Handheld Devices: Tips on Purchase Recommendations

Handheld devices shouldn’t be an impulse purchase. Take care in selecting and installing your content on handheld devices.

Use these simple, low-tech tips and best practices to minimize your handheld device support headaches and maximize the security of your clients? incredibly valuable data.


Don’t take Plug-and-Play claims at face value. Over the years, Microsoft Windows hecklers have taken many a cheap shot at the OS family by branding it “plug and pray”.

Before making a handheld device purchase recommendation, check out some independent product reviews in leading personal technology magazines and online portals. Pay particular attention to comments regarding device drivers and ease-of-installation.


Do your homework before making the handheld device purchase recommendation. Because of their small size and minimal costs, PDAs are often impulsed purchases for your clients. However, making the “right” hardware and software selections can have an enormous impact on clients? computer support costs.

Watch out for dangerous end-user installation snafus. Unless your clients? end-users are very PC savvy, you probably don’t want to leave users to install and support their own handheld device to desktop connectivity. All too often, a user inadvertently will break a multitude of key software configurations while accepting default installation settings.


Consider if any proprietary data should be “PDA-banned”. Be sure you and your clients have thought through what kinds of sensitive data can be stored on these handheld devices, given that the pocket-sized PDA devices are inherently vulnerable to theft.


In the same context of data security, establish some kind of backup procedures for your clients. We’ve all heard the horror stories of users losing three years of appointments and 2,000 customer names that were stored on their handheld devices and not backed up anywhere else. Don’t let your clients? organizations or supported users become one of these statistics.

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