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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?**
Mains adaptor with European converters
USB sync and charge cable
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.
The versatile HP iPAQ hx2100 series Pocket PC allows you to maximize personal productivity through the use of Email, Calendar, and Contacts. It comes equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology to allow you cable-free connections to other devices with Bluetooth technology such as printers or phones.