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HP iPAQ 4150 PocketPC

iPAQ 41xx Series
28th June 2004
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It's a well known fact that great minds are extremely disorganized, and although I'm not even sure if that's true it's what I tell myself as I turn the house inside out looking for that password that I scribbled on a scrap of paper before leaving it "somewhere safe". I remember thinking to myself that I couldn't possibly forget its location as I put it away. Seems I was wrong...again!

The problem with being disorganized is that it's a hard habit to break. All the gadgets on the market sold in an attempt to help you bring a little order to your life seem to need a large handful of organized thinking before you can use them properly.

The problem is I don't live the kind of life that's easily pigeonholed. I've had more of those cheap 128k organizers than I can count, but the categories they insist I work with just don't fit in with my lifestyle. You see I don't need sections that only let me store my contacts by name, I also want to be able to search by company, by location or by email address.

I don't need to track my dining or petrol expenses, but I do want to track how much money the kids have screwed out of me, or how much I have tucked away secretly for "critical purchases".

For me it's all about flexibility. Although I could use the field titled "surname" to store a nickname or use the "fax number" field to enter a little reminder about whether this particular contact is a happy soul or a truly miserable git, it kind of bugs me that I should have to.

So, in a desparate attempt to get my chaotic existence on track, a couple of years ago I turned to the PocketPC, and in all honesty I've never looked back. With a massive range of software available from customisable forms and databases to pocket Quake and all the puzzle and strategy games you could ever wish for, the PocketPC is the ultimate, fully configurable lifestyle companion for the hardened gadgeteer or the methodically challenged.

When I saw the specifications for the iPAQ 4100 series PocketPCs I knew I had to try one on for size, so I got straight on the blower to Scan and they offered to ship one over for me to look at.

Here are those specs:

Connectivity, std.
Integrated WLAN 802.11b, Bluetooth® wireless technology, IrDA
Expansion slot
Integrated SD slot - supports SD/MMC type standard memory, SDIO options
Intel® 400 MHz processor with Xscale™ technology
Memory, std.
64 MB SDRAM (55 MB user accessible)
Transflective 3.5" TFT liquid crystal display with LED backlight, 64K colors 16-bit, 240 x 320 resolution
Input type
Pen and touch interface
Integrated microphone, speaker, one 3.5 mm headphone jack, MP3 stereo (through audio jack)
Dimensions (L x W x H)
4.47 x 2.78 x .53 in.
4.67 oz
Warranty, std.
One-year parts and labor in most regions (one-year warranty for rechargeable battery pack). 90 days technical support for software in all regions. Optional HP Care Pack available in North America for Next Business Day replacement (at additional charge). Extend or upgrade your warranty.
Software included with product (on ROM)
Microsoft Window Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Voice Recorder, Notes, Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player 9 (MP3, audio and video streaming), Calculator, Solitaire, Jawbreaker, Inbox, Microsoft Reader (eBooks), File Explorer, Pictures, Terminal Services Client, VPN Client, Infrared Beaming, Clock, Align Screen, Memory, Volume control, ClearType Tuner

HP specific: iPAQ Backup, iPAQ Image Zone, hp Enroller, LEAP, iPAQ File Store, Bluetooth® Manager, iPAQ iTask Manager, Utilities
Software included on CD
Microsoft Outlook 2002, Microsoft ActiveSync 3.7 (Desktop device synchronization), Microsoft Reader eBooks, hp Web Registration, hp Mobile Print Center, Westtek ClearVue Suite, F-Secure FileCrypto Data Encryption, Colligo Personal Edition, Adobe PDF Viewer, RealOne Player for Pocket PC, iPresenter PowerPoint converter, MobiMate WorldMate

Trials: Xcellenet Afaria Device Management Agent, Margi Presenter-to-Go (requires purchase of additional hardware), Illium ListPro, CommonTime Cadenza mNotes

Links: NetMotion, Avaya IP Softphone, IP Blue VTGO!, Cisco CallManager, Pocket Presence Running Voice IP, Vindigo, Audible Manager and Audible Player (Service plan required to download and play Audible content), SingleTap, Handango, Pocket Backup Plus
What's in the box
hp iPAQ Pocket PC h4150 unit, USB desktop cradle/charger, AC adapter, slip cover, stylus, battery, getting started poster, charger adapter, and hp iPAQ Pocket PC Companion CD

For me the headline feature is the inclusion not only of Bluetooth connectivity but also 802.11b wireless. If, like me you have a wireless network available at home or work, this opens up all kinds of exciting possibilities such as internet browsing, file and printer sharing and much, much more.

I initially wondered why HP opted for 802.11b and not 802.11g, the reason appears to be related to compatability and power consumption. Seems reasonable.


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