I've been looking at PDAs to put on my wishlist:
- Windows Mobile;
- iPhone/iPod Touch;
- If Pocket e-Sword was still supported, Windows Mobile would be the logical choice for me.
- Android & iPhone/iPod are fighting it out for first place in the mobile device market.
- Windows Mobile is successfully fighting for last place, in its quest to being dropped by everybody.
Code Factory/Mobile Speak:
- Windows Mobile;
- Symbian: Nuance Talks;
- iPhone: VoiceOver is built in.
iPhone: Voice Command is built in.
None of the available PDAs can be remotely described as meeting a11y criteria.
Bible Study Software:
- Palm OS: MyBible 5.0;
- Windows Mobile: Pocket Bible 4.0;
- iPod: PocketBible for the iPod;
- iPhone/iPod Touch: Pocket Bible & Prayer Partner;
- Blackberry: Noah Bible Study Viewer;
- Windows: Pocket Bible for Windows;
They also offer tools that enable one to synchronize between devices.
- iPhone/iPod Touch: BibleReader 4;
- Android: BibleReader 4;
- Blackberry: BibleReader 4;
- Symbian: Bible Reader 4;
- Palm OS: Bible Reader;
- Palm Pre: Bible Reader for Palm Pre;
- Windows Mobile: Bible Reader;
The Sword Project:
- Windows: The Sword Project for Windows;
- Linux: BibleTime;
- Macintosh: MacSword;
- iPhone/iPod Touch: PocketPhone;
- Java: Alkitab Bible Study 2.4.1;
- Java Micro: Go Bible Reader;
- Android: Current workaround is build GoBible from source, using GetAPK; (There is a better solution in the works.)
- Windows Mobile: SwordReader;
- QTopica: The QTopica Sword Reader;
- Nokia Tablets: Rapier;
- Opie: Dagger;
- They have a recommendation for the Palm OS: PalmBible+
This has the most extensive cross-platform support.
As best as I can determine, all of the other players (in the mobile device market) confine themselves to a single platform --- usually the iPhone/iPod Touch.
http://rabblerule.blogspot.com/2010/01/iphone-bible-app-comparison.html is comparison of the major Bible Study Programs for the iPhone. (Note: The creator was on the team that developed Logos Bible Software for iPhone.)
As best as I can determine, Olive Tree and Laridian are the only organizations that _might_ be actively developing their Windows Mobile Bible Study Software. The Sword Project put their offering into "support/bug fixes only" mode a month or so ago. All of the other organizations appear to have dropped both development, and support of their Bible Study Software.
Ideally, it would have:
I'd also like:
- Pre inputted way points;
- PDF: Viewers available for iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows, Linux, Mac, etc;
- ePub: Readers available for iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows, Linux, and Mac;
- mobi: Readers available for Palm, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows, Linux, and Mac Platforms;
Android is the missing platform here.
Audio, Image, and Video display:
I'm going to assume that any media player on a PDA can support mp3, mp4, ogg, wav, midi, avi, png, gif, and JPG.
I like my current cell phone, so anything I'd get, would be without signing a contract. Even if I didn't like my current cell phone, I could not agree to the obnoxious clauses in the contracts the cell companies are currently pushing. I'd rather use Skype thru WiFi.
And in synopsis:
- Symbian sells handsets;
- Apple sells web visitors;
- Android sells excitement;
This was originally posted to my blog at e-Sword-users.org on 19 January 2010.