Saturday, September 13, 2003

A PocketPC!

Quest for a color handheld continued...

The newest HP Jornado was well out of my price range. Then RadioShack had a special on the
Compaq iPaq 3765, payable over 12 months interest free! I did some research. This iPaq had
the latest and greatest Windows CE Operating system "PocketPC 2002". It also was touted as
having one of the brightest color screens on the market.

The specs were incredible:
64Mb of RAM
32Mb Flash ROM
206Mhz Intel StrongArm 32-bit RISC processor
Voice recorder
Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media player for MP3 or WMA
music files, File Explorer, Picture Viewer, Microsoft Reader, Microsoft Money 2002, Pocket
Streets, Pocket Outlook, AvantGo, Outlook 2002 and many more...

I could hardly wait to get it out of the box and charged up. The design was really cool,
with the stylus cleverly stored in the unit, released by pressing a button. In so many
ways it seemed superior to the Sony Clie. The iPaq File Store is an ingenious idea - 6Mb of
ROM to store important info or programs - which would survive a hard reset. The Block
character input mode was just like graffiti, so there was hardly any learning curve there.

The one thing it didn't have was a memory card slot, but I was able to buy an "expansion
pack" which would allow me to use Compact Flash cards. Unfortunately the Expansion sleeve
turned the sleek iPaq from a handheld to a chunky computer which needed a BIG pocket.

Reviews -
And a lengthy review on Overclockedcafe

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