PDA vs Laptops

Written By: Ian Tham

PDA vs Laptops


The marketplace for mobile devices  is always evolving.

PDA can now do a myriad of functions from email, web browsing,Wi-Fi, cameras, music, mobile
telephony, word processing, spreadsheets, GPS and many more

A PDA scores in these areas:

  • The trend is towards smaller and smaller handheld gadgets.
  • Its small size allowing you to carry it anywhere
    with convenience. You can just slip it in your pocket and when there is a need
    just pop it out and do your work or play. A typical PDA  weighs less than
    200 grams compared to an ultra -light notebook which weighs at least a
  • When you are out in the field for critical operations , the last thing you
    need is a laptop out of power. A normal laptop lasts the most 5 or 6 hours
    whereas some PDA accommodate AAA batteries which easily last for a month. You
    won’t fall flat during critical operation.
  •  A PDA is understandably cheaper than
    a laptop. A PDA can cost 500 dollars whereas Laptops can cost as much
    as $ 3,000. PDA software is also more affordable than Laptop software.


Of course, the laptop wins in several aspects.

  • Typing or data entry is more difficult and slower with a pda compared with
    a larger keyboard for a laptop.
  • The specs are more powerful .
  • The processors , memory and storage are much better in a laptop enabling
    you to work with greater efficiency and speed. 
  • It is easier to view your work on a much larger screen on a laptop.
  • You can watch DVD movies, do video editing
  • Even laptops are fighting off this new competition by becoming smaller and
  • Lastly, you can do slideshow presentation with a laptop.

So, you need to weigh the cost and benefits of both laptops and PDA. For day
to day activities a PDA should work just fine!

About the Author

The writer is the webmaster of Laptop Computers

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