One of the major flaws in the Pocket PC OS is that applications can?t easily be turned off. The operating system is supposed to shut down applications as needed in order to keep the device moving quickly. However, all of the Pocket PCs we?ve tried, including the iPaq, slow to a crawl after opening just a few apps. To combat this problem, Compaq includes a dedicated button, dubbed the QMenu, that allows you to turn off applications quickly and easily; this keeps the iPaq speeding right along. And the iPaq is fast. Its processor runs at a brisk 206 MHz, about 70 MHz faster than the HP Jornada 545 or the Casio Cassiopeia E-115. The difference is remarkable, especially when you have several applications running. We found that switching between Pocket Excel and Notes was effortless, and menus popped up as fast as we could use them. This brawny machine is a beauty, too. Rather than being backlit like other color LCDs, the iPaq instead has small lights around its edge, which reflect off the screen and make it brilliantly bright, even when outdoors in direct sunlight. However, the screen doesn?t display as many colors as the Cassiopeia E-115, so the subtle shading in images is lost. The one thing missing from the iPaq is a slot for a CompactFlash card, but since it already comes with 32MB of built-in RAM, most users should have enough memory as it is.
I got my Compaq a few weeks ago now and am now wondering how I ever managed without it. With a massive 32 mb ram you can store several documents and mp3's. Its colour TFT light sensitive screen means you can use it in the dark and in broad daylight.It comes with Internet explorer and pocket versions of word and exel.You can infared a laptop and exchange documents, if you have a friend who has one you can beam each other things too.It's cradle is very stylish and uses USB to link it up to a computer.This machine is only compatible with PC therefore it is useless to mac owners.I like this machine alot but I think Compaq should make it a bit cheaper.