"Needs a few improvements to become a hit."3.5 starson by cnetmv
Pros: Very good unit overall. It is fast and generally reliable. Large high definition screen. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth function well as does ActiveSync.
Cons: Poor battery life. Hard rest requires three hands, Requires hard touch on screen.
Summary: The battery is 2200mah and should last quite a while yet it does not last 4hrs even with minimal use of wi-fi or Bluetooth. With all functions shut down and the unit turned off the battery will drain 33% a day. On the third day of being off it will require a charge.
Anoter irritating issue is that the USB cable will not charge the device, you must use the serial cable, what is with that? A cradel would also be nice.
Customer service is seriously lacking. On-line you can only locate the iPaq 211 for sale. If you try to locate it for service or questions you can't find it, using their search function brings up some other PDA and printer cartriges. Calling customer service for warranty service or tech assistance is the only way to go but you will have to spend about 20 min just to get to the right person. Even then with the units model# and serial# they sent me the wrong battery. Oh and they do not have batteries for sale for unit. They tell you to search on-line for third party sales for a battery.
The device for its size should have had a GPS built in. My Garmin iQ3600 was smaller and had a great GPS built in. The system does work well with a Bluetooth GPS and 3rd party maps installed. It connected in about 30 sec. through Bluetooth.
This unit should have had at least 1G of internal storage. It is nice that the unit will accept large capacity storage cards, though the CF card will drain the battery some if not removed even if the unit is turned off. The operating system also has a default setting that has it automaticlly looking for the ActiveSync, so you need to set that to the manual setting to keep this too from running down the battery.
With all these issues it is still a very good PDA. HP needs to take into consideration what users are looking for and then they will have a great PDA.