Awesome resolution. Bright Screen. Excel/Word. CF/SD card capability.
HP non-support. Flimsy non-standardized charger connection. Battery life.
The Bottom Line:
Beautiful Screen and high speed can't compensate for lousy HP business practices and limited feature set.
This was bought for me to use at work, but it would never charge properly, was always flukey, but HP wouldn't authorize a return until it completely failed after only a few months. Then, HP wouldn't honor the warranty as they claimed it had been subjected to abuse, even though I'd contacted very shortly after receipt to complain about the charging problems I was having. (The motherboard was cracked where the charging connector attaches....how the heck is damage inside a sealed PDA done by the customer?)
That HP would charge $275 for a repair sent me shopping for a replacement (non-HP, to be sure). I reluctantly set the machine aside as it couldn't be charged and all information inside was lost.
I loved the screen. Incredible resolution allowed such fine type that multiple lines of appointments can be read in your monthly calendar. Absolutely beautiful, and very, very fast.
Loved the flexible card capabilities.
Didn't love the touchpad. Not worth the space it takes as it duplicates the touchscreen. Ended up never using it as it wasn't as accurate. Would have like to have had a biometric scanner instead.
The translucent cover is a neat idea, but after a month, it falls off repeatedly. Ended up being more of a nuisance.
Lousy battery life. Keep it in it's charger at all times.
Speaking of charger, the connector is fragile and open, which I think would make it prone to damage. Charging attachments aren't standardized, and they are quite fragile looking.
I don't care as much for this model as earler HPs.
Has some trouble with XP created Excel and Word documents. Doesn't convert as cleanly as I'd like.
I can't stand to see unused technology, so after much hunting, I acquired an external charger cradle for the battery alone, and an additional battery (the oversized one, with back cover) so I could swap them out.
Works fine now, but I can't sync via usb because this model syncs and charges via the same connection, which was apparently cracked when I got it. I could sync via bluetooth or WiFi, but I've never bothered to get it set up to talk to my computer, since I use a third party calendar rather than Outlook.
One nice thing is that I can download music and photos and whatever I like to an SD card and swap out for a complete music/photo library.
I carry my pda in my purse as a scheduler and an appointment alarm or reminder so I'm not late to meetings at work. I also use it to record memos (voice as well as written) and to document oral instructions given by doctors or snotty officials. Amazing how the attitudes change when you have electronic documentation of what they're telling you......
I no longer do field archaeology, so it's not being used as a field data recorder for work, just as a tool for organization, and to carry documents with me to meetings. I've learned that game sounds can be silenced and it helps pass the time while you're in particularly boring meetings...but you didn't hear that from me......
Virtually no SD card software specific to PDAs are available anymore (other than bible studies).
PDA has crashed occasionally, and once it did a spontaneous hard boot/erase, which wiped all my data. Remember to regularly back up your contact/memos/calendar info onto a big SD for safekeeping.