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  • Best Smartphone to For GTD Newbie

    I'm in the process of reading through GTD and want to implement the process.

    One of the things that I want is the a smartphone to enter tasks, appointments and keep reminders in. I really don't want on email on demand, though with my job, I might end up using it if I have the capability.

    I keep my appointments and contacts at work on Outlook Vista (and have XP on my laptop). There is no enterprise BB server at my company.

    Given this, which is the best option to go with?
    Palm Centro
    Blackberry Pearl (or a bigger BB)
    Motorola 9Qc - Windows Mobile

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    Re: Best Smartphone

    I've got an HTC Tytn II (also known as Vario III in the UK) and it really works for me. It's a bit big, but has touch screen and a pullout QWERTY keyboard.

    You'll need to install something better than Pocket Outlook to get any Microsoft Smartphone to work for you - I use SPB's Pocket Informant which is really flexible.

    Bryn

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    • #3
      Does anybody else have an opinion? What do you all use?

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      • #4
        I am fine with the BlackBerry Curve by now. The complete keyboard makes it really easy and fast to enter task titles.

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        • #5
          Hello!

          Originally posted by sweat View Post
          I'm in the process of reading through GTD and want to implement the process.
          The investment is worth it...

          One of the things that I want is the a smartphone to enter tasks, appointments and keep reminders in. I really don't want on email on demand, though with my job, I might end up using it if I have the capability.
          There are other benefits to having a data plan -- your calendar/contacts etc. would be sync'd (i.e. backed-up) all the time. If you are a busy person who relies heavily on a smartphone this is worth the cost alone.

          I keep my appointments and contacts at work on Outlook Vista (and have XP on my laptop). There is no enterprise BB server at my company.

          Given this, which is the best option to go with?
          Palm Centro
          Blackberry Pearl (or a bigger BB)
          Motorola 9Qc - Windows Mobile

          It's hard to say what's "best" without knowing a bit more about you and your needs, and for a first GTD device all will be useful for managing lists, but here are a few thoughts:
          1. The Blackberry devices are nice and stable, but are a their best when you have BBE Server installed. If you have a dedicated computer at work you can run the BB Desktop software on that computer to sync.

          2. The Palm Centro has had lots of great reviews, mostly because of its speed. It's relatively simple, and for maintaining lists it's a good choice.

          3. The Motorola Q may be the most intuitive fit if you use Outlook heavily. In my experience Windows Mobile 6 devices are more stable than WM5 and previous. My Sprint Mogul is far less underpowered than the phone it replaced, for example.

          If you have Exchange at your office and your office I.T. staff support Exchange Activesync, then either the Palm (with Versamail) or the MotoQ will be easy to sync wirelessly. In this case, the MotoQ may have a slight edge over the Palm and the Blackberry.

          Personally, I could never have a device without a full keyboard.

          One final thought -- if your GTD system is not fully implemented and your heart is not sold on a smartphone, you may consider holding off on the purchase. It may be worthwhile to keep your lists in Outlook and print them out for portability. A smartphone is a great device (I use mine too much!) but can add drag when starting and implementing a GTD-based system.

          Best.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jeremyhoff View Post

            One final thought -- if your GTD system is not fully implemented and your heart is not sold on a smartphone, you may consider holding off on the purchase. It may be worthwhile to keep your lists in Outlook and print them out for portability. A smartphone is a great device (I use mine too much!) but can add drag when starting and implementing a GTD-based system.
            Thanks for the advice. Until I started reading GTD, I never used the task function in Outlook. Now, with seven people reporting to me, multiple tasks, deadlines, etc...., I've suddenly realized that ability to both assign tasks and set deadlines in Outlook without clogging up the calendar is a huge help.

            The problem I've quickly noticed, however, is that I cannot email tasks to myself from Outlook. This is a problem because I use a desktop at work and a laptop on the train. Having a smartphone that would sync between the two, therefore, would solve this problem.

            Not to mention that I won't carry a notebook everywhere I go, but realize that I would probably type things into a smartphone as things popped up in my head.

            A bit of more expensive solution to organization granted, but if works, it works.

            As far as phones, I just looked all three. The keypad on the Centro seems awfully cramped. The BB Pearl is nice because it's small, but I did notice the difference with having a full keyboard. I just wish the number keys on the Q were centered instead of on the left.

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            • #7
              Agenda Fusion

              Any Smartphone that uses Windows Mobile software can run Agenda Fusion (third party software). Agenda Fusion comes in a number of different versions for pocket pc's and a smartphone version. If you use Outlook, you can sync your calendar and GTD lists in an infinite number of ways. Best software out there.

              Go to www.developerone.com

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              • #8
                You did not mention your wireless phone service provider.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rdgeorge View Post
                  You did not mention your wireless phone service provider.
                  I'm with Sprint.

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                  • #10
                    I recently switched from using a Palm and a separate cell phone to a Palm Treo 755p (see separate thread). The Treo 755p is available on Sprint.

                    It seems to be popular these days to bash Palm for a number of screw-ups, but so far I have had no problems with the 755p. Synching works correctly, and the phone has not reset itself once. The familiar Palm applications are there, and the keyboard is both well-lit and larger than the Centro keyboard. You might look at the 755p at your local Sprint store.

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                    • #11
                      My Vote is For The Palm

                      I'm in the same camp as rdgeorge -- I use a Palm 700p and love it. The Task List program, though "antiquated," is just right for the mobile user -- easy to access and quick. With its Category drop-down, it works great for GTD.

                      Personally, I've added DayNotez from Natara Software to mine for capture.

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                      • #12
                        I looked at the Centro and thought the keys were too small.

                        I've heard mixed things about the Treo. It is an older design and I would just as soon get something newer than older.

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                        • #13
                          Newer Better?

                          Well, that's the thing - you are right, the Treo's software is certainly "older" and is not as "Apple" looking (brilliant, animated graphics like the iPhone or Blackberry). But, at the end of the day when you are on the move, the Palm's software lets you get to the information you need - quickly, easily and visibly. In my opinion, all the other smartphone's "bells and whistles" just get in the way.

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                          • #14
                            What is more important - having something new and flashy, or Getting Things Done?

                            Note how many of the "In Conversation" subjects are using Treo's.

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                            • #15
                              Palm and the Treo will go down sooner or later. They are loosing market share day to day and there seems not to be a new blockbuster project on their side.

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