HP iPAQ Pocket PC

The Pocket PC sits somewhere between a mobile smartphone and a notebook computer. It is ideal for those who want serious processing power in a handheld device that is lightweight and easy to carry. The HP iPAQ Pocket PC has been one of the most popular brands over the years, and there are currently two models available in the range. The HP iPAQ 112 Classic is an affordable solution for the everyday needs of students and casual users. However, business users will prefer the extra security and features of the HP iPAQ 212 Enterprise. A range of accessories is also available for both models, including belt cases and stereo headphones.

A Pocket PC is a type of personal digital assistant (PDA) that uses the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system. Despite its small size, it can perform many of the functions of a regular computer, such as email and web browsing. There are thousands of applications that are designed specifically for the Pocket PC, many of which are free to use. The first Pocket PCs that used theĀ  Windows CE operating system were not very powerful or popular. Hardware improvements and the introduction of Windows Mobile have seen the Pocket PC become more popular than it has ever been.

The HP iPAQ Pocket PC has a long history that stretches back nearly a decade. It was first launched by Compaq in April 2000, which is the reason why it was called iPAQ. Compaq was acquired by Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 2002, after which HP ceased their Jornada line of Pocket PCs and continued with the iPAQ line. There have been more than thirty models of HP iPAQ Pocket PC released since then. The current range features the HP iPAQ 112 Classic which sells for $300, and the HP iPAQ 212 Enterprise which sells for $400. Hewlett-Packard also make a range of business smartphones under the iPAQ banner, which can be a bit confusing for those looking to buy their first Pocket PC.

Anyone looking for a Pocket PC should first consider the HP iPAQ 112 Classic. It has a large, 3.5inch color touchscreen that is bright and easy to read. A Marvell 624MHz processor and 64MB SDRAM memory provide more than enough power to run Microsoft Mobile Office and many other applications. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support are built into the Classic, and there is a single SDIO slot that can hold a Secure Data memory card. SIDO is a special type of slot that can also support plugin devices, like a camera or GPS receiver. In a way, this makes up for the fact that both the Classic and Enterprise models lack an integrated camera and GPS. The Classic is only available in silver, which may disappoint some buyers but most will appreciate its stylish appearance.

The HP iPAQ 212 Enterprise is designed for the needs of business users. It is more expensive than the Classic, but it has a slightly larger screen and a number of extra features. One of these extras is the HP Enterprise Mobility Agent which provides security management. The Enterprise is also slightly heavier and larger than the Classic but is still comfortable to use. It has the same processor but the memory has been increased, and it comes with two slots for SIDO and Compact Flash memory cards. It also supports both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology. Befitting its role as a business model, the HP iPAQ 212 Enterprise is only available in black.

There are a number of accessories for the HP iPAQ Pocket PC that are also worth considering. Belt cases and skin-fit cases provide added protection and convenience. A screen protector helps keep the screen free of scratches and also reduces the glare from direct sunlight. Spare batteries are good to have for those occasions when there is not enough time for recharging. Replacement stylus kits are available in case the original stylus goes missing. There is a universal car cradle which fits all iPAQ models and can be mounted on the windshield or dashboard. There are also Bluetooth stereo headphones that can receive music up to thirty feet from a HP iPAQ Pocket PC.

This HP iPAQ Pocket PC Review is Written/Updated on Sep 22nd, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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