Cingular will soon begin offering two new versions of a cellular-wireless iPAQ.
HP is currently including a flier in products purchased from HPShopping.com, its official web store. This flier lists several iPAQ models, as well as the iPAQ h6325, a model not currently available.
The description makes it clear that wireless service in the U.S. for this device will be available only from Cingular.
The flier doesn’t give many details on the iPAQ h6325, but fortunately this Pocket PC is already available in Canada. Also, other h6300 series models are available around the world, including the h6315 from T-Mobile.
The earlier h6300 series handhelds were plagued by problems, but most of these were cleared up by a ROM update that came out earlier this year. Presumably the h6325 will come with this already installed.
The iPAQ h6325 will cost $600, but it is not known exactly when this Pocket PC will be released.
Late this summer, Cingular is expected to begin offering a pair of similar models in the iPAQ hw6500 series. These will have an integrated keyboard and GPS, but use a lower-resolution screen and lack Wi-Fi.
An Overview of the iPAQ h6325
The iPAQ h6325 offers built-in GSM/GPRS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
This wireless handheld is heavily focused on communication. A number of compromises have been made in order to reach this goal. For example, it uses a 200 MHz TI OMAP 1510 processor. HP felt that a faster processor isn’t necessary to handle this device’s communications chores, and the lower speed means its 1800 mAh battery lasts a long time between charges.
This handheld is primarily focused on wirelessly accessing web sites and email, but it is also able to make voice calls. To make this easier, it comes with a wired earbud headset.
The h6325 runs the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC. It has 64 MB of RAM, of which 55 MB is user accessible. Some of its ROM is available to the user for additional storage.
It includes an SDIO-capable SD/MMC slot for storing even more files and applications.
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 h6325 is a Quad-Band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM/GPRS device, meaning it can be used in the U.S., Europe, and almost every other country.
The h6325 includes a built-in VGA camera, but Cingular is expected to offer through its business channels a second model, the h6320, that lacks the camera.
This device is 4.7 inches high, 3.0 inches wide, and 0.7 inches thick (11.9 x 7.5 x 1.9 cm), not counting the antenna. It weighs 6.7 ounces (190 g).
Thanks to Ted Finch for the tip.