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Windows CE Pocket PC and P/PC 2.11
 versus Palm IIIx

By Chris De Herrera, Copyright 1999, 2000     
 Version 1.03  Revised 3/24/2000

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Introduction

Below is a table listing differences between Windows CE 2.11 Palm-size PCs and the Palm IIIx.  I created this table by application to address the capabilities of the different platforms.  I did not use any specific Pocket PCs or Palm-size PC for this comparison.  The Palm IIIx is using the Palm 3.0 Operating System.

Windows CE Pocket PC and Palm-size PC vs Palm IIIx

Feature

Pocket PC 3.0

Palm-size PC 2.11

Palm IIIx

Calendar

Yes

Yes

Yes

Views

Agenda, Day, Week, Month, Year

Agenda, Day, Week, Month, Year

Day, Week, Month

# of days in week

5,6,7

5,6,7

7

E-Mail Notification of Appointment Schedule

Yes

Yes

No

Features

Alarm sounds, categories

Alarm sounds, categories

Alarm, categories, private

Beam Appointment

Yes

No

Yes

Length of day

Fixed

Fixed

User Definable

Alarms

user selectable sound, including voice note, user definable reminder time, can be postponed

user selectable sound, including voice note, user definable reminder time, can be postponed

user selectable sound from a list of 7, reminder time - 1,5,10, 30, number of times to remind - 1,2,3,5,10

Contacts

Yes

Yes

Yes

Order

Last, First or First Name Last based on contact setting in Outlook on the desktop

Last, First or Business or any other column

Last, First or First, Last

Viewing Contact

Only fields with data are displayed

All fields displayed even if blank in 3 tabs

Only fields with data are displayed, scrollable

Access Buttons

Yes, abc, def, etc.

Yes, abc, def, etc.

No

Click on Contact to edit

Yes, jumps to closest field

Yes, double tap, jumps to top of record

Yes, jumps to top of record

Beam Contact

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tasks/Todo List

Yes

Yes

Yes

Priority levels

3

3

5

Beam Task

Yes

No

Yes

Calculator

Yes

Yes

Yes

Notetaker / Notepad

Text, Ink, Recognize, Voice memos

Text, Ink

Text

Single Click from Menu

Calendar, Calculator, Contacts, inbox, IE, Notes, Tasks - User configurable

Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Inbox, Note Taker, Voice Recorder, Find, Help

Address Book, Calculator, Date Book, Expense, Graffiti Tutor, HotSync.Mail, MemoPad, Prefs, Security, To Do List, Welcom, Calculator, Find

User Interface Action Clicks (clicks required to perform a function)

1

2

1

User Interface Application Launching

Menu, submenu is icons after drilling down

Menu, Submenu

icons only

User Interface Application Menus

Always visible

Always visible

Requires user to click on menu button

Fonts

Regular and Bold

Adjustable per application

3 different font sizes per application

Handwriting Recognition Shortcuts

No

No

Yes

E-Mail - Attachments

Yes, and HTML

Yes

No

Pocket apps (Word and Excel) w/desktop file format support

Yes

No

No

Sound levels

variable

variable

3

Sound level options

System

System

System, Alarm, Game

IrDA Auto Receive

no

no

yes

Sync log on device

no

no

yes

Security

password

password

password, private items, forgotten password

Find

by column, word, or application

by column, word, or application

General - searches all apps and data

Storage Model

Directory, flattened My Documents

Directory, flattened My Documents

invisible to user

Multitasking

Yes, cumbersome to control number of apps running. May require the user to warm reset to perform specific functions.

Yes, cumbersome to control number of apps running. May require the user to warm reset to perform specific functions.

No Multitasking

Application state stored? (can you return where you left off when switching applications

Yes

Yes

No

Expense manager

Yes, Pocket Money 2000

No

Yes, Expenses

Today at a glance - view todays appointments, tasks and messages

Yes

Yes

No

Conclusion

There are many differences between Windows CE Pocket PCs and Palm-size PCs and the Palm operating system. The users should be aware of these differences prior to purchase in order to make an informed decision.  In many cases, Windows CE offers more advanced capabilities than Palm.



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