It looks like we are definitely getting some sort of PDAs that allow for remote access of email next year (which is coming up soon).
Looks like the three most viable options in this category are the PalmOne Treo (hopefully the 650 will be out by then), the RIM Blackberry (not sure which version is most stable) and the Danger HipTop2.
Out of all the available PDAs, why these 3? They all have keyboards which is essential for remote emailing. Yeah, you could use an iPaq with wireless or a smart-phone, but sending emails with those devices is a chore at best and these are for lawyers.
The most likely candidate is the Blackberry simply because that seems to be what most law firms are using. Only problem with the Blackberry is that in an enterprise situation (basically more than 5 users) it requires an expensive add on server software component for access to Exchange.
Not sure how the other PDAs I've listed access Exchange, but I know that Microsoft has added Outlook Mobile Access for these types of devices, although, I have yet to play with it, even though I now have the service installed.
So where to get started? First off, I need to figure out what vendors I can work with to get the devices. From what I can tell, they are mostly sold through cellular providers like AT&T, Cingular, T-Mobile, etc. Which brings up the question of which provider do I choose? I have often heard that Verizon has the best coverage, but since their phone system is CDMA and not GSM, anyone who travels overseas would be unable to use their PDA. Most likely choice is between AT&T and T-Mobile.
Looks like T-Mobile is a good choice since they offer all three PDAs. Would probably talk to them to see if I could get some in for testing.
Whatever option we chose should have good phone quality, ease of use, good ergonomics (I think the Blackberry is best here) and be able to of course connect to the Exchange server through the cellular network/internet.
Any information that is out there would be much appreciated.