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HP iPaq Pocket PC Hx2190b

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      26.08.2010 20:57
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      A frontrunner for it's time

      The HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx2190b is a bit old now, I owned it about five years ago, but back in the day it was a great little piece of kit.

      **What's in the box?**

      The iPAQ
      Mains adaptor with European converters
      Instruction manual
      Driver CDs
      USB sync and charge cable
      Leather case

      What you don't get, but probably should buy - some screen protectors, and at least 1GB of memory in the form of an SD card.


      Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium Edition
      Processor: PXA270 312 MHz
      RAM: 64 MB
      ROM: 192 MB
      Screen: 3.5" color TFT ( 240 x 320 )
      Connectivity: IrDA, Bluetooth


      The unit looks good, if a little chunky by today's standard, and the Lithium Ion battery lasts about 2 days, which is very good. The only vital missing element is either a SIM card slot or WiFi (or both) meaning you cannot use Skype, which is a shame. Nor does the unit have a camera. The iPAQ came out really before the advent of social networking - at the time, it was aimed at the business market rather than the casual user, and the applications available - pocket word, excel, powerpoint etc, all mirror that.

      It's a great little unit and I found it very useful by linking it via Bluetooth to my phone I was able to browse the mobile web using GPRS. By today's standards it's basic but it was a great way to keep in touch via email, SMS and MSN messenger.

      Today, with the advent of the iphone and other similar touch screen all singing all dancing mobile phones that connect you to the world in the touch of a button, the iPAQ is certainly defunct. But it was the making of those so called smartphones, and without PDAs, phones like the iphone and the Nokia N series probably would never have been developed.

      So whilst I can't recommend it in today's market, I can review it for the time it was made, and for that time, it was quite revolutionary. You can still pick them up very cheaply on Ebay and for emulated games, outlook and word on the go, they can still have their uses, but I'd look for a model with WiFi.

      A 4/5 on this for me, it was a great unit to own but it's not something I really miss now.


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