Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Northern Michigan
Bikes: 2003 Bianchi Volpe, 1995 Gary Fisher Paragon
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PDA's are cool--mine has made a big difference in organizing my personal and professional lives.
As another poster indicated, you can download e-books (many for free) and play games on them to pass the time. This has been great at airports, waiting for appointments, etc.
I would rate my foldable keyboard as "functional" but wouldn't want to type War & Peace on it. If you're keeping a trip journal, it would work fine. For making occasional notes and comments, however, the graffitti software is just fine.
Power is always a problem; my Palm m130 advertised a battery life of one week (it's a rechargeable) but it really only lasts for a day or two of heavy usage (i.e., reading books in your tent at night). If you're going to be in areas where electrical outlets will be few and far between (you will also need to buy a travel charger for this option), you should consider buying a model that uses replaceable alkaline batteries instead.
Another use I've seen advertised for PDA's and biking is the ability to download maps, travel directions, etc. It would be worth checking into if you're really serious about maximizing the potential of your handheld.