Compaq iPAQ H3650 Pocket PC
With its sleek, silver case and slick looking
cradle, what's not to love about iPAQ's ergonomic design. Need speed?
iPAQ runs at 206 MHz. It's fast!
by Lisa Jahred (this article is a bit dated but iPaq is still
a great addition to your tech life!)
After using my iPAQ H3650 for a few days, it's
easy to see what all the fuss is about! Thin, fast and easy to use,
iPAQ really puts the power of a PC in your pocket.
I was most impressed with the brilliant 3.0 by 2.3 inch color display.
Unlike other devices I have used, the iPAQ screen is clear, with
great visibility indoors or out.There are 5 backlight settings and
an ambient light sensor to adjust brightness for automatic backlighting.The
32MB of built-in RAM is more than enough memory to take care of
business and the 5 customizable hardware buttons are very easy use.
What Exactly Can You Do With An iPAQ?
For starters, manage your daily appointments, tasks and contacts
with Pocket Outlook, use applications such a Pocket Word and Excel
or listen to your favorite music with the Media Player. Want to
read a book? No problem! With Microsoft Reader you can download
the latest novel and read at your leisure.
Connecting iPAQ to my desktop PC should have been a snap. Apparently
there are some issues with Activesync 3.1 and some users, including
myself, have had some problems getting this to work smoothly. It
should be as simple as installing the software on my desktop PC,
plugging in the USB cradle, putting iPAQ in the cradle and making
the connection within seconds. It did not go as smoothly as planned
and I had to turn off automatic syncing in order for this to work.
Overall, aside from that glitch, Microsoft ActiveSync was easy to
set up and has a very clear online help system. Apparently Compaq
is aware of this sync problem. It does not seem to be consistent
with every user.
For even more power, iPAQ uses a clever expansion pack system to
add plug and play functionality and customization.There are currently
2 expansion packs available, the Compact Flash (CF) Expansion Pack
and the PC Card Expansion Pack. Attaching the expansion packs is
as easy as slipping the pack on the unit for instant recognition,
no additional configuration is necessary. With the PC Card Expansion
Pack, wireless connections are just a stylus tap away, while the
CF Expansion Pack provides additional storage capacity as well as
connections with a LAN or fax/modem.