Best PDA without a phone

by on January 26, 2009

Q: I was wondering if you could recommend a PDA that does NOT have a phone or camera.

It must fulfill the following requirements

Windows CE: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 or Microsoft Pocket PC 2000 (ARM/X-SCALE only) 2002, 2003, 2003 SE; Palm OS 3.5 or higher. If there’s not a PDA you can recommend, could you explain what these different requirements mean? I know there are companies like Palm and HP. Can Palm work with both Palm and HP or just a Palm?

A: Modern devices from BlackBerry and Palm (including the cool-looking Palm Pre) all have phones built into them. And because of poor security and even worse usability, I cannot recommend Windows Mobile PDAs at this time.

Therefore, I suggest that you consider purchasing an Apple iPod Touch. It has the same PDA-like functionality as Apple’s iPhone, but without features you may want to avoid: phone, Bluetooth, GPS, and camera. The iPod Touch can play music, display photos, and play videos. It currently comes with your choice of storage capacity: 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB. The 8 GB iPod Touch can hold thousands upon thousands of emails, contacts, documents, etc. But if you have a large collection of multimedia files, consider purchasing either the 16 GB or 32 GB version. Learn more about the iPod Touch.

Tip: From time-to-time, Apple will release software updates for your iPod Touch. Some of these updates will be free, while others will cost money.

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2 Responses to “Best PDA without a phone”

    Robert, your requirements sound like the requirements for a specific piece of software. Is there a specific program you need to use for work, or do you have a specific type of software you need to be able to use on a mobile device?

    The iPod Touches are fantastic, and if someone has written a program for it that can take care of your special needs I think that’s the way you probably want to go.


    Hi Mark,

    I think you misunderstand. The question (Q) was asked by someone else, while the answer (A) was created by me.

    It seems to me like the person asking the question doesn’t want a cellphone, doesn’t want to pay the excessive monthly fees associated with today’s smartphone plans, or works for a government/company which prohibits cellphones and cameras.