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iPAQ Pocket PC

Former staff writer    -   May 26, 2001
Category: Mobile, Gadgets
Price: $600


Introduction

Of all Palm's and Pocket PC's the iPAQ tops it off. With the 206 MHz processor you can see why this PDA is for the power hungry users. With its eye-catching and innovative design, a media player capable of playing MP3s and video, colour TFT display, and powerful Pocket PC applications, the iPAQ Pocket PC sets the standard.



Package

Below is a picture of what all you get when you purchase one.



  • iPAQ Pocket PC
  • Docking Cradle with battery charger and USB port connection
  • Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery
  • Includes Conduit Peacemaker Software
  • Pocket Outlook 2000 Software
  • Pocket Internet Explorer 5.0 Software
  • Microsoft Money Software
  • Microsoft ActiveSync 3.1 Software
  • CF Card Expansion Pack

    Specifications

    Processor
  • 206Mhz Intel Strong ARM 32-bit Processor

    Memory
  • 32MB RAM
  • 16MB ROM

    Display
  • Color reflective TFT liquid crystal display for indoor and outdoor viewing (4,086 colors)
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Resolution: 240 x 320
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.24 mm
  • Viewable Image: 2.26"wide x 3.02" tall
  • Light: 5 settings include automatic, low, medium, high and super brightness

    Preinstalled Software
  • Asset Viewer
  • Microsoft ActiveSync 3.1
  • Microsoft� Windows� CE
  • Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Voice Recorder, Notes, Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player (MP3s), Calculator, Solitaire, Inbox (for email), Microsoft Reader (ebooks and audible.com content), File Explorer
  • Microsoft� Windows� Powered Pocket PC
  • Picture Viewer
  • Qmenu
  • Qstart
  • QLaunch
  • Qutility

    Software on CD
  • Microsoft� ActiveSync 3.1
  • Microsoft� Money for PocketPC
  • Pocket Streets
  • Pocket Outlook 2000 (e-mail, calendar, contacts and tasks)
  • Pocket Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Media Manager
  • Tscribe
  • Microsoft� Reader eBook samples
  • Illium eWallet and ListPro
  • Conduit Peacemaker Software
  • ZioGolf Software

    Thoughts

    The iPAQ Pocket PC's shiny chrome enclosure is tapered slightly for ergonomic purposes and has four one-touch buttons for accessing commonly used applications, as well as a hot-button for voice recording just like old analog handheld dictation cassette recorders. Yet, the most striking feature of the iPAQ Pocket PC is the speaker at the unit's bottom centre, which doubles as a five-way navigation button for quick movement around the screen (particularly useful for game playing). The speaker itself is, of course, small and therefore rather thin for playing any serious music, but it's the best you'll find in a handheld.
    I would rather buy a iPAQ because it acts as an organizor, computer, and a digital mp3 and video device. I ripped one of my dvd movies I have (Red Planet) with a special encoder software that brings the size of the movie down to 25megs without loosing the quality! I then used Active Sync (Comes on the CD) to upload it to my iPAQ. The frame rate ran at 20fps and the sound was mpeg2 quality. There are many sites that talk about movies on Pocket PC's. Go to http://www.google.com/search?q=pocket+PC+movies and see what you can find. Once you start download programs, uploading mp3s and movies to your iPAQ your going to notice that you will need to upgrade your memory. Memory size vary from 16mb and up. IBM has a new type of memory called IBM Micro Drive. The Micro Drive can hold up to 1Gigs of mp3s, movies, files, ect.. the price of the Micro Drive is around $499 though. (Not for the everyday user)
    One word on "Overclocking" :) We overclock everything now days.. So why not a Pocket PC? Once I received my iPAQ I just had to figure out how to "Overclock" it. I found a little program called IPAQCLK (JS iPaq OvClock). This program allows you to overclock your iPAQ cpu and also underclock. You might want to underclock your cpu to save batter life on long trips or overclock it to play pocket quake (A great quake game for pocket pc's). I ran the same video on the iPAQ (Red Planet) and with it overclocked I got 38fps!

    Hardware

    *UPDATE* 5/28/01
    Today I went to Staples and bought a Targus 56k V.90 Pocket Modem.



  • You can check your e-mail, send faxes, surf the Web, and download/upload data from and to the Internet with the Targus 56 Kbps V.90 Pocket Modem. This modem is compatible with Pocket PCs and any handheld computer running Windows CE 2.0 and higher that accept CompactFlash cards. To install, simply insert the card into the handheld's CompactFlash slot and connect it to a phone line using the included standard RJ-11 cable. Using Conexant K56flex technology, this modem transmits at 56.6 Kbps for data and 14.4 Kbps for fax. The modem is hot swappable, meaning you can plug it in without having to restart your handheld. The Targus Pocket Modem features battery-saving circuitry and comes with a five-year warranty. For a traveler or business man that always needs a connection I highly recommend buying the Targus 56k V.90 Pocket Modem.



  • Conclusion

    This is the most powerfull PDA on the market and the most versatile. Compared to Palm-based organisers, the iPAQ Pocket PC is hardly a bargain, but will make your friend's with Palm's envy you. The next time you see someone with a Palm.. look over his/her shoulder at their blank/white screen then look at your iPAQ :) At a price of $599 you might could buy a cheap laptop or desktop pc. Your buying the "size" and technology built inside.
    Pros:
  • Superb contrast, picture, screen, colour
  • Light weight
  • 206Mhz! & Overclockable!
  • Able to play video, Mp3, Wireless Internet, 56k, Ethernet
    Con's:
  • Expensive
  • I don't like the speaker being behind the five-way navigation button. (I would think it might stop working one day)



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