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Compaq Ipaq 3850, No discouraging cons

bypro-reviewer Mar 4, 2003
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Pocket PC 2002, Sleek design, Nice Screen, Lots of software!
Cons Odd D-Pad for games, Price, Purplish hue on screen in some dark screens
Recommended it? Yes

I remember the time when I didn't have a pocket pc so unorganized, forgeting upcoming projects that had to be done, all of this changed when I got my ipaq. I can send emails anywhere any time, right down upcoming project, even do my taxes!
The 16-bit screen is a god send, crystal clear,... Read full review »


Very nice device . Better with some add ons.

byrikrok Jan 26, 2003
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros nice color screen, many aftermarket add on's, sleek styling.
Cons not enough on board memory
Recommended it? Yes

About six months ago I bought my compaq 3850 pda thinking, Ok i'll get bored with it like my old palm pilot but no way jose! This baby is great and if you buy an PCMCIA (PC card)expansion pack then you can do much more.Like for instance put a 2 GIG or 5 GIG yes 5 GIG pc card in the expansion pack... Read full review »


Unbelievably poor quality

byssif21 Dec 21, 2002
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Nice features (when in works)
Cons Unbelievably poor quality
Recommended it? No

My first PC was a Compaq (1984). I'd held a very positive view of the company until my office provided iPAQ 3850s. Actually, provided me three of them within a year, with all three having been returned. With the last two, the battery self destructed and erased all the information. Even when it does... Read full review »


The iPAQ: A truly powerful PocketPC... Here's why

byfhiga Sep 11, 2002
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Powerful, modern metallic-style, excellent screen, Pocket PC 2002 operating system.
Cons Pricey, battery life, no CompactFlash slot
Recommended it? Yes

I've just bought my new iPAQ H3850 a few days ago, and I can tell that this is the PDA that I was looking for.

These are some of the specs for the H3850 model:

- 206MHz Intel StrongArm SA-1110 processor
- 64MB RAM / 32 MB FLASH ROM (upgradeable!)
- 240x320 64K color,... Read full review »


A few minor cons, but still one spectacular PDA!

byheresmy2cents Jul 3, 2002
34 Helpfuls 35 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Brilliant color display; sleek design; tons of excellent apps available!
Cons Expensive; sync software has some quirks; cradle is overly designed
Recommended it? Yes

It had to happen sooner or later...

I had been using my Palm V PDA for a long time. But there was always that one nagging problem that just drove me nuts. The bland, monochrome screen on the Palm device was so difficult to read unless you held it "just right." And don't even get me... Read full review »


Great tool, but more of a toy

byhayesfamily May 22, 2002
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great screen, easy to use
Cons problems with IE and 802.11b, and mp3s
Recommended it? Yes

I have been using the Ipaq for many weeks now. The unit is a great tool I am able too use my calendar, contacts, and tasks and keep then in sync with my home computer with no problems. The Ipaq has been of great help is the recent weeks with easy scheduling capabilities.

It seams like... Read full review »


38xx Good but there are better

byBenw66 Apr 25, 2002
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Size, Style, Screen
Cons SD/MMC Expensive and Size limited, Not many SD accessories
Recommended it? No

I have a Ipaq 3765 and have been selling the 38xx series since their release to the public. I like the extended battery life and High resolution screen the 38xx series offers over the 37xx. The SD slot is nice too, however a Compact Flash slot would have been better. This really comes down to a... Read full review »


Another Swing at the PPC Industry

bymsmasitti Apr 20, 2002
11 Helpfuls 12 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros 16-bit, large bright screen, awesome looks, SD/MMC, PPC benefits, multimedia, included...
Cons Contrast a bit off, Cleartype is useless, no SDIO, PIE has downgraded
Recommended it? Yes

The predecessor to the 36xx series iPAQ's, Compaq makes a new, bold enter to the PocketPC 2002 world. They introduce a much needed 16-bit color screen, a built in SD slot, and a newly designed machine that just looks stunning. It is right on par with features compared to other devices, however... Read full review »


Love - Hate Relationship. . .so far.

bywaukegan Apr 14, 2002
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great color screen, easy input, useful software!
Cons After one week I'm experiencing unexplained problems with the sync.
Recommended it? Yes

I fell in love with my new iPAQ 3850 after one week of owning it. However, after one week I started to experience unexplained problems with the active sync at both my home and office computer. Inasmuch as the sync function is the backbone of the convenience of any PDA, I must remain particularly... Read full review »


Great PPC

byPedroB Apr 5, 2002
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Everything on it is awesome, except the con
Cons no CF slot
Recommended it? Yes

Great unit to work with. As a software developer I use my ipaq to test several CE apps I have written. The infrared port is really hard to work with, unless you're connnecting to another IPAQ. You can also get it with bluetooth, which is supposed to be really cool.
The battery life is... Read full review »


Compaq Ipaq is the best

bySparky9292 Mar 28, 2002
10 Helpfuls 11 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Biggest Screen over any other PPC2002 device. Biggest software bundle with over 20 decent...
Cons No built-in CF slot. Cannot replace battery (without voiding warranty).
Recommended it? Yes

If you are reading this, then you are probably trying to decide between these comparable models that use the "new" Pocket PC 2002 operating system (aka WinCE 3.0 SE)

Compaq Ipaq 3800 series.
Casio Cassiopeia E-200 series
Hewlett-Packard 560 series
Toshiba e500 series
... Read full review »


Decent PocketPC, but there are better devices now.

byShane_B Mar 20, 2002
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy of use, voice recorder, media capabilities, very easy to synchronize with PC.
Cons Large size, provided screen cover easily smudges, small library of programs, poor memory...
Recommended it? Yes

I've always been a long time PDA user. Well, sort of. I started off with a Visor Deluxe, then I moved onto a Sony Clie N760C and the list goes on from there.

After the N760C, I moved to a T615C (three of them actually, all with display problems), then to the Compaq iPaq in question. I... Read full review »


iPAQ 3850 - A Desktop stuffed into a PDA

byLifeStar Jan 30, 2002
56 Helpfuls 57 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Solid design, latest OS, lots of memory, high userability
Cons No CF slot, the OS sometimes does nutty things. Expensive
Recommended it? Yes

The older I?ve gotten, the more I?ve realized that I need those ?gadgets? that I?ve chided my friends for using years ago. You know what I?m talking about? cell phones? PDAs? laptops? The type of stuff that you would never rightly get on your own for school. Well, it?s now time to add another item... Read full review »


Almost the Perfect PDA... VERY HAPPY!

bymkwhitley Jan 7, 2002
11 Helpfuls 12 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Expandability, Multitasking, Huge Memory, Great Screen, Good Sound.
Cons No CF Slot, No scroll wheel, closing tasks in PPC 2002 is weird.
Recommended it? Yes

If you don't have an obscene amount of cash to spend on a handheld, stop reading here and move on... no seriously, if you can get past the high price of the new iPaq's, read on and see why they really are great PDA's. I started my recent quest for the perfect handheld with a Sony Clie 610, which... Read full review »


Compaq 3850... nice design than the 3760 but still lacking.

byyusakugo Dec 27, 2001
69 Helpfuls 70 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Pocket PC 2002, nice design, SD/MMC slot, reliable design
Cons lacks features, still too much like original iPAQ design, no CF slot.
Recommended it? Yes

Well, the iPAQ 3850 has alot of similarities to the 3100, 3600, and 3700 series iPAQs but has a few features that puts it above those models... but not by much. There are two basic models... the 3835 and the 3850. There is no major difference in the hardware specifications for these models. The... Read full review »

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