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What Can You Expect From a Personal Digital Assistant?

Personal digital assistants (PDAs) are among the latest gadgets that thousands of tech-savvy users want to use and own. These pocket-sized devices that combine the features of a mobile phone, planner, organisers browser, camera, GPS and other functionalities for personal and business use.

The rise in the number of PDA users has called for the manufacture of different accessories as well as opening of service centres that accept PDAs for repair. These companies’ expert repair personnel are skilled in handling different issues and possible parts replacement.

Like any other gadget, there are prevailing pros and cons to owning a PDA. Here are some of the things that owners and prospective buyers need to know.

Advantage #1: Extensive Internet Connectivity

For busy individuals, the main advantage of getting a PDA is having the ability to stay connected thru email, calls, text messaging and various messenger apps. These are built with extensive network connectivity so that users can access the Internet almost anywhere they are.

PDAs are convenient to carry around compared to larger tablets or laptops. Even without a computer, PDA users can access emails and reply to important messages even when they are on the go as long as they can connect to the Internet.

Advantage #2: Expert Organiser

For most people, having a PDA makes them more organised with their calendars, notes and lists. With PDAs, it is easier to keep track of appointments, schedules and special events. It is also easier to make notes, archive old messages and file copies of documents.

This gadget has replaced business cards, address books, paper lists, calendars and other means of organising information, placing all of these in one portable gadget.

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Disadvantage #1: High Cost

There are only a few disadvantages to owning or using a PDA, but the most glaring is that it is very pricey to buy one and in most cases, buyers also need to pay a subscription or a contract with a network.

So, it comes with a monthly bill and potential overcharges if you go beyond the allotted free minutes of calls or data caps. The costs can even increase if you buy specific software applications and other accessories, such as extra chargers for the car, protective cases and batteries.

Disadvantage #2: Distraction

PDAs can also become a distraction when they are not used for a legitimate need. Being connected to the Internet at all times can sometimes lead to many hours of surfing unnecessary websites or playing online games.

Some users also complain about having an ‘on call’ status because they can be reached anytime by their supervisors for work-related concerns even when on vacation. While PDAs can serve as a GPS and direct driver in the right direction, they can also cause a distraction when driving. In fact, some places have banned cell phone and PDA use when driving.

Owning a PDA is much coveted by many tech-savvy individuals because of its exclusivity and cost. There are PDAs that are issued by companies and are reserved for higher-ranking employees. Personal users need to have enough income to afford their own PDAs and the monthly expense for its connective service. There are also other expenses that come with owning one, such as personalisation accessories, apps to download and install, cases and possible repair and replacement.

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