A fistful of iPaqs

Anthony Caruana
10 December, 2007
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It’s been a while since HP released a new handheld of significance but the iPaq range seems suddenly to have a new product targeted to almost every niche.

The iPaq 100 series is an entry level PDA. Although it’s not a smartphone, it does have WiFi and Bluetooth and can be used as a VoIP handset. The 200 series boosts the screen to a 4” 480×640 VGA from the 100 series’s 3.5” 240×320 display.

The iPaq 300 shifts a gear by boosting the screen to a resolution of 800×480 and adds GPS to the package in addition to Office Mobile and Microsoft’s portable multimedia apps.

Business users aren’t left out with the iPaq 600 and 900 series smartphones. The 600 is being spruiked as a “Business Navigator” combining a 3G phone with a GPS receiver. The 900 has similar specs but adds a QWERTY keyboard putting it in direct competition with the BlackBerry 8800 series.

Local releases aren’t yet confirmed but the 100 and 300 series are expected by November 2007 and the others next year.

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