1999 Technology Buyer's Guide: Portable Computing at Hand

Right now in the U.S., there are roughly 5.5 million people using handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs)--testament to their enormous convenience. For anywhere from $200 to $500, they offer calendars, address books, word processors, Web browsing and more. These aren't high-octane versions of the leading programs, but exchanging files with desktop machines is easy. This year's updates will get you MP3 music on your handheld, and Palm's wireless Net access is just the beginning of what promises to be a huge trend in portable computing. Like everything else in personal technology, there's no single standard for handhelds, with the Palm, Windows...

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