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The HP iPaq Pocket PC H2210 has served me well, i must say. with a 400MHz processor it has ample processing speed for most applications, but tends to lag if you are browsing an intensive site, or have several programs open at once.
I mainly use mine for surfing the internet, and for writing in, both of which this PDA performs excellently. The PDA has 64mb of SDRAM, which isn't loads, but the storage capability can be extended via Sdcard, or compact flash. The device doesn't have built in wireless, but i have mine set up with a Wifi compact flash card, and a 4GB SD card. The device does tend to crash frequently, but this could just be due to my heavy usage of it. It fits comfortably into your hand, and has some nice rubber/latex grips on the side, which unfortunately on mine have peeled off, one to the extent of becoming completely detached from the device. They should definitely been attached better, but they can easily be glued back on.
The screen is good, with 64k color, transflective TFT backlit 16-bit screen, and it performs well at night or in sunlight.
Typing via the on screen keyboard is easy, but sometimes pressing a virtual key doesn't register, missing out letters, or commas.
I don't really like the transcriber, hand writing based method of input, i find the screen is too small to work very well with this method.
Overall, this device is good for carrying around, and medium level tasks, but it needs more memory and easier methods of input to become a true powerhouse.
In a world where size or lack of size is important, consumers are always demanding smaller more versatile products. The ipaq is a combination of compact size and powerful computing power allowing you to remain connected to the digital world when you are out and about.
With the branding of a trusted and highly respected manufacturer like HP you can be assured that you will get a reliable product packed with features.
The ipaq 2210 belongs to the family of PDA's (Personal Digital Assistants)and will allow you to access email, run office applications, connect to other devices via Bluetooth or infrared and run software designed to be run on the windows mobile platform. This is a must have gadget for all the gadget lovers and professionals and will keep you organised and entertained no matter where you are.
This product uses the Microsoft windows mobile operating system which mirrors the same operating system you will find on your laptop or home PC.This will allow for ease of use as most of us will be familiar with the layout and navigation is simple to master. You are supplied with pocket versions of Microsoft office applications like Pocket Outlook(email management software),Pocket excel(spreadsheet software) and pocket PowerPoint(presentation software).These programmes are very impressive and easy to use and all come bundled with the product so no need to worry about additional costs after you buy the product. They perform very well and are virtually identical to the versions you will find on your PC both in performance and use.
You are also supplied with the ever popular Windows media player for playing back audio and video files and viewing digital images. Once again this is very similar to the version found on PC's so you will have no problems in using it to its full potential.
Apart from the main software you also get a few handy little extras like NEVO remote control software which will allow you to programme the unit to control your entire household via infrared remote. This is a great performing little application and I have mine set-up to control the TV,DVD recorder and sky unit(no more searching for the remote for me).Basic editing software is also supplied allowing you edit your digital images and save them to the memory card. This software performs well but only has basic features so you may want to consider buying a more powerful version.
With an impressive array of bundled software you will have many hours of fun trying all the different applications installed on the unit.
The main selling point of this product is the ability to add extra software to the unit ranging from GPS software to popular games like age of empires. The list of software is virtually unlimited and there is software available for everything you could ever imagine.
The unit is powered by an Intel 312 MHz processor which allows for fast smooth operation of software and multiple applications. The 3.5" TFT touch screen is vibrant and bright and very responsive. You can use the supplied stylus or even your finger to access and navigate the functions via the touch screen technology.
With both a SD card slot and compact flash II you can add extra memory to store data ranging from audio, video and photo's. The only limit is what size memory card you can afford.
Powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery you will get hours of use when you are mobile and have the option to charge from mains and your car with a suitable adapter. You can purchase more powerful batteries to give even longer usage times (I usually get about 7hours use under normal conditions)
The product is comfortable to use and is small enough to carry in your pocket but not too small to prevent it from being accessible and easy to use.
This product performs well and is supplied with an impressive range of software. It is well designed making it's function easy to use and is packed full of features. With a large range of software and accessories available this product will have a long life and it will be a few years before you need to upgrade. The Bluetooth performs well and is easy to set-up allowing you to connect to the internet via your mobile phone when on the move.HP have made a durable, reliable and feature rich product which gets the thumbs up from me as a must have gadget. With a price tag of £190 it will be money well spent.I hope you have found this review useful please feel free to give feedback and thank you for taking the time to read.
This review is also listed on ciao under the user name phensh.
Well I've had my Ipaq for 4 months..
It was bought for me as a present so in terms of value (i don't know how much was paid) but in my reckoning too much.
I have used it very little since getting it, as my mobile phone or computer cover all its functionality and generally better. I see the only advantage when adding GPS too it, however I am awaiting its falling prices as its just too much for what it is.
Its good for messing about wasting time etc.. but I'd personally hold off from buying one, as I'm sure a completely intergrated phone/PDA/laptop system is on the way (although I'd wait for the price to be right).
oh for thoughs how have one ..for software have a look at tucows.com PDA's.. should get you started
I know that what I am reviewing here is not technically mine but my dad owns one and through all my playing and fiddling ive done with it over the past couple of months i can do things with it he can only dream of.....like turn it on!
Anyway my dad told me one day that h would like a PDA to help him with his work, hich i thought odd I didnt even know he knew what they were but I knew i was really just ghetting myself a new toy so armed with a budget of £200 I stumbled upon the h2210 on total pda which only cost around £180 including P&P.
Now im not the most computer literate person myself but this hasnt stoped me enjoying this little baby. With a processor speed of 400Mhz it is fast compared to others in its price range but obviously pales in copmarison wih much faster desktops so downloading large files such as music files can take a while.
The memory is of standard size for similar models and 64mb would easily suit anybody who wanted to use it as a means of checking and sending emails while not in the ofice or typing document that can be saved and then easily transfered later via the very handy bluetooth wireless adaptor. (However this is only possible with the little bluetooth adaptor I have for my phone). More details in my K700i review.
The whole look and feel of the product is exceptional it looks professional and you look professional using it even if it is just to play Pacman! Its lightweight and not too bulky (Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.6 cm x 11.5 cm x 1.5 cm,
Weight 144 g) although is still large compared to mobile phones nowadays so does not fit into your pocket!
The touch screen is very good although sometimes the responsiveness of it is slow which can be annoying especially if you are doing something very important and trying to get it doen quickly.
Even though I mock my fathers inability with computers he has mastered what he needs to use it for very quickly and the more you use it the more you realise it is just like having a tiny computer with you, battery life however just like with all PDA's is in my opinion poor with only 12 hours available before it needs charging.
Full list of features:
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.6 cm x 11.5 cm x 1.5 cm
Weight 144 g
Processor Intel PXA255 400 MHz
RAM 64 MB
Display 3.5" TFT active matrix - transflective - 16-bit (64k colours)
Audio Output Speaker(s)
Audio Input Microphone
Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth
Input Device Touch-screen, stylus
Power AC 110/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Battery Lithium Ion
Average Run Time 12 hour(s)
Operating System Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty
Overall this is a great little device and i would recommend it to anybody and everybody who either needs or just wants one!
I scrimped and saved for my Ipaq 2210, and have enjoyed every momet we are together. Principally I use it as a media player, making full use of Media Player 9 for PPC. I have a bluetooth wireless connection to my pc, so am able to stream content to the Ipaq from the media player site. I also watch video's on it. I have a 1 gb CF memory card, and watch films when on the treain for long journeys. The PPC also has lots of other features, inlcuding...
400Mhz processor, faster than some desktops!
CF and SD Slot
Word and Excel
NEVO (Explain later)
The main feature of this machine is its resemblance to windows XP. This makes it familiar, and if you download SBP Pocket Plus (Pay for sadly) It has a better home view screen and quick change themes. Everything normally associatedwith windows in the list is the same, but cut down and in pocket versions!
Nevo is a remote control program, that comes with other pocket pc's. It can control any appliance that has a remote control associated with it, and is handy for when you're settled infront of the tv with a beer and a pizza and realise the controls out of arms reach.
There are mountains of accesories avaliable for it, and I reccomend getting the screen protectors and metal case, as these help save the screen.
I bought a wireless SD card for it, and succesfully got through to the internet on the glasgow express from Kings x and had 7 hours browsing before the battery needed charging, although the one problem with the internet is that the sites require lots of scrolling to view on the small screen, but this is only a small problem. Google do a PPC search engine, which pops up when you open it up.
With the 2210, you get the desk cradle, which if, like me you like your desk to look proffesional and clean, it cant be beat. You also get Outlook 2000 with it, although it may have been updated since i bought mine (March 04)
All in all, I would highly reccomend it from personal use, and I am starting to use it proffesionally at work too, loading stock lists on and ticking if we have the amount of stock etc. Works well
The hp 2210 pocket PC comes with stacks of software already loaded including pocket versions of Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, Appointment manager, contacts list, notepad, calculator, Active Sync, backup, Image viewer, messenger, Microsoft reader, Windows media player, Bluetooth manager and Nevo (universal remote control), Solitaire and Jawbreaker.
If the software application that you require is not already loaded onto your Pocket PC, I am sure that you can find a suitable program on the many supporting web sites. I have found Diet Plan software, Cricket and Golf scoring applications, Password managers, Navigation Software and even a travel mileage logger.
The 2210 is supplied with a rechargeable battery, USB cradle, mains charger, software CD and a protective case. A short printed user guide is included but most of the documentation is supplied in Adobe Acrobat format on the CD.
The Pocket PC has a power button, four hardware buttons and a directional joystick. The hardware buttons can be programmed to run any of the applications, but they default to calendar, contacts, inbox and itask.
Data is input into the device using a stylus on the touch sensitive LCD. You can input in four different modes Block Recogniser you write characters and numbers in different areas of a sub screen; keyboard you get a keyboard layout on the screen and tap the keys with the stylus to type - I find this the easiest to use as it does not rely on the character recognition (may be its just my bad handwriting!); letter recogniser similar to block recogniser; transcriber write anywhere on the screen and the computer will recognise what you are writing,
The microphone is ideal for recording short memos. Simply open up Notepad and select the tape icon. Press the record button and then talk. To play the recoding back press the play button. The speaker volume can easily be adjusted with the loudest settings loud enough to hear from several meters away.
I have not used the Bluetooth interface as I have not got any other devices that support this. In theory it would be ideal for communicating with laptops and mobile phones.
The built in memory is easily expandable using a combination of SD memory cards and compact flash cards. To use a memory card simply plug it in the relevant slot and then when you use the File Explorer you can select the external memory. I have a 256 M-byte SD card containing map data for my navigation software and use compact flash for additional file storage. If you use a digital camera with one of these memory cards then you can simply plug the memory card into the slot and view a slide show of the pictures taken - it is a bigger display than you will get on most (all?) cameras and the battery lasts longer.
When the Pocket PC is plugged into the USB cradle connected to a PC Active Sync runs on both the Pocket PC and the computer to synchronise the data on both devices. During an Active Sync session the calendar, contacts, inbox and tasks are synchronised with Microsoft Outlook on the PC keeping everything up to date. When connected you can synchronise continuously, on connection only or manually. Active Sync is also used to load or remove programs to or from the Pocket PC. While connected you can list and copy the files on the Pocket PC from the desktop PC but you can not open them.
The display is crisp and gives a good clear picture. The brightness level for the display can be programmed so that it is clearly visible in all light conditions including full sun light. I find it difficult to judge the battery life as my unit is frequently plugged into the USB cradle or used with the navigation software in my car which requires the unit to be plugged into the cigarette lighter, but I have never had a warning that the battery is getting low.
To prevent the screen getting scratched from every day use I have purchased a flexible screen cover. This attaches to the screen with out using any adhesive. When the cover gets dirty I simply remove it, wash it under the tap and then when its dry put it back on. Always use a stylus never anything harder on the screen.
I have owned a string of PDAs (Casio, Palm...), but this is the most outstanding of them all. Check the specification out: 400MHz CPU, 64 MB RAM, dazzling colour TFT screen, integrated Infra-Red and Bluetooth connectivity, Universal Remote Control (yes, you can even control your TV, video and DVD player with it!), all operating on Microsoft's Mobile 2003 OS so you get good audio and video capabilities too. Integration/Synchronization with (and backup to) the PC is easy, thanks to MS ActiveSync. It is one of the few PDAs to offer both Compact Flash and Secure Digital expansion slots, and there is a wide range of accessories - everything from a Wireless Keyboard (by Targus at www.targus.com/UK) to a 5 GB storage card. Of course, there is a huge range of software (try www.handango.com/home.jsp) with which to take advantage of it, and lots of add-on hardware/accessories (try www.pdamods.co.uk). You can also get hold of lots of free software, including eBooks. On the other side, I am an experienced PDA user so I am used to 'feeling' my way around the device's capabilities. The documentation that came with the device is somewhat lacking, but support from HP has been excellent. I should also recommend that anyone thinking of purchasing an iPAQ2210 also purchase additional memory in the form of a Compact Flash card. 256MB will only set you back about £40 and will give plenty of storage capacity. The iPAQ h2210 is a class-beater. For £370 (including VAT), nothing compares to it.