The Good Zippy 624MHz processor; 4-inch VGA screen; runs Windows Mobile 2003 SE; integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; user-replaceable battery.
The Bad Bulky; touchpad is unintuitive and isn't always responsive; subpar video performance.
The Bottom Line The hx4700 offers powerful features and solid performance for on-the-go professionals--just be prepared to pay a hefty price.
HP iPaq Pocket PC hx4700
HP iPaq hx4700 Pocket PC
Producing business-oriented handhelds isn't anything new for HP, but with the release of its latest corporate-centric iPaq, the hx4700 (also sold as the hx4705), the company does make some new strides in the arena. Not only does it boast the latest OS--Windows Mobile 2003 SE--and Intel's high-speed processor, but you also get an innovative navigational touchpad and a sharp VGA screen. Mobile professionals, in particular, will also be glad to see Wi-Fi and Bluetooth onboard. However, you'll pay for all these features--a whopping $649.99, to be exact. If you're not willing to shell out this kind of cash and can do without the high-resolution display, the high-end offers many of the same features and solid performance for half the price. HP called in its extreme makeover team for the iPaq hx4700, heaping on a handful of new design features. The hx4700 sheds HP's traditional silver casing for a charcoal-gray body with black accents. Color preference is going to be a matter of personal style, but overall, it's a pretty slick-looking device. Unfortunately, this PDA isn't particularly compact. Though a bit lighter than the H5550 it replaces (6.6 ounces vs. 7.3 ounces), the hx4700 is still one of the larger handhelds at 5.2 by 3.0 by 0.6 inches. It carries a similar footprint to both the Toshiba e805 and the . The hx4700 certainly feels sturdy in your hands, but just be prepared to carry around the extra bulk.
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