Taking A Closer Look At How Palm Pilots Work

By: Ron Hel-Or

You may be wondering – how do Palm Pilots work? How do PDA's connect to the Internet and over all help you organize your life? The personal digital organizers manufactured by Palm, HP, Apple and other manufacturers can help the road warrior stay connected to the office, or just help parents keep track of their children's many activities. It is not necessary to understand everything about how Palm Pilots work to enjoy the usefulness of a PDA, but a basic knowledge of how it functions can help you find the best one for your needs.

Let's take the basic operations of a Palm Pilot, any PDA for that matter, and see how they are carried out by this device.

In some ways a Palm Pilot is similar to a scaled down laptop or desktop computer. Like a normal PC, it runs on a processor and comes equipped with memory, an operating system such as Windows Mobile 2003 or Palm OS and even programs like Pocket Word and Pocket Excel. Palm Pilots also come equipped with special software that allows them to sync up quickly with the user's desktop PC or laptop to ensure that they have the most current version of any documents they are working on. Palms also run various down-sized versions of office software, games and utilities. Even doctors can find software that will help them run their patients, their clinic and their medical activity. A very important part of PDA's is their ability to connect to various accessories that enhance their capabilities. For example, the Palm can be connected to a GPS receiver and use a GPS map software to act as a GPS device in your hands or in your car. So, in a way, the Palm is just like a smaller version of your PC.

When thinking about how do Palm Pilots work it is also useful to know how these devices connect to the Internet. Most of todays PDA's connect wirelessly to the internet via wi-fi hot spots, a wireless network or Bluetooth technology. These wireless connections can also allow the user to connect to the Internet, to their email accounts or even to the computer network at their office.

A Palm Pilot or other type of PDA can also help keep their users organized and keep their important numbers right at their fingertips. Instead of having to remember a hundred phone numbers, email addresses and other information, or carrying around a tattered address book, all your contact information can be stored in the PDA. The extensive storage capacity of a PDA means it can store hundreds of phone numbers, addresses, email addresses and other useful information. Once you have found the right PDA for your needs, you may wonder how you ever got along without one.

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