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Topic # 8348 22-Jun-2006 20:25
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You have all been such help in the past for me, and I'm hoping you can come through again.  I have been using an iPAQ since the 1900 first came out, and most recently (since it first became available in the US), I use an iPAQ 4705 running PPC SE.  For the third time with this unit, my screen (or screen and digitizer) and my touchpad need to be replaced.  I am not gentle on my unit, but the thought of now paying over another USD $400 (the price estimated by HP) is more than I can take.  Even the non-HP repair centers I've found on the internet estimate at least that much with the dignostic services they are recommnending.

Worse yet, the HP tech who spoke to me recommended instead that I now purchase an iPAQ 2795 because the 4700 series has been discontinued.  It didn't make sense to me, so I thought I'd get your reactions.  If it's not too much trouble, could I please have your thoughts on:

  • Repairing my 4705 vs. buying a new handheld?
  • If I repair, should I go ahead and upgrade to WM5?
  • If I repair, are there any other necessary system upgrades that my 4705 might need?
  • If I replace, should I try and find a new 4705?
  • How does the 2795 compare to the 4705?
  • How about the Dell Axim 51v as a replacement?
  • Or should I just forget the whole thing and go back to using a stone tablet, hammer and chisel?
I know I'm asking a lot, but with such a diverse community, I figured there would be no shortage of opinions, and I would appreciate all of them.

Thank you.

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Reply # 39379 22-Jun-2006 20:45
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All these questions are very personal. It's up to you really to say if the device has been working for you in terms of functionality, screen size, overall device size, speed, etc. If you are not satisfied with any of these then now is the time to change.

Regardless of what you decide, I wouldn't upgrade the h4705. There are some discussions on performance hits due to the way memory is managed under Windows Mobile 5 and the experience may not be the best.






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  Reply # 39390 22-Jun-2006 21:35
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I think i can share my view on this too.

Ask Mauricio or other guys here... I have had eyed on HX4700 for long long time, simply because its VGA screen is great! and I have always use HP products. However, not being WM5 is disappointing, and it is now discontinued given that it is the only VGA PocketPC HP ever had and is utmost the best in my opinion. It is a very nice device with CF as well as SD and i am sure you know that too.

Now what i found out and was told is that, Dell's 51v sux in terms of speed and implementation of WM5, it basically is a reharshed of 50v with WM5, not great with performance. And also Dell has exited all PocketPC playfield...

I won't go for non-vga PocketPC nowaday IF i must get PocketPC, which left with Imate JasJar.



NOW..... ultimate opinion? well I'd forget pocketpc unless if it is also a phone... otherwise i might as well save up for UMPC.




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  Reply # 39866 27-Jun-2006 22:29
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Hi Blue Leader,

My sympathies, I also have a 4700, and love it. My first reaction to your problem is: why don't you get another 4700? The price has come down a bit, and you should be able to get a new one for under $US400. Take a look around at some discount internet shops...

Second, you really need to get yourself a decent case. I have a Magnum case, and let me assure you it has paid for itself many times over! Again, look for a good deal on the internet or e-bay, it is fantastic for protection. Here is a review: http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/review/innopocket_magnum_hp_hx4700_ipaq_case_review

The consensus is that WM2005 is bad news, at least until they bring out a ROM upgrade, which is rumoured to be in the works. I will continue with 2003SE until I am certain there is some improvement to be had. The other rumour is of a hx4800 coming soon, just take a look at the gap in HP's current PDA line-up. The 4700 still has the best screen in its class, and with SD and CF slots still kills the competition, particularly if you are into GPS applications and maps (I am). I regard the lack of an integrated GSM phone a major feature, but that is my personal choice, as I see no benefit in forcing the convergence just yet.

There is another consideration, your applications and data. It is a right PAIN to migrate to a new device, and even an upgrade requires a complete reinstall of everything. I suggest you take this into consideration also when making your decision.

So, in summary, I would not rush out and get something new, if what you have works and does the job better.

Cheers,

Tom
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