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RE: Pocket PC
- To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: Pocket PC
- From: "Yi Yang" <YI(--nospam--at)summit-sr.com>
- Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 18:39:48 -0700
would definitely get the ones with BT and WiFi.
recently just got a HP4705, with BT and WiFi. It's wonderful. We
have WiFi in our office, and I have it set up at home. The internet
browser (Pocket Internet Explorer) is pretty good, functions pretty much like a
normal web browser. With the VGA screen on this device, it's very
enjoyable to browse the web. I was able to use the PIE to log on
to the web access of our Exchange Server (a secure web site), and from there you
get the same information as if you are on your desktop Outlook. If you
have Exchange Server 2003 (which we don't), there is a ActiveSync module which
you can add to the server and sync the pockpc with the server directly, via WiFi
of course. You don't really need a docking station anymore. You can
also setup POP mails etc from the Pocket Outlook. I can browse, copy and
open any files (PDF, Word, Excel etc.) on our servers from the PPC
via WiFi in our office. I even tried Terminal Service Client, via WiFi, to
take control of my laptop. It's not bad. Of course the entertainment
value is huge too, I can stream MP3, video files etc from the laptop / desktop
to PPC. The built-in windows media player is not too bad. Outside
home and offices, of course WiFi is useless unless you are near a hotspot, which
is abundant these days (depend on your location, and you might have to
pay). Basically I wouldn't want a PPC if it doesn't have
Bluetooth is somewhat less useful to me at this point. The only
other BT device I have is my cell phone. AT&T blocks analog data
access for GSM cell phone services (I won't get into that here). But
basically if I'm on Cingular or other services that allows this, I can send and
receive fax via cell phone from PPC, and the link between the cell phone and PPC
is of course BT. You can also connect to your cell phone via BT, and use
it to call your local ISP, like a dial-up connection, again AT&T block
this. However I can at least use the wireless data service AT&T
provides, which costs a lot (and that's what they really want you to do), to
access internet on PPC in a pinch. Just about the only thing I can do
right now using BT is to synch contacts between my phone and my PPC, and make
calls using my cell phone (with headset), but dialing numbers directly from the
contact info in PPC. Some of the newer laptops today have built-in BT,
thus another wireless way to sync your PPC. HP is coming out with a BT
headphone. There are other future potentials also, like BT keyboard, BT
printer (which HP makes a couple I think). By the way, you don't need
anything to do all these, as long as you have a BT enabled cell phone (or other
devices). Of course the cool factor in all these is that as long as you
are within 30' or so from these devices, you are connected, and don't need a
line of sight neither.
as getting the one of those Axims, I'm not sure if you can still get a X5.
You might want to consider the X30, with bluetooth and WiFi, and a newer OS than
X5, for about $250. You also get a better form
factor. The only reason I would not want to consider the X30 is
the screen. Once you've seen a VGA (640x480) display and a QVGA
(320x240) side by side on a PDA, you will know what I'm talking about
(think spreadsheets). The only Axim model that has VGA screen is the
X50v. For the X30, since it has built-in BT and WiFi, the CF
slot is somewhat less important. If you need additional storage space, use
SD slot should be fine. I just got a 1GB SD card for less than $70.
1GB holds a lot of stuff (the whole simpson connector catalog PDF is only 15
meg). There are bigger SD cards available. Now that the SD slot is
taken for extra storage, the only reason you would want the CF slot is for
things like a GPS receiver, which I personally don't really care about.
There are a lot of other interesting devices you can plug in the CF slot, that
depends on your professional and personal interests I guess.
for the long reply, I just had my Pocket PC for a couple of weeks, and am still
excited about it. I hope this won't confuse you even
Y i Y a n g,
SUMMIT ENGINEERING INC.
Santa Rosa, California
One of my
employees is entering the pocket pc world. I have an hp ipaq 3955.
I love it. His buying hang-up is that he's having trouble deciding if he
should shell out the bucks for bt/wi-fi. I setup a wireless network at
home for my wife who works out of the house. I personally don't feel
I need the wireless access and don't use it.
Could anyone chime
in on the following; a) should he purchase a unit with bt/wi-fi capability?,
b) does anyone have experience checking email while mobile with pocketpc
device? don't you need a modem card that will interface with your cell
phone, or does the wi-fi have a built in modem? c) we are currently
looking at the dell axim x5/x30. My comment was that the X30 has
built-in bt/wi-fi but not a cf card slot. The X5 has built-in cf card
slot but not the bt/wi-fi.
Thanks in advance
for your comments.
Keith De Lapp, P.E.
4995 Golden Foothill Parkway
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Phone (916) 933-5991
Fax (916) 933-5992