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HP Jornada 568

Meetings, appointments, projects, and deadlines - sometimes it is hard to keep it all together. Organizing is not the issue - it is about doing more o...

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Review of "HP Jornada 568"

published 08/03/2002 | brianbarnes
Member since : 11/03/2001
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Pro All the feel of Windows in a pocket size ditty
Cons Just a little bit pricey at the moment
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"I've got a new toy"

For the benefit of this review I will assume that you've seen a Jornada (or a picture of) and thought "cool, I wonder what it can do." I've had mine over a week now and trust me, it's not cool! It's waay cool!!

Firstly, I have to tell you I am writing this entire review on my HP Jornada 568. Hopefully this introductory statement will go part the way to explaining it's incredible flexibility. You see, if you are used to spending half your life in the Microsoft Windows environment you will be right at home here.

But what is it? Technically speaking it's a PDA (if you don't know what a PDA is then you probably won't be buying this little number anyway), but it does a whole lot more than just handle personal data, depending on what you class as data of a personal nature. Generally I tend to think of this as telephone numbers, addresses and birthdays. Clearly this is not the case as you would need to be related to half of London to fill the 64 megs of RAM onboard the 568.

At this point you may be a little worried. Yes, unless you invest in a Compact Flash card for extra additional memory all of your workings will be saved in RAM. But you need fret not. In a way the Jornada is always switched on. There's this little power button on the front left which, well, activates the handheld. When not switched on everything is stored safely until you power up again.

Here's the neat bit. Remember I said the HP Jornada was a windows environment. Well get this. There's no boot or shut down sequence. That's right. Switch the machine of in the middle of something important and you will lose absolutely nothing. What's more, you won't have to wait an age for scandisk to run. There is no disc to scan!

This is Windows without the negatives, and that has to be good.

I'm writing this on Pocket Word. Essentially it's the same as Word but with the advanced features switched off. You've got a few basic fonts, bold italic, underline, left, right and centre align, bullets, cut, copy, paste, paragraph, find, replace, various zooms (75 to 300 percent), spell check and word count, as well as a few other machine based commands.
Input is fairly straightforward if a little slower than a regular four fingered typist (i.e.. me). There are a number of ways to write with a special stylus pen (provided and stored in it's own natty internal holder so you really shouldn't be able to lose it) directly onto the screen. Even with my shabby handwriting (just ask ciao member and work colleague "dchurch") the recognition software is pretty accurate. If you prefer to type there's a keypad on the touchscreen. If you really prefer there's a foldaway keyboard available (at a cost) but it really isn't necessary.

Then there's Pocket Excel. No surprises here. It's a watered down version of the full program, but more than operational for playing with spreadsheets on the run.

The there's basically Outlook in your back pocket. I write most of my emails away from the PC now. The search engine on the address book helps me find pizza places at the touch of a button (literally).

The biggest surprise for me is how the calendar is actually changing my life. I can set the Jornada to remind me tomorrow's my Mum's birthday, something I want to watch is about to start on the telly, and any anniversaries are automatically dealt with (except for writing in the card).

And there's so much more.

When your not working you can play MP3 files (software is provided with the Jornada for converting your CDs into MP3), view family photos or any other pictures with the image viewer or play a game (there are plenty out there, but solitaire comes free).
You can record an audio note to yourself, doodle or even view a mini movie on Windows Media Player.

At the end of the day you simply sit the 568 in it's cradle where it will recharge (there's more than plenty life in the battery to see you through the day) and synchronise with your PC (that's upload and download any changes).

Was it worth the £459 I reluctantly paid Dixon's (plus £110 warrantee, recommended just incase you drop it or it gets stolen).

Oh, yes!

I've had no major problems with the machine and don't foresee any. HP clearly know the future is in Pocket PC (and not the glorious Palm OS system) and have built a marvellous toy (sorry, work tool).

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  • dchurch published 16/03/2002
    A great op Brian and so honest.....your handwriting can be THAT bad! You still won't persuade me to part with that kind of money....not unless I'm due a payrise.....lol.
  • sparkydog published 08/03/2002
    Absolutely superb op- I'd never thought if it being a Windows enviroment without some of the traditional desktop Windows problems! Great insights and observations, you've made me want one! Superb.
  • alflavor published 08/03/2002
    Excellent op, Cheers, Al
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Product Information : HP Jornada 568

Manufacturer's product description

Meetings, appointments, projects, and deadlines - sometimes it is hard to keep it all together. Organizing is not the issue - it is about doing more on the go. The HP Jornada 560 series color personal digital assistant has everything you need to gracefully juggle the details, and have fun doing it. The vibrant, reflective, 16-bit color display gives you a clear view indoors and out. Now you can work longer with up to 14 hours of battery life from the standard removable battery pack. With enough memory and fast StrongArm processor, you have all the room you need to load applications and store your contacts. Work with mobile versions of Microsoft programs you use the most - Pocket PC versions of Outlook, Word, and Excel. Browse the Web, check e-mail, or connect with other PDAs, PCs, and more. Synchronize with your desktop PC at the touch of a button. Then carry and access your contacts, tasks, calendars, and memos.

Product Details

Product Description: HP Jornada 568 - handheld - Windows Mobile 2002 - 3.5", HP Jornada 568 - handheld - Windows Mobile 2002, HP Jornada 568 - handheld - Pocket PC - 3.5"

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2002, Microsoft Pocket PC

Display: 3.5" colour TFT - 240 x 320, Colour TFT - 240 x 320

Processor: Intel SA-1110, Intel

Processor Clock Speed: 206 MHz

RAM: 64 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: CompactFlash (type I)

Battery Run Time: Up to 14 hours

Dimensions (WxDxH): 7.6 cm x 1.7 cm x 13.2 cm, 7.7 cm x 1.7 cm x 13.2 cm

Weight: 173 g, 0.2 kg

Colour: Grey, silver

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, English / United States, German / Germany, English / Europe, French / France

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified

Battery: CR2032


MPN: F2915A#ABU, F2915A#ABA, F4359A#ABD, F2969A#ABD, F2966A#ABD, F2915A#ABD, F2915A, F2966A#ABU, F2969A#ABU, F2969A, F2966A, F2915A#ABB, F2966A#ABB, F2969A#ABB, F4359A#ABU, F4359A#ABB, F2915A#ABF, F2966A#ABF

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2002, Microsoft Pocket PC


Type: 3.5" colour TFT, Colour TFT

Resolution: 240 x 320

Colour Depth: 16-bit (64k colours)

Pixel Pitch: 0.22 mm


Processor: Intel SA-1110, Intel

Processor Clock Speed: 206 MHz


RAM: 64 MB - SDRAM, 64 MB

ROM: 32 MB - Flash, 32 MB - ROM

Supported Flash Memory Cards: CompactFlash (type I)


Audio: Microphone , speaker

Supported Digital Audio Formats: MP3, WMA

Input Device

Type: Touch-screen, 4-way cross keypad

Keys Qty: 4


Preloaded Software: Calculator, Voice Recorder, Microsoft Reader for ebooks and audio books, Solitaire, Windows Media Player, LandWare OmniSolve 1.01, Microsoft Transcriber, AudibleManager 3.0, AudiblePlayer 2.0, MusicMatch Jukebox 6, PhatWare HPC Notes 3.0 Professional Edition (Trial), Microsoft Pocket Excel, Microsoft Pocket Outlook, Microsoft Pocket Word, Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer, Notetaker, ActiveSync, MSN Messenger, DeveloperOne CodeWallet Pro, DeveloperOne AccessPanel Platinum

System Requirements for PC Connection

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

Expansion and Connectivity

Expansion Slots: 1 x CompactFlash Card - type I

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

Connectivity Devices: Docking cradle, Docking cradle & battery charger


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


Technology: Lithium polymer, Lithium polymer - CR2032

Run Time: Up to 14 hours

Installed Qty (Max Supported): 2 (installed) / 2 (max)

Recharge Time: 3.5 hour(s)


Colour: Grey, silver

Included Accessories: Power adapter , stylus

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, English / United States, German / Germany, English / Europe, French / France

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 7.6 cm, 7.7 cm

Depth: 1.7 cm

Height: 13.2 cm

Weight: 173 g, 0.2 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - carry-in, Limited warranty - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 0 - 90%

Min Storage Temperature: 0 °C

Max Storage Temperature: 55 °C, 60 °C, 50 °C


Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes


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