good: Includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; built-in keyboard; cradle
can charge second battery; high-capacity, removable cell.
The bad: Expensive; larger than an average handheld; corporate
e-mail should be easier to set up.
With the H4150 and the H4350, HP has delivered two slim
iPaqs with included Wi-Fi. Both have almost identical specs
and features, but the latter has a built-in keyboard and
ships with a larger, higher-capacity battery. But the trade-off
is the unit's size, as it's longer than your standard PDA.
For some, that won't be a deal breaker--the H4350 is still
slim and fairly light. But in an ideal world, HP would develop
a slider-style design similar to that of the Sharp Zaurus
SL-5600. That said, this is a highly functional handheld.
It should especially appeal to a business customer who can
afford the price tag and who works on a corporate campus
that's well covered with Wi-Fi access points.
h2210 Pocket PC
good: Compact; dual expansion slots; sharp screen; Bluetooth;
consumer-grade IR; removable battery; doubles as a remote
control for home-theater gear.
The bad: Not too slim.
One of the complaints people had about earlier iPaqs was
that, unlike Pocket PCs from Toshiba and Casio, no iPaq
offered built-in expansion slots for both CompactFlash and
SD (Secure Digital) cards. Well, HP listened and has come
out with the H2210. Though neither as slim nor as affordable
as the previous model, this guy is currently the most compact
dual-expansion Pocket PC on the market. And its size, performance,
and features make it an attractive choice, particularly
for users who want the option of adding lots of memory or
a combination of memory and a CompactFlash add-on device.
good: Thin and light; nice price; well-integrated Wi-Fi;
cradle can charge a second battery; powerful processor.
The bad: Lacks Bluetooth; uncomfortable stylus; skimpy software
bundle; so-so battery life.
Last year, Dell shook up the PDA market by bowing its Axim
line of full-featured Pocket PC handhelds at extremely competitive
price points. While the X5 offered a fast processor, dual
expansion slots, and great battery life, it suffered from
a bulky design and lack of extras. Dell's new Axim X3i addresses
those shortcomings with a slimmed-down profile, a fast 400MHz
processor, and built-in wireless networking for an affordable
price. Once again, the PC giant is presenting a fully loaded
handheld for a good price, but those who need Bluetooth
connectivity, a more robust software bundle, and a sleeker
design may wish to shell out some extra cash for a higher