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... The good thing that HP/Compaq have done with their pda's is to make accesories that will work with their older pda's as well as the new models. This means there is plenty of goodies out there and if you upgrade in a year or two you don't need to replace all the accesories you bought for ... Read review

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Community Level 1swindellsk


Compaq ipaq 3870

AdvantagesGreat build quality. good range of accesories

DisadvantagesBattery life not great and battery built into unit

"I have had my ipaq since early august. The pda has proved to be reliable and very useful. I use it on a daily basis and have yet to find any real problems. The ipaq has one of the best screens of any pda and has 64mb of memory. You get pocket pc versions of most of the usual microsoft programs. Beware that you know that these are not the same as the microsoft aplications on the pc. They are cut down versions and although you can exchange data between ..." Read review

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Community Level 1docbrian


Long term useage - gets my 'thumbs up'

AdvantagesA pc in the pocket

Disadvantagesscreen difficult to see in bright sunshine

"...new, certainly HP, who own Compaq , no longer have it listed to purchase as new in their online shop. (the 38xx series has been replaced by the 39xx) but many are available on eBay and similar, some with extras, usually around £200 mark. ..." Read review

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Community Level 1GillTaylor


I've never been so organised!

AdvantagesDoes everything you need it to

DisadvantagesNightmare to set up Bluetooth dial-up (not necessarily a fault of the iPaq though)

"...hardware providers (in my case Compaq and Nokia). However, thanks to a very helpful man on the data team at O2, I managed to get the two connected after about an hour and three atempts at different settings. If you're having problems, persevere - it's well worth it. The Inbox is great as you can set up your POP3 settings and get email very quickly - but the Internet access is alot slower and I'd only use that in an emergency. The battery is ..." Read review

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Great PDA for the price of a calculator

AdvantagesA portable GPS for the price of a calculator.

DisadvantagesSlow compared to the latest PDA's

"Ive had my trusty IPAQ 3870, for almost 2 years now. At the time I paid £200 for it and now I see you can get them for about £40. Its a great little machine. Its got Bluetooth, Infrared, a voice recorder, notebook, address book, calculator etc etc. The best use that I have is as a Satellite navigation device. I hook it up in the car, connect it to a sat receiver (approx £30) and run some software called "Destinator" and it tells me where to go. ..." Read review

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Community Level 1craftycart...


Good all round PDA.

AdvantagesReasonably Light, Ergonomic, Easy to set up and use.

DisadvantagesScreen can be hard to see in direct sunlight and smallish memory to start with.

"My main use for the PDA is as a portable PC, laptops aren't all that easy to carry around and just not as easy as putting a PDA in your pocket or clipping it onto your belt. The iPaq is a good all round PDA, it has all the software you need and any extra software is easily found and simply installed. I know this is an older PDA now, but it has a good system, runs very fast and is very simple to set up and use. The number of accessories that are ..." Read review

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Manufacturer's product description

You want to do more with life? The iPAQ Pocket PC H3870 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. TFT screen, increased battery life, the fast processor - all in a sleek, award-winning design - the H3870 is slim and powerful. Integrated Bluetooth is provided for wireless link to Bluetooth phones, printers, and PCs. The H3870 is expandable and it includes industry-leading handheld capabilities for enterprise - ultra-mobile presentation tools, Voice Command and Control, iPAQ File Store, data encryption tool, Java virtual machine, and Pocket PC 2002.


MPN 230398-031, 230398-021, 230398-041, 230398-001, 230398-031,217883-021, 230398-051
Product Type Handheld
Operating System Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2002


Type 3.8" colour TFT ( transflective )
Resolution 240 x 320
Colour Depth 16-bit (64k colours)
Pixel Pitch 0.24 mm


Processor Intel SA-1110
Processor Clock Speed 206 MHz


ROM 32 MB - Flash
Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card


Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth
Supported Digital Audio Formats MP3

Input device

Type Touch-screen


Preloaded Software Clock, Calculator, Notes, Voice Recorder, Asset Viewer, Calendar, Contacts, File Explorer, Inbox, Microsoft Reader for ebooks and audio books, Picture Viewer, QMenu, QStart, QUtilites, Solitaire, Tasks, Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer 5.0, Reference Guide, Pocket Asset Manager, Virtual Tour, Microsoft Outlook 2000, Microsoft Transcriber, Windows Media Manager, Microsoft Pocket Streets, Microsoft Pocket Excel, Microsoft Pocket Word, Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer, AudiblePlayer, AudibleManager, Ilium eWallet, Microsoft Money, VPN Client, Server Sync Client, Infrared Beaming, ActiveSync 3.5

System requirements for pc connection

OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP

Expansion and connectivity

Expansion Slots 1 x SD Memory Card
Interfaces 1 ¦ 1 ¦ 1 x headphones
Connectivity Devices Docking cradle, Docking cradle & battery charger


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


Technology Lithium polymer
Run Time Up to 10 hours


Colour Silver
Included Accessories Power adapter , stylus
Localisation English / Singapore, United Kingdom
Compliant Standards FCC Class B certified

Dimensions & weight

Width 8.4 cm, 8.3 cm
Depth 1.6 cm
Height 13 cm, 13.3 cm, 13.4 cm
Weight 190 g, 0.2 kg, 180 g

Manufacturer warranty

Service & Support Details Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - carry-in, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 2 years - carry-in, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - on-site, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - pick-up and return

Environmental parameters

Min Operating Temperature 0 °C
Max Operating Temperature 40 °C
Humidity Range Operating 20 - 90%, 10 - 90%
Min Storage Temperature -20 °C
Max Storage Temperature 60 °C
Humidity Range Storage 20 - 90%, 10 - 90%
Max Altitude Operating 4.6 km


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