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You want to do more with life? The iPAQ Pocket PC H3950 is designed to ride along on the voyage of life - in your pocket or mounted to your mountain b...

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Review of "Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC H3950"

published 05/07/2006 | mightyd
Member since : 18/06/2006
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Excellent
Pro Great Transflective Screen and amazingly fast processor
Cons Over priced
very helpful
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"**Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC H3950**"

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This is a great handheld pocket PC and what's more, you can carry it around with you wherever you go. Just think of all of the things you can do with a compact computer at the palm of your hands. Write documents and notes when you need to, particularly great when organising your life to put it simpler. I mean, it's far better then a diary because if you're anything like me, you probably end up misplacing your diary and I wouldn't dare think of losing my pocket PC. You can easily access the internet from wherever you are, if you need to look up tube/train times at last minute, you can. If you perhaps want to just research something at a particular moment for example in a pub quiz - I'm not saying you should cheat at pub quizzes or anything - well they're easy anyway. But what's more, you can check your email regularly without having the hassle of turning on your home computer when you've got this simple handheld PC at your fingertips. If your cooking dinner and want to access the web, in the car and waiting for an urgent email, or whether that's typing up your homework for all you teens out there. Want to watch movies and listen to music? Well you can do that too! Just think of all the things that this awesome gadget could replace: no need to carry a diary, a pen or notebook, no need for an MP3 player or iPod, and no need to carry a laptop around with you everywhere, if you do. And how could I possibly forget, something virtually everybody uses, possibly even my Gran: MSN messenger - already comes bundled up with the rest of the software supplied with this cool pocket PC.

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THE DESIGN


Weighing 185 grams it's hardly heavy at all - I mean I've had digital camera weigh more than that. It's so handy to have and almost no trouble at all to carry around with you day after day- whether that's in your brief case, purse or pocket. This handheld PC has a silver case and a dark plastic bulge at the top of the screen that houses the speaker and the SD card slot which is the Secure Digital card slot. One of its best features in my opinion has to be the transflective screen which basically means that it has a back light for use indoors and outdoors. The screen in fact measures out to be 2.26 inches by 3.02 inches which is quite big but more of a sensible size and is small enough to fit in your pocket still. The LCD screen is much brighter and has more contrast in my opinion, and has a great vivid and vibrant colour range than other previous models and in fact models of competitor companies such as Toshiba.

HP have certainly created a great design for this device and it is a similar shape to the previous models of the iPAQs, therefore the existing sleeves and accessories available are also suited perfectly for this pocket PC as well as all the others. So buying this pocket PC may be simply an upgrade to your previous, so make sure you don't throw away any accessories you may have if you are going to buy this.

This pocket PC comes with a fairly compact adapter and another advantage of this is that you are able to charge your iPAQ whilst on the road by simply attaching a small dongle to the end of the power chord.

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THE SPECIFICATIONS


General
.........................................Maximum RAM (Random Access Memory) is 64

Memory
.........................................Installed RAM 64 MB

Processor
.........................................Processor type is Intel PXA250 (XScale)
.........................................Processor speed is 400 MHz

The XScale processor is amazing as it is really quite fast for a pocket PC, especially because most other iPAQs have a processor speed of 206 MHz which is almost half the speed of this H3950. And above, for those new users out there, RAM is more to do with the temporary memory of the PC: how many programs and applications it can deal with at once and so on.

Physical
.........................................Dimensions are (WxDxH) 8.38 x 13.46 x 1.57 cm
.........................................Weight is 184 g


Display
.........................................Display size 3.8 in.
.........................................Display type transflective TFT
.........................................Display resolution (pixels) 240 x 320
.........................................Display colour depth 16 bits
.........................................Backlit display


Expansion
.........................................Expansion slot(s) yes SD/MMC

As previously mentioned, I don't think weight is an issue at all really because 184 grams is hardly anything at all. The dimensions of this PC make it suitable for almost any pocket, especially those suit jacket pockets. And 1.5cm thickness is incredibly thin- I think this iPAQ must have had some sort of influence from the iPod nano with its incredibly thin body. The screen is awesome and big enough, as well as convenient being transflective as explained previously with its backlight feature.

Connectivity
.........................................Docking cradle yes
......................................... Docking connection USB
.........................................Synchronisation cable optional
.........................................Cable connection USB or serial
.........................................Infrared - it can connect via
.........................................It Supports Infra Red synchronisation

Easily connects to your computer or laptop or almost any other device. And its great Infra Red, which is also found on a lot of laptops, and can also be bought as a USB adaptor, makes transferring files to and from this pocket PC so much easier and manageable.


Audio
.........................................Microphone
.........................................Speaker
.........................................Headphone jack


Power
.........................................Battery type lithium polymer
.........................................Claimed battery life is up to 14 hours

The microphone in my opinion is great for recording notes and reminders in my opinion and things you have left to do - almost like a "to do list" but not written down. The speaker simply does what any other speaker does and that is play sounds, whether that's game sounds, songs, or playback of your recorded voice. Maybe you want to send voice clips via the internet- almost like a proper live conversation. Its battery life is great - no doubt that it will easily last you a full day as it does me.

Software
.........................................Operating system Pocket PC 2002
.........................................OS upgradeability via Flash ROM (32MB)
.........................................Handwriting recognition software

Bundled applications
.........................................Pocket Outlook (Inbox, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes)
......................................... Pocket Word
.........................................Pocket Excel
.........................................File Explorer
.........................................Pocket Internet Explorer
.........................................Terminal Services Client
.........................................VPN Client
.........................................Server Sync Client
.........................................MSN Messenger
.........................................Microsoft Reader
.........................................Calculator
.........................................Windows Media Player
.........................................Voice Recorder
.........................................Solitaire

Extra applications
.........................................Nevo
.........................................iPAQ File Store
.........................................iPAQ Backup Ultility
.........................................Synchronisation software ActiveSync
.........................................Desktop software Outlook
.........................................Host system requirements PC with Windows 98/ 98SE/ME/2000/XP

These set of applications are fantastic. You just have to agree, you would never think you could get so much onto a pocket PC. I was amazed before I bought this one - well it was given to me which is the advantage because the disadvantage about this pocket PC is that it is on the market for quite a lot, yet, makes you want to buy it because of all its features.


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THE FEATURES


Well I think I've said quite enough about the features in the specification above but let me just outline a few points which you should really remember if you are considering buying this Pocket PC:

Remember that it has an astounding 400MHz processor along with 64MB of RAM and 32MB of ROM (Read only memory). In my personal experience, the faster speed gives better playback of videos and applications run much better than other Pocket PCs I've tried using. There is a SD/MMC card expansion slot however; there is no Compact Flash slot is available which a disadvantage. The applications are great and one in particular, Nevo, appears to be quite useful because you can change your Pocket PC to be a remote control for your home entertainment system because of its infra red connectivity.

The transflective screen is by far one of the best features capable of displaying 65,536 colours at a 320 by 240 pixel resolution. The colours are so much vivid and deeper and more life-like than other handhelds I've seen.


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PRICE


It's a great Pocket PC this one but it ahs too be said that the main disadvantage is that it is overpriced. The lowest I've seen this priced at is £249.99 and that is from Amazon. This is probably a big issue but I still highly recommend it although maybe you want a cheaper Pocket PC but remember you may not get the same standard of quality.


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Thanks for reading my review and hope you can rate it well and leave positive feedback. I would be most appreciated if you could have a look at some of my other recent reviews as well. Thank you.


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  • um17 published 12/07/2006
    i need one of these
  • dazmufc published 09/07/2006
    I`ve always been impressed by Compaq gear. Good review -DAZ-
  • lostsworld published 06/07/2006
    although i wouldn't buy one of these, it is a very good review of it.
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Product Information : Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC H3950

Manufacturer's product description

You want to do more with life? The iPAQ Pocket PC H3950 is designed to ride along on the voyage of life - in your pocket or mounted to your mountain bike. It is not much bigger than a calculator and comes standard with applications like Microsoft Pocket Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player. Its dazzling display delivers high contrast and optimal color saturation for crisper images and clearer text. 400MHz Intel XScale processor accelerates multimedia and security applications. Also, it has the integrated universal remote control for entertainment systems.

Product Details

Product Description: Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC H3950 - handheld - Windows Mobile 2002 - 3.8"

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2002

Display: 3.8" colour TFT - 240 x 320

Processor: Intel XScale PXA250

Processor Clock Speed: 400 MHz

RAM: 64 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card

Battery Run Time: Up to 14 hours

Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.4 cm x 1.6 cm x 13.4 cm

Weight: 184 g

Localisation: United Kingdom, German / Germany, English / Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, French / France, Italian / Italy, Spanish / Spain, English / United States

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty, 2 years warranty

General

MPN: 269808-031, 269808-041, 269808-021, 269808-051, 269808-061, 269808-071, 269808-001

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2002

Display

Type: 3.8" colour TFT ( transflective )

Resolution: 240 x 320

Colour Depth: 16-bit (64k colours)

Pixel Pitch: 0.24 mm

Processor

Processor: Intel XScale PXA250

Processor Clock Speed: 400 MHz

Memory

RAM: 64 MB - SDRAM

ROM: 32 MB - Flash

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card

Multimedia

Audio: Microphone , speaker

Supported Digital Audio Formats: MP3

Input Device

Type: Touch-screen, 5-way joystick

Keys Qty: 5

Software

Preloaded Software: Clock, Calculator, Notes, Voice Recorder, Calendar, Contacts, File Explorer, Inbox, Microsoft Reader for ebooks and audio books, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Pocket Word, Solitaire, Tasks, Backup, Memory, Spell Checker, MSN Messenger, VPN Client, Terminal Services Client, iPAQ Task Manager, Infrared Beaming, Microsoft Outlook 2002, Quick View Plus, ActiveSync 3.5, Windows Media Player 8.0 for Pocket PC, Jeode Java Virtual Machine, iPresenter PowerPoint Converter, Utilities, Peacemaker Professional, Image Viewer, Margi Presenter-to-Go (Trial), Xcellenet Device Management Agent (Trial)

Expansion and Connectivity

Expansion Slots: 1 x SD Memory Card

Interfaces: 1 ¦ 1 ¦ 1 x headphones ¦ 1 x serial RS-232

Connectivity Devices: Docking cradle

Power

Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz ), AC 120/230 V ( 50 - 60 Hz )

Battery

Technology: Lithium polymer

Run Time: Up to 14 hours

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Power adapter , stylus

Compliant Standards: FCC Class B certified, VCCI, C-Tick

Localisation: United Kingdom, German / Germany, English / Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, French / France, Italian / Italy, Spanish / Spain, English / United States

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 8.4 cm

Depth: 1.6 cm

Height: 13.4 cm

Weight: 184 g

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - carry-in ¦ Technical support - phone consulting - 3 months

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%

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