I used mine for data entry with speakers for the first time this most recent field trip, so I thought I would post something about it.
- It allowed relatively fast data entry, and saved a lot of rewriting.
- It obviated my need for a printer.
- Speakers adjusted to the replacement orthography very easily (my PDA cannot display Unicode or nonstandard fonts)
- people thought it was fascinating.
- The battery life was fine and I was able to rest the machine on my equipment bag.
- it is possible to hear the typing on the recording sometimes. The keyboard is quite noisy.
- It was hard for speakers to see the screen, and for more than one of us to look at the same time.
- The screen is poorly backlit in bright sunlight, so I also had trouble.
- There is no Yolngu Matha font, which made it hard to decode what was on the screen sometimes.
- Space on top of the equipment bag was at a premium because it was the safest place to put equipment.
- Green ants bite when you try and keep them off the screen.
All in all, I would use it again for work like this, especially when we were just checking items. I think I would also perhaps use a portable database with a scaled down version of the dictionary for data entry rather than a text file. That wasn’t possible because of the age of my PDA. But that would be something to think about for a future trip.