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Mar. 15th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Let us know how the PDA works out. The main thing holding me back from a PDA is that I want GPS, so figure I may as well go with a Nokia phone and LoadStone as a much cheaper alternative. I think I can even get a wireless braille display and keyboard to let the phone replace the BrailleNote. But I'm still debating between that and PDA, so would be interested in your expereinces once you've used both a smartphone and PDA.
Mar. 15th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
PDA vs. phone
I am hoping this thing works. There are GPS options for the PDA non-phone, and I'm hoping they actually work so I don't have to change phone. I'm quite happy with the Q. There is a new PDA that has GPS loaded on it, and the GPS supposedly has a pedestrian mode. There is a guy doing some research to see whether MobileSpeak can work with mainstream GPS products. If I can get this thing working, I may join his project to see how it goes, but I'll have to add on to my PDA since I did not purches the GPS one.
Mar. 15th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: PDA vs. phone
The PDA I'm considering (the TyTN II) has a built-in GPS application. I have no idea whether it would work with Mobile Speak, though. GPS is the main reason that I've considered just sticking with a Nokia phone and TALKS. I'm really trying to minimize the number of devices I have to carry around.
Mar. 15th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Re: PDA vs. phone
There are several Nokia phones on the supported list. I'm also looking at the Brailliant 24. (If you like braille input, there is a 24-cell BrailleConnect or even a 12-cell option). There apparently is already GPS software available for Symbion phones running MobileSpeak. I don't know if this is useful info for you.
Mar. 15th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Re: PDA vs. phone
I already have a Symbian phone with TALKS which is why I'm considering just keeping it and buying a GPS receiver. There is a free GPS program called LoadStone which is designed specifically to work with TALKS or Mobile Speak on the Symbian phones.

If I upgraded my phone (the new Symbian models come with QuickOffice which allows you to view, create and edit Word/Excel/PowerPoint files), and bought a braille display (preferably with input if that input will let you actualy type) and a keyboard, that would have almost the same functionality as a PDA phone.

To do all of this I think I would have to sell my BrailleNote. It's too bad, because I actually really like the BN other than the size and weight of my 32-cell model. But I don't think there would be much point in having the BrailleNote *and* this other set-up.

Where once there were no options, now there are almost too many!
Mar. 16th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
Re: PDA vs. phone
The BrailleConnect has eight-dot input. If I understnd correctly, it would allow you to do six-key entry.
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