Compaq iPAQ 3650 Color Pocket PC
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Compaq's iPAQ pocket PC combines a real Intel processor, new hardware, and a sleek industrial design that fits in your hand to create a powerful and stylish PDA you can take anywhere. It offers 32 MB of RAM and 16 MB of ROM--enough memory to hold a robust package of applications while leaving you a lot of room for your own applications. The color TFT screen produces 4,086 colors, and you can view the screen from many angles and in a variety of lighting situations. The Compaq iPAQ wraps the power of a Microsoft Windows operating system in a new interface designed for ease of use in a portable format. Even if you've never used a computer or digital organizer, learning to use the Compaq iPAQ is easy.
Other highlights of the Compaq iPAQ include a microphone and a speaker as well as an audio-in jack. It features an infrared port for wireless data transfer. The Compaq iPAQ uses five buttons plus a five-way joystick. The iPAQ connects to either USB or serial ports. The iPAQ allows you to input data in your own handwriting, by soft keyboard, by voice recorder, or through inking. Both audible and visual alarms alert you when you have a scheduled event.
What sets this Pocket PC apart from similar devices on the market is its sleevelike expansion-pack system. The expansion-pack system allows you add functionality to suit your particular needs. Expansion-pack options currently include a CompactFlash pack, the ability to attach a CompactFlash card slot to your iPAQ, an executive leather and PC Card expansion pack, and a water-resistant sports pack. In the future, Compaq plans to release a global positioning system pack, so you can make your iPAQ pocket PC into a GPS unit.
The Compaq iPAQ is sporty and small. At 5.11 by 3.28 by 0.62 inches and 6 ounces, it fits in your hand or slides into your pocket with ease. Don't let the size fool you into thinking you don't get many applications with your iPAQ. You receive a great deal of Microsoft software, such as Pocket versions of Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, and Outlook as well as the full desktop version of Outlook 2000. Compaq has also built in utilities so that frequent actions--such as switching between tasks, adjusting volume, or changing backlighting--are only a click away.
Compaq offers a one-year warranty on parts and labor for the iPAQ.
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Most helpful customer reviews
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
But Was useful to listen to music
Battery had a charging/discharging issue which went from 30 min with light to 10 min w/o light. And when you are using the back-light the touch screen feature goes wacky! For example, You press in the corner and hold your finger there, then the screen will just draw random lines and shapes all over...But Was useful to listen to music, pictures, basic web surf and email, Map apps, and money tracking apps
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
By Darrel Rhea
After trying most of the features on the new iPAQ for a week now, I am a convert. My Palm V has been great and I have been loyal to Palm for a couple of years, but this machine represents a quantum leap in capabilties.
It has a great screen, making reading everything easier for me. I love the MP3 player, and having my favorite photos to show off. Reading books actually works for me on this (and it didn't on my laptop) and emails and word documents are a snap. I print pretty well anyway, so handwriting recognition is about 95% (! much better than I get with Palm).
After all of the raving, I do have to say that this is a complex device that takes some effort to master. I crashed 4 times working out how to transfer MP3s and JPEGs in one day (I have never crashed a Palm). More capabilities and features = more complexity and less stability. That said, it does work extremely well. Just be ready to invest time to learn it. After 1 week, I am also ready for more memory. (Time to go shopping for accessories. $$)
I'd say that the base product is robust and very well designed, the documentation (there isn't any) and accessories (not available yet) have been rushed and have not been done well. I expect that Compaq will improve this in the coming weeks. Activesync was not included, so be ready to download this from the net if you want to sync with Outlook.
I'd recommend this product. It's very fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
By T. R. Love
Considering the age of this product and possible compatibility issues with Vista, this works quite well and does what I need it to do most - keep my appointments in sync and carry reference Acrobat and ebooks.