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When I first saw the HP iPAQ rx5935 Travel Companion, I thought it resembled a GPS navigation gadget rather than a Pocket PC. This was due to the landscape orientation of the front panel, which is quite unusual. Only on closer inspection did I realise that the iPAQ actually offers much, much more and that the shiny silver body creates a false impression about the devices true nature.
The unusual aesthetics make the device appear larger than it actually is but with dimensions of 120.5 x 76 x 16.5 millimetres and a weight of 170 grams, the device will fit into any pocket. Controls are located on the front panel as well as on the sides of the device. The front panel hosts a four-directional control and two buttons that are supposed to facilitate comfortable stylus-free operation. Five more buttons are to be found on the sides. Four of them on the left side can be assigned two actions (for a long and short press).
A very strong point is this products 2GB memory, yes 2GB! The display is another surprise. The diagonal of 3.5 inch, 16-bit colour depth, resolution of 320x240 pixels and touch layer are all standard parameters. Unusual is its unbelievable brightness with snow-white backlight, an anti-reflexive coating for better readability in bright light, and before all, the option to rotate the display to all four directions. Whereas other Pocket PCs make it possible to use the display in the portrait mode and turn it 90 clockwise or anticlockwise, this iPAQ can turn the screen also upside down.
In summary, HP designers once again proved their competence. The HP iPAQ rx5935 is an excellent navigator and its other functions make it a capable PDA. 2 GB of integrated memory is a definite strongpoint. The overall performance is perfectly balanced, and details such as configuration applets, quality of assembly etc., are at a high level, as is the standard in iPAQs.