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Acer N30

Boasting wireless convenience and abundant functionality housed in a slim and sophisticated chassis, the Acer n30 Handheld enhances work efficiency an...

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Review of "Acer N30"

published 03/02/2006 | robotii
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"Acer's Wireless Wonder"

At first glance the Acer n30 looks the part, with a slick body casing, and the new Windows Mobile software 2003SE. However, given that this has been dubbed the "wireless wonder" by Acer, there are several annoying omissions.

The first of these is the lack of built-in wifi support. To use a wireless connection, you will need to purchase an SDIO card which has this functionality. Having said that the n30 seems to play well with most of the SD cards out there, and has enough battery power to last the course with wireless addons.

The second annoyance is that a lot of USB devices, which support the mass storage option do not work with this device. This is due in part to the poor usb support in Windows mobile 2003SE, which does not seem to support any but the most simple devices. Other devices require drivers, which will probably not be available for Windows Mobile.

Thirdly, the amount of memory the device has is small and, whilst it can be expanded by SD card addons, it cannot be used simultaneously with the wireless connection, which would make this device a real winner. Added to this, the device is sometimes slow to respond to user input, even with no programs running, and it takes a while to do a soft reset.

Finally, the quality of the build is poor, so that subjecting the n30 to any slight knocks or bashes will quickly disintegrate the casing. Whilst the unit still functions perfectly, the look of the case is that of a second hand unit very quickly.

On the up side, the functionality of the applications is excellent, and there were no problems syncing to a desktop machine. Everything just worked out of the box. I was able to quickly master the various PIM functionality within the ROM and if that is not enough power for you, you can buy more advanced applications and put them onto the machine with no problems.

The look of the Acer n30 is very slick and professional, although as I have mentioned the casing is easy -- too easy in fact -- to damage.

Overall, I would say that the Acer n30 is a good bet for someone looking for a cheap pda, that will do the basic PIM functions, and if they are willing to treat it with respect it will last a long time.

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Product Information : Acer N30

Manufacturer's product description

Boasting wireless convenience and abundant functionality housed in a slim and sophisticated chassis, the Acer n30 Handheld enhances work efficiency and provides value-added applications. With a high-brightness LCD screen providing crystal clear images, the n30 offers ultimate mobility while allowing you plenty of room to expand via its SD/MMC slot. Feather-light and exclusive, the Acer n30 places absolute power in the palm of your hand!

Product Details

Product Description: Acer n30 - handheld - Windows Mobile 2003 SE - 3.5", Acer n30 - handheld - Windows Mobile 2003 Premium - 3.5", Acer n30 - handheld - Windows Mobile 2003 Premium - 256 MB - 3.5", Acer n30 - GPS Bundle - handheld - Windows Mobile 2003 Premium - 256 MB - 3.5"

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2003 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2003 Premium

Display: 3.5" colour TFT - 240 x 320

Processor: Samsung S3C2410

Processor Clock Speed: 266 MHz

RAM: 64 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth

Battery Run Time: Up to 8 hours

Dimensions (WxDxH): 7.1 cm x 1.3 cm x 11.8 cm

Weight: 130 g

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, English, Europe, French

Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty

Location: GPS

Storage: 256 MB SD Memory Card

General

MPN: CP.N310H.005, CP.N310H.006, CP.N300H.005, CP.N310H.043, CP.N300H.025, CP.N300H.001, CP.N310H.001

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2003 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2003 Premium

Display

Type: 3.5" colour TFT ( transflective )

Resolution: 240 x 320

Colour Depth: 16-bit (64k colours)

Processor

Processor: Samsung S3C2410

Processor Clock Speed: 266 MHz

Memory

RAM: 64 MB - SDRAM

ROM: 32 MB - Flash

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

Compatibility: SDIO

Storage: 256 MB SD Memory Card

Communications

Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth

Multimedia

Audio: Microphone , speaker

Input Device

Type: Touch-screen, Touch-screen, wheel

Software

Preloaded Software: Backup/Restore Utility, Calculator, File Explorer, Pocket Internet Explorer, Solitaire, Microsoft Pocket Excel, Microsoft Pocket Outlook, Microsoft Pocket Word, MSN Messenger, Adobe Acrobat Reader for Pocket PC, Jawbreaker, Microsoft ActiveSync 3.7, Windows Media Player 9.0 for Pocket PC, Pictures, Microsoft Reader 2.0 for Pocket PC, Microsoft ActiveSync 3.7.1

Expansion and Connectivity

Expansion Slots: 1 x SD Memory Card

Interfaces: 1 x USB ¦ 1

Battery

Technology: Lithium Ion, Lithium polymer

Capacity: 1000 mAh

Run Time: Up to 8 hours

Recharge Time: 2.5 hour(s), 3 hour(s)

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Power adapter , stylus

Cables Included: 1 x USB cable

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, English, Europe, French

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 7.1 cm

Depth: 1.3 cm

Height: 11.8 cm

Weight: 130 g

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 2 years - pick-up and return, Limited warranty - 2 years

Location

Software Included: Destinator 3, PowerLOC Destinator 3

Receiver: GPS

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