Pocket PC

Many new cars come with GPS navigation systems. But what if you don't have one? Adding it might not be practical-perhaps you drive more than one vehicle, travel and rent often, or just don't want an expensive piece of electronics permanently and visibly stuck to your dash. Today's smartphones and PDAs are powerful enough to [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, GPS, Windows Phone, Wireless

It totally figures that about the time I am ready to move on from a device, its accessories will start becoming available. Ah well, such is the life of an early adopter... Case in point, I recently received the new PDair aluminum case for the HTC Apache/PPC-6700. I have long been a fan of this [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone

First I want to thank Judie for this opportunity. I love the Gadgeteer site and this was a great chance to contribute. (Shameless sucking up finished, now to the review); I just got the Qtek 9100 Windows Mobile phone and was looking for a case for it when I read the post asking for a [...]

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Early last year, when the first rumors began to swirl that HTC would be introducing a Pocket PC Phone Edition made with the mini-laptop form factor of the CLIÉ UX50 and Zaurus SL-C3100, my interest was immediately piqued. After all, I had long been bemoaning the fact that as of yet there were no similarly [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone

I've been eagerly awaiting the appearance of cases for the HTC Apache since I bought mine, and I am happy to report that they are finally starting to appear. That's not to say that pouch-style versions haven't been available for some time, but what I really wanted was a case in which I could keep [...]

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One of the first things I did after getting the HTC Apache / Sprint PPC-6700 was to start looking for accessories, but it has not been easy. As has been the case every time a new device has come to market, there was a bit of a time lag between acquiring the device and acquiring [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone

In September 2005, my daily driver PDA was an HP iPAQ hx-4700 and my mobile phone was the Samsung i550, a Palm OS device that was never technically released in the US. I thought that I was satisfied with the combination of the two devices - enjoying the best of both PDA worlds in a [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone, Wireless

When I bought my O2 XDA II Mini in February this year, I thought “Now this device will be a keeper for at least a year”. How silly of me. As soon as I started reading about the HTC Universal, I knew that was going to change. A device that had a built-in keyboard, WiFi [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone

I've covered some great leather cases for the HP iPAQ 4500 series in the last year or so, but only recently have there been a selection of cases available for the iPAQ when equipped with its most useful add-on accessory - the extended battery. Even though the extended battery takes an otherwise thin (0.6") PDA [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone

Knowing my past track record and how notorious I can be for switching PDAs every time something new and shiny comes out, makes it hard for some to believe that I've been happily using the HP iPAQ hx4700 since October 2004. Amazingly enough, there just haven't been any announcements for other upcoming devices that have [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone

Product Requirements: Device: Any device that can accommodate a Type II CF card I live by the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared. I have a zippered pouch in my gear bag that has all kinds of little adapters and tools. Things like the Victorinox CyberTool and FlexUSB adapter. I just found another adapter that will [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Computer Gear, Gear, Laptops and Gear, Windows Phone

Product Requirements: Device: Any device that can accommodate an SD card, or any USB port Ideative Inc., the company that brought us the FlexUSB doo-hickey, are now offering 128mb SD cards. These aren't ordinary SD cards though... These cards have a built in USB connector, alleviating the need for a separate flash card reader. While [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Computer Gear, Gear, Laptops and Gear

A long time ago, I was the owner of an HP Jornada 420. It was slow, had terrible battery life, and very limited onboard memory – but the display was a real head-turner (at the time). Flash forward a few PDAs, and my ailing Sony CLIÉ TG50 was being held together with tape. Although by [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone

Product Requirements: Device: HP iPAQ hx4700 / hx4705 with extended battery The day that I bought the extended battery for my HP iPAQ hx4700, I was set for some serious reading. Suddenly, my PDA's life was extended to over 13 hours, and life was very, very good...except for the fact that I no longer had [...]

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Product Requirements: Device: HP iPAQ hx4700 / hx4705 PDA It's no secret that I have a fondness for the cases manufactured by the Vaja craftsman, in particular their line of custom cases. Combining their special blend of artistry and fabulous Argentinean leather, Vaja's custom cases allow PDA owners to decide what special features they do [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone

Product Requirements: Device: HP iPAQ hx4700 / hx4705 Last month I found myself doing a search for iPAQ 4700 cases, and I came across the newest offerings from E&B Company. Now there was a blast from the past! Would you believe that it has been over three years since I reviewed an E&B case? Obviously [...]

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Product Requirements: Device: Just about any portable electronic device with a TFT screen, but will not adhere to LCD screens Back in the early days of PDAs, there really wasn't much one could do to keep from scratching their touch screen. The average user would buy a PDA that would come with some sort of [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone

Product Requirements: A PDA that measures under 5.5" long x 3.5" wide x 0.9" deep When I reviewed the OtterBox Armor 3600 back in 2003, there was no doubt in my mind that I had just discovered the "Humvee of PDA Protection." No case I had seen, or that I have since seen, has even [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone

Product Requirements: Device: Windows PC 98, 2000, ME, XP or later Like almost all products on the market, the consumer has a variety of brand choices that tend to map directly to price choices. For example, if you're in the market for a pair of jeans, you can buy a no name pair at Wal-Mart [...]

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Product Requirements: Device: HP hx4700 / hx4705 iPAQ Pocket PC   Used to be, when you'd think of metal PDA cases, the first company that came to mind would be RhinoSkin with their Titanium tank like cases. Unfortunately, they quit making the Ti cases awhile ago and now sell leather and aluminum PDA protection instead. [...]

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Posted in: Windows Phone