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My main use for the PDA is as a portable PC, laptops aren't all that easy to carry around and just not as easy as putting a PDA in your pocket or clipping it onto your belt. The iPaq is a good all round PDA, it has all the software you need and any extra software is easily found and simply installed. I know this is an older PDA now, but it has a good system, runs very fast and is very simple to set up and use. The number of accessories that are available with an iPaq also make these PDA's a very good investment. You can easily make it into a Sat Nav system or get it hooked up to the net via a Wi-Fi pack. One of the best accessories though is the foldable plug in keyboard, which makes typing so much easier if you aren't a big fan of the touch pad system that all PDA's have. The iPaq also seems to be pretty robust, the screen is yet to be scratched (after a good two months use) and I've dropped it on a few occassions (don't try this at home) but it doesn't appear to have done any damage, apart from a small chip in the paint.
My PDA came with Calculator, Word, Excel, Microsoft reader, Pictures, MSN, Solitaire, Jawbreaker. It also containers a Calendar (which is very useful for making reminders about appointments/meeting/birthdays), Task manager and can be synced with your PC's Outlook, and so can be used to read emails, store contacts info, etc. It also has an Infra-red beam that can be used to contect to PC's if they have infra-red capability. You can also download Acrobat Reader for free and so use it to read/store pdf files easily.
I got my PDA off Ebay for around £160, including a dock, all the cables, a leather case and a foldable keyboard.