Well, I finally took the plunge and made the move from the RIM Blackberry to the PocketPC arena again. The last time, I had the Cingular (Siemens) SX-66, which worked like a lead baloon. From what I understand, that device had quite a few quirks in the beginning that have since been worked out, and now it’s a fairly respectable device.
I went this time with the HP Ipaq hw6515. This is one awesome device! Some of the features that are included are:
- EDGE network capability
- 1.3 MP Camera
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- SDIO and Mini-SD slots for up to 3GB of extra storage!
All of these features may not be necessary for full functionality, but I do like them all. I’ve found the keyboard relatively similar to the Blackberry, and that made it easy for me to switch. I’m still using the stylus, but I’m finding that to be less and less as I acclimate myself to the special keys.
The camera is nice and can take pictures up to 1280x1024 resolution, which is good for if you’re out and don’t have your real camera readily available. It’s not what I would call a “publishable” picture, but it works for the quick snap here and there.
I just tested the GPS today, and after downloading the files (the docs say it can take up to 5 minutes to acquire if you don’t), I was picking up six sattelites and was able to pinpoint myself with relative accuracy with Microsoft’s Pocket Streets. Once I imported the map from MapPoint, I was good to go!
As for the EDGE network, I still have some issues with the speed and performance, but Cingular says they’re releasing a new network that this device is supposed to be able to work on.
Bluetooth is amazingly clear (this is night and day compared to RIM’s implementation). I’m extremely impressed with the clarity compared to my experiences with other telephones. This one is definitely a good piece of technology.
So, all in all, I think I made a good purchase, and will let you know how it goes. I haven’t had a chance to pick up a memory card yet, but I can feel the need coming on…..