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IPod touch as a PDA?

Asked by blastfamy (2159points) October 1st, 2008

I am looking for a PDA. I need a new iPod, so I was thinking about killing two birds with one stone and buying the iPod touch to use as a PDA.

How well does the iPod touch work with task management?

I am specifically looking for how well the software performs at task entry, and how well it syncs with outlook (I’m running windows) for both calendar items and (more importantly “to-do” tasks.

I know there is a calendar app, but how well does it perform?

While I acknowledge the existence of third-party apps, I would rather the answer be more focussed on the built in apps.

Thanks, all.

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Likeradar's avatar

My answer may be no help at all, but what the hell, I’ll share it.

I am not a technology person. I’ve never owned a PDA or had much of a desire for one. I just got a computer made in this decade, I only have cable because it comes with my apartment, and despite being an avid photo-albumer I got my first digital camera in the past year. So keep that in mind. :)

I was given an ipod touch in July. I thought it was a silly gift for someone like me… for about 24 hours. HOLY CRAP that is one amazing little device.

I think the calendar is amazing- it’s easy to input things, easy to find what you’re looking for, easy to read. The notes/to-do section is great, I think, although my very up-to-date technologically boy says it could be better. I think it’s again, easy to put things into and easy to find what you’re looking for. I have no idea about outlook. I can use everything the iPod offers and it was easy to figure out, so I have to assume it’s idiot proof.

So there’s my maybe useless answer. :)

bpeoples's avatar

The calendar app is great—and it syncs fine with outlook. I’m using it with exchange integration, which is killer.

e-mail + cal + contacts via exchange is great.

Task management built in, not so much. I ended up getting OmniFocus for the ipod to handle that, and there is no integration with the task list in Outlook. OF works great, and is only another $20.

eyeguy's avatar

I too am trying to use it to replace a pda, in my case my palm pilot was dying. It has been frustrating to try to convert notes from my palm pilot but I was finally able to get the calendar to synch. The iPOD or iphone dont seem to handle notes very well, you cant just search for a certain word like I could on a my pda, for example. I did find a free third party app helpful such as:

loser's avatar

iPhones are similar and I use mine now for EVERYTHING. I have a PDA but I never use it anymore. It’s lonely and probably quite sad…

bpeoples's avatar

@eyeguy one caveat if you have an ipod touch is that evernote ONLY works when connected to the internet, there is no offline version (at least when I was last playing with it)

loser's avatar

it doesn’t support spreadsheets yet, though…

bibliotecaria's avatar

@bpeoples Evernote now has a new “favorites” feature for the iPod Touch. You can choose to save some notes as favorites to your iPod Touch for offline use. (How many? I’m not sure…)

bpeoples's avatar

Just found it! Excellent.

Also seems to cache text notes offline.

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