The new h5400 Series iPAQs includes both Bluetooth and 802.11b, as well as a biometric fingerprint reader (more about that later). You’ll also notice that you can clearly see a microphone to the left of the fingerprint reader.
During the merger process with Compaq, HP said it would carry-over some Jornada features to the iPAQ line. One of those things is a user-replaceable rechargeable battery. There’s a removeable door on the back of the iPAQ 5400 that doubles as a flat lithium-ion battery. So now you can charge up a couple of these and not have to worry as much that you’ll be caught out of power.
The iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 Series has a transflective color TFT display (likely the same one used in its 3900 series) capable of supporting 64K colors. It is the Pocket PC standard 320×240 pixels screen with .24 dot pitch. The h5400 has an Intel PXA250 processor running at 400MHz, and is backed by 64MB of RAM. It comes with 32MB or greater of ROM and up to 20MB of iPAQ File Store.
As far as size and weight, the h5400 tips the scales at 7.26 ounces and measures 5.43″ x 3.3″ x 0.63″.
A cool new software product called Nevo enables the h5400 to become an excellent Universal Remote Control for your other electronic entertainment devices.
Still, the most ground-breaking new addition is the thermal swipe technology used in its fingerprint reader. HP now allows you to secure your device in a variety of ways, from a password to a PIN to a fingerprint, or any combination of the three. To use a fingerprint, you must first “enroll” your fingerprint by training the iPAQ to recognize it.
If you wonder whether HP got rid of the flashing blue light for the built-in Bluetooth, it didn’t. In fact, you’ve now got green to deal with as well. The built-in 802.11b radio uses a green flashing light when a wireless LAN connection is made (or flashing amber when there is no link).