Currently, I am without a PDA. I have, somewhere, got an old Sony Clie that I never really got on with and I used to have an XDA Trion from O2 which, despite running Windows Mobile, was pretty good - I could make calls and surf the web on it and it kept my diary up to date. However, it died very quickly and I've been PDA-less since.
I have an iPod Touch, but I don't find the calendar quick enough to add meetings to and parts of the iPod Touch/iPhone interface are a bit counter-intuitive (I can update a calendar via the web, but it won't reflect my desktop calendar, etc) and that makes me wary of the iPhone, although I can see the appeal of them. I think that, primarily, it's the fact that the only way to enter notes, or text of any kind is to use an on-screen keyboard. My old XDA had a slide-out keyboard (as well as handwriting recognition), as does my old Clie, so why can't the iPod Touch or iPhone allow you to use a stylus/biro to enter text?
I don't like the Clie purely because it's Palm-based and the different functions feel totally disparate, not to mention it's a bit of a pain to sync with anything. Oh and the battery life is poor. Not as bad as the XDA, but not great. So, I'm stuck and, given that I work on client-site for an Agency, my schedule is pretty hectic and keeping track of everything using bits of paper is a nightmare. What I need is something that will buzz me when it's time to run to another meeting, not something that makes the process of keeping a schedule up to date into a task itself. I think that the iPhone/iPod Touch are great and they have a definite purpose, but I don't think that they fit into the requirements of a business user too well. Ok the iPhone lets me check email when I'm out of the office, but to be honest, I've got a laptop and if I am working, I'm in the office. It's the scheduling side of things that are still a bit flaky and, unless that is fixed with a software update, I can't see the iPhone being the next Blackberry in the business market. It will remain popular because creatives lust after it and it's great as a consumer device, though.
So, given that I work on Macs and that I *really* don't want another XDA, what am I left with as an option? Well, for the phone side of things, I am simply going to get another Motorola Razr, as my old V3 was the best phone I'd had since my joyous days of Nokia 7110 ownership, but the PDA side of things is still an issue. I don't need it to play video, look pretty, play music, have a billion colours on screen (as it'll only be used for a calendar and text), surf the web or even pick up email (although it's nice), as I can always get my email via Gmail if needs be. No, what I need is something that lets me take notes quickly, schedule my day and change it rapidly, as well as sync easily with a Mac. It should be rugged enough to survive in my bag, but it doesn't need to be microscopic as I always have to carry a bag anyway. It needs to be light, simple to use and have a long battery life, so I don't need to lug a charger with me. In fact, after something like 12 years, the best PDA for the professional still seems to be the Apple Newton.
I'm off to scrounge up some spare cash and head to eBay...