First Take: HP iPaq Pocket PC hx4700

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HP iPaq Pocket PC hx4700
HP's latest business handheld gets a VGA-resolution screen and other enhancements.

HP has a reputation for churning out serious handhelds for business, and with the iPaq hx4700, it looks like the company is at it again. Replacing the H5000 series, including the H5550, the HP iPaq hx4700 displays a new look and an innovative touchpad navigation system. Also on-board are Intel's latest 624MHz XScale processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless, and advanced multimedia capabilities. Of course, all this doesn't come cheap; the hx4700 costs a whopping AU$1,199.

Talk about eye candy -- the hx4700's main attraction is its brilliant 4-inch 65,536-colour VGA TFT display that boasts a 640-by-480-pixel resolution. Translation? It produces sharp and crisp images for a better viewing experience.

You can also switch between portrait and landscape mode, thanks to the inclusion of Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. You get plenty of user-accessible memory (about 135MB), and if that's still not enough, the expansion slot accepts SDIO, MMC and CompactFlash media, so your storage needs are covered. We also like the fact that HP includes a high-capacity user-replaceable battery.

The hx4700 is filled to the brim with goodies, but it comes at a price: bulk and cost. At AU$1,199, this Pocket PC is one of the most expensive handhelds on the market today, beating Toshiba's e800. Then again, with its long list of features, you get what you pay for. Also, at 7.6cm wide by 13.2cm deep by 0.76cm high and 190g, the hx4700 is larger and heavier than your average handheld.

The hx4700 will appeal to the power business user who needs a full-featured handheld. Given the price, it faces tough competition from other VGA handhelds such as the Toshiba's e800. Whether it is worth the cost will largely depend on its results in our hands-on tests, so stay tuned.

Specifications

Display
Technology TFT active matrix
LCD Technology transflective
Diagonal Size 4 in
Diagonal Size (metric) 10.2 cm
Output Type color
Color Support 16-bit (64K gray levels)
Native Resolution 480 x 640
General
Built-in Devices Microphone, Speaker(s)
Miscellaneous
Features Full USB, Expandable storage, Bluetooth
Color Gray
Included Handheld Accessories protective cover, stylus
Processor
Clock Speed 624 MHz
Type XScale PXA270
Manufacturer Intel
Telecom
Messaging / Data Services SMS
Memory
Max Supported Size 64 MB
Audio
Type speaker(s)
Communications
Wireless Protocol 802.11b, Bluetooth
Networking
Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11b, IrDA
Input Device
Type touchpad, touchscreen
Multimedia
Audio Microphone, speaker
Digital Audio Formats MP3
Battery
Installed Qty 1
Technology lithium ion
Header
Brand HP
Product Line HP iPAQ Pocket PC
Model hx4700
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Expansion and Connectivity
Expansion Slots 1 x CompactFlash Card - type II
1 x SD Memory Card
Interfaces 1 x USB 2.0
1 x headphones
System
Platform Windows
Handheld Type handheld
Expansion / Connectivity
Free 1
Free Qty 1
Chassis
Included Expansion Base(s) docking cradle
ROM
Installed Size 128 MB
RAM
Technology SDRAM
Installed Size 64 MB
Card Reader
Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card
Audio Output
Type speaker
Digital Audio Formats MP3
Audio Input
Type microphone
GPS System
Navigation none
Expansion Slots
Type CompactFlash Card, SD Memory Card
Form Factor type II
Total Qty 1
Interface Provided
Interface USB 2.0, headphones
Qty 1
OS Provided
Type Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2003 Second Edition
Cable Details
Type USB cable
Included Qty 1
PDA Software
Type Bluetooth Manager, HP Mobile Print centre, IPAQ Audio, IPAQ Image Zone, IPAQ iTask Manager, Power Status, Self Test, iPAQ Backup, iPAQ File Store
Power Device
Type power adapter
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Supported Battery
Max Supported Qty 2
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Dimensions & Weight
Width 3 in
Depth 0.6 in
Height 5.2 in
Weight 6.6 oz

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