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Handheld Software
Handhelds
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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 UConn Health's recommended software will run on various handheld devices.

Smartphones
Smartphones are essentially handheld computing devices (such as PDAs) with cell phone capabilities. Examples include: Android phones (HTC Dream), BlackBerry phones (Blackberry Bold), iPhone, Palm phones (Palm Pre), and Windows Mobile phones (HTC Pure). There is a great variety in the smartphone market so one needs to be careful to choose a handheld that will meet his or her needs and run the applications he or she requires. Also, if you decide to purchase a Smartphone please arrange for a trial period in which you can test the Smartphone to ensure everything will install and run on it. Remember that with a smartphone you are not only purchasing a handheld device but a cell phone contract as well.

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 Health's School of Medicine required software is available for Android devices
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Most of the UConn Health's 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 UConn Health 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 UConn Health applications require that you install and use the Blackberry Desktop software in order to install applications.

Pros
• All UConn Health's School of Medicine required software is available for Blackberry devices
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Most of the UConn Health's 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 UConn Health 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 Health's School of Medicine required software is available for iPod Touch devices
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Most of the UConn Health's 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 Health's School of Medicine required software is available for iPhone devices
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Most of the UConn Health's 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

Palm

Recommendation
• Palm TX

Secure Digital (SD) Card
You will need to purchase a Secure Digital (SD) card for your handheld. Without an SD card you will not have enough space to store the recommended programs on your handheld. SD cards are inexpensive and can be purchased through the UConn Co-op, retail stores, and online vendors. It is recommended that your purchase a 256 MB or larger SD card.

Web OS
Devices such as the Palm Pre run a different operating system (Web OS) than classic Palm devices. Only two of the UConn Health's recommended handheld applications run on Web OS and require the purchase of the Classic on Pre app. Classic on Pre and the applications running on it have not been tested by CEC staff. It is therefore recommended that if you are interested in purchasing a Palm that you not purchase one running Web OS but instead a classic Palm such as a Palm TX.

Installations
Classic Palms such as the Palm TX require Palm Desktop to be installed on your computer to install and update Palm software.

Pros - Palm PDA (not Smartphone)
• All UConn Health's School of Medicine required software is available for classic Palm devices
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Most of the UConn Health's recommended handheld software is available for classic Palm devices with an Internet connection
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• No cell phone contract or cell phone data plan

Cons - Palm PDA (not Smartphone)
• Program installation is moderately difficult
• Requires purchase of an SD card
• Requires Palm Desktop to install software
• Does not have cell phone capabilities
• Does not connect to UCHC-WIFI network

Windows Mobile (Pocket PC)

Recommendation
• iPAQ 111 Classic Handheld

Secure Digital (SD) Card
You will need to purchase a Secure Digital (SD) card for your handheld. Without an SD card you will not have enough space to store the recommended programs on your handheld. SD cards are inexpensive and can be purchased through the UConn Co-op, retail stores, and online vendors. It is recommended that your purchase a 256 MB or larger SD card.

Windows Mobile
Windows Mobile comes in a variety of versions. If you are purchasing a Windows Mobile PDA make sure you purchase one running the "Pocket PC" or "Classic" edition of Windows Mobile. If you are purchasing a Windows Mobile Smartphone make sure you purchase one running "Phone" or "Professional" edition of Windows Mobile.

Smartphone
CEC staff have not tested Windows Mobile devices running Windows Mobile 6.5. When purchasing a Windows Mobile Smartphone make sure it is running Windows Mobile 5.0 Phone edition or Windows Mobile 6.0 or 6.1 Professional edition and not Windows Mobile 6.5.

Installations
Windows Mobile devices use Microsoft ActiveSync (on Windows XP) to install and update software on the handheld.

Pros - Windows Mobile PDA (not Smartphone)
• No cell phone contract or cell phone data plan
• All UConn Health's required handheld software is available for Windows Mobile 5.0, 6.0, & 6.1
  (see handheld software page for more info)
• Most of the UConn Health's recommended handheld software is available for Windows Mobile devices with an Internet connection
  (see handheld software page for more info)


Cons - Windows Mobile PDA (not Smartphone)
• Program installation is moderately difficult
• Requires purchase of an SD card
• Requires ActiveSync (on Windows XP) to install software
• Does not have cell phone capabilities
• Does not connect to UCHC-WIFI network

Page last updated 8/15