eXpansys is now offering in the United States the latest cellular-wireless iPAQ.
HP has not approved the sale of iPAQ hw6500 series models in this country. Instead, as part of the so-called “grey market,” eXpansys has purchased these devices in Europe and is importing them into the U.S. without HP’s permission.
Because this Pocket PC isn’t officially available outside of Europe yet, eXpansys is charging a premium for it. The price is just over $700, which is higher than it is expected to be when this iPAQ is sold by a wireless carrier.
This is an unlocked GSM/GPRS device, so it can be used with carriers like Cingular and T-Mobile. However, it isn’t compatible with Verizon or Sprint.
The iPAQ hw6510 can be purchased from the eXpansys web site. According to the retailer, it has 17 in stock at the time this article was published.
More About the iPAQ hw6500 Series
The model in this series currently being offered by eXpansys, the iPAQ hw6510, does not include a built-in camera.
This is the first Pocket PC from any company with a square (240 by 240 pixel) screen. This is 2.2 inches on each side.
Below the screen is a backlit QWERTY keyboard, making this device strongly resemble a Treo or a BlackBerry.
The hw6500 series runs on GSM/GPRS networks, and includes support for EDGE.
This model also has Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, plus one slot for SD cards and a second for miniSD cards.
It includes a built-in GPS receiver and TomTom Navigator software. Users will be able to download one city map for free. Additional maps will cost extra.
This device is 4.7 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.8 inches thick (118 mm by 71 mm by 21 mm). It weighs 5.8 ounces (165 g).