After pulling this device from its shelves and web site last month, T-Mobile U.S.A. is once again offering the iPAQ h6315.
T-Mobile U.S.A. began selling this cellular-wireless Pocket PC in August of last year. From the beginning, users had performance complaints and stability problems with the device.
Because of this, T-Mobile stopped offering the h6315 in the middle of March.
However, according to a leaked internal document, T-Mobile did not give up hope on this device. It knew HP was close to releasing a ROM update that was supposed to fix many of the h6315’s problems, and the document indicated that T-Mobile might begin offering this Pocket PC again after the update was released.
HP released this ROM update this week, and T-Mobile is once again offering the h6315.
It can be found on the company’s web site, where it sells for $500.
An Overview of the iPAQ h6315
The iPAQ h6315 was HP’s first handheld to offer 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 h6315 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 h6315 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 h6315 includes a built-in VGA 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).