The HX2490 comes preloaded with Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, which includes updated Microsoft Office Mobile software and persistent memory storage for more efficient data management. The Office Mobile Suite comprises Word Mobile for text documents, Excel Mobile for viewing and creating charts, and PowerPoint Mobile for viewing and giving presentations on the go. Users will also dig Windows Mobile's ActiveSync 4.0, which helps them quickly and securely transfer information from their PC/servers to the Pocket PC and vice versa. Want to export your address book, calendar, and other items to the HX2490? Not a problem with ActiveSync 4.0. Other Windows Mobile features include an integrated multimedia application (Windows Media Player 10), multiple personalization options, Pocket MSN for one-click access to MSN Hotmail and MSN Messenger, and a function called Persistent Store, which safeguards your data even when the HX2490's battery is removed.
The HX2490 is loaded under the hood, too, or--more accurately--under the flip cover. The device boasts a powerful 520 MHz Intel XScale processor that's quick and responsive, along with 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of flash ROM. The unit is also expandable via its integrated CompactFlash type II (CF) and Secure Digital (SDIO) slots, which work with such media as MicroDrives, CF GPS, SD 56k modem cards, and traditional memory cards. And like most Pocket PCs, the iPaq HX2490 supports both wireless WiFi (802.11b) and Bluetooth technologies, while also offering a standard IR port and a USB sync ports. Not only do the technologies support both standard wireless and wired connections for data transfers and online activity, but they also let you use many wireless peripherals, such as Bluetooth keyboards.
And because the HX2490 is a business-oriented device, it's outfitted with HP ProtectTools, a security-oriented option that allows mobile users to secure devices by PIN or password to control access. The industry-standard encryption then protects stored data from prying eyes and online thieves.
Other details include a 3.5-inch transflective TFT display with 64,000 colors, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a charging cradle, and an ergonomic, easy-to-wield design. The HX2490 measures 4.71 by 3.01 by 0.65 inches (W x H x D) and is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor.
What's in the Box
iPaq HX2490 Pocket PC, lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, charger adapter, stylus, protective plastic flip cover, USB synchronization cable, Getting Started guide, HP iPaq Pocket PC Companion CD, "How Do I...?" guide, user's manual.