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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Trading in my Franklin Planner for a PDA...?

I'm considering giving up my paper planning pages for something more electronic and connected to the internet. Has anyone already been down this road? What are your opinions and ideas?


  • DH swears by anything electronic. He loses anything with paper, anyways, so it works well for him.

    I still use a big calendar in my kitchen and refuse to carry anything with me. So, I guess I'm not much help...
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 12/28/2006 09:26:00 AM  

  • I never was able to wrap my mind around the Franklin. About 5 years ago I got a Palm and because I'm a gadget freak, I fell in love. I ended up getting a TREO smart phone last year because I didn't want two bricks in my pocket.

    My advice is to go for it. I've found that the extra functionality available with a PDA far outweighs anything else. The amount of software that is out there (very cheap or free!) is amazing. I actually use mine to read e-books frequently, and I've downloaded a number of Church titles. In fact there is a HUGE library available of Church book for the PDA for cheap here.
    posted by Blogger Kristian at 12/28/2006 09:31:00 AM  

  • I prefer the pen-and-paper variety of organizers. I think they're more versatile. Also, unlike my husband's cell phone, less likely to get accidentally sent through the wash. Or get coke spilled on it, like my laptop. Even if they do get sent through the wash or bathed in carbonated sugar, they're much easier and cheaper to replace.
    posted by Anonymous Proud Daughter of Eve at 12/28/2006 04:14:00 PM  

  • I am strictly a pen and paper girl - no PDA for me!
    posted by Blogger chloe at 12/28/2006 05:41:00 PM  

  • I consider myself pretty hi-tech...got the blog, email, website thing going. even own a scanner, digital camera and fax machine....looking into the irobot vaccuum thingy too.
    But I loves me some paper and pen calendering....no pda for me...it would surely break from being dropped a gajillion times.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 12/28/2006 05:49:00 PM  

  • PDAs are so cheap. I've got a Tungsten, but you can get a Palm Zire for under a hundred dollars that will play music like an iPod and keep track of everything -- and back up to your computer.

    Nothing like them. Stick with Palm products -- the Microsoft alternatives:

    (a) cost more
    (b) don't work as well
    (c) did I mention cost a lot more?
    (d) are not as compatible with Microsoft products (which is weird to me).
    (e) cost a lot more
    (f) crash a lot more often
    (g) cost more and don't work as well.
    posted by Blogger Stephen M (Ethesis) at 12/28/2006 08:19:00 PM  

  • The PDA is much easier to maintain loads of information, plus the size makes it extremely convenient for carrying in a small purse. I maintain the schedules for my entire family on my PDA. I changed from a Franklin Planner to a PDA (I bought a Palm Z22 through Amazon.com for around $75) because I kept forgetting about important appointments--even though I had them written down. With my PDA, I simply schedule the alarm to remind me about those appointments 5 minutes in advance, or whenever, and I haven't missed an appointment since. Also, the size is as compact and light as a cell phone. I bought a leather case for it for protection, and it's still working extremely well one year later. It's never accidentally gone through the wash because I keep it in my purse or on my nightstand (it's the perfect alarm clock). Just as you wouldn't put your wallet through the wash, the same goes for the PDA.

    The PDA I have is probably about the cheapest and most simple of those sold by Palm, but then I simply use my PDA the way I did my Franklin Planner--I don't expect it to run Blue Tooth or to be able to read the Internet off of it.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 12/28/2006 09:08:00 PM  

  • Kage-
    We have a Roomba...LOVE IT...

    (sorry about the threadjack, guys...)
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 12/28/2006 09:58:00 PM  

  • I have a palm. I erase it every time I wash my hands. It works well for me.
    I want to upgrade to Treo as soon as my phone dies (I'm helping it along). All that writing things on paper and transferring them to the calendar is just too complicated for me.
    I know lots of Blackberry and Treo freaks, fwiw.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 12/28/2006 10:06:00 PM  

  • I tried using my husbands old Palm when he got a new one, but it was short lived. I'm a doodler and it just wasn't the same for me. I have to be able to write things out and cross them off and write things in the margin and all that stuff. Plus, every time the battery died everything would be deleted and you'd have to sync it with the pc again...unless it wasn't hooked up (like mine) and you had to start from scratch. ;o)
    posted by Anonymous Eskinose Kisses at 12/29/2006 10:00:00 AM  

  • I'm not a fan of PDA's. It made my life more complicated instead of making simpler. I had to learn the dumb shorthand for the stylus and I hated having to worry about keeping the thing charged. Plus, I just like the feel of pen and paper.

    After a few months using a Pocket PC, I switched pack to the Franklin.

    If you're looking for something portable and paper, your should try the hipster PDA. I did a post on it on my blog. http://mormonhacker.blogspot.com/2006/12/hipter-pda.html
    I've been using it for the past few weeks and love it.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 12/29/2006 01:54:00 PM  

  • I have a pen and paper calendar (a cheap one) and I LOVE google calendar. It has saved my marriage:) DH and I both have easy access to each other's schedule this way and can always check it before agreeing to something with someone else.

    Anyone else love google calendar?
    posted by Anonymous Mrs M at 12/29/2006 04:49:00 PM  

  • Mrs. M, OOOOOOOoooooo! Google Calendar? I'm leaving Tales right now to go and find it...
    posted by Blogger chloe at 12/29/2006 08:10:00 PM  

  • You know, it really depends on the kind of person you are. I thought I would love the Palm, but I couldn't stand it. The batteries dying, the beeping, bugged the crap out of me. I went back to paper. Plus, I love to doodle as well.

    I know a lot of people who really love it, though, especially the scriptures on it and stuff. If you spend a lot of time commuting, and want to read without bringing a book, a palm is great. If you lose little things like your wallet, paper is great.

    I say get one, keep your planner, and use your palm for like a month. If you hate it, you can return it, or sell it on ebay, or whatever, but you still have your planner you didn't ditch quite yet.

    I just love crossing thigs off. 'Delete' isn't quite the same. Also, 'hold on, let me turn this on to see if I'm available, then click on calendar, then squint to see what it says,'BAH!
    posted by Blogger The Wiz at 12/30/2006 10:21:00 AM  

  • I've used my Palm m130 for years. I recently had the opportunity to play with a Palm T|X and was VERY impressed at the improvement. If I was going to buy something now, I would go for the T|X or similar. Also, the built-in WiFi and Bluetooth support are pretty sweet. I have found a Palm incredibly useful for note taking, marking dates on my calendar, storing phone numbers, storing a complete set of LDS Scriptures for reference and searching, and even keeping a small library of eBooks with me wherever I go. Very useful.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 12/30/2006 01:22:00 PM  

  • I LOVE google calendar as well. My husband and I use it and it has made life much easier knowing each others schedules!
    posted by Blogger ReeSesPcS at 1/01/2007 07:50:00 PM  

  • No help here. Pen and paper girl all the way. And if anyone cares, here is my favorite calendar to use. It's simple and cheap and it works for me.

    Good luck!
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 1/03/2007 05:08:00 PM  

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