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Offline Rob

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Best PDA for DistoX
« on: March 05, 2015, 08:56:42 am »
Just wondered what people are using with their DistoX (or X2) and what other people think.

I currently use the Eldon's HP iPaq (2495?) in an Otter Box 1900, which makes it end up looking like this:


It makes it quite a large product, certainly not something you'd put in an internal oversuit pocket. The screen films needs replacing every few years, and to replace the case can be expensive (£60-100). It is however very robust, managing to remain in Eldon use for +4 years, and has not yet leaked any water on any trip...  :thumbsup:

Only other thread i can see is from 2009 (http://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=8645.0), so hopefully there should be better options available now, especially fully waterproof devices.
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Re: Best PDA for DistoX
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2015, 09:11:56 am »
The problem with PDAs is that they are old tech and we have broken quite a few of them over the past few years.

We (UBSS) have experimented with a small Windows tablet. The problem was finding one with a suitable screen for use with a stylus and then finding a suitable waterproof & robust box for it.

I'll check out which tablet it was we have used - don't have the details to hand, sorry - but we have yet to find a decent robust case. If anyone knows of a robust otter box type case for an 8" or 7" tablet please let me know.
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Re: Best PDA for DistoX
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2015, 08:32:45 pm »
I think it will  be a couple of years yet before android tablets become preferable to PDA's. A good PDA can be picked up for £20, some makes are not rugged enough but I have been using a Loox N560 repackaged into a semi rugged case for a few year now, and considering how much they have done, my first problem only arose last year after I had crawled over it and squashed it in a squeeze by mistake. Try Loox EDA PDA education version at about £20 on ebay or if you can find it the rugged version, Fujitsu Siemens RPDA N560 Pocket Loox GPS Pocket PC, it could be worth it as you will not need a case, about £30.

Both of these, can have increased battery size and made them more waterproof, so I dont use them with a case. I do have a case if I am going somewhere very wet.

Will be down on the Mendip Cave Surveying course at the end of the month, if you want a look and compare with other PDA's etc.

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Re: Best PDA for DistoX
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2015, 03:37:59 pm »
John, thanks for your advice. The RPDA N560 looks good, although a quick browse online doesn't reveal any available 2nd hand at the mo. I'll keep my eye's out for one.....

Any other alternatives people know of?
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Re: Best PDA for DistoX
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2015, 05:03:58 pm »
I use a dell axim x51v, inside an aqua pac cover, which I stuff inside a BDH to transport underground,

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Re: Best PDA for DistoX
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2015, 05:18:46 pm »
I use a Dell AXIM X51v (I actually have 2 units now - can use the spare battery and have a back up unit on exped now) - seems to come up often on ebay for £20 ish. I think the V stands for VGA - that's the better resolution. Pocket Topo looks a bit blocky with lower resolutions (earlier versions of Windows mobile etc.)

The cheap price means I'm fairly happy using it in a sturdy waterproof bag until I can find an otterbox equivalent (maybe not in some of your Peak District environs though, Rob).

Not sure if I can justify splashing out on something like the Trimble Recon (although one argument is that it's cheaper than a digi SLR camera and surveys are more use than photos  ;) )

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Re: Best PDA for DistoX
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2015, 07:08:59 pm »
SUSS uses a Dell AXIM as well I think. I can't comment on how rugged it is because I carry it in several layers of foam in a darren drum. (Terrified of breaking club kit...)