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HP iPAQ hx2495 Review

A PDA with Extras

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HP iPAQ hx2495 Review

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The HP iPAQ hx2495 is more than your average PDA. With all of its added features, it can serve as a photo viewer, mobile Internet device, organizer, music player, and much more.

Multimedia Rich

I love the fact that the iPAQ hx2495 has both CF (CompactFlash) and SD (Secure Digital) card slots because with these slots, I can view photos from my camera and other cameras that support these popular formats on the PDA’s colorful, 3.5-inch display. Also, because I can put two cards in the iPAQ hx2495, there’s that much more potential for increased storage capacity. In addition to adding storage via the memory card slots, the iPAQ hx2495 has 192MB of internal memory, 80MB of which is available for persistent storage.

When I’m ready for a little music, the iPAQ hx2495 has Windows Media Player 10 Mobile and a standard size 3.5mm headphone jack (not 2.5mm as is found on some phones and smartphones). Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Video, and MP3 files are a few of the file formats that Windows Media Player 10 Mobile supports.

Plenty of Power & Connectivity

The iPAQ hx2495 runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 and an Intel PXA270 processor running at 520MHz, letting me accomplish numerous tasks while on the go. Combine the processing power with integrated Wi-Fi, and you can surf the Internet, check email, and more just as you could from a computer. The possibilities as to what you can do are increased even more through the included pocket versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer.

Wi-Fi isn’t the only connectivity option on the iPAQ hx2495: This PDA also has integrated Bluetooth for cable-free connections to other Bluetooth devices, such as wireless headphones, keyboards, mobile phones, printers, and more. Serial IR is also available for users who want to connect Serial IR devices.

Backing up one’s data is obviously important. The iPAQ hx2495 comes with an iPAQ Backup application to help ensure your data is backed up regularly, even when you’re away from the computer and unable to sync. For security, HP ProtectTools, in collaboration with Credant Technologies, lets you use a PIN or password to control access to the device.

Final Thoughts

The iPAQ hx2495’s size—approximately 4.71 x 3.01 x .65 inches (H x W x D)—and weight of about 5.8 ounces is in line with many other PDAs. The price may seem a tad high, especially considering this PDA doesn’t have the latest Windows Mobile 6 operating system, but it’s still a good PDA with a fair amount of features.
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