Earlier this year, several companies announced Pocket PCs with VGA screens, two kinds of wireless networking, and dual memory card slots. One of these models, the Wi-Fi version of the ASUS MyPal A730, is just now becoming available.
The online store PROPortable, the largest retailer of ASUS handhelds in the U.S., has already sent out its entire first shipment to those that pre-ordered. A second shipment is expected Wednesday, not all of which have been sold yet. Those ordering it today will receive their A730w before the end of the week.
PROPortable is pricing this model at $600, which is $50 less than HP’s iPAQ hx4705, a model with similar features.
In addition, for a limited time, this retailer is throwing in a USB host cable and an extra 1100 mAh main battery, a $60 value, for no additional charge.
PROPortable also carries the Bluetooth-only version of this model, which costs $500.
Orders can be placed on the PROPortable web site.
Not Just PROPortable
It’s price is $570, and orders can be placed on the MobilePlanet web site.
More about the MyPal A730w
This Pocket PC has a 480-by-640-pixel (VGA) screen. This is a 3.7-inch screen able to display 16-bit color.
It runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Second Edition, so users are able to easily switch between portrait and landscape modes. This handheld includes 128 MB of RAM and a 520 MHz processor.
As previously mentioned, the A730w has both Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth 1.1.
This model is one of the few Pocket PCs that, with the correct cable, can be used as a USB host. Of course, drivers are unavailable for most USB peripherals, but this Pocket PC can use some memory cards and keyboards.
The A730w sports a 1.3 megapixel camera, which means it is able to take pictures as large as 1280 by 960 pixels.
It is 4.6 inches long, 2.9 inches wide, and 0.7 inches thick (117 x 73 x 17 mm). The MyPal A730w weighs about 6.0 ounces (170 g).
By a slight margin, the A730w is the smallest Pocket PC with a VGA screen.
It includes an 1150 mAh battery, which is swappable. ASUS offers an optional 1800 mAh battery, as well.