What was your first handheld / PDA type device

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  1. h4x0rj3ff

    h4x0rj3ff Chemist

    My first device with a touch screen was the palm zire 31. I bought it after my mom bought the palm zire 21. I loved that device so much! After that I bought a palm tx and that was even better


  2. cammykool

    cammykool Well-Known Member

    my first touchscreen phone was an LG chocolate touch
  3. h4x0rj3ff

    h4x0rj3ff Chemist

    I had the chocolate flip thru Alltel. Best phone I ever had!
  4. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    Mine was the original Palm Pilot. I got it at a discount because tha law firm I was working for represented them. I still have it somewhere.
  5. h4x0rj3ff

    h4x0rj3ff Chemist

    My zire fell victim to a magnetic surface plate at work (I'm a machinist) i set it on the surface plate and it had a crt off effect and it never turned on again :(
  6. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby Guides Guide

    The HP Jornada 548 Pocket PC.


    The closes thing to a Star Trek Communicator ever produced. Except of course you couldn't make calls on it. ;)
  7. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    :/ Mine was a Blackberry Curve 8330 or 8830... doesn't really matter. But damn, that was a fine device.

    And I'm not sure a smartphone really counts in this category, but whatever, I'm counting it. :p
  8. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    I got the exact same thing. My wife gave it to me for our engagement. I gave her a diamond ring. I got her something that will last forever and she got me something that becomes obsolete in a few years. :) I still have it in our display case.
  9. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    A Tandy "Radio Shack" TRS-80 pocket computer.

    It was magic for me back in the day....
    It looks like a calculator, but you could program it in BASIC. 1500 bytes of RAM.

    I also had Psion Organizers, an Amstrad PenPad which was a cheapo Apple Newton lookalike and it was horrible, a Sinclair Z88.

    This thing really was dreadful.....but it was cheap, that's what Amstrad did.
  10. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Palm V: slim, metal body, and an interface that any iPhone owner would recognise ;)


    The month's battery life is something I miss, but the volatile storage less so.
  11. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    If you want to get really old school, then:



    A stack of 4 math registers, for unlimited RPN calculation handling, and 49 program registers. It also looks like a calculator. :p
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  12. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    Handspring. Still have it, still works. Don't use it. Last device Clie UX50. Still works, will use it for Astromist at times.
  13. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

    Same here. I built them. Perhaps you visited us in SLC?

    Then a Windows CE device and an HP Palmtop.
  14. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    No, I rarely left my office on the 30th floor at 311 S. Wacker Dr. Never visited any client sites at that job.
  15. Morat

    Morat Well-Known Member


    Makes a palm pilot look like a glorified address book! :)
  16. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    yeah.. i had the same thing.
  17. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Well-Known Member Contributor

    Favorite or Infamous? i'll list both:

    I had the usual string of Palm Pilots, and such, even a old black and white HP handheld PC, no backlight, couldn't download anything, and ran an ancient and no-longer supported version of CE 1.x. essentially useless. IE no longer worked, and i could barely get email and telnet to do anything...

    But the most notable was finding a used (but still old) Apple Newton. i no longer recall which version but it was a huge thing, i think it ran on 4 AA batteries. using the backlight would eat them alive. had Pocket Quicken and some stuff. the most funny part was the horrid handwriting recognition. i think the Simpsons once made fun of it with the 'eat up Martha' line when they tried to type 'Beat Up Martin'. it also lacked app downloads and could do very little on a 56K modem in the day i had it, it was obsolete maybe 5 years before i found the thing. it then ended up in a drawer and i think was lost long ago.

    Favorite was my then-new HP Jornada. it had the latest Windows Mobile, looked a bit like XP. i had all sorts of dongles, including the very clunky GPS antenna, voice module and software. as a GPS it reminded me of my old TI 99-4A Home Computer with all the accessories wired to it. worked well though when i flew with my dad on long trips, and it did hold my MP3 collection at the time. it was close to a smartphone then, but smartphones would not exist until a couple more years. if i recall the Motorola RAZR was the latest and greatest toy then
  18. huh

    huh Well-Known Member

  19. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    That's not old school. I actually learned how to use an abacus. It didn't even need batteries. Then I got a solar powered calculator.
  20. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    an abacus may be considered a calculator.. but no way is it a PDA.
  21. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love VIP Member

    It was either a Blackberry Pearl, or a Samsung Omnia.
    I can't remember which one came first.
  22. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    Oh yeah? Well I had clay tablets and used cuneiform script. Beat that! :p

    I'm with dan330. I've owned an abacus or two, and slide rules too. They're too big to be palmtop devices. Plus, the games for them kinda suck. ;)
  23. IndecisiveElle

    IndecisiveElle Well-Known Member

    A Cybiko Extreme! haha. It was designed mostly for teenagers - had some amazingly cool features for the time, like messaging between devices, but I never knew anyone that had one so it was mostly useless and rarely used.
    Cybiko - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    My first smart phone was a Palm Treo 650 then the awful early windows phone which I hated so much I went back to a regular phone until the OGD was released.
  24. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Well-Known Member

    Sony Cli
  25. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    I carry around a paper note pad and a pen as a PAA.

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