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Good all round PDA.


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

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

Recommendable Yes:

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Robustness & DurabilityExcellent

Range of Extra FeaturesExcellent

Instruction manualVery useful

Manufacturer SupportExcellent

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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 available with an iPaq also make these PDA's a very good investment. You can easily make it into a Sat Nav system or get it hooked up to the net via a Wi-Fi pack. One of the best accessories though is the foldable plug in keyboard, which makes typing so much easier if you aren't a big fan of the touch pad system that all PDA's have.
The iPaq also seems to be pretty robust, the screen is yet to be scratched (after a good two months use) and I've dropped it on a few occassions (don't try this at home) but it doesn't appear to have done any damage, apart from a small chip in the paint.

My PDA came with Calculator, Word, Excel, Microsoft reader, Pictures, MSN, Solitaire, Jawbreaker. It also containers a Calendar (which is very useful for making reminders about appointments/meeting/birthdays), Task manager and can be synced with your PC's Outlook, and so can be used to read emails, store contacts info, etc. It also has an Infra-red beam that can be used to contect to PC's if they have infra-red capability. You can also download Acrobat Reader for free and so use it to read/store pdf files easily.

I got my PDA off Ebay for around £160, including a dock, all the cables, a leather case and a foldable keyboard.

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Soundsexciting 07.11.2005 22:57

This is a generic PDA review. Could do with information about what makes this PDA so special.

dakota196 07.11.2005 22:24

Hi! Could you say more about the features specific to this pda? And how much did you pay? Let me know in my guestbook if you write more and I'll change the rating :) Emma.

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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 p...


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)

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  2. zoobremia
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