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REVIEW: Hewlett Packard HP iPAQ H2200 Series
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 23.06.03 - 06:01:00 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 37815x
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Like with the iPAQ H1900 before, the iPAQ series is going a complete new design way now and leaves the classic Compaq design and jacket concept we already know since the introduction of the iPAQ in 2000 with Microsoft's Pocket PC.

I was lucky enough to test the iPAQ H2200 some months ago and that device really convinced me (and even my girlfriend).
However, reviewing it here is a kind of hard stuff because it's not only a complete new device but also comes with Microsoft's new Windows Mobile OS Pocket PC 2003 so I will try to give the device here a closer look instead of mixing up here the hard and software facts.

The small and sleek iPAQ Pocket PC H2200 series is a Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC with an optimal combination of features, performance, and expandability that allow individuals and mobile professionals use of their Pocket PC seven days a week - at home, at work and on the go.
A broad range of features including Bluetooth, expansion capabilities and multimedia make the iPAQ Pocket PC H2200 series unit essential for you to communicate, access and manage information when you want. It's small, sleek design with dual slot expansion.

Features

  • Contains both Compact Flash and Secure Digital slots (including SDIO support) for flexibility and convenience in storage and expansion
  • Small enough to fit in almost any pocket or purse
  • Soft touch sides for an ergonomically comfortable feel and slip free grip get wireless connectivity in or out of the office
  • Integrated Bluetooth for wireless communication with other Bluetooth devices
  • Wireless ready with addition of W-LAN 80.11b or other wireless cards
  • Greater productivity with optimal performance and storage
  • Dazzling display provides incredible viewing both indoors and out
  • Abundant memory
  • Powerful processor for the quick handling of tasks
  • Independent graphics controller for fast smooth video playback
  • Removable/rechargeable Lithium-lon battery for on the go power
  • Integrated microphone and speaker
  • Integrated Universal Remote Control turns your handheld into a sophisticated remote control for all your audio and video equipment
  • Easily print your documents, email attachments and pictures directly from your iPAQ Pocket PC to an HP printer
  • Local printing or corporate-class network printing with add on software (link provided on CD)
  • Wireless print to local printers via Bluetooth or infrared port1 (HP Bluetooth printing software included on Companion CD.

Specifications

Operating System Powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs
Premium Pocket versions of Microsoft software are included (Outlook, Word, Excel and Internet Explorer for Pocket PC
Processor 400 MHz Intel XScale technology-based processor
Wireless Integrated Bluetooth (Ver.1.1)
Wireless ready with the addition of SDIO or CF W- LAN cards
Display Type Transflective type TFT color with LED Backlight
Number of Colors 64K color (65,536 colors) 16-bit

Touch Screen

Yes

Resolution
(W x H)

40 x 30

Viewable Image Size

3.5 in
89 mm

Memory

SDRAM

64 MB (56 MB main memory)

Dimensions
(L x W x H)

4.54 x 3.00 x 0.61 in
115.4 x 76.4 x 15.4 mm

Weight

5.1 oz
144 g

Interfaces and Notification Systems

  • Solid amber LED – battery in unit fully charged
  • Flashing amber LED – battery in unit is charging
  • Flashing green LED – event alarm/notification
  • Flashing blue LED – Bluetooth radio on

Notification

Sound and message on the display

Power

Rechargeable 900 mAh Lithium-lon user swappable battery.
Estimated usage time of fully charged battery up to 12 hours. Charging time up to 4 hours.

Expansion

SD Slot

SD, SDIO, and MMC support

CF Slot

Compact Flash Type I and II

Audio

Microphone, speaker, one 3.5 mm headphone jack, MP3 stereo (through audio jack)

HP Exclusive Applications

  • iPAQ Task Manager
  • iPAQ Backup
  • iPAQ Image Viewer
  • Nevo Universal Remote Control
  • iPAQ File Store

Ergonomic Design Features

  • Instant-on/off and Backlight
  • Navigation button
  • Touch-sensitive display for stylus
  • 4 programmable application launch buttons – Calendar, Contacts, Inbox, and iTask buttons
  • Built-in speaker Soft touch sides for slip free grip

What’s in the Box

HP iPAQ Pocket PC H2200 series, USB Desktop cradle/charger, AC Adapter, Slip case, battery, getting started poster; charger adapter; HP iPAQ Pocket PC Companion CD

The H2200 series fits nicely into your hand as it is smaller and lighter than the iPAQ series devices before. The soft touch sides gives it a great slip free grip and doesn't gives you the feeling to hold a piece of plastic in your hand.


Finally an iPAQ also comes with built-in SD and CF card slots which makes the requirements of using jackets needless. On the other hand you will not be able to use PC cards like HDDs anymore, something many users might miss, specially the Audio and Video freaks who fully loaded a 5GB PCMCIA HDD with files. Anyway, I prefer to have all the slots in one devices without carrying a bulky jacket with me.

Also a great more is that finally all new iPAQs contains removable batteries and also here HP is using the same battery size for at least the H1900 and H2200 series.
However, also the speaker moved to the backside to save space on the foreside (the speaker is right beside the battery).

The cradle holds and charges the iPAQ. Behind the iPAQ the is space to recharge a second battery while the iPAQ still sits in the cradle.

The new H2200 is powered by an Intel XScale 400 MHz PXA255 CPU, the latest and fastest XScale processor.

Also it includes a 200 MHz data bus now, always the bottleneck of XScale Pocket PCs before.

Final Conclusion

The new HP H2200 is a great device overall. I truly enjoy the design of that new device class which have to be seen between low-end Pocket PCs like the H1900 series and high-end devices like the H5000 series. While HP will continue with the H5000 devices (also introduced was the HP iPAQ H5500) this mid-class devices are mostly enough for power users. Bluetooth becomes a kind of standard now and allows you to stay connected. Adding a CF and SD slot means you can expand the storage capabilities and adding I/O accessories like Wi-Fi cards, GPS receiver or even GPRS cards.
As before the screen is extra ordinary bright and sharp. However, the most benefit was the size. It comes close to the H1900 series which means this Pocket PC really merits the name Pocket PC.

Cheers ~ Arne

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