This handheld computer is very powerful with a 75hz processor and 20mb RAM> There is infared linkup too. This is great for link uip with mobile phones - which equals connectivity to the WWW and retrieval of e-mails. This is a good alternative to a laptop if only for basic operations. However some operations require to much battery and it will have to be recharged. Many of my friends have said that it @eats betteries@. I quite like this product and it is sufficient for the tasks I would like it to do.
I have been using the Compaq 2010C Handheld PC for about 18 months now. When I first got this machine I thought Wow. This is a PC that I can carry around with me without carrying a briefcase size laptop. It runs Windows CE and has pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and Outlook so you can easily synchronise the handheld device with your PC, you can create your spreadsheets and then take them around with you. You can also synchronise your outlook mailbox and because you have Microsoft applications installed if you have any attachments in those formats they can be opened and read on the handheld device. There are some drawbacks though; the system comes with a rechargeable main battery and a non-rechargeable backup battery. Even though I kept the device plugged in whenever I was at my desk, I seem to be replacing the backup battery on a regular basis. You also use a small pen type device to tap or write on the screen, these are very easy to lose (I speak from experience). The device is also fairly large, if you are going to a lot of meetings you have to carry it about in a bag, it is too big to fit in your pocket. If you were looking for a handheld device then I would definitely recommend you go for a Windows type device with versions or Word, Excel and Outlook. But you could do better that the Compaq 2010C.