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PalmOne LifeDrive on Amazon

PalmOne LifeDrive on Amazon

The PalmOne LifeDrive has shwon up on amazon with the following description:

The LifeDrive mobile manager from palmOne is the perfect companion for your digital lifestyle. With a 4 GB hard drive, extra-sharp high-resolution color display and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, you can easily manage, access and share your documents and media files. Includes email support, plus MP3 player and photo viewer.Drag and drop thousands of files from your PC. LifeDrive Manager does the synchronizing for you, preserving your PC's directory structure and ensuring you always have the most recent versions of your documents safely with you. You can store and access years of email, thousands of documents, presentations and photos, hundreds of songs and hours of video... The non-volatile memory keeps your information safe.Stay connected via your mobile phone or at public Wi-Fi hotspots. Access your POP, IMAP and Exchange email accounts and browse the web. Or, use Bluetooth to connect to compatible devices nearby.View photos and videos with the palmOne Media application. And enjoy all the songs in your personal music collection with on-board support for MP3 files. Rehearse your PowerPoint presentation, on your way to a meeting. Keep all of your important Word and Excel documents at your fingertips. Synchronize and view an Acrobat file.

PalmOne LifeDrive

PalmOne LifeDrive

Looks like Brighthand got the scoop on the PalmOne LifeDrive, Palm's new high-end handheld that is the first handheld with a built-in hard drive (come on Microsoft: where are the Pocket PCs with this hardware??).

The current rumored spec is as follows: 415Mhz Xscale processor, PalmOS Garnet, 32 or 64MB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, SD card slot, 320 x 480 pixel display, and a 4GB Hitachi hard drive.

The LifeDrive is expected to be 4.7 x 2.8 x 0.8 inches in size, will weigh in at 6.8oz, and will cost around $500.

No word yet on the hit the battery life takes from the hard drive.

(via Brighthand)

Acer n50 and n35 Pocket PCs

Acer n50 and n35 Pocket PCs

Acer have launched two new Pocket PCs: the n50 and the n35.

The n35 is described as the Pocket Chauffeur due to its built in GPS receiver. It also has a SD/MMC card slot, 266MHz processor, 64MB RAM, 32MB ROM, QVGA 240x320 screen.

The n50 has a standard and a premium version:

The n50 standard features a 312MHz processor, 64MB RAM, 64MB ROM, SD/MMC and CF card slots, bluetooth, and a QVGA 240x320 screen.

The n50 premium features a 520MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 64MB ROM, SD/MMC and CF card slots, bluetooth, and a QVGA 240x320 screen.

None of these devices sound particularly exciting to us, where is the 802.11b wireless, the VGA screen etc?

Acer (via PocketPCThoughts)

Pocket PC overtakes Palm

dell axim x50 photos

According to Gartner Dataquest research worldwide sales of Pocket PC devices exceeded shipments of Palm OS devices for the first time in Q3 (July-Sept) 2004.

2004 Palm OS sales are expected to be down 23% to 4.4 million compared 2003 while Pocket PC sales are expected to be up 15% to 5 million units.

When the results are broken out by company we get the top 5 as follows:

1) palmOne: 26.2%
2) HP: 24.2%
3) RIM: 19.8%
4) Dell: 6.5%
5) Symbol: 2.2%

(via brighthand)

Dell Accessories Deals

Dell 20 inch LCD monitor

Dell Home has a bunch of coupons today:

Dell Axim X30 high Pocket PC: $379 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Dell Axim V50v VGA Pocket PC: $464 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Canon Powershot S500 5 megapixel digital camera: $324 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Canon Powershot S410 4 megapixel digital camera: $279 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Dell 2001fp 1600x1200 pixel 20 inch LCD monitor: $604 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Dell 2005fp 1680x1050 pixel widescreen 20 inch LCD monitor: $644 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)

$35 off $350 accessories purchase with code BPDHZ0CHM?ZBLZ (expires 11/11/04)

25% off $999 Inspiron laptops with code 2WL7WMLD3Q4G23 (expires 11/15/04)
25% off $1299 Dimension desktops with code M60LDQM2TH?N37 (expires 11/18/04)
30% off $1799 Dimension desktops with code 3TB6R405280WT1 (expires 11/18/04)

(above codes replace the 15% to 25% discounts shown for desktops and laptops)

Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 Photos

Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 Photos

Sorobangeeks also got some photos of the new Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 PDA.

The Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 is a nice looking PDA that could only be improved if it had WiFi and was available here in the US.

The Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 has a great flip-top design with a QWERTY keyboard, runs linux, has a 416mhz xscale processor, 3.7" VGA screen, SD/MMC card slot, USB connectivity and a 4GB hard drive.

Battery life of the Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 is said to be 7 hrs, it is 4.9" by 3.5" by 1" and it weighs 10.5oz.

(photos from sorobangeeks)

Posted October 20, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell Axim X50v Reviews

dell axim x50 photos

We've been on top of the X50 VGA Pocket PC reviews all day over at VGAPocketPC.com.

If you haven't been over there here's a roundup of all the reviews of what is now the new #1 top Pocket PC around:

PocketNow
Brighthand
CNET
BargainPDA
PocketPCThoughts
Aximsite
PDAGeek
PC Magazine
PDA Buyers Guide
Infosync


Dell Home: Axim X50v for $499 (free ground shipping) - 624MHz VGA Pocket PC, 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM, CF, SD, 802.11b, Bluetooth.

Update: $35 off with coupon on VGAPocketPC.com (October 13th only)

Posted October 12, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell Axim X50 / X50v

dell axim x50 x50v photo manual

The Dell Axim X50 and X50v are supposed to be released later today and PocketFactory got hold of the official spec sheet in PDF format.

No big surprises, it looks exactly like the pictures we already had, and the specs are the same as we had told you in our Dell Axim X50 profile.

The only changes to the profile are the confirmation of only 64MB RAM (some people were saying 128MB) and the confirmation of the weight at 6.2oz.

The Axim X50v is a great Pocket PC and I will be ordering one ASAP to review, only negatives are the lowish RAM (although with 1gb 80x speed CF cards close to $100 these days storage space shouldn't be an issue), and the lack of a jog dial like on the X30.

Dell Axim X50v PDF Datasheet (right click to save to your computer)

(via PocketFactory)

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Posted October 12, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

iPAQ hx2000 Series Specs

hp ipaq hx2000 hx2110 hx2410 hx2750 pocket pc

PDAgold found more info on the exact specifications of the hx2000 series of Pocket PCs from HP.

HP is copying Dell by offering 3 different versions of the hx2000: the low-end hx2110, the mid-range hx2410 and the high end hx2750.

The basic hx2110 features a 312MHz XScale processor, 64MB RAM and 64MB ROM (total 88MB user accessible), Bluetooth 1.1, SDIO and CompactFlash card slots and a 920mAh removable battery.

The hx2410 is the same as the hx2110 except for a faster 520MHz processor, Wi-Fi 802.11b, and larger 1440mAh battery.

The hx2750 adds a 620MHz processor, 128MB RAM and 128MB ROM (total 214MB user accessible), and a biometric fingerprint reader.

All 3 are 4.7" x 3.0" x 0.6" and weigh 5.8oz. All 3 are missing VGA resolution screens and consumer speed/range infrared, making these much more suited for the business user than the home user.

No word yet on pricing, and at TechXNY yesterday the HP staff wouldn't give any information out on the hx2000 series.

More from PDAgold

Posted October 8, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

HP iPAQ hx2000 Pictures

hp ipaq hx2000 hx2100 hx2400 hx2700 pocket pc

Engadget got sent some pictures of the rumored HP iPAQ hx2000 series of Pocket PCs, and they aren't pretty.

These aren't VGA pocket PCs although there is a slight change HP may do a Dell and make the high end hx2700 VGA.

Word is there will be 3 models: the hx2100, the hx2400, and the hx2700.

The HP iPAQ hx2100 will have a 316MHz XScale processor, 2.5" display, 64MB RAM, 64MB ROM, CompactFlash, Secure Digital, and Bluetooth.

The HP iPAQ hx2700 will have a 624MHz XScale processor, 2.5" display, 128MB RAM, 64MB ROM, CompactFlash, Secure Digital, and 802.11b (instead of, or as well as bluetooth).

There are no specs on the hx2400 but we expect it to have a 520MHz processor, 128MB RAM, and no Wi-Fi.

No info on release date or price: our guess on prices would be $300, $400, and $500 for the 3 models.

Engadget has some more pics including a clip-on keyboard.

(via engadget)

Posted October 4, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Tungsten T5 Arrives

palmone tungsten T5

As we predicted the PalmOne Tungsten T5 has been announced.

No big surprises, I feel completely underwhelmed by it's lack of buzz.

Features of the PalmOne Tungsten T5 are a large 256mb of non-volitile flash memory (split into 55mb program memory and 160MB user storage), 416MHz XScale processor, 320 x 480 QVGA display, SDIO/SD/MMC card slot, runs PaolmOS 5.4 (not PalmOS 6 as widely expected/anticipated).

The PalmOne Tungsten T5 is a relatively small 4.8" x 3.1" x 0.6" and it weighs 5.1oz.

The PalmOne Tungsten T5 will be available November 3rd and it will cost $399.

The most exciting thing PalmOne found to say about the T5 is that is doubles as a USB flash drive. Guess no-one told them that you can buy a 512mb flash drive for under $50 or a 1gb flash drive for under $100 these days.

Dallab DP900 PocketPC Phone

dallab DP900 pocketpc phone

msmobiles discovered a new Pocket PC Phone: The Dallab DP900.

If you haven't heard of Dallab before they are a Malaysian company that until now has produced only bluetooth equipped accessories.

The Dallab DP900 is a tri-band (GSM 900/1800/1900MHz) 300MHz intel xscale, Pocket PC running Microsoft Pocket PC 2003 Phone Edition.

Other features of the Dallab DP900 are 64MB RAM, 64MB ROM, 1100mAh removable battery (that can be switched without the phone losing its connection or power), 240x320 pixel 3" screen, SDIO/SD/MMC card slot, and a VGA digital camera that rotates up to 180 degrees.

The Dallab DP900 weighs 5oz, its dimensions aren't known but it look pretty compact considering its small 3" screen size.

No info yet on whether the Dallab DP900 will be offered by any US phone companies.

Dallab DP900 Product Page

(via msmobiles)

Tungsten T5 Coming Monday

No photos yet, but according to News.com the palmOne Tungsten T5 will be launched Monday, making it the first handheld in a long time to make it to release without a photo leaking: I guess it helps that it the only recent handheld release without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity (so no FCC docs to help us out).

According to News.com the palmOne Tungsten T5 will have non-volitile memory so data isn't lost when you forget to recharge it, will have a "high-end" Intel Xscale processor, 256mb of memory, and a Secure Digital card slot.

Price is expected to be around $400.

Is it just me, or is the most uninspiring handheld in a long time, no wonder Palm is leaking market share out the wazoo.

Casio Cassiopeia DT-10 VGA Pocket PC

Casio Cassiopeia DT-10 VGA Pocket PC

Casio has surprised everyone by coming out with a new VGA Pocket PC.

The Casio Cassiopeia DT-10 VGA Pocket PC seems to be designed mostly for business use and is touted as shock resistant (1m drop) drip proof and dust proof.

The Casio DT-10 features a 3.7" VGA LCD screen, 27hr claimed battery life, 416MHz processor, SDIO and CF card slots, 128MB RAM, 64MB ROM, Bluetooth, and 802.11b Wi-Fi.

The Casio DT-10 Pocket PC is 5.5" x 3.2" x 1.0" and weighs 10.6oz. The DT-10 will be available in Japan in November.

(akihabara news via engadget)

Posted September 30, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell Axim X50 Price and Release Date

dell axim x50 pocket pc pricing and release date

Quote from Aximsite forums:
Ok, so I just talked to Dell Customer Chat, and I got an official launch date, preorder date, and pricing. If you don't believe me talk to Dell Chat yourself. Anyways on to what we've all been waiting for...

416 x50 $299
520 x50 $399
624 x50v $499

They all feature CF and SDIO card slots.

Launch Date: October 10
Order Date: October 12

(aximsite via pocketpcthoughts)

Posted September 30, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard Review

stowaway bluetooth keyboard for bluetooth equipped pocket pc and phones

PocketPcThoughts has reviewed the Think Outside Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard.

The Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard is a very small (5.5" x 3.9" x 0.5") box that folds out for form a good sized (9.9" x 5.8" x 0.5") 4 row QWERTY keyboard.

The Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard should work with any bluetooth equipped pocket pc (or a pocket pc wit a socket bluetooth SD or CF card) as well as many bluetooth equipped smart phones.

The list of compatible devices on the Think Outside site is a little out of date and doesn't specifically mention any of the new VGA Pocket PCs although they should work with the keyboard without problems.

(pocketpcthoughts full review)

iPAQ hx4700 Review

HP iPAQ hx4700 4700 pocket pc

Pocketnow has reviewed the HP iPAQ hx4700 VGA Pocket PC.

The iPAQ hx4700 features a 4" VGA (640x480 pixel) screen, 128mb ROM and 64mb RAM (with 135mb of that available for user storage), 624mhz processor (same as my favorite Dell X30), wireless 802.11b and bluetooth 1.2, and both SDIO and compactflash expansion slots.

The iPAQ hx4700 is big: 5.2 x 3.0 x0.6 inches and 6.6 ounces but that is to be expected considering the large screen.

What did they think of the iPAQ hx4700? they loved the screen and speed but didn't like the design and price so much. Read their review for the details.

(pocketnow review)

No Toshiba e830 in the US

Toshiba e830 Pocket PC

Toshiba has confirmed to BargainPDA that they will definately not be releasing the e830 VGA Pocket PC in the US.

This is a shame as the e830 seems to be a great Pocket PC:

4" VGA 640x480 screen, Bluetooth and 802.11b, 520mhz processor, 128mb RAM 32mb ROM, SDIO and CompactFlash expansion slots, 5.3 x 3.0 x 0.6 inches.

If that isn't bad enough, Toshiba announced that they are pulling out of the US PDA market completely, which seems like a silly decision considering how poor HPs recent Pocket PC releases have been.

(more at BargainPDA)

Posted September 24, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Piel Frama Case Review

Piel Frama leather case for dell axim X30 with extended battery

For our business trips and vacations we needed a case that would fit our Dell Axim X30 pocket pc with the Mugen extended battery attached.

After looking around we found the Piel Frama leather case designed specifically for the X30 with extended battery.

Piel Frama also offer a wide range of cases for other pocket pcs and gadgets in cowhide, crocodile, and ostrich, and prices average around $50 and up.

How did it perform on our recent gadget testing roadtrip? keep reading to find out......

Continue reading "Piel Frama Case Review"

Asus A730 Available Now (in Taiwan)

Asus A730 Pocket PC

Someone in Taiwan found the Asus A730 VGA Pocket PC in a store so they took it out of the box and took a ton of great photos.

Asus A730 Photos

The Asus A730 also features bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi, 64 or 128mb RAM, SDIO and Compact Flash expansion slots, Intel 520MHz processor, 3.7" VGA (640x480) screen, and a 1.3 megapixel digital camera.

Should be available in the US soon for $500 for 64mb with bluetooth or $600 for 128mb RAM with bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

(thanks pocketpcthoughts)

MDA Compact Pocket PC Phone

mda compact pocket pc phone

Brighthand has got the info on the MDA Compact Pocket PC Phone from HTC (formerly known as "magician").

The MDA compact is going to be smaller than most Pocket PC phones on the market: 4.25" x 2.3" x 0.7", and will weigh 5.3oz.

The MDA compact will also be more powerful than some competitors: packing a 416MHz XScale processor, and offering 64mb RAM, 64mb ROM, and has an SDIO expansion slot for more storage space and/or Wi-Fi functionality (bluetooth is already built-in).

The phone portion of the MDA Compact will be Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), making it usable in Asia, Europe and the US, and the MDA Compact will run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003.

The MDA Compact will be available in Europe in November and I hope it will be offered in the US sometime after that (hint hint T-Mobile... please).

Posted September 15, 2004 in Phones , Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Axim X50 Photos

dell axim x50 photos

Update: More photos and full specs of the Axim X50 and X50v are available on our sister site: VGAPocketPC.com
Photos of the Dell Axim X50 Pocket PC have been posted on russian forums handy.ru.

These look a lot more realistics than the fakes from a couple of weeks ago and match the internal photos of the Axim X50 posted on the FCC site.

If these Axim X50 photos are accurate then it confirms the rumors of the X50 having both a SD and a Compact Flash card slot.

Also showing up on the FCC site is a letter extending the confidentiality request for the Axim X50 until November 8th (it used to be September 24th) so it looks like there are some production delays.

Photos below, other features of the Axim X50 include VGA (640 x 480) screen, 128mb memory, and support for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 1.2.

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Posted September 15, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell Axim X50 Rear View

dell axim x50 pocket pc rear view fcc

The picture yesterday of the Dell Axim X50 pocket pc is definately a fake: the shape is nothing like a photo of the rear of the device that has shown up on FCC docs.

Most of the details on the Axim X50 are being held under a confidentiality request until 9/24 but there is some info in the FCC docs:

1100mAh removable battery with 2200mAh battery available (expect our friends at Mugen to have an even more powerful battery out soon for these).

At least 2 versions (we expect 3):

One Axim X50 with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 3.7" 640 x 480 screen, 624MHz processor, and 128mb or 64mb RAM.

Another Axim X50 with Bluetooth only, a 3.5" 240 x 320 screen, 520MHz processor, and 64mb RAM.

We expect the third Axim X50 (not mentioned in the FCC docs as it doesn't have wireless) to have a 3.5" 240 x 320 screen, 520MHz processor (or slower processor), and 64mb RAM.

All 3 versions are expected to have both CompactFlash and SD memory card slots.

(via Brighthand)

Posted September 1, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell Axim X50 Photo?

dell axim x50 photo

Engadget found a pic on an Asian forum that is supposed to be the Axim X50 but it looks faked to me, too much like the old Axim X5.

Here's what is known about the Dell Axim X50:

Like the X30 there will be 3 models, presumably called High, Mid, and Low with different processors and/or memory to differentiate them.

The X50 high will have a 3.7" VGA (640x480 pixel) screen, and all versions of the Dell Axim X50 Pocket PC will feature both a compactflash and a SD memory card slot.

Dimensions are said to be similar to the Dell X3 and X30 but the design will be different.

Expect other features of the Dell X50 Pocket PC to be similar to the X30: wireless and bluetooth in the high, lots of memory, removable battery etc.

This has the potential to be a killer Pocket PC, correcting the only big drawback of my X30 with the new VGA resolution screen.

Dell Axim X50 Pocket PC Rumors

Update 10/3: We have lots more info on the Dell Axim X50 on our new site: VGAPocketPC.com

No photos yet but info is starting to leak about the next Dell Axim Pocket PC: the X50.

Like the X30 there will be 3 models, presumably called High, Mid, and Low with different processors and/or memory to differentiate them.

The X50 high will have a 3.7" VGA (640x480 pixel) screen, and all versions of the Dell Axim X50 Pocket PC will feature both a compactflash and a SD memory card slot.

Dimensions are said to be similar to the Dell X3 and X30 but the design will be different.

Expect other features of the Dell X50 Pocket PC to be similar to the X30: wireless and bluetooth in the high, lots of memory, removable battery etc.

This has the potential to be a killer Pocket PC, correcting the only big drawback of my X30 with the new VGA resolution screen.

(via bargainpda)

Palm Tungsten T5

pam

Update 10/3: Lots of the rumors below seem to be false, the latest rumor is that the Tungsten T5 will be released tomorrow October 4th and will feature 256mb of memory and no wi-fi.

Rumors are surfacing about a couple of new Palm OS handhelds: the Palm Tungsten T5 (photo on the right), and the Palm Tungsten E2.

The Palm Tungsten T5 is rumored to be coming out in November and features a 520mhz processor, 128mb RAM, Palm OS6, hi-res screen, bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a SD memory card slot.

The Palm Tungsten T5 will be 4.7" x 3.0" x 0.66" and is expected to retail around $400.

The Tungsten E2 won't be out until April 2005, will cost $250 and will be a lot less interesting than the Tungsten T5.

(via 1src.com)

Toshiba e830 Pocket PC

Toshiba e830 Pocket PC FCC specifications

BargainPDA found the FCC docs on the Toshiba e830 Pocket PC.

It is still unsure if Toshiba will ever release this Pocket PC (lots of rumors about them leaving the market), but if they do this looks to be a great Pocket PC.

4" VGA 640x480 screen, Bluetooth and 802.11b, 520mhz processor, 128mb RAM 32mb ROM, SDIO and CompactFlash expansion slots, 5.3 x 3.0 x 0.6 inches.

What looks really interesting about the Toshiba e830 Pocket PC is that is has an optional "presentation pack" accessory that connects to the bottom of the Pocket PC and adds a VGA monitor port and a USB port. This accessory would make it simple to connect the pocket pc to a larger monitor or a projector for powerpoint presentations, and to add on a USB keyboard and/or mouse.

Look for there to be seperate versions with and without wireless and for the Toshiba e830 Pocket PC to be priced lower than comparable HP iPAQs (but higher than the Dell X30).

Continue reading "Toshiba e830 Pocket PC"

HP iPAQ 6315

ipaq h6315 information info photo

We think the iPAQ 6315 is underpowered for what it costs, but if you still want one they are available for pre-order direct from HP (for $599, you can only connect with a T-Mobile Service Agreement) with a ship date currently of September 9th.

Specs of the iPAQ 6315 are 168mhz processor, 4.6 x 2.9 x 0.7 inches, 6.5 ounces, upto 5 hrs talktime, 64mb ROM/64mb RAM, Quad-band GSM/GPRS phone, 802.11b and bluetooth 1.1 wireless, 640x480 camera, SDIO card slot, removable keyboard.

Posted August 18, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

iPAQ hx4700 FCC Docs

HP iPAQ hx4700 4700 pocket pc

The FCC has released certification documents for the HP iPAQ hx4700 Pocket PC, including internal pictures etc if you're into that sort of thing.

The iPAQ hx4700 should be released in the next few months and will set the new standard for a high-end Pocket PC.

The hx4700 features a 4" VGA (640x480 pixel) screen, 128mb ROM and 64mb RAM (with 135mb of that available for user storage), 624mhz processor (same as my favorite Dell X30), wireless 802.11b and bluetooth 1.2, and both SDIO and compactflash expansion slots.

The iPAQ hx4700 is big: 5.2 x 3.0 x0.6 inches and 6.6 ounces but that is to be expected considering the large screen.

Price of the iPAQ hx4700 is expected to be $649.00.

(thanks PocketPCThoughts)

iPaq h6315 is slow

ipaq h6315 information info photo

It turns out the iPAQ 6315 that had seemed so promising is in fact really really slow, with the processor operating at a paltry 168mhz (around a quarter the speed of the 624mhz Dell Axim X30).

Other specs for the version of the iPAQ 6315 offered in the US by T-Mobile for $499 with service agreement are: 4.6 x 2.9 x 0.7 inches, 6.5 ounces, upto 5 hrs talktime, 64mb ROM/64mb RAM, Quad-band GSM/GPRS phone, 802.11b and bluetooth 1.1 wireless, 640x480 camera, SDIO card slot, removable keyboard.

Hi-Res Screen for Pocket PC and Phones

samsung VGA 640x480 screen 2.6 inch

Samsung have released a picture of their new 2.6 inch, 300 dot per inch, 640 by 480 pixel VGA screen (by comparison a PC screen usually has 72 dots per inch, which means this screen can display a lot more in a small space, or make the same amount of information a lot clearer/smoother).

The screen also has a 200:1 contrast ratio and 150cd/m2 brightness which means it should look better than current small screens in direct sunlight.

This will be going into full production in December of this year and should show up next year in small Pocket PCs (current VGA Pocket PCs have a much larger and poorer quality 4 inch screen), smart phones, and high end mobile phones.

Also interesting but not announced yet is that the same 300 dots per inch would allow a 4.2 inch 1024x768 screen on a larger pocket pc or a 7.3" Wide-XGA 1080p HDTV screen combined with the new 60gb 1.8" hard drive for an uber personal video player or portable DVD player.

press release

Verizon XDA3 Pocket PC Phone

XDA3 XDA 3 MDA3 MDA 3 Verison Pocket PC phone

The FCC has approved a version of the XDA3 Pocket PC phone and the photos show a Verison logo, so guess who will be offering this CDMA phone to their US customers (probably for $600+).

Some specs are as follows:

Continue reading "Verizon XDA3 Pocket PC Phone"

Dell Axim X5 Pocket PC: $100

dell axim x5 coupon

Dell has a new coupon for their Dell Outlet store, offering refurbished Axim Pocket PCs for as low as $100 with free shipping, after $25 off coupon code D$HV2W2NBLV$93 (coupon expires 8/10, offer subject to change without notice).

Click on the link below, and sort by price to get the lowest priced Axim X5 Pocket PC. If you dont see the really cheap ones check back again later, they are added throughout the day.

They also have the newer X3 for as low as $145.

Check the Dell Outlet site now to see what is available

Toshiba e830 Pocket PC Rumors

Toshiba appears to be getting closer to releasing a new e830 Pocket PC even though there are repeated rumors that they want to get out of the PDA marketspace.

PocketPCThoughts.com have found some FCC documents hat show the label for the e830 but with a picture of the e805 (suggesting that the e830 will look the same as the e805).

Other rumored specs are 128 MB Memory, 520 MHz Processor, SD & CF slot, 4 inch VGA screen, and Bluetooth and 802.11b Wi-Fi. Release date is rumored to be September.

Dell Axim X30: New Coupon: $269

Dell Axim X30 Pocket PC

Dell has a new $30 off $300 coupon for today only:

coupon code XS8$J1?XDFH94G (expires after 1500 uses).

This combined with an automatic 15% discount brings the price of the 624mhz Dell X30 Pocket PC down to an all-time low of $269.

Be careful entering the code, it doesn't work if you go though the configuration screen to add accessories.

Here's how I got it to work: Click the link below, scroll down to "Hot Sellers" on the left side of the page, click on the hot sellers link for the Dell 624mhz Axim X30, and add to cart, then you can apply the coupon. If you end up on any screen that allows you to customize the X30 you have gone the wrong way and their system won't recognise the coupon!

For more info and to order click here

VGA Pocket PC Information

Firstloox.org has a comparison of what's known about the three upcoming VGA resolution Pocket PCs: the HP iPAQ hx4705, the Asus a730 (BT/Wifi), and the Loox 720.

The 4700 series ipaq (here listed as 4705) seems to be setting the pace with 128mb RAM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 1.2 and a 4" display. If you dont mind the high price tag, the touchpad, and the lack of a camera (really, who needs a crappy camera built into your pocket pc and your phone when you can just carry a 5mp Canon S500) this could be a great Pocket PC.


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Dell Axim X30: New Coupon: $294

Dell Axim X30 Pocket PC

Dell has a new $20 off $300 coupon for today only: coupon code TWPXKZKZK21W2? (expires after 1500 uses).

This brings the price of the 624mhz Dell X30 Pocket PC down to a all-time low of $294.

Be careful entering the code, you need to make sure you have the ? on the end. Also hearing reports that it doesnt work if you go though the configuration screen to add accessories.

Here's how I got it to work: Click the link below, scroll down to "Hot Sellers" on the left side of the page, click on the hot sellers link for the Dell 624 Axim X30, and add to cart, then you can apply the coupon. If you end up on any screen that allows you to customize the X30 you have gone the wrong way and their system wont recognise the coupon!

(thanks Janak at pocketpcthoughts.com for linking to this post)

For more info and to order click here

Posted July 9, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (1) | Comments (0)

Dell Axim X30 Pocket PC Review

Dell Axim X30 Pocket PC

Premise: Stress test the Dell Axim X30 624mhz Pocket PC, a Netgear WGR-101 Wireless Travel Router, an Igo Juice ac/air/car charger, and assorted other gadgets on a two week business trip from New York to San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen (China)

  • What software did I need
  • Where could I get wirelessly connected
  • What didn't work
  • What made life easier
  • What made life harder

Conclusions:

The Igo Juice Power Adapter allowed me to use my Laptop continuously on the 2 12+ hour flights.

The Netgear WGR-101 Router allowed me to have 2 laptops and a pocket PC simultaneously connected (wirelessly) to the hotel's high-speed network and to use those gadgets outside the room.

The Pocket PC allowed me to get emails, check the news, weather etc without switching on the laptop. It also allowed me to track expenses and keep flight/hotel information together in one place, and kept me occupied with books, music, and games.

See the extended entry below for the full review.

For more info and to order click here

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iPaq h6315 Photo

ipaq h6315 information info photo

Update 7/26: The iPAQ 6315 has been released and T-Mobile will start selling it in August at $499 (presumably with a new 1 year contract/service agreement).

Update 8/15: More info available here.

ipaqabilities.com has found a photo of the upcoming ipaq h6315 on the T-Mobile web site.

Description is "HP iPAQ h6315 Pocket PC is a Microsoft® Windows® powered Pocket PC that integrates GSM / GPRS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth wireless technology to give you high-speed wireless voice and data connectivity at home, at work, and on the go."

Release date is rumored to be July 27th.

If I hadn't just bought a new Dell Pocket PC and a Sprint PCS phone I would be very interested in this.

Posted June 30, 2004 in Phones , Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell X30 Pocket PC

Dell Axim X30 Pocket PC

Last month Dell launched their new Pocket PC and its the fastest Pocket PC ever, not only that it has a great price and great features: Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC Software, 802.11b Wireless and Bluetooth. A model without wireless is just $199, with wireless is $249, and with wireless and the fastest processor is $349. For the price they are by far the best pocket PCs around.

Sounds good, well it just got better... currently they are 10% off, and if you go for the high-end 624mhz option and add a little something to the order (such as an extra battery, a case, a spare stylus etc) you can use coupon code K30CXZKNF?27FQ for $25 off $350 order, giving a final price of $289.

It is currently out of stock and saying 6 weeks for delivery, but I ordered one today and got an email an hour later with an estimated ship date of 6/25.

For more info and to order click here

Posted June 15, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Bluetooth Keyboard

thinkoutside bluetooth keyboard for phones and pocket PC

Available now for pre-order and shipping in July, Think Outside has started selling a full-size wireless bluetooth keyboard, that folds up into a 5.5" x 3.9" x 0.5" box.


I had one of their keyboards for my old iPaq and it was great, actually made it worthwhile to try to write an email or a document on my pocket pc.


Unlike many bluetooth devices, the compatibility list is extensive: pcs and laptops with XP SP1 or OS X, most bluetooth enabled phones, pocket pcs, also works with bluetooth SD and CF cards for pocket pcs without bluetooth built-in.


The price is $149 with free shipping until July 4th.


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Dell X30 Axim Pocket PC

Dell Axim X30 Pocket PC

Dell have just launched their new Pocket PC and its the fastest Pocket PC ever, not only that it hasa great price and great features: Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC Software, 802.11b Wireless and Bluetooth. A model without wireless is just $199, with wireless is $249, and with wireless and the fastest processor is $349.

Update: I have posted a review of the X30

For more info and to order click here

Posted May 18, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

iPAQs in Space

NASA using HP Hewlett-Packard iPAQ 5550 in space

Ok, who else shows their age by reading the title and thinking of the Muppet Show and "Pigs in Space"?

Hewlett-Packard has put out a press release detailing how their h5550 Packet PCs are being used aboard the International Space Station.

Read the Press Release

Posted May 7, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Ipaq 1945 Pocket PC

This is my current pick for best pocket pc without 802.11 wireless. It has bluetooth, 64mb memory, a color 240x320 pixel screen, and accepts SD, SDIO and MMC memory cards.

Amazon has it for $267.99 with free shipping.

Continue reading "Ipaq 1945 Pocket PC"

Posted March 17, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

OLEDs soon in Toshiba Pocked PCs?

At the CeBIT show in Germany Toshiba has been showing off a new 3.45" Organic LED (OLED), OLEDs dont need a backlight and are thinner and smaller than standard LEDs, 3.45" is the perfect size for a Pocket PC screen: end result should be is a thinner light Pocket PC with a longer battery life.

(from Brighthand)

Posted March 17, 2004 in Pocket PC | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)
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