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Choosing a PDA / Smartphone for Medicine

Posted by medliorator on August 11, 2008

THE CONTENDERS

  • The iPhone and Samsung Instinct
  • A Blackberry product
  • A Palm OS product
  • A Windows Mobile product

iPHONE, SAMSUNG INSTINCT, HTC TOUCH DIAMOND
CONS:

  • Compatibility: Not many medical applications are sold for the iPhone yet and none that I know of on the Samsung operating system (which is what the Instinct, a supposed “iPhone killer,” will run). Don’t get me wrong, there are a few stunning applications and there will undoubtedly be more coming out in the next little while. However, I will probably get the most use out of the reference software at the start of the year, and didn’t want to wait for the software to be released.
  • Omissions: The iPhone is lacking in some basic things that every other phone has, such as expandable memory, removable battery, picture/video messaging, and even video for that matter. And when it comes to customization, it doesn’t let you change very much in terms of system custom hacks, menu option ordering, and the like… if you are a techhy person this might bug you.

BLACKBERRY PEARL, CURVE
PROS:

  • Operating System: The amazing stability, speed, and rarity of crashes of Blackberry devices makes it one of the best all-around smartphones available according to most reviews.
  • Size: If you go with the Pearl, your smartphone will be the same size as most cell phones. If you go with the Curve, you aren’t looking at much bigger.

CONS:

  • …there aren’t many unlimited data plans for the Blackberry.

full review below:

Vitum goes high-tech: Which PDA I chose, and why [Vitum Medicinus]

Correlate:Forum Filter: Best Smartphone for Med Students

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One Response to “Choosing a PDA / Smartphone for Medicine”

  1. Marcus said

    Hey-

    Im in debate about which to get, I cant find any Microbiology programs for the Blackberry storm 2???

    any help would be great.

    Marcus

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