Product Advice: PDA, Organizer, Etc.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Product Advice: PDA, Organizer, Etc.
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Thu, 06-17-2004 - 8:12am
Anyone have any suggestions for a very basic, very easy-to use organzier that doesn't have a thousand bells and whistles on it? One that isn't overly difficult to see the screen on? I'd like to get one for my mother for her upcoming birthday, but I'd hate to turn her off to the idea of electronic organizers by getting her something she can't read on, or has too many accessories (like the foldable keyboard, docking stations, battery chargers, etc.) She's not computer literate - on the home computer, we've had to go through and re-label all shortcuts so she can find things... she's carried around a Nextel phone for two years now and still doesn't have numbers programed into it, so when I say basic, I mean, bare bones, LOL...
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Registered: 03-18-2004
Thu, 06-17-2004 - 3:44pm

I have a combination cell/Palm phone. It's been pretty easy to use as it synchs with my Outlook contacts.

Mondo

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Registered: 10-18-2003
Thu, 06-17-2004 - 4:42pm

I have a Sony Clie (Runs a Palm OS). But it's not very *basic*. It has quite a few bells and whistles and the option to add many more.


But it's my brain now. All my appts (even things like which days dd is supposed to bring her lunch, picture days, and reminders to call my parents' on their birthdays) are in it. It serves as my only address book. I carry my kids digital pics in it and bring them out to show off. It has a calculator. It plays .mp3 files. I've got games, etc.


I'd be lost without it.


Xh paid about $300 for it ... not cheap.

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Thu, 06-17-2004 - 5:00pm
Not to be a wet blanket, but why an electronic organizer for someone who isn't computer literate? Wouldn't a Daytimer be just as good, and more likely to actually be used?

Now if you think it would be good b/c of audio functions, like reminders to take medicine, etc., then it makes sense, but just for keeping up with appts. and phone numbers, I'd go paper for someone like that.

Casio makes several electronic phone book type organizers that run about $20-30. If you want a real PDA, the Zire 21 is the most usually recommended basic model, Amazon sells it for $69. I would steer clear of PDA phoes; if one function goes then you have lost the other.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 06-17-2004 - 6:27pm
Test Reply.

Getting an email in my inbox for every reply to this thread from ivillage, dunno why?

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Thu, 06-17-2004 - 6:39pm
AT the end of the posting section, there is a box you can check to get an email with every reply posted to you. You may have accidentally checked that box at sometime. Make a new post and uncheck it.

Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color.  Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 06-17-2004 - 6:46pm
Ok, thanks, will try
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Thu, 06-17-2004 - 6:55pm
I can't find this box anywhere... The email says to change in my board settings, but I don't seem to have an option there?

Very confused. Will this happen on this thread only? Or will I continue to get a notification with every post or thread that is replied to?