HP iPAQ h1940 & h1945 Hands On Mini Review

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Note – HP has released the h1940 and h1945 which are essentially the same unit with a slightly different software package. In general, go for which ever one is cheaper!

The iPAQ 1910 with its sleek design and super-thin form factor was a huge blockbuster success for HP.  Many users reported it having the most brilliant, brightest screen of any Pocket PC.  They loved the curvy design and most agreed that the h1910 truly gave meaning to the word Pocket in Pocket PC.  Looking back, I can remember stores finding it difficult to keep that model in stock.  Now, The Sequel has been released.  Part Deaux!   

So what s the lowdown with the new HP iPAQ 1940?  Well it looks just like the first model, but it has that new “Windows Mobile 2003 OS.”  Hmmm, is there anything else they can cram into that little toy?  You betcha! 

BLUETOOTH: 
For starters the most exciting addition is built-in Bluetooth wireless communication.  This low-power consuming technology allows the unit to access services from other Bluetooth enabled devices.  Accessible services which are available include internet connectivity, file sharing, printing and my personal favorite, ActiveSync via Bluetooth.  It s great to synch at the breakfast table with my PC, which is on the other side of the house.

HP h1945 Bluetooth
This isn t just some Blue Light Special!

PROCESSOR: 
A Samsung processor?  But is that as fast as XSCALE?  Well the iPAQ 1940 is powered by the Samsung 2410 processor rated at 266 MHz.  My personal observation is that this chip is not only fast, but very power efficient as well.  A major complaint of 1910 users was the battery life rated at 4 hours.  This unit is rated at double that (8 hours), and the difference is certainly noticeable even when using Bluetooth and multimedia-based applications.

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS: 
The iPAQ 1940 includes 64 MB of RAM of which 56MB is user accessible.  13 MB of memory is also available for the iPAQ File Store utility.  Another HUGE plus is SDIO functionality for the SD slot.  This will prove invaluable for users to take advantage of the up and coming Wi-Fi SD cards and other assorted hardware expandability.  Oh and one other thing, there were a lot of users whining about the headphone jack not being the standard size.  Was that you?!  Well HP heard your cries and have included this handy dandy adapter with the 1940 to enable use of standard headphones.

HP h9140 h1945 stero adaptor
WAAAAAAH.  HP has heard the whining!!!!!!!!!!!

HP s DESCRIPTION: 
The thin, light, and affordable hp iPAQ Pocket PC h1940 has great features and integrated Bluetooth at an incredible value to meet your handheld computing needs. The slim and sleek design fits into almost any pocket or purse and conveniently includes SD slot for flexibility in expansion and storage. With integrated Bluetooth 1, connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth devices. Plus, wireless ready capabilities allow you to access the Internet, email, and corporate data. Stay productive with the combination of popular applications, features and Storage capabilities. View photos and listen to your favorite music when you want. A broad range of features, Bluetooth, expansion capabilities, and multimedia make the hp iPAQ Pocket PC h1945 is essential for you to be productive at home, at work or on the go.

CHECK OUT THESE KEY FEATURES:
 Affordable with integrated Secure Digital expansion slot and Bluetooth
 Small enough to fit in almost any pocket or purse
 Includes Microsoft Pocket PC: Pocket Outlook, Word, and Excel
 Integrated Bluetooth for wireless communication with other Bluetooth devices
 Wireless ready with the addition of an optional SDIO WLAN 802.11b card
 Dazzling display provides incredible viewing both indoors and out
 Removable/rechargeable Lithium-lon battery for on the go power
 Powerful, Samsung 2410, 266 MHz processor
 Easily print your documents, email attachments and pictures directly from your hp iPAQ Pocket PC to an HP printer

HP h1945 and box

Included in the box:
HP iPAQ Pocket PC h1940, USB Synchronization Cable, AC Adapter, battery, getting started poster; charger adapter; 2.5-mm, 3.5mm audio adapter, HP iPAQ Pocket PC Companion CD
Warranty: One year parts and labor

Specifications:
 Integrated wireless: Integrated Bluetooth (ver.1.1), Wireless ready with the addition of SDIO WLAN 802.11b card
 Operating System:  Powered by Microsoft Windows Pocket PC
 Processor: Samsung S3C2410 Processor 266MHz
 Display: Transflective TFT liquid crystal display, 64K color (65,536 colors) 16-bit touch-sensitive transflective thin film transistor (TFT), liquid crystal display; (LCD)Viewable Image Size: 3.5 in. diagonal (96 mm)
 Memory: 64 MB Synchronous SDRAM (56 MB main memory), Up to 14 MB iPAQ File Store
 Dimensions (L x W x H): 4.46 x 2.75 x .5 in (1133 x 69.8 x 12.8 mm)
 Weight: 4.37 oz (124g)
 Interfaces/notification systems
o Alarms: Flashing green LED-tone, pop-up message Flashing amber LED-battery in unit is charging; Solid amber LED-battery in unit fully charged; Flashing blue LED-Bluetooth active
o Notification: Sound and message on the display
 Battery: Removable, rechargeable 900 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. Estimated usage time of fully charged battery up to 8 hours.
 NOTE: Battery life varies based on the usage pattern of an individual user and the configuration of the handheld. Use of some optional accessories may significantly decrease battery life.
 Expansion: Integrated SD slot-supports SDIO and SD/MMC type standard
 Audio: Microphone, speaker, one 2.5 mm headphone jack, MP3 stereo (through audio jack)
 HP Exclusive Applications:
iPAQ Image Viewer: view images and create slide shows; utilities: Self Test, iPAQ Audio, Power Status, iPAQ Backup: utility for Backup/Restore to Main Memory, or Memory Card
 Ergonomic Design Features:
Instant-on/off and Backlight Navigation button Touch-sensitive display, for stylus 4 programmable = application launch buttons; Calendar, Contacts, Inbox, and Today buttons alarm settings, Built-in speaker

Thanks for reading.  A full review will follow in the next few days.  Until then,  those who venture out to acquire this sequel to the 1910. enjoy!

HP iPAQ h1940 and h1945 Price Comparison and Spec Sheet

 
 -Barry J. Doyle Lavalamp


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