next it will be a garmin
next it will be a garmin
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something more important than fear."
"Death is only one of many ways to die."
firefighterjake : However, I am considering buying a PDA and was wondering if the Palm T/X PDA would be good for paperless geocaching.
Yes, but MASSIVE overkill.
I currently use a Palm M505, which you can get for under $60 nowadays. I would even consider it overkill, but (someone feel free to correct me) I don't think you can get anything lower-end that takes enough extra storage space (SD card) to really hold more than a handfull of cache info.
I'm also thinking this might be useful for loading some MP3s to listen to while sledding/ATVing, etc.
Good idea, but in my experience (as a geek), everything-in-one devices tend to do none of their functions really well. Save the hassle and get a dedicated MP3 player instead. You can get a 2GB player for $60-$80, which combined with an older Palm would still set you back only half of the T/X alone.
Not to say that a good PDA doesn't have its uses - But if you don't already have at least a few other applications in mind beyond offline cache browsing (and e-book reading in general), basic electronic note-pad, address book, and other low-CPU and low-memory requiring tasks, save your cash.
[edited for pronoun clarity]
Ego non quaero te in nomine Patris, sed in nomine Signali.
The reason I got the TX was:
Bluetooth, wireless synching
Wi-Fi, pull up to any V.I.P., Borders, etc to update cache info.
and, yeah, it does cool stuff too
I agree with ribnag & WhereRWe?: It will definately do what you want, but you could get by just fine with something much less. My PalmIII will hold 500 caches in CacheMate with room left over for a couple other apps (like TideTool). But the newer Palms with USB will sync a lot faster than mine, and I bet the wireless networking would be great to have if you can find a local hotspot! Let us know what you get and how you like it!
The other thing to consider is well..... You have called yourself a klutz before. It would really be a bummer to take a spill and watch it bust into a bunch of pieces (I think Bruce dropped one and Haffy also now that I think of it). The other thing is how many times have you been caching and been caught in a surprise rain shower. I went with the tungsten e2 and that is plenty and not so unbearibly expensive that if something happened to it I wouldnt feel so bad. I have about 1400 caches loaded in it right now and many many pictures that I like to keep around for folks to see and other vairious programs. I put another card in it to give me room for the pics.
Someone correct me if I am wrong but doesnt the Tx have a hard drive and an operating system installed. My understanding was every time you booted it up you had to wait for it to load just like starting up a computer. I like te palm cause you turn it on and it is there no waiting.
No waiting on the TX either, hit the button and it's on.
i just got a palm lifedrive, what is the best geocache paperless software to use? interested in your opinions before i start downloading. thanks Elaine