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I agree with your article that the pocket PC is very handy (Features, September 20). As well as the uses mentioned, it can be used to send

e-mails, record voice memos (up to 90 minutes without expansion slot) and surf the net.

It can also record photos and video, enabling GPs to record clinical signs such as injuries or rare skin rashes.

I put many guidelines, quick reference books and the Oxford Handbook of Medicine on my pocket PC. The BNF is my favorite ­ although it is a bit expensive.

XDA is the most advanced pocket PC on the market now. The main difference between it and the PDA is the software. XDA is Microsoft, but PDAs use the Palm Operating System. This makes XDA more compatible with surgery software.

By inserting a SIM card, XDA can also be used as a phone. It can also enable satellite navigation.

Any GP going to buy a pocket PC should consider the XDA.

Dr Mourad Habib

Carlisle

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