An Overview of the HP iPAQ rz1715

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The iPaq rz1715 is HP’s new entry-level model, though it is priced above many other company’s least expensive handhelds.

Surprisingly, the rz1715 runs the original version of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC. It won’t use the Second Edition of this operating system, which Microsoft released this spring.

HP iPAQ rz1715 This iPAQ uses a 203 MHz Samsung S3C2410 processor. It has 32 MB of RAM, 15 MB is available to the user, plus a 10 MB File Store. This is quite a small amount for a Pocket PC, but the rz1715 does include an SD/MMC card slot for storing additional files.

The size of its 240-by-320-pixel (QVGA) display is 3.5 inches. Because it doesn’t use Windows Mobile SE, the screen can’t be rotated to landscape mode without third-party software.

The rz1715 is 4.5 inches tall, 2.75 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick (114 mm by 70 mm by 13 mm). It weighs 4.2 ounces (120 g).

As a “no-frills” model, it lacks any kind of wireless networking. However, its SD slot supports SDIO, so third-party cards can be used add Wi-Fi.

The list price for the iPaq rz1715 is roughly $280. It available now from the HPShopping.com web site.

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