iPaq Pocket PCs Blackfoot ID

iPaq pocket PCs allow users to stay connected to the Internet wherever and whenever with the convenience of a small device with all the capabilities of a laptop. Here you’ll find additional information on iPaq pocket PCs as well as local companies and providers that may help you in your search.

Nitro Data
(208) 552-5332
2325 W Broadway St
Idaho Falls, ID
 
Computer Arts Inc
(208) 528-2355
3770 American Way
Idaho Falls, ID
 
Innovative Development
(208) 557-0649
1300 S Yellowstone Hwy
Idaho Falls, ID
 
Informatics
(208) 890-4636
4005 S Minuteman Way
Boise, ID
 
Right Systems Inc
(208) 322-7039
9448 W Fairview Ave
Boise, ID
 
Countryside Data Products
(208) 523-2641
3355 April Dr
Idaho Falls, ID
 
Softech Solutions
(208) 523-7799
229 N Lloyd Cir
Idaho Falls, ID
 
Rvp Business Systems
(208) 522-0233
1735 W Broadway St
Idaho Falls, ID
 
Media Research
(208) 383-1000
1800 W Main St
Boise, ID
 
Cisco Systems Inc
(208) 424-5900
225 N 9th St Ste 500
Boise, ID
 

iPaq rx5900 Travel Pal

iPaq rx5900 Travel Pal

There is a lot to like about The Travel Companion. It’s both a powerful Pocket PC and a wayfinder. It comes with award-winning Tom Tom navigation software pre-installed for the entire United States and Canada.

It caught my attention right away with its horizontal orientation and the snazzy copper-colored band around half the ferruled perimeter. It cuddles up in your hand just fine like a puppy crawling over the rest of the litter to come home with you.

For connectivity, this Windows Mobile 5 device features built-in WLAN (802.11.b/g), and Bluetooth 2.0, both of which I applaud for fast connectivity. It sports a Samsung SC32442 400 MHz processor with 64 MB SDRAM in the main memory with up to 2 GB flash ROM, and an SD expansion card slot. Measuring 4.74x3.0x6.5 inches, it weights 5.99 ounces with the 1700 mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery installed.

It has no camera, which surprises me, and no InfraRed port. Does anyone really use IR? I like the concept, but I don’t think it has really caught on yet among the masses.On the other hand, those 1.3 MPX cameras included with most devices are practically worthless anyway. You are far better off with a real camera with some hunk.

The 3.5 inch transmissive QVGA color screen with LED power saving-mode has protective antiglare coating, which is a real plus in the GPS mode.

Buttons on the front include a nine-way navigation switch, Start Menu, and an OK function. The nine-way button has different functions in Windows and navigation modes.

Moving up to the top, we find a recessed reset button, a record button, and the SD card slot. On the left side reside the mini-USB charging/synchronization port for which I am always grateful so that I don’t have to pack even more cables and chargers on a trip. In my opinion, every portable device should have a mini-USB connector and no excuses. Above that is a MMCX GPS antenna connector, but note that there is already a built-in antenna onboard that works fine for most purposes. Below the USB port is a 3.5 mm audio jack, which I also appreciate as opposed to those pesky 2.5 mm jacks that nothing fits and you already end up having to use an adapter. To the far right, you can see the top of the stylus nestled in its silo waiting for a red button launch.

On the right side, there is an useful collection of controls. Starting at the bottom is the power switch. Above that are four horizontal chrome bars. The first changes the orientation of the screen. The next invokes Window Media Player. The third puts you into navigation mode. The fourth takes you to a handy launcher screen for the following functions: Today screen, Travel Assistant, Entertainment, Internet, and Navigation. A more useful launcher would also have Programs and Settings.

The backside contains the battery door and speaker. There are no controls on the rolled bottom side of the unit.

In the box...

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iPAQ Tribute

iPAQ Tribute

 I’m writing this post on my HP iPAQ hx2495b handheld. In fact, I’m using my iPAQ in a way not far removed from the capability of my new HP netbook computer. I have a Bluetooth (BT) keyboard, and a USB mouse connected to it (obviously 3rd party additions). I’m able to save screen shots, and embed them in to this document using Softmaker’s excellent document editor. I’m also running a newer version of WinMo on it (6.1). Not only can I research content from the web (via WiFi), I can also incorporate advanced formatting and objects like tables, etc. All while simultaneously listening to my favorite podcast. When considering these capabilities against the substantial noise generated by lesser gadgets that appear on the tech scene, it is hard to understand how WinMo and the iPAQ line fell out of favor with such an awesome head start. Anyway, the purpose of this post is not to grouse (been there, done that) but to provide a tribute, if you will; a homage to the venerable iPAQ PDA and WinMo OS upon which it is based. One of the first mobile computing devices to popularize handheld computing. If you came looking for information on iPAQ phone model devices, you will be disappointed. I am focusing only on the non-phone versions in this tribute. Maybe I’ll come back in the future and add a phone section as well.

The posts will come in many parts designed to not only inform and educate, but to enhance the iPAQ experience as well, hopefully with useful tips, links and downloads. This first post will start with a bit of history and general information regarding the iPAQ line and my experience with it, and at the end will provide some links to interested parties to find their own iPAQs (still widely available). These posts will include information about WinMo apps in general that I have used to enhance my iPAQ experience, so might be interesting to the non-iPAQ user as well. Links and reference info will be provided at the end of the review. As usual, feedback and reader input is most welcome. If I got something wrong, feel free to correct me. This will be the first among a series of posts under the “iPAQ Tribute” category.
 
Ipaq 3955 and 3635… Pocket PC 2003, and 2000 OS versions respectively
 
Introducing the iPAQ… 
My first experience with the iPAQ line came sometime during 2002. A program manager in our company actually purchased several different mobile units for test, and the iPAQ was one of them. He demonstrated the Windows Mobile (then PocketPC or WinCE) OS, which I had briefly seen running on some older clamshell devices. The iPAQs were not only more compact, but they also had touch-screens like a Palm Pilot. The impressive thing was the fact that the OS was a lightweight but very functional version of Windows. The developers at our company could quite easily create applicat...

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What's Next for HP's iPaq?

What's next for HP's iPaq?

Over at Reg Hardware , Tony Smith is reporting that HP has revamped iPAQ for the UMPC era. And he's got pictures.

Tony is saying that the rejigged the iPaq will have three consumer-oriented media players and GPS satellite navigation systems.

The iPaq rx4240 and rx 4540 are to be Mobile Media Companion products and will sport a 2.8in, 320 x 240, 65,536-colour display. Both will run Windows Moble 5.0 on top of a 400MHz Samsung processor. And each will have 128MB of Flash ROM and 64MB of RAM, but the rx4540 adds 1GB of Flash storage for the user. Each machine has an SD/MMC slot. Wireless specifications are 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0. Sizewise, they are 10.2 x 6.4 x 1.8cm and weigh in at 127g.

The third model, the 170g iPaq rx5956 Travel Companion weighs 170g and is 12.1 x 7.6 x 1.7cm. It has a display 305 inch display and has 2 gigs of flash storage and a SiRFStar III GPS chip and antenna.

Tony didn't cite any North-Ameriacn or European prices, but he said that HP Japan has indicated that the Companion's would retail for around ¥32,550 ($280/£144/€213), ¥42,000 ($361/£185/€275) and ¥59,850 ($515/£264/€392), respectively.

As for availability, the rx4240 was slated to go on sale November 30th, with the rx4540 following early in December and the rx5965 in late December.

I'm not sure how accurate this report is, in terms of these devices replacing PDA style...

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