A cradle is supplied, which is very welcome and enables you to sync and charge the PDA. It has a space for charging a spare battery. In a clever move the cradle can be placed on its side so that you can keep it in there while viewing the PDA in landscape mode. There’s also a USB port at the back – plug a keyboard into this and you can just start typing in Pocket Word, which is really cool.
Battery life is given at around eight hours with light use and no backlight. This seems about right with unit lasting about this long with MP3 playing constantly and some light use. Enabling Wi-Fi or Bluetooth would inevitably cut into this though.
In terms of pricing the Acer is pretty much spot on. It’s more than the mid-range Acer X51, which offers 520MHz as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but the Acer has a VGA screen – you’d need to go to the top end Dell to get that.
The Acer then is a good choice as a connected, quality PDA that literally won’t burst your pocket. It’s certainly the best PDA we’ve seen from Acer. We would have liked to have seen a faster CPU and a better graphics chip in it but as long as you aren’t planning on watching a lot of video on it, it’s a good choice.
The n311 is an attractively small and light PDA, dominated by a large good quality VGA screen. It’s not the fastest PDA on the block though, and video playback can suffer but for the vast majority of tasks this is a good machine.
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