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Working in the job I do, I've had a fair amount of handheld PC's, from the very first Ipaq's, new ipaq's, Palm T3's Palm T5's. Palms so old I've no idea what they are.
After using the palms i swore I'd never use another ipaq again. They were big, clunky, and the major problem was that the battery was always rubbish!
Then I saw the 4700. (Being nerdy like i am, I thought I'd have to try it!)
From turning this on, I was blown away! The first thing that grabs your attention is the screen! After using a Palm it sems massive! The colours are bright and crisp, and the brightness adjusts quite well to the brightness of the room.
The second thing you notice is the screen! (OK, I'll move on from the screen!)
As with the other Ipaqs, they use Active Sync to connect through to the PC. This, as always is very intuative, and very simple to use. It can link via the docking station supplied, or via IR. I think it can also link via things like bluetooth, but I'm not 100% as I've never tried.
The IPaq comes with all the standard software installed. All the office stuff, IE, a couple of games, media player. Other software is easy enough to find, and most is reasonable priced. HP put a voucher in the box for credits on their web site. These credits let you choose what softwrae you would like. This is great as it means you can pick what you will use, not what some guy in a suit thinks is cheap!
The unit is increadable well built. It uses some kind of metal alloy, which sound very advanced. What it really means is that it's very strong and a nice grey colour!
The unit is the first Ipaq I'm aware of that now has 2 expansion slots built into it. As normal you have the SD slot. This is great as SD seems to becoming a standard on a lot of equipment. On this model though, you also have a Compact Flash slot! This means that you can put scary amounts of memory in this little guy! You get 62Mb RAM memory which is used for running programs, and can be used for storage, but it get's killed it the battery dies. You have the Ipaq File Store Which is 85 Mb that should stay if the battery dies. I think you can now get a 1Gb SD card, and in compact flash you can now get 8Gb! (The unit says it can take 4Gb, not sure if the 8 was out by then though)
That's over 5Gb of storage in an Ipaq!!!! (Maybe over 9Gb!)
The processor in this model is a Intel based chip. I can't remember which chip it is, but it's fast! This runs everything i've put on it VERY well. I've had Oracle 9i running on this thing!
(OOOOoo THE SCREEN!)
Battery poewr was something I was very wary off. On previous models it was awful. Finally HP have managed to get something reasonable in this model though!
The battery can last me a weekend with no real problems, which is something the older models had never managed to do before. Also, unlike the older models, there is an internal battery which means that if the main power dies, you haven't instantly lost all your data. To give an expample, i forgot to charge the unit before I went off on holiday for a MONTH! Come home, expecting to have lost everything, and it's all still fine! I've also got the extended battery, which although adding a good bit of weight to the unit, and making a lot thicker, lasts FOREVER! I've never got the thing under 60% And that's taking it away for a couple of weeks!
The unit comes with both Bluetooth and WiFi(802.11b). Both of which work like a dream! I've connected up to a great number of wireless networks and it couldn't be easier to connect. Just click the WiFi icon, and enter a password if needed. That's about it. It does drain the battery a bit more, but it's not really too bad.
(Internet on that screen! MMMMMmmmm)
Right. Now, have i mentioned the screen? The Ipaq comes with a flip over plastic screen protector. To be honest, it bugged the hell out of my so i unclipped it. Unfortunatly this means that the screen can get quite scuffed. Also if I'm using it as an MP3 player, it's easy to knock the screen in your pocket and skip songs! As an MP3 player it performs well. You can use other programs without it slowing down or jumping the song, sound is good through headphons, esspecially as you now have good bass and treble control, although these only effect the headphones, not the speaker.
A good tip is to find a program called SE_VGA. Free bit of software that let you use the unit in true VGA. Granted to do much work with text you need eyes like a hawk, but for going through pictures and presentations, it's fantastic!
Well, all in all, this is a great bit of kit. It's fast, stacks of memory, looks great and is really well built. I know it can be a bit pricey, but in this situation, you get what you pay for!