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New iPAQs officially available from HP

HPshopping.com – iPAQ Pocket PCs

Today is the day that HP officially makes the new iPAQs available. Check the link above for details on the new rz1700, rz1715, h6315, and hx4705. No listing for the 3400/3700 series yet, but I’m sure they’re not far behind.

I commented on the details of these new models a while back, when they first started showing up at online retailers.

Reviews are starting to pop up at the usual places – I won’t bother to try to keep up with linking them here. If you’re interested, you should be able to find them.

Even though I haven’t laid hands on any of the new models, here are my initial impressions. The h6315 Phone Edition (which is going to be carried by T-Mobile, and cost $499) is a great device, and a step in the right direction for convergence (it has quad band GSM, WiFi, and Bluetooth), but I think that it’s slow 200MHz processor and only 64MB of RAM are going to be limiting factors. The hx4705 seems like a nice device, too, but VGA isn’t all that exciting for me, and there really doesn’t seem to be much else to distinguish it. The touchpad that replaces the D-pad is innovative, but it remains to be seen whether it’s more than a gimmick. Of all the new devices, I’m most tempted by the 3700 series – (seemingly) small form factor, 152MB of memory, 400MHz CPU, WiFi and Bluetooth, and a 1.3 megapixel camera, all for less than $500. If this unit had VGA (about the only “next-gen” feature it’s missing), I might be tempted to upgrade.

We’ll see how my resolve holds out once I get to actually use some of these new devices. I’m not exactly renowned for my ability to resist new Pocket PCs… 😉

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