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Handheld Software
Handhelds
Email & Wireless

Handhelds

General Information

Introduction
Please make sure to carefully read through the information on this page in regards to handheld purchases. The information contained on this page will assist you in making an informed decision in purchasing a handheld. It is highly recommended that you review the Handheld Software web page to find out what UCHC recommended software will run on various handheld devices.


Android

Recommendation
CEC staff have not tested Android devices and do not have a recommended Android handheld.

Installations
Installations of programs are handled through the Android Market which is built into the handheld operating system.

Pros
• All UConn School of Medicine required software is available for Android devices
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Most of the UCHC recommended handheld software is available for Android devices with an Internet connection
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Cell phone and mobile computer in one
• Purchase of SD card not required
• Program installation is easy
• Connects to UCHC-WIFI network

Cons
• Cell phone contract
• May requires monthly cell phone data plan

Blackberry

Recommendation
CEC staff have not tested Blackberry devices and do not have a recommended Blackberry handheld.

Data Plan
Some of the recommended UCHC applications require Internet access to use them. Therefore it is recommended that you have an unlimited data plan to avoid incurring heavy cellular fees.

Installations
Some of the recommended UCHC applications require that you install and use the Blackberry Desktop software in order to install applications.

Pros
• All UConn School of Medicine required software is available for Blackberry devices
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Most of the UCHC recommended handheld software is available for Blackberry devices with an Internet connection
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Cell phone and mobile computer in one
• Purchase of SD card not required

Cons
• Cell phone contract
• Requires monthly cell phone data plan
• Program installation is moderately difficult
• Requires Blackberry Desktop software to install some programs

iPod Touch / iPhone

Recommendation
• iPod Touch: 2nd generation or later (running iPhone OS 3.0 or later)
• iPhone: 3GS or later (running iPhone OS 3.0 or later)

iPod Touch / iPhone
The iPod Touch is essentially an iPhone without the cell phone capabilities. The iPod Touch and iPhone have the ability to run applications, connect to wireless networks, manage email and calendars, play music, sync with Microsoft Outlook, and much more. Apps are installed on the iPod Touch and iPhone through the App Store (which exists right on the handheld) or through iTunes.

iPhone
Be aware that in purchasing an iPhone you are also purchasing a cell phone contract which includes various cell phone charges. AT&T requires that you purchase a data plan when you sign up for an iPhone plan.

Installations
In order to install all of the UCHC medical applications you will need to make sure your iPhone or iPod Touch is running iPhone OS 3.0 or later. Installations of programs are handled through the App Store which is built into the iPhone and iPod Touch operating system.

Pros - iPod Touch
• All UConn School of Medicine required software is available for iPod Touch devices
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Most of the UCHC recommended handheld software is available for iPod Touch devices with an Internet connection
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• No cell phone contract or cell phone data plan
• Purchase of SD card not required
• Program installation is very easy
• Connects to UCHC-WIFI network

Cons - iPod Touch
• Does not have cell phone capabilities

Pros - iPhone
• All UConn School of Medicine required software is available for iPhone devices
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Most of the UCHC recommended handheld software is available for iPhone devices with an Internet connection
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Cell phone and mobile computer in one
• Purchase of SD card not required
• Program installation is very easy
• Connects to UCHC-WIFI network

Cons - iPhone
• Cell phone contract
• Requires monthly cell phone data plan




Page last updated 05/29/13