When I first got the XDA II and used the built-in camera I honestly thought, "Uups,
what kind of useless camera did they build into it!" I played a bit with the
camera during the first weeks, but always was disappointed of the bad picture
quality and eventually stopped using it... until recently.
Misunderstand the Concept?
There is no doubt, the picture quality of the XDA II is far from what I was used
to with my digital 3 megapixel camera, but what I totally misunderstood in the
beginning, was the usability concept, the fact that the XDA camera may serve a
totally different purpose than my digital camera.
Changing My Mind
But what made me change my mind? Well, during the last months, I was
systematically digitizing my life, scanning old documents, getting rid of as
much as paper as possible in my daily life, and learned the convenience of
having everything easily accessible on my notebook or PDA. During this time I
also started to change my habits in taking notes. I usually took notes with my
PDA either in "handwriting mode" or used the internal keyboard. But more and
more often I came across some situations where I had to capture information fast
without having the time to write it down.
One day, I again was in hurry and
needed some information from a computer screen, but it was written in Hebrew
letters with which I'm not familiar with at all. Searching for a quick solution,
I remembered the built-in camera and decided to give it a go as kind of a last
resort: click and done. Well, don't ask my about the quality, but as long as the
information was readable and transmittable, that's everything I wanted at this
Camera & PDA: Perfect Tool!
From this day, I changed my attitude towards the camera and started to use it
more and more often. I became used to the concept of PDA & camera as fast-click
solution for taking complex notes. I just hope that with the next XDA, the new
1.3 megapixel camera is going to significantly improve in picture quality so it
allows me to use the camera as a simple but mobile scanner.
I fully understand that in many companies no cameras are
allowed at all, but for the modern digital lifestyle, a PDA with built-in camera
is the perfect means for quickly capturing information while on the go.
PS: During my current Xmas shopping I used the XDA&camera for quickly
comparing prizes in different stores: very convenient!
Contributed by Dr. Wolfgang Irber, the::unwired Reader and Business Professional