iPaq Pocket PC hx4700 is my choice for best Pocket PC


It is very difficult to say which is the best Pocket PC. The leading contenders for this title are: HP iPaq Pocket PC hx4700, Dell Axim X51v, HP iPaq hx2790 and Garmin iQue M5. All these Pocket PCs bring great value to the user, and can easily be recommended for the Best PC title. However, my choice would be HP iPaq Pocket PC hx4700.

The reason for this is not far to seek. This Pocket PC comes equipped with very powerful features and is a great buy for professionals who are always on the move. Some of the pluses of this Pocket PC are: it has the latest Windows operating system, Intel's high-speed 624MHz processor, an innovative navigational touchpad and a sharp VGA screen.

A great thing about this Pocket PC is its memory base. The 128MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM, with a total of 135MB of user-accessible memory, makes it possible to store a large amount of data. This is what any user who is constantly on the move would like.

Even the wireless connectivity is special. You can have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. receivers turned on at the same time. The iPaq Wireless utility makes your life even easier because it allows you to turn on your wireless connections with one click.

The user also gets all the advantages that come with the Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. These include Pocket Outlook, Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer. Besides this, the Pocket PC also has HP utilities like Image Zone for viewing images and creating slide shows and Task Switcher.

The 4-inch VGA TFT screen, which supports 65,000 colors and has a resolution of 640x480 pixels, ensures sharp and crisp images. You can use the four programmable shortcut keys that form the trapezoid-shaped touchpad or use the Settings menu to launch the cursor mode, which works like the mouse cursor found on PCs.

The Pocket PC comes with the standard LED buttons: orange for charging, blue for wireless, and green for alarms. The other features include a stylus holder, the power button, the headphone jack, and an expansion slot that accepts SDIO, MMC, and CompactFlash cards. The IR port and the reset button can be found at the base of the device.

Even its design is innovative. It does not come in the traditional silver casing that is the trademark HP color. Instead it has a charcoal-gray body with black accents. The only disadvantage is its size. At 5.2 by 3.0 by 0.6 inches it is slightly bulky for handhelds

There are many who would also consider its price a disadvantage. At $649 it certainly does burn a hole in your pocket. But it is surely money well spent.


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