PDA Choice

Windows CE (Pocket PC’s) vs. PalmOS (PDA Organizers)

When evaluating the different handheld technologies available on the market today the new Pocket PC with its improved user interface, additional built-in applications was a good fit for the Hiram College computing enviroment. Windows CE allows the development of far more complex applications as well as being an electronic organizer. It supports faster processors, greater storage capabilities, larger and higher-resolution color displays, and a richer set of user interface controls.
  • More memory for the OS and applications (64MB of RAM, 32MB of ROM)
  • Fast CPU (206MHz StrongARM processor), which permits the execution of rich, functional applications
  • Flash ROM, which permits easy OS and application updates
  • Enhanced security (i.e., VPN adapter, 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer—SSL—support, local device pass codes), which offers better protection for data on the device and for remote connections
A Pocket PC has a stronger focus on the challenges of the mobile device environment. With a Pocket PC you have the capability of synchronizing your data right from the server using Server ActiveSync.
  • Server ActiveSync, which permits synchronization of PIM data over an IP connection (e.g., Wi-Fi—the 802.11b wireless standard, Cellular Digital Packet Data—CDPD, Ethernet, General Packet Radio Service—GPRS, Ricochet) and lets users connect remotely without the need of a desktop cradle.
The HP iPAQ H4350 handheld using Pocket PC 2003 was Hiram College’s handheld choice because it integrated the enhanced applications with secure mobile Wi-Fi capabilities.