More – Capturing Ideas on the Go – HP iPAQ HX2790


Well here is the one I love to talk about.  I love HP iPAQ ever since I purchased my first one the HP iPAQ 1935.  The HP iPAQ 1935 was pretty limited – no WiFi access, lack of tools — but HUGE screen size and it fit in the POCKET!

The newer ones are bulkier, but offer more.  But you won’t be putting these in your pocket, just a little too big.

HP iPAQ 2790This is a great device, a little bulky but I love it!  It has WiFi access, so I’m able to connect where ever I am.  At home, it will connect to my wireless network — though it was a bit of work since my network is secured.

The hx2790 includes Integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b), Integrated Bluetooth wireless technology for wireless communication with other Bluetooth devices, Serial IR provides you with an easy method of exchangign data between Serial IR enabled devices. It also includes enhanced security protection with HP ProtectTools software secured by Credent Technologies and Biometric fingerprint reader protects the information on your Pocket PC.

Features include:

  • HP ProtectTools secured by CREDANT Technologies, allows you to set a PIN or password to control access and allows you to use industry-standard encryption to protect information stored on your device and your SD memory cards.
  • BIG PLUS: Pocket version of Microsoft® software is included (Outlook, Word, Excel and Internet Explorer) – Microsoft Windows Mobile™ 5.0 software – Premium Edition
  • Intel® PXA270 Processor 624 MHz and 256 MB total memory (192 MB ROM and 64 MB SDRAM); Up to 144 MB user available persistent storage memory on hx2490
  • Integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b) enables access to the Internet, email and corporate data at the office, home or Wi-Fi hotspots (in select airports, hotels and other public places)
  • Integrated Bluetooth® allows cable-free connections to other Bluetooth enabled devices (mobile phones, printers, headsets and keyboards), and access your data via a Bluetooth enabled cellular phone
  • Integrated Compact Flash Type II (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) slots for greater storage and expansion capabilities
  • New automated backups through iPAQ Backup application
  • BIG PLUS: More powerful 1440 mAh removable/rechargeable battery

Of course the disadvantage is that there is no camera built-in, but you can buy add-ons.  The cost of this produt is already pretty high at around $459.00 so adding on cameras and other items drives the cost up even more.

The more powerful battery is a plus, especially with all the additional features added into the device.  The TFT QVGA color with LED backlight and 64k colors is pretty standard on most of these types of devices.  The screen size of  3.5″ diagonal is HUGE!  It is nice surfing the web on this.

As much as I like this, I’m really split between the Nokia and this one.  If you want phone capabilities, then the Treo is a great buy.

But the final decision is yours – look at what your needs are then pick the one that works best for you.

Here are quick links to all three reviews…

  1. Palm Treo 700 smart phone
  2. HP iPAQ 510 smart phone
  3. HP iPAQ HX2790

We looked at the Nokia N800 in the first More – Capturing Ideas on the Go entry.



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