In anticipation to my return to Indonesia, where I expect I’ll be mobile / on the road most of the time at the day, I just bought a Psion 5MX to enable me to work anywhere.
- It’s way lighter and easier to bring around than a laptop
- While small in size, the keyboard is still convenient and speedy to use
- It’s able to connect to Internet, and browse/email/etc.
- There are a LOT of applications available for it
- You can run Linux on it – and it’s Debian-based too. (minimizing the need to compile software, which means longer CF card life)
- It runs Linux without destroying what’s already on it – a small program will cause it to boot from the CF card, which has Linux installed in it
- It’s a bargain (most especially when you compare it to laptop price 🙂 ) at about 100 poundsterling
- It’s a very convenient voice recorder – it has dedicated buttons for this feature, so you can record straight away without having to open it first. It’s very important for me because I’m very forgetful 🙂 I really hate it when I forgot brilliant ideas because I wasn’t able to record it when it occurs. I almost bought separate device for this – lucky for me, 5MX can do this too.
- It uses 2 x AA batteries, not some weird proprietary battery. So when it runs out of power, I just need to buy AA batteries – which is available pretty much everywhere.
- The Psion community is amazing – you can find the solution for your problem on Google quite easily. Or when you need to ask questions, the community is very helpful
This afternoon, I’ve managed to get it to access the Internet via Nokia 6820 :
Internet — GPRS — Nokia 6820 — infrared — Psion 5MX
It was quite a struggle to get it connected for the first time, but now it’s rock solid.
Someone probably will argue that it’ll be more convenient to connect via Bluetooth (and use different PDA), why do you use such antiquated thing, and so on.
However, I’ve yet to find any other PDA with the features listed above, so it’s Psion 5MX for me at the moment then. Do feel free to let me know if you find anything else that can beat that feature list.