HP iPAQ 210 PDA reviewed at Brighthand


Hpipaq210There aren’t too many pure PDAs left in the market since everyone is jamming cellphone capabilities in handhelds these days. Actually, that’s a poor choice of words… “jamming cellphone capabilities” is technically illegal, but you all know what I meant. HP continues to soldier on in the remaining market for PDAs, which is likely served today by the enterprise; at least until the OPDAPC, or One PDA Per Child project gains traction.So what’s HP up to in the PDA space? Plenty based on Brighthand’s review of the iPAQ 210. The device reminds me of my ol’ Dell Axim X51v with the large VGA screen in many ways, but there’s a few odds and ends that are improved. Instead of just a single card slot like many older PDAs had, the 210 can handle both Compact Flash and SDHC for example. If you’re in the market for a Windows Mobile 6 PDA without the phone and you’ve got around $400 to drop, I think the iPAQ 210 has to be on your short-list of potential devices.



Frankly I find this more exciting than the Advantage by a mile.

First of all, it’s not the size of a lunch box like the Advantage, and it still has a superb VGA screen. It has storage availability up the wazoo, topping out at 64 gigs now, and last and most importantly, the stock battery is powerful enough to make use of that.

With this device you could actually put a decent assortment of movies on it for a trip and actually dare watch one without ending up with a powerless brick because there is juice enough to handle that and still leave you a half-charged device.

Add a foldable keyboard and a bluetooth-tethered phone and you have your mobile office, and the price is not horrifying considering that’s “free and clear” without any contracts.


The nonexistant phone in the iPaq 210 works just as well as any other during my daily subway commute since no cell phones work there.

Why should I spend an order of magnitude more (A WM PDA-phone from Verizon would cost me somewhere in the neighborhood of $3000 over two years for phone+plan) for a PDA that has a much poorer display, worse battery life, a slower processor, less RAM, a much lower maximum flash card capacity?

The only advantage that a smartphone would offer me would be the ability to access the internet when I am not at home, not at work, not commuting and out of range of a Wi-fi hotspot. This capability is not worth the ~$2500 price and the major performance hit for everything else I do with a PDA.

I realize this puts me in a small minority. But for me, I’m quite happy that *someone* is producing a good PDA.

Mike Cane

Oh thanks for that gottabemobile link! I was making that argument about simplicity to some dunce who poo-pooed the “lack” of features in the iPhone. Listen, I was handed a Nokia cellphone by someone the other day to enter a phone number for them and couldn’t figure out how to frikkin UNLOCK it!

Kevin: You know I have to rag on WinMob. Because Kendrick having fun with his Advantage irks me.


I’ll definitely buy one of these when my current pda konks out. Why? Because I’m not going to bend over for the cell company for a device that costs twice as much, locks me in for years, costs a hundred bucks a month, has functions crippled, and then has a quarter of the screen size, a third of the performance, and a tenth of the memory.


OPDAPC… good one!

Regarding market need: given the poor sound quality on most smart phones, there is probably a segment of customers who prefer dedicated devices that perform some functions (N810, for example). Not sure how big that segment is, though. It might be justified if HP can leverage this capability in other ultra-portables.

Kevin C. Tofel

I don’t know Mike. For folks in a corporate or government environment where there could be restrictions on devices with phones or cameras, I see some definite sales. It’s not a huge market, no… but there’s still a market.

Mike Cane

>>>nd you’ve got around $400 to drop

If someone is going to spend $400 on that, I want them hauled before a judge, declared non compos mentis, and their financial assets assigned to me.

I’ll spend that money *wisely*.

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