Resistance eroding… New iPAQs officially available from HP

Yesterday, I posted the following with regard to whether or not I was going to upgrade to one of the new HP iPAQs:

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… 😉

At the time, I didn’t really see anything in the new models that was enticing enough to lure me away from my trusty 4350.

Well, since then, I’ve been thinking more and more about the rx 3715:

It’s not much to look at, but man, the featureset is nice:

  • Small form factor (4.5 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.64 inches thick – similar to the slim iPAQ 4100 series)
  • High capacity battery (1400 mAh) – the 3100 and 3400 come with a 900 mAh battery
  • 400 MHz CPU (the 3100/3400 models have a 300 MHz CPU)
  • Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edtion – Easy on the fly screen rotation between portrait and landscape orientations
  • 152MB of user accessible memory (96MB of which is Flash ROM – the “iPAQ File Store”)
  • 1.23 megapixel camera, lots of “mobile media” software
  • Integrated Bluetooth and WiFi

The main differences between the rx3715 and my 4350 are the lack of an integrated keyboard, the camera, WM2003 SE, and the extra RAM. If I were to upgrade, the only thing I would be giving up would be the keyboard. I’ve been an ardent evangelist of the integrated keyboard on my 4350 – I sing its praises to anyone who will listen. But I’m starting to wonder if it’s worth ditching the keyboard to add a smaller form factor, camera, newer OS, and lots more onboard RAM…

Anyone who knows me and my gadget purchasing habits knows that this is how it starts. First, I just think it’s a neat device. Then, I find I’m spending more and more time thinking about it. Rationalization comes next, usually followed by an upgrade (in my case, exercising the replacement plan I always get on my PDAs, for this exact reason).

Any bets on how long it will take before I crumble completely, and jump ship to the rx3715? Start a pool and state your guess in the comments section below. 🙂