Originally Posted by 31k
Wow! Thanks for all of the advice!
, welcome to Pocket PC Thoughts. Not everyone can respond straight away so you do need to be a bit more patient, if possible.
In response to your questions:
(1) MSN Messenger is built-in to all new Pocket PCs. If you want a Pocket PC with a keyboard, you have a few options. You can look at a slide-out keyboard (models which feature this include the i-mate PDA2K) or a non-movable keyboard (models which feature this include the HP iPAQ hw6500 Mobile Messenger series, the BenQ P50 and so on). But keep in mind that almost all Pocket PCs can have keyboard functionality with the help of a portable keyboard add-on (most are in the form of a Bluetooth keyboard, although there are a few other oddities out there such as a virtual keyboard).
(2) MP3 capability is also built-in since all Pocket PCs now have Windows Media Player. Other players such as Pocket Player, GSPlayer, PocketMusic, and BetaPlayer (which can also handle DivX if you're interested) exist. These can simply be installed and uninstalled at your own free will. The best thing to do would be to stick your MP3s on a memory card. If you have the new Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, then you can synchronise your music with Windows Media Player on the desktop.
(3 and 4) Well, based on the aforementioned criteria, it appears as though the i-mate PDA2K (also known as the HTC Blue Angel, XDA III, MDA III, or Qtek 9090) is what you want. However, I'd also give the HTC Universal
(also known as the MDA IV) a decent lookover since it will feature the latest Windows Mobile 5.0 platform while the PDA2K will not. You may also want to wait to see what else HTC brings out. The upcoming HTC Wizard
looks promising. Note that the devices I have mentioned so far all happen to have phone functionality as well.
With regard to your Palm question, you may want to read the following threads for a bit of an insight into the Palm vs. Pocket PC debate: