Personal digital assistants, known as PDAs, perform many functions which formerly required paper and pen. Other uses for PDAs make it possible for individuals to keep their personal information sorted while away from their computers.
While smart phones and ultra small netbooks have cut into some of the market for PDAs, they still hold a number of advantages for their users.
Personal Digital Assistant
PDAs use one of two separate operating systems, or OS: Palm and Windows CE. They are the equivalent of palm-sized computers, and perform such functions as downloading email for reading offline, Internet access and organizing personal calendars.
PDAs can also be synchronized to use with an individual’s personal computer. The Newton, an Apple PDA, went out of production in 1998, although the NewtonTalk community of enthusiastic Newton users is still active online, and developers continue to introduce applications and innovations for the Newton.