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The HP iPAQ 214 Enterprise Handheld is an advanced piece of kit which you can comfortably take with you anywhere you go, almost like a mini laptop! It actually runs on a 624MHz processor, I remember my first ever PC which was 133MHz, that really does put things in perspective.
The design is very sophisticated with a nice 4 inch TFT touch screen display which is an improvement from HP's previous iPAQ's. It has many I/O for headphones, microphone, voice record and a USB port. So while using this iPAQ you can enjoy using Microsoft Office Mobile and all its applications including Outlook which can be synchronized very easily via the USB or Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to access the internet and your e-mail quickly while on the go, providing your in a Wi-Fi hotspot. Wi-Fi is becoming a much needed and extremely helpful technology in almost every mobile gadget available and are located almost everywhere, from airports to hotels and cafes. So it makes it easy to connect virtually anywhere. The Bluetooth on this device is also useful as there are no wires around or in your way. You simply connect any peripheral such as a Bluetooth enables headset or even a keyboard to the iPAQ. This is relatively new on the iPAQ using HP Smart connector which enables this unique business solution.
Features and specification from box:
- Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6 Classic - Processor: Marvell PXA310 Processor 624 MHz - Memory: 128 MB SDRAM main memory for running applications, 256 MB flash ROM - Software: Outlook® Mobile (Calender, Contacts, Messaging, Tasks), Office Mobile (Word Mobile, Excel® Mobile, Powerpoint® Mobile), Internet Explorer® Mobile, Windows Media® Player 10 Mobile, Games, Calculator, Audio Recorder, File Manager, MSN Messenger HP exclusive applications: HP iPAQ Help and Support, HP iPAQ QuickStart Tour, HP iPAQ Setup Assistant, Certificate Enroller, Asset Viewer, iPAQ Wireless Manager, HP Photosmart Mobile, Bluetooth® Manager, Today Panel Lite, HP Enterprise Mobility Agent, HP Mobile Print - Dimensions (w x d x h): 7.6 x 1.6 x 12.6 cm - Display: 4" transflective TFT, 260K colours, 640 x 480 pixel touch panel display with LED backlight - Integrated Wireless: Integrated WLAN 802.11b/g, Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR - Messaging: Phone Dialer application, SMS support, MMS composer, Microsoft Outlook Push eMail, Pull eMail via ActiveSync, HP Voice Reply, Predictive Text tool, Microsoft Live Messenger - Expansion Slots: SDIO and CF card slots - Multimedia: HP Photosmart Mobile Software, Windows Media® Player 10 Mobile - Power: Battery: removable/rechargeable 2200 mAh Lithium-Ion (user changeable) AC Power - AC Input: 100~240 Vac, 50/60 Hz, AC Input current: 0.5 Aac max, Output Voltage: 5.2 Vdc (typical), Output current: 2 A (typical) - Pointing device: Touch Screen and Stylus - Audio: Integrated microphone, receiver, 2 speakers and one 3.5 mm 4 pin stereo headphone jack - Warranty: 1 year pick-up and return service, 90 days technical support for softwares, may vary by region
What's in the box? Removable/rechargeable Lithium-Ion 2200 mAh battery, AC Adapter with 1.83 m (6 ft) power cord, 1 smart connector synchronization/charge cable, stylus, slip case, HP iPAQ Companion CD, documentation kit
- Design features: 9-way navigation with press to activate, 4 programmable keys, voice recorder, 1 power button, 1 reset button
- Security: HP Enterprise Mobility Agent
Overall I have been happy using the HP iPAQ 214 Enterprise Handheld. It's fast and effective but don't expect the same performance as your PC for obvious reasons. It is capable of performing the tasks I require and I haven't had any problems with it. I don't use it a lot but when I do I mainly use the applications and sometimes the internet via Wi-Fi. I have used a Bluetooth compatible keyboard with it, it is very strange as you are using the device as a monitor! But it does work well and if anything is an excellent gadget, and I love gadgets. My only concern would be the memory, it has 128MB main memory and 256MB flash. I would have perfered it had more main memory as that is were all the applications are installed, also you can install further applications if you wish, but with such a small amount of main memory you can only install so much. The iPAQ costs around £300.