Personal Digital Assistant

A Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) is any small mobile hand-held device that provides computing, information storage and retrieval capabilities for personal or business use, often for keeping schedule calendars and address book information handy. The term handheld is a synonym. Many people use the name of one of the popular PDA products as a generic term. This includes Hewlett-Packard's iPaq and 3Com's PalmPilot.

Most PDAs have small keyboards. Some PDAs have electronically-sensitive pads that recognize handwritten-data. Apple's Newton, which has been withdrawn from the market, was the first widely-sold PDA that accepted handwriting. Typical uses include schedule and address book storage and retrieval. However, many applications have been written for PDAs. Increasingly, PDAs are combined with telephones and paging systems.

Some PDAs offer a variation of the Microsoft Windows operating system called Windows CE. Other products have their own or different operating systems.

Advisory: The Mobile Edition of the DLSU Newsletter and final examinations & course card distribution schedules thru PDA have been stopped for a while.