Subscribe to the::unwired's RSS Feedthe::unwired at Twitterthe::unwired on Facebookthe::unwired on Google Plus
the::unwired Article
REVIEW: HP Jornada 928 WDA Part 2 - The Device
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 18.08.02 - 22:10:00 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 8239x
Not Tagged

The second part of the PPCW.Net HP Jornada 928 WDA (Wireless Digital Assistant) review is about the device and its included software. The question is what HP added beside the typical Phone Edition stuff and if anything special is added anyway?

First of all the WDA is a Pocket PC Phone Edition. This means that it include all known Microsoft Pocket PC applications like Pocket Office, Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger and all the rest. Beside this, it also includes the Phone Edition which supports voice, CSD and GPRS. As already reported in spring this year, the WDA also includes EZOS' EzWAP 2 WAP browser.

The Device
VOBenchmark Results
CPU
The CPU test show the performance of the Central Processing Unit (Main Chip) of the deice
Floating Point

4,75

Integer

8,91

Graphics
Bitmap tests rate how quickly graphics can be drawn on display. These tests both - hardware and video drivers.
Bitmap: BitBlt

20,12

Bitmap: StretchBlt

0,40

Filled: Ellipse

1,05

Filled: Rectangle

1,50

Filled: Rounded Rect

0,83

Memory
These tests show internal memory usage performance. This is a major factor in application performance.
Allocation

4,91

Fill

0,37

Move

0,27

Text
Tests how fast text can be drawn to the screen by drawing the text in red, green and blue from the upper left to the lower right corner of the display, one pixel at a time.
Text

2,60

The Jornada 928 includes 64 MB which is state of the art today for Pocket PCs but unfortunately not for Wireless Pocket PCs. So the WDA is the only Pocket PC Phone Edition which has 64 MB storage space.
Beside this, the 928 includes a Texas Instruments OMAP 710 processor with 133 MHz as the GSM-ARM7/ARM-9 Dual CPU design. The advantage of this should be the low power consumption while it should be as fast as the Intel StrongARM CPU. Also the OMAP 710 is based on the ARM architecture which means all Pocket PC 2002 applications works on the OMAP CPU too (Note: This part is re-edited because I got wrong information from HP here first).
The battery concept is pretty interesting, it includes two main batteries, one embedded and one removable. The Jornada will use the removable first and switch, if the removable is empty, to the embedded. This concept means that you can exchange the removable with a new, charged one without switching off the device or canceling your voice call/data session. This is pretty tricky and useful! It's that kind of concept we saw in the cell phone world with the Motorola StarTeck too, which came at that time with two batteries also.

The battery stand-by time, according to the PPCW.Net Benchmarks isn't satisfied. While the WDA has a overall Offline stand-by of around 3:37h its competitor, the HTC Wallaby runs 5:51h!

As you can also see in the VOBenchmark results on the right table also the WDA isn't so fast. Overall, its around 50 % slower than the XScale powered Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox.

The HP Applications

Like other Jornadas, also the WDA include the HP specific applications like a picture viewer or the Display Profile but also the MicroChai Java engine.

More specific are the following WDA related applications.


In the Settings menu you have "Auto Cover" and "Phone Display" as WDA specific functionalities. While you can define with auto cover, how the cover should - works like switching on/off the display; the phone display application is more fun stuff. Here you can customize the LCD screen on the top of device and rename the network name or upload a bitmap too. That's nice cause it makes the WDA more personal and we already saw the success of operator logos on the cell phone world.

A real killer application is "Fonix Voice Dial". We already know Fonix from some other cool Pocket PC voice applications but with Voice Dial you can control more than the applications only, also you can use it for voice dialing without learning the device the names. Voice Dial builds your contacts list by themselves and you can use it without any additional configuration.

Just tell the WDA what you want to do, calling a stored contact or enter the phone number with your voice. Tell Voice Dial which number you want to call (if the contact has more than one only) and confirm the name, that's it. This works perfect with English names, with foreign names like German, Italian or French names it has some weaknesses.

Another nice and useful add-on is the "HP Dialer" keyboard. This is a complete phone interface which can be used in any application to dial a number or switch to SMS. This is very helpful and I would like to see that kind off application on other Pocket PC Phone Edition devices too. Maybe a 3rd party developer would like to develop something like this also?

Connectivity

Within the connectivity you will not find real surprises. Here you can add for sure your GSM/GPRS data accounts. However, HP also added a small GPRS application where you can check - very basic - how much data sent and received. But you can also configure how the 928 should connects to the GPRS network as well as the GPRS authentication. Also included is a small application for Cell Broadcast messages. This is not widely used in the GSM world but available in some networks, so it's nice to see that HP also supports this services.
Like on other Phone Edition Pocket PCs, SIM Application Toolkit (SAT) is also not supported on the WDA which is a little bit annoying cause SAT still offers some real good services.

Final Conclusion Part 2

The Jornada 928 WDA is a complete package that pleases. Even if the stand-by time is a little bit short you can enhance this with additional batteries since one of the two main batteries is removable. That's a big advantage. That the WDA has weaknesses in the VOBenchmark doesn't bother in real life use, you don't see or feel that it is "to" slow, this values are more a theoretical.
A great deal is the additional software. Beside the typical settings for the LCD screen and the flip-cover, I really like the voice recognition possibilities of the WDA. Unfortunately it supports only English which makes it more useless for foreigners, the idea is the right one.

The additional phone keyboard is something I really like, it lets you enter phone numbers right out of applications without switching between the Phone Edition interface and the application. That's great and pretty useful and also the whole data integration with the GPRS monitor and Cell Broadcast application is useful. For GPRS I reached speeds up to 35,6 kbps which is a pretty good value for a Wireless Pocket PCs and even faster than anything I've seen on the o2 xda!

All together the HP Jornada WDA 928 is a pretty "perfect" device in the typical HP Jornada tradition and it's frustrating to know, that not to many of us will hold it in the hands. :'-(

REVIEW: HP Jornada 928 WDA Part 1 - The Hardware

Cheers ~ Arne