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Sunday, September 09, 2007
  The HP210/211 iPaq Enterprise Handheld - PDA's aren't dead!

I am pleased that HP has decided to release a new stand-alone PDA, the HP 211 Enterprise Handheld. The specs look very interesting, and the HP211 could be a nice replacement for the Toshiba e830, and Dell x51v when they "jump the shark". Following are the specs that look interesting:

  • 624 MHz processor

  • 4" VGA screen

  • WiFi (802.11 b/g), and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR built-in

  • 256 MB ROM which should result in ample room for program/data storage

  • Windows Mobile 6

  • 128 MB RAM for program execution. The original spec I saw was 64 MB; however, the HP site indicates 128 MB which is much better. It will be interesting to see how much of the 64 MB 128 MB is available to the user.

  • Compact Flash, and SDIO expansion slots

  • Mini USB port

It is nice to see a new stand alone PDA with the latest Mobile OS, and a large screen. Since the HP211 has Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, it could be a nice machine for tethering with a Bluetooth 2.0 EDR phone. As much as I like the PPC-6700, I am a fan of two separate devices, rather than the converged device. Converged devices by their nature cannot equal the features etc. of "best in class" separate devices. Now that it seems we have a nice, modern PDA, all we need is a small, clamshell Bluetooth 2.0 EDR phone with 3G, and a nice DUN Bluetooth profile. If the released HP211 lives up to its specs, my credit card will be out of the wallet as soon as it is released.

Update October 20, 2007 - During the first week of October, an availability date of October 12 was listed for the iPaq 210, which is basically the same as the 211. I ordered the 210 directly from HP.com, and was anxiously awaiting shipment. Today, I received a voice mail, and an email, informing me the iPaq 210 will not be available until next year. Needless to say, I am disappointed with both the extensive delay in availability, and HP's not having their act together on their own website. I can understand, a week or two delay, but a few months delay only about a week after posting the initial availability date does not leave one with a positive feeling. It better be a fantastic device to make-up for this extensive delay.

Update February 8, 2008 - Received the iPAQ 210 today. First impression - I like it very much, great screen, and nice feel overall. I will post an extensive review once I have many hours of actual daily use.
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