Pros Excellent features, fast, good mp3 playback
Cons Sudden battery drain
Summary Except for one very nasty issue, this unit from HP would have rated a 9 (10 if it had integrated cellphone capability). There is very little that I didn't like, with Skype, it had all the features that I needed. The nasty issue, without warning the battery will drain within 30 minutes and becomes very hot. HP was nice enough to issue a fix within a week but that fix didn't work. Hp was nice enough to replace the unit but within two weeks the same problem reappeared. After reviewing the Dell and HP forums, it appears that the real issue is due to Windows Mobile 5 and ActiveSync. However, the forum suggested fix did not work for long. A very nice unit but without reliable power, a paper weight. You know, I wish there was a site with only technology reviews of items that have been in the marketplace for at least a year. Then one could have faith in our purchases.
Pros Wireless easy to use, nice hard plastic screen protection. Good handheld if you don't use the CF slot for any add on devices. Nice screen and good battery life compared to previous iPAQs.
Cons Faulty CF Slots on numerous handhelds (over 25% failed in the first year). Not rugged enough for extended use. HP support was abysmal, and unwilling to accept that this is a manufacturing related problem.
Summary My biggest beef with this handheld is that I have bought 15 of them, and within 1 year 4 machines have had bent pins or missing pins in the CF slot. We use modem cards in the CF slot (yes some people still dial-up!).
I bought the "Next Day Exchange" program from HP, only to find out that this was NOT covered when I needed it. That is over 25% fail rate. This is UNACCEPTABLE for a business class machine. I ordered direct from HP also.
My users are not to blame in all of these cases. It is simply not a good CF slot. I have previously had other ipaqs, and in 2 years I've only had 1 with this problem... and I DO think that was user damaged. I will never buy a handheld from HP again based on my experience with them. I normally NEVER write negative reviews, but this handheld is costing my company hundreds of dollars more than we intended, and I have given HP every chance to make this right. Going with the SoMo 650 (or something else!) next chance we get.
Pros Like having your computer in your hand. Can do almost anything you can on your computer. Bluetooth, WIFI, Ir, Photo, Video, email. like I said mini PC.
Cons Need a Wifi connection to acces your emails abroad. Battery life is not fantastic but neither is the IPhone(buy an extra charger). Buggy but firmware fixes most.
Summary Love being able to store all the data I want and have it with me and can transfer via bluetooth to anyone else. Can also do this with email via WIFI. Watch movies sideways in widescreen. Customize completely and there is an incredible amount of software out there to do what ever you want.
Ex. I bought a program called Novi Remote Control and used it to change all the TV stations in the restaurant and turn the volums up and down. This was very annoying to everyone. lololololololololol. That was awsome!!!
Pros "Fully loaded" with bluetooth, WiFi, voice recorder, and almost everything you could want
Cons Clunky, volatile memory, abysmal battery life, crashes a lot
Summary Although it has a lot of desirable features, I wouldn't recommend this PDA to anyone. The battery dies quickly, even when you're not using it, and since there is no non-volatile memory you can easily lose all your data (which can thankfully be restored without too much trouble). It's not particularly sturdy, and crashes on a fairly regular basis. Mine stopped working completely in under a year. Something like a Palm T|X doesn't have the processor performance or all the features, but is much cheaper and more reliable.
Pros Handwriting recognition, sync to Outlook, screen
Cons Sudden battery drain, music playback
Summary I suspect that most of the issues I have with this PDA have more to do with Windows Mobile 5.0 than anything else. I have had the 2795 since 11/05, and didn't have the PDA I thought I had purchased until I upgraded the firmware in 5/06. Ever since then, I've had pretty good luck using it. I also have the sudden battery drain issue occassionally, and never bothered using the biometrics. I rarely have to reset the device, but when I do, it usually fixes any problem I have. I can surf the internet, but I only do so when I don't have access to a wired site. For the longest time, I used the handwriting recognition software to take notes, but now I use the virtual keyboard, and am very happy with the text suggestions it makes to simplify typing. Windows media player has never worked very well for me on this device, so I use the HP software for viewing photos on the SD card, and leave the mp3's to my IPOD. Watching the IPhone commercials makes me wish I could get the "Whole" internet like they do, but where I live, I doubt it would be near as fast as they show on TV anyway. So for now, I'll keep my IPAQ, flip between portrait and landscape with the touch of a button, reset activesync to manual (hoping to prevent sudden battery drainage), and be thankful that I can have all this functionality without a monthly cell phone bill tacked on.