"3 steps forward, 1 step backward, good value, yes buy"3.5 starson by lander2330
Pros: Compared to my previous HP e755, the HP 211 is 3 x faster cpu, 2 x more memory, 2 x more video resolution, portrait and landscape viewing modes, improved battery life, no accidental hard-reset, new bluetooth and SDIO. WIFI & bluetooth easy connect.
Cons: 1/8" audio out jack in worst location,speaker worthless,no cradle, no backup software,no infrared,hard reset requires 3 hands, no cigarette lighter adapter for charging PDA in car
Summary: I paid roughly $700 for my HP e755 4-5 years ago and I still use it today. I paid roughly $400 for the HP iPAQ 211 and for almost 1/2 the money the 211 sports all the pros I mentioned above. Generally I'm very happy with the 211 and highly recommend it for businesses or personal use since it integrates well with ms office 2007 applications, Visual Studio 2008 development and is very responsive processing data. My large local database requests use to take 9 seconds to complete on my E755 PDA and now complete in 3 seconds. I hope the next generation includes the following improvements:
1. Add back the missing cradle (though one can be purchased 3rd party)
2. Must add back the missing backup software so one can quickly restore after hard-reset.
3. Move the 1/8th" audio out jack from the bottom to the top of the PDA so you can use the PDA in a shirt pocket or in a jean pocket.
4. The speaker volume is totally unuseable. Move speaker back to the front and make it louder so it can be used for GPS instructions and other voice guidance.
Note, the E755 speaker volume was also unacceptabley low!
5. Use the single reset button to prompt for soft reset or hard reset.
6. Add back the missing infrared so PDA can be used as tv and stereo remote control again as I did with the E755
7. Add FM transmitter so music can be easily played on home stereo, in car, and at friends and family environments without fooling around with wires.
8. Add standard iPod connection to bottom of PDA so it can be cradled in all of the 3rd party speaker and clock radio systems.
9. Add minimum 7MP digital camera capability so one can take business photos that can be blown upto 8x10" without clarity loss. 640x480 30FPS WMV audio/video camcorder too.
10. Like HTC touch pro, add useable slideout keyboard for data-entry applications.
11. Memory is cheap, give us 16GB or 32GB built-in memory for music and video storage. Leave the CF and SD slots free for 3rd party devices like camera, gps, barcode scanner, etc.
12. Add cell phone capabilities
13. Simple barcode scanner on top of PDA.
14. Add easy to press user assignable softkeys to the top left and right side of the PDA that are easy to press with the thumb of the same hand holding the PDA.
15. Add cigarette light adapter for charging PDA in car.
16. Level indicator when taking photos or hanging pictures on the wall.
17. Old school thumbwheel on leftside of PDA for adjusting volume or scrolling.
I guess that's enough for my wishlist!