Although my Jornada 820 is over 5 years old, I still find it very handy to have around. The main use I have for it now is Ebooks -- I use the MobiPocket format. With a compact flash card in the slot, I can literally fit a whole library on my J820 and then when I have some spare time, read a novel or the latest newspaper on a great backlit display with a battery time of 8-10 hours!
- Michael Tam
OK, this was what we were supposed to do last weekend but Blogger problems get the better of us so we are doing it this week. Readers of our sister site Palm Addict will know that we give away on a regular basis a PDA of some sort. So this week on Handheld Addict we are repeating our Christmas contest. This week you may win either a 1st Prize: Jornada 728
or a 2nd Prize: Jornada 720
that Andrew, Jason and I pulled together and purchased from ebay. The two devices are in excellent condition and work like a treat. Andrew has tested them out. We will ship the devices worldwide. To win just provide:
1) Provide a User Thought or Opinion
2) Tell us why you enjoy Handheld Addict
Email your user thoughts and opinions to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Importantly please put HPC
in the subject line, so my email filter picks up on it. The winner will be chosen at random and multiple entries are welcome.
Contest ends Sunday 7th February / Midnight US PT
USER THOUGHT: Psion HPC Hopes
If Psion introduce a HPC for the masses can we see built in bluetooth and WiFi abilities? This would certainly be a dream device for me and if it was priced around the $800 or below I would seriously consider making a purchase.
- Simon Anstell
RESOURCE: Image 911 have a sale on their keyboard skins
Just a reminder that Image 911 have a Special Offer
on their keyboard skins. "™ are designed to prevent damaging fluid spills and blowing dust from destroying your expensive handheld PCs! Now you can keep rain, snow, soda, coffee, tea, your morning Danish or late night Rocky Road from gunking up your keyboard, frying the motherboard and ruining a costly personal data assistant! Made of a 7 mil thin, incredibly flexible matte finish polyurethane material, these high-quality, totally transparent Keyboard Skins™ are custom-made and vacuum molded to fit like a second skin! Our exclusive Keyboard Skins™ are easy to install and offer superior tactile sensitivity. Special adhesive strips assure the Keyboard Skins™ stay in place. They fit like a glove & protect like armor!"
They fit: HP Jornada Keyboard Skin™ (Item # HPJ) fits all models: 680, 690 and 720, as well as the new 728 series! They also fit NEC MobilePRO Keyboard Skin™ (Item # MP7) fits all models: 770, 780 and 790 series! They are available at the low price of US$16.95 Certainly well worth the money - http://www.image911.com/p1332.htm
incase product wear has informed us that they intend to produce a hard case for both the Jornada series HPC and also the NEC series of HPC's in the near future. We will post more details once we know specs and pricings
Some time ago I started to use a J720 because I was fed up with the limits of what I could do on a Pocket PC. I wanted a PDA that I was able to type on and although I did not think the keyboard was much good, I soon found that I got used to it. Now I have been using a HPC for over two years and I would never consider swapping back. Yes, there is a real lack of good quality available software programs but to be honest the shortcomings are not a major factor.
- Steven Hensen
Brighthand has an editorial up at the moment posing the question What Handhelds Does HP Have Up Its Sleeve?
I wonder whether they have any plans for a HPC? - http://www.brighthand.com/article/What_Is_HP_Planning?site=PPC
- Andrew Wolstenholme
At Handheld Zone
they have details of Action Diary 2.4
Update on Handheld Attitude
includes: Data - Pim - Pocket Plan updated, Multimedia - Movies - wodeon updated
Ebay fraudsters about and Transferring Files & Printing without your cabled- are updates on HPC Factor
Take a look at this. Not too sure at the specs. "The Web brings it to you, whether it's online shopping or maps to your next appointment. From glossy annual reports to photos from a friend's trek overseas, the Web delivers the world to you instantly - big, vivid, dynamic. So when you step away from your computer, why be deprived of the rich information and real Web experience you've come to rely on? You don't have to be stuck with mobile devices that deliver the Web as it was never intended: small, dull, and slow."
To me it looks a little basic something like a childrens play toy
Take a look at Pocket Surfer.net
for more information
- Andrew Wolstenholme
I AM BACK FROM HOLIDAY:
I have been away for the weekend on vacation and have a ton of updates including a number of your emails which I will be updating over the next few days. As ever all our favourite HPC sites have been updated including Handheld Attitude
and Handheld Zone
. I will be posting some of your emails tomorrow and on Friday.
Well I am off to New York for the weekend tomorrow so that should be nice. I am taking my Jornada 720 with me for the flight ;-) Site updates today include great updates on Handheld Zone - CTDVDData
has been released. HPC Factor
which as ever is such a great site has a review of MobileCubed m3cro, well worth the read ;-) Handheld Attitude
has been updated with MDict updated (HPC now fully supported) being added to its software database.
Check in with us on Sunday where we have a surprise contest lined up for you. I have been meaning to do this all this week and only got my hands on the contest prize today ;-)
Thanks for giving us user insight into how others are using their HPC's. I have a Jornada HP 720. I have never considered giving it up because it means so much to me. I find it difficult to use a Pocket PC having used an IPAQ for some time, now I have moved over to a 720 which was a second hand purchase.
- Henry T
Updates on Handheld Attitude
20/01 PocketASP snapshot added
Comms - Synchronization - SynCE updated
Programming - Languages - PerlCE updated
Some broken links corrected
Remember the Windows CE 2.00 Network Service Pack on HPC Factor
I have been trying a Jornada 728, in fact it belongs to a friend and its great. I used a Psion Series 5mx for some time and now that I have a Pocket PC I am looking to use a device with a keyboard. I have seen the UX50 Clie but its too small and I want something running Windows CE. It is time to take a good look around ebay and see what's on offer.
- Dez Williams
I think that many people would love to use a HPC and sales would increase if they sold them in mainstream computer stores. Marketing needs to be stronger. I think there is a large market for HPC devices because there is only so much you can do with a touch screen device such as a PPC.
Updates on Handheld Attitude
Graphic - Drawing - UltraG updated
Leisure - Travel - PoGeo updated
Programming - Languages - PocketASP added
Programming - Languages - SuperWaba added
Programming - Languages - TclCE added
Utilities - Files - TPE (Tascal Pocket Explorer) updated
Utilities - Miscellaneous - 232usb - RS232 USB Serial Driver
HPCFactor I think was the first to report the fact that "For a limited time, MobileCubed creators of the Windows CE HTML Editor H-Bomb and the Handheld PC macro productivity tool m3cro are selling all their software programs at the special discount price of $7 USD (£4.10 GBP est)" - http://www.hpcfactor.com/
Handheld Zone has a series of good updates they too report the fact that MobileCubed Software has been reduced to 7$.
Remember that Handheld Attitude will be updated over the weekend and Henri is having a day off. We on the other hand are just putting together the final touches together to our HPC lifestyle survey which I will be posting over the weekend.
WEBSITE: HPC Factor
The Windows CE 2.00 Network Service Pack has been released by HPC Factor
. HPC Factor is an excellent site and tends to focus on the technology side for the community. I also think its an excellent resource and one that you should check into on a regular basis.
INDUSTRY: Two new HPC's this year
I read recently that there are two new HPC's
planned for this year that excludes the OQO which we at Handheld Addict were the first to break the news some months ago on. However the OCQ has been delayed a number of times and I will be curious to note its final release date. If Psion are correct in producing a small clamshell design handheld running Windows CE then I will be the first in line. As soon as I know who the two guys will be then I will let you know however in the meantime I am watching the FCC website looking for a first glimpse of my dream HPC : )
- Ian Park
WEBSITE: Updates on Handheld Attitude
Games - Arcade - X-Mas Runner added
Games - Emulator - neopopCE added
Utilities - Miscellaneous - WR-Tools ResInfo updated
HPC Lifestyle User Opinion
We are going to conduct a survey to find out amongst HPC users what applications you use, what software developers you like, what you are looking for in the future, what (apart from Handheld Addict) websites enjoy reading, so we shall be starting our HPC Lifestyle User Opinion either a little later today or tomorrow and this coincides with our prize, which I will be letting you know about over the next few days. The aim of the survey is to see how frequent we all use our HPC's, what HPC sites we read on a daily, weekly basis, what software we like to use and what developers are favourites with us and also which is probably the most important element what we see as the future of the HPC.
Remember that Handheld Zone
have an article on CECam Article v2,06 for HandheldPC which is quite a good read and the pics are cool too.
Updates on Handheld Attitude
today includes -
Data - Data - MindMap updated
Office - Calculators - Emu48CE updated (links)
Utilities - Archive - Xacrett updated (english version)
Pretec and FlyCam Cameras on you HP Jornada 720, there is a review on Handheld Zone
Current reviews on Clinton Fitch.com
John Ottini's Top-10 List
Handheld Attitude has the following updates today - Leisure - Travel - Métro updated
WEBSITE: Handheld Zone
will soon release a review of the Pretec 1.3MP camera on a HPC. They are doing a fine job at the moment and well deserve a mention.
Thanks for the heads up on the Psion Handheld, I know the netbook is already in circulation although a little expensive. If we do see a new consumer end Psion that would be fantastic. Psion built some quality clamshell devices
It is three years since I have been using a J728. It is still the same device that I have been using and cannot believe a PDA can last so long without damage. On to another three years ; )
- Peter W
THOUGHT: New Psion HPC?
Kenny Staun has sent in an email to say that Psion
have been considering producing a Palmtop Handheld in a clamshell design
for the general consumer based on Windows CE. "There is talk about a new Psion handheld running Windows CE, and althought not based on the Psion Series 5mx design, from what I hear it would be slightly longer and have a color screen. Bluetooth was being considered but at the present time I am not aware of any more details or timescales, but will let you know when I have details if this rumour is correct."
GameTrac will be released this April 2004
New HPC Device: OQO UltraPC based on WindowsXP!!! are amongst todays updates on Handheld Zone
HARDWARE: OQO is predicting availability in the second half of 2004
OQO is predicting availability in the second half of 2004. "The OQO
ultra personal computer (uPC) is a fully-functional Windows XP PC small enough to fit in your pocket, yet powerful enough to replace your laptop. The OQO computer is the much-anticipated mobility solution for people who until now had to choose between the bulk and awkwardness of a laptop and the limited capability of a PDA.
The OQO computer has all the functionality of a ultraportable notebook computer, with a 1GHz processor, a 20GB hard drive, 256MB of RAM, color transflective display (for easy indoor and outdoor viewing), 802.11b wireless, a removable lithium-polymer battery, and FireWire™ and USB 1.1 ports. For input and navigation it includes thumb keyboard with TrackStik™ and mouse buttons as well as digital pen and thumbwheel.
The OQO computer is the most versatile computer to date. Standalone, it is as portable as a PDA. With the docking cable, it is no different than a laptop in its ability to connect to projectors and Ethernet networks. In the desktop stand with the docking cable, it is a desktop computer. As a Windows PC, the OQO computer moves seamlessly from one mode to the other with no synchronizing.
With an OQO computer you can move throughout your day and enjoy constant access to all your information and Windows applications. You can use the same computer for high-powered applications at work, sending email at home, listening to music on the subway, or watching a movie on an airplane. It is the only computer you need."
You can get more details here - http://www.oqo.com/hardware/basics/
I received a 728 over the Christmas holidays through ebay. It arrived perfectly and its great. I am used to using a Pocket PC but the extra screen space and the keyboard means that my 720 is a joy to use.
Sammy your site really is sleeping at the moment. What I mean is that the HPC will fight back and as ever you and the community will win. Microsoft seem to be lookimg at new alternatives to Pocket PC's and I image providing there is the correct price.
- Kevin H
Handheld Attitude has been updated - http://www.yetanotherhomepage.com/j7xx/
Data - Databases - DBview added
Data - Databases - DBview Sample Application added
Programming - Miscellaneous - MagicCab added
OK so this is how the competition falls and we had over 238 email sent in with user thoughts and opinions and I am trying to get round to replying to as many of you as I can with great difficulty. So here goes - The Jornada 728's go to Hamish McBell
and Trisha Rowlands
, both from the US, so thank you guys the 780 goes to IronHawk
in France, I believe. We pulled the names in random and so you guys are the winners and emails have been sent to you. Another HPC contest I think for the end of January, first week of February. I will let you know what is going on as soon as I know, and now back to the normal running of Handheld Addict.
07/01 Utilities - Miscellaneous - Mobile Favourites for H/PC's is the update for today on Handheld Attitude
John Stelton / Dinoware is introducing a new project / flight simulator for Windows CE and is already in the planning stages. His simulator will cover, Spain, France, US East Coast, UK and Germany, with as much detail for cities. He hopes to make it available for Pocket PC, and HPC's. Other cities will be made available due to demand and is already planning Australia. PocketFly will cost $9.95 and be available in March. More when we get it.
The HPC:Factor Mobile Internet Favourites have been updated. Version 1.03 includes additional News links for Television and Print news organisations. A version history is now available for both the Mobile Internet and Handheld PC Favourites packages.
Users of the NEC MobilePro 900 - the first Clamshell device with a Flash ROM - will start to see information on the Windows CE 4 .net version of the device. HPC:Factor can confirm that the current schedule for the release of a CE 4 version of the 900 is to have the units ready for release in March.
Well for the contest we had 223 emails with user thoughts, thats wow too many to publish. Now that being the case, I am trying to upload all the emails addresses into an excel spreadsheet and pick from there. There are a couple of duplicate entries so with that in mind, I am trying to sort them out so I should come up with a winner, no later than tomorrow. In addition if you sent me an email, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I will try and get back to you in the next 24 hours. My contests are certainly keeping me busy ;-)
In the meantime in the HPC world, Handheld Zone
has updated their website today with numerous updates and you can view their site here.
Remember please that we will be closing the HPC Contest later tonight so if you have a thought on how you use your HPC then send it in to us. We will try and publish some of them. I will be revealing winners tomorrow (see I am making you wait a day) whilst I go through the entries ;-) Email me at email@example.com
Update on Handheld Attitude today includes http://www.yetanotherhomepage.com/j7xx/
Comms - Chat - Microsoft Portrait updated
Added MobilePro Handheld PC group in the links page
My 14 year old daughter has worn out the J620LX that she has loved and used for three years. Too bad she always kept it from dad :( I thought she would use it for a short while then give it up --> not so lucky for me. I found this great web site while trying to find her a new device. She wasn't sure if she wanted a Pocket PC 2003 device or stick with a Jornada 600/700. We purchased an open-box Toshiba e755 Pocket PC 2003 unit from a local national chain and she tried it for 1 day and then asked me to find her a new full Jornada. Off to eBay, and after snatching up a J728, we don't have any fingernails left as that brown truck has us scheduled for Monday's drop-off. She has already ordered a Socketcom 802.11b CF card for it and can't wait to link into our home network. Life is sweet! She is quite bright and reads through everything and has told me she plans to glean everything she can from HANDHELD ADDICT. If it can be done, she will learn how to do it. Since I can't always be here it's nice to know of there resources. I always get that cringe when she tells me something I don't know about computers because I pretty much know everything. Thanks for being there for people of EVERY age.
- Paul Moon
I am currently an iPAQ user, but came them via Psions and the the Jornada 720s. In truth I much prefer the Psion and the Jornada (sucker for a keyboard), but Micrososft was pushing Pocket PC and all the development work was going to the fun stuff on PPC. I moved frpm Psion because they couldn't give me mp3 or colour (even though I still think that operating system and the 5 keyboard are the best out there). I left the Jornada because some of the software that I wanted to run would only work on the PPC. I am on the cusp of returning to the handheld fold - mainly because you guys, HPC factor etc keep me up-to-date with what I can run on the machine. Let me give you a run down of what the current iPAQ is used for: I get up early and head ot the station - on the train I read the various news items from Avantgo, listen to music , read a book or play a game ( AoE favourite at present!!). My commute pans out at around 90 minutes inb the mornign, longer in the evening - so you can see thatthe iPAQ goes a long way to keep me sane. At work I mostly use TransAct - not least because our IT department are pushing a very clunky CRM tool and have nailed down my hard drive. Act! now sits on my home PC and I sync every evening. All my call reports are typed on the iPAQ or my home PC and are mailed to the office. I also use Pocket Informant as TransAct is less than robust and PI is overwhelmimgly good. In my busines I can often end up waiitng in clients offices or travelling between client office an dmine. The iPAQ removes stress as I can easily and productively fill any waiting time - either by typing up a memo or blasting those poor Hittites. So the iPAQ acts as a toy and a serious business tool all in one. Everyone I talk to about it is astonished by how many different things get done on it (demoing bluetooth GPS is a permanent jawdropper!!!), but I am very sad that Microsoft appaer to have ceased development of HPC - the form factor, to me, of a clamshell with keyboard is far far more useful and, much as I admire it's capabilities, the iPAQ is a compromise toy/tool where HPC could and should have been the full monty. Anyway that's a brief dip into the murky world of my handhelds - it's fun to contribute back to such a useful site - keep up the good work. AND keep lobbying Microsoft to give us the tool we really want
I have two CE devices that I use all the time. An Hitachi ePlate 600-ET with H/PC Pro and a Dell Axim X3 with WM 2003. It's a toss-up as to which I use most often. I'm an avid gamer with 120+ titles for my Playstation. So, I've downloaded a ton of walkthroughs and codes for the different games. While my desktop computer has all of my walkthroughs on it, I've copied the walkthroughs for my favorite games onto a 128 meg CF card and use Pocket IE on the Hitachi to display them. Works great, especially since now I don't have to have my computer right next to my Playstation in order to keep track of where I am in a game. I also use my Hitachi for programming (using eMbedded Visual Basic and Java), and for playing games (NetHack, emulated DOS games with PocketDOS, Bubblets). My Hitachi also has a PDF reader and because of it's screen size (7" and 640x480x16-bit resolution), I use it as an ebook reader. It's especially useful when I'm programming on my laptop and need to look up something in one of my programming ebooks. But my original reason for buying the Hitachi was I wanted something I could use to easily keep track of my blood glucose levels. I have to take so many readings a day, and when I saw the screen size of the Hitachi, and that it had Excel, I was sold. Although I've programmed my own electronic log book in eVB, Excel was one of the primary reasons for buying my handheld. That and it's the only handheld I could find in it's price range ($400) that had CF, PCMCIA, and USB expansion plus a modem. I was sold! The Dell I use for mobility. The Hitachi is just a little too big to comfortably carry into the store when my wife wants me to pick up a large list of things. I originally had a Palm Vx for this, but I grew tired of replacing/recharging the AA batteries every couple of weeks. The Dell also stores my contacts and other useful information. I also use it for programming (both eVB and the new .NET Compact Framework), and I've converted my glocose log from the Hitachi to the Dell. For some odd reason the game I play most often on the Dell is Solitaire, despite the fact I've found some pretty neat games for it. I've been spoiled by the screen on my Hitachi, I suppose. So, what would I do with one of the handhelds if I won the contest? Well, the biggest thing would be programming. But I also think my walkthroughs would work well on them. Not quite the screen space that's on my Hitachi, but anything with a faster processor would be worth it. I've always wanted an H/PC 2000 system to play with for testing and such. It would open up a new avenue of research for my programming, and a possible new market for any programs I want to release. Plus, having a keyboard and a better supported processor (the SH4 processor is somewhat hard to find software for) would be a big bonus.
Happy 4th Birthday, Handheld Addict! I have two CE devices that I use all the time. An Hitachi ePlate 600-ET with H/PC Pro and a Dell Axim X3 with WM 2003. It's a toss-up as to which I use most often. I'm an avid gamer with 120+ titles for my Playstation. So, I've downloaded a ton of walkthroughs and codes for the different games. While my desktop computer has all of my walkthroughs on it, I've copied the walkthroughs for my favorite games onto a 128 meg CF card and use Pocket IE on the Hitachi to display them. Works great, especially since now I don't have to have my computer right next to my Playstation in order to keep track of where I am in a game. I also use my Hitachi for programming (using eMbedded Visual Basic and Java), and for playing games (NetHack, emulated DOS games with PocketDOS, Bubblets).
My Hitachi also has a PDF reader and because of it's screen size (7" and 640x480x16-bit resolution), I use it as an ebook reader. It's especially useful when I'm programming on my laptop and need to look up something in one of my programming ebooks. But my original reason for buying the Hitachi was I wanted something I could use to easily keep track of my blood glucose levels. I have to take so many readings a day, and when I saw the screen size of the Hitachi, and that it had Excel, I was sold. Although I've programmed my own electronic log book in eVB, Excel was one of the primary reasons for buying my handheld. That and it's the only handheld I could find in it's price range ($400) that had CF, PCMCIA, and USB expansion plus a modem. I was sold!
The Dell I use for mobility. The Hitachi is just a little too big to comfortably carry into the store when my wife wants me to pick up a large list of things. I originally had a Palm Vx for this, but I grew tired of replacing/recharging the AA batteries every couple of weeks. The Dell also stores my contacts and other useful information. I also use it for programming (both eVB and the new .NET Compact Framework), and I've converted my glocose log from the Hitachi to the Dell. For some odd reason the game I play most often on the Dell is Solitaire, despite the fact I've found some pretty neat games for it. I've been spoiled by the screen on my Hitachi, I suppose.
So, what would I do with one of the handhelds if I won the contest? Well, the biggest thing would be programming. But I also think my walkthroughs would work well on them. Not quite the screen space that's on my Hitachi, but anything with a faster processor would be worth it. I've always wanted an H/PC 2000 system to play with for testing and such. It would open up a new avenue of research for my programming, and a possible new market for any programs I want to release. Plus, having a keyboard and a better supported processor (the SH4 processor is somewhat hard to find software for) would be a big bonus.
I got an HP J680 in 2000 for Christmas and have been very happy with it ever since. I teach and install Fiber Optics for the military and have had this machine literally everywhere. I cannot always take a laptop but this handy little device is just the ticket. I can use the VGA card to do presentations, I keep my schedules, notes, pictures (of course), language dictionaries, I check my e-mail regularly and now with wireless can surf the web. I can't imagine traveling without it. While searching for some software one day last year I accidentally came across this site and have been visiting regularly ever since. In this industry where most computing items are outdated the day you buy them it refreshing to find a site that is a dedicated as you are in keeping us up to date. This site is a great resource, the forums always have the answers that I've been searching for. Keep up the good work. Again, congratulations on 4 years - Not many sites last that long that's a milestone in itself.
I am like all of you very happy with my J720.
On top of it, I have just discovered that the new
version of Microsoft Portrait v 2.2 supports msn
I am really proud to announce it as the first person
since we have been waiting for this since mid-October.
Like all of you, I regularly check different HPC sites
amongst this site as well.
These websites have considerably contributed to keep
alive the HPC Community. I really would like to thank
everybody, especially Henri Spagnolo and other people
who I do not have their names in mind for their hard
work they do on a daily basis in order to inform us
about the latest news.
Well, by the way, I am sorry for my English since it
is my third language...
It is my first posting, but I really wanted to share
the information concerning the new version of
Microsoft Portrait 2.2 which even works with a usb
cable connection (through Activesync) which was not
the case in version 2.1 I think.
Well, in case I earn the J728, I would like to offer
my Jornada 720 to somebody else, maybe to Sammy who
could then offer it to somebody else through another
Many thanks to all of you and happy new year
and ENJOY PORTRAIT 2.2 !!!
- Habib YILMAZ
Yes sorry its been a couple of days, lets just say that I have been enjoying the New Year celebrations. Anyway I am back now ;-) Back to Normal Service. So lets take a look at whats been happening -
This email from Chris Tilley from HPC Factor fame - "Portrait has finally been updated. Version 2.2 fixes the Messenger service problem and adds support for PPC2003. http://research.microsoft.com/~jiangli/portrait/ HPC:Factor are looking at setting up a Portrait ILS server. However it will depend on whether we get any interest in it from the community. Last time I mentioned it.. we didn't get any. Lets spread the word on having Messenger back!
has been updated with the following - 5 Keyboard Skins to win, the contest is closed. The list of the
winners is published.