The Good The thin and light HP iPaq rx1950 features integrated Wi-Fi and Windows Mobile 5, and it has outstanding battery life.
The Bad Unfortunately, the HP iPaq rx1950 lacks Bluetooth and has low onboard memory.
The Bottom Line Light, thin, and ready for just about anything the business world can throw at it, HP's iPaq rx1950 is a strong performer but falls short with lack of Bluetooth and low memory.
HP iPaq rx1950
HP iPaq rx1950
HP spruces up its entry-level handheld line with the HP iPaq rx1950 model, a slim and light PDA that doesn't cut corners on performance or battery life, with class-leading results. Armed with the latest Windows Mobile 5 operating system, the rx1950 can be a pocket office on the road but skimps on a few features here and there, most notably Bluetooth. At $300, however, the rx1950 costs half that of high-end business PDAs, so if you're on a budget and you're OK with the lack of Bluetooth, then the HP iPaq rx1950 is a perfectly capable handheld. One of the HP iPaq rx1950's greatest assets is its sleek design. Unlike the company's other entry-level PDA, the HP iPaq rz710, the rx1950 does away with the squarish, utilitarian form factor and returns to the more classic-looking and aesthetically pleasing rounded edges of HP's older models, such as the and the . As with the entry-level Dell Axim X51, the rx1950's curved bottom makes it easy to slip into a pocket or a bag in a hurry. The PDA's petite proportions stand out with a weight of 4.4 ounces and dimensions of 0.6 by 2.8 by 4.5 inches, making it a few tenths of an inch smaller and a couple of ounces lighter than the Axim X51, the HP iPaq hx2790, or the . With its small AC charger and cables, the rx1950 is truly a travel-friendly device.
Like other entry-level PDAs, the HP iPaq rx1950 has a 3.5-inch-diagonal QVGA screen that shows a 240x320 resolution--which is the price you pay for its modest dimensions--rather than the more detailed 3.7-inch VGA display used on the Dell Axim X51v or the latest 4-inch screens. Still, it shows 65,536 colors, and it's rich and bright enough for most uses. One thing we did notice is that you need to press the stylus firmly on to the screen for it to work. Although we miss having a plastic screen cover to protect the display, we like that all it takes to go between portrait and landscape views is holding down the Calendar button for a couple of seconds. You'll find this button, as well as three other customizable shortcut keys--Contacts, Inbox, and Wireless, by default--and the navigation toggle just below the screen. Above the display, there is a power switch, which is flanked by two small LEDs that indicate alerts, battery status, and wireless status.
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