The Good Compact; dual expansion slots; sharp screen; Bluetooth; consumer-grade IR; removable battery; doubles as a remote control for home-theater gear.
The Bad Not as slim as the H1940.
The Bottom Line In the middle of HP’s 2003 iPaq line, the dual-expansion H2210 will hit the sweet spot for many Pocket PC buyers.
HP iPAQ h2210 Pocket PC
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One of the complaints people had about earlier iPaqs was that, unlike Pocket PCs from Toshiba and Casio, no iPaq offered built-in expansion slots for both CompactFlash and SD (Secure Digital) cards. Well, HP listened and has come out with the H2210 ($399 list price). Though neither as slim nor as affordable as the , this guy is currently the most compact dual-expansion Pocket PC on the market. And its size, performance, and features make it an attractive choice, particularly for users who want the option of adding lots of memory or a combination of memory and a CompactFlash add-on device. HP says the H2210 was in development before Dell's Axim X5 came out, but it's hard not to think the two devices might be illegitimate cousins. Most of the reason for that is because both the HP and Dell share black, rubberized side-grip panels that help reduce the odds of the device slipping out of your hand. However, the HP definitely beats the Dell on looks.
The H2210 isn't supercompact like the H1940, but it's not that much bigger, weighing in at 5.1 ounces (compared to 4.2 ounces) and measuring 4.5 by 3 by 0.6 inches. In fact, it's smaller and lighter than the original iPaq, which didn't have any expansion slots at all (you had to slip on a sleeve to add CompactFlash or PC Cards).