www.franklincovey.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

 

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

 
Fellowes 
www.fellowes.com

 
Think Outside
Makers of the popular Stowaway series of keyboards 
www.thinkoutside.com

 

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

MMC/SD

ACP

X

x

ATP

x

X

Canon

X

 

Cisco

X

 

Crucial

X

 

Delkin

X

X

Edge

X

X

EP Memory

X

x

Fuji

X

X

Fujifilm

X

X

Fujitsu

X

x

GoldenRam

x

 

Hewlett Packard

 

X

Kingston

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.

 

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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