The iPAQ 1940 and 1945 (they're the same unit
with different model numbers used to designate the retail channel
through which they're sold) are HP's follow-up to the the hugely
popular, slim and elegant iPAQ 1910.
Though the 1945 looks the same as the 1910 with the exception of
some minor trim changes, it has several notable improvements over
the 1910, while maintaining the $299 list price. The 1945 runs
the Windows Mobile 2003 operating system (also called Pocket PC
2003), has integrated Bluetooth and supports SDIO. While the 1910
wasn't very expandable, the 1945 is thanks to Bluetooth and SDIO— good
going, HP! The iPAQ 1935 looks identical to the 1945 and is indeed
very similar except that it runs at 200 MHz and doesn't have Bluetooth.
What is Pocket PC 2003, aka Windows Mobile 2003?
Pocket PC2003 is based on Windows CE 4.2, while
prior Pocket PC and Pocket PC 2002 PDAs were based on Windows CE
3.0. Microsoft is calling all new devices based on Pocket PC 2003 "Windows
Mobile 2003". What's the difference between Pocket PC 2002
and Pocket PC 2003 PDAs? You won't notice much difference at all.
There are numerous bug fixes, improvements in page rendering times
for Internet Explorer, a more friendly user interface for setting
up network connections and networking changes under the hood.
There are two versions of Pocket PC 2003: Pro
for the more basic Pocket PC models and Premium for higher end
Pocket PCs. The 1945 runs the Pro version. Apps like Terminal Services,
MS Reader, Spell Checker for Pocket Word and the new Pictures app
are built into the OS stored in ROM in the Premium Edition, but
don't come with the Pro version. You can however download MS Reader
from Microsoft's web site.
Features and Horsepower
The iPAQ 1945 (that's the model we have, so we'll
use that model number) has a transflective display, an SD slot
that supports SDIO, built-in Bluetooth wireless networking and
standard IR (Nevo and consumer grade IR don't come with the 1945).
The iPAQ 1945 is the first Pocket PC to run Samsung's S3C2410 266
ARM family processor, which is less expensive and supposedly very
power-frugal. You can check out our benchmarks below to see how
the Samsung processor compares to XScale models. It does quite
well for its clock speed, and feels plenty fast enough when using
PIM apps, playing intensive games such as Interstellar Flames and
watching videos with Pocket Media Player. In fact, I was surprised
at how well it did with games and movies, given the unimpressive
graphics benchmarks. The 1935 uses the same processor running at
a slower 203 MHz.
The 1945 has 32 megs of ROM and 64 megs of RAM.
56 megs of RAM are available to the user to run and store applications,
and 13.24 megs of flash ROM are available as the iPAQ File Store.
The battery is user replaceable, which means you can swap a new
one in whenever power's running low, or simply replace a tired
Design, Buttons and Ergonomics
If you're familiar with the 1910, you'll be right
at home with the 1945 because nothing has changed. It's the same
size and weight, and sports the same buttons and directional pad.
The four program buttons surround the 5-way d-pad, and the IR port
is located on the upper left side just below the record button.
The 1945 is the smallest and lightest Pocket PC, and that's one
of several reasons why the 1900 series has been so popular. The
unit is about the size of the Palm
m515. It's quite attractive and modern looking, and its plastic
casing is the same brushed aluminum-looking finish used on the
1910 and iPAQ 2215.
The connector on the 1945 is the same as the iPAQ 1910.
Accessories made for the 1910 should work on the 1945. The 1945 offers
more expansion options than does the 1910. You can use Bluetooth accessories
and SD networking cards such as SanDisk's SD WiFi card which will be
out in August 2003 (we'll be reviewing that card soon).
A few apps like Pocket MVP don't yet run on Pocket
PC 2003 OS. Microsoft Money doesn't come with the 1945. You can download
Money for Pocket PC 2003, but you'll need to buy or upgrade to MS Money
2004 if you want to sync Money on the Pocket PC to your PC.
Screen and Sound
Transflective displays are the best around and the
1945 has one. It's a 3.5" display like the 1910,
rather than the 3.8" found on the top of the line iPAQs. Transflective
screens reflect ambient light to illuminate the screen (for outdoor viewability
and power savings) and have backlighting. The display is quite nice and
has good contrast and color saturation. It's not as bright as the iPAQ
5000 series models or the 2215, but it's still more than bright enough.
The screen has a faint yellow color cast that you may notice when looking
at white backgrounds.
The sound volume is quite loud. MP3s sound great when
using stereo headphones connected to the included 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio
adapter. The Audio control panel applet allows you to set the recording
environment for the mic, and turn on AGC (automatic gain control). You
can also use this applet to set the headphone volume independent of the
The iPAQ 1945 has a 900 mA Lithium Ion battery which
isn't that large compared to full-featured PPCs. It's the same battery
used in the 1910, and you should get 3 hours of actual use per charge.
Above, the back of the PDA removed so the battery can
Pocket PC 2003 Changes to MS Built-in Applications
1. Pocket Internet Explorer now supports HTML 4.0,
xHTML, JScript 5.5 and WAP 2.0. It does render pages better and more
quickly, and better still, it requires less memory to run.
2. The Contacts app now supports vCAL and vCARD.
3. Media Player 9 is a great improvement: you'll definitely notice improved
frame rates and buffering.
4. File Explorer now can connect to network shares (shared folders on Windows
5. You get a new game built into ROM, called Jawbreaker. It's the same as Bubblets.
6. The OS has stronger built-in support for WiFi networking and can simplify
connecting to WiFi networks.
Yay, the 1945 has Bluetooth. The interface
is the same as the iPAQ 2215, iPAQ 5555 and iPAQ 5450. It's got
a very user-friendly wizard interface that walks you through
the steps of connecting to Bluetooth devices. The 1945 supports
connections to cell phones, access points, other Bluetooth enabled
computers and PDAs, ActiveSync and serial connections such as
modems and GPS devices. We tested the 1945 with Socket's
Bluetooth GPS and it worked like a champ. It bonded easily
and maintained a quick and reliable connection with the GPS.
Note that the iPAQ 1930/1935 models do NOT have Bluetooth.
Even though the iPAQ 1945 is a budget Pocket
PC, you get a decent bundle of 3rd party software. Bundled 3rd
party software includes Resco Explorer 2003 (an excellent full-featured
explorer and file manager that includes the ability to browse
network shares and a registry editor), Resco Picture Viewer (allows
you to view MPEG video, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, CFX, PSD, PCX,
and RAW image files), HP Printing, ClearVue Office Suite™ (allows
you to view native MS Office docs and print them) and Real One
Player. There are also several additional demo apps on the CD.
Pocket Windows Media Player 9 is included,
as are the usual suspects: Pocket versions of Outlook, Word,
Excel and Internet Explorer. MS Money is no longer included and
neither the version that ships with Money 2003 nor the version
that came with Pocket PC 2002 PDAs will install. You can download
a new version for Pocket PC 2003 PDAs, and sync that to MS Money
2004 on the desktop .
The iPAQ runs Pocket PC 2003 Pro Edition and comes with MS Outlook
2002 for the PC.
Pro: This is a great follow-up to the popular
iPAQ 1910. It's got a good amount of internal memory, a nice transflective
display, runs the new Pocket PC 2003 OS and comes in a very elegant,
slim and light package. SDIO support means you'll be able to use
WiFi and other I/O cards when they're available. Bluetooth adds
to the expandability, and iPAQ Bluetooth is one of the most friendly
and robust implementations on a Pocket PC. Con: You won't be able
to use keyboards and GPS units that connect directly to the serial
port, only sync and charge cables/cradles. Battery life could be
better, but considering the diminutive size of the 1945, the battery
size is decent.
list price $299. 1935 suggested
list price $249.
The 1940 and 1945 have
different model numbers because HP uses different model numbers to track sales
in consumer vs. business channels. Both come with a USB cable, charger, one
battery, CD with software and PDF manuals.
3.5" TFT color LCD, 64,000 colors. Resolution:
240 x 320.
mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is user replaceable.
Size: 4.46" x
2.75" x 0.5". Weight Approximately 4.27
1940/1945 has Bluetooth, while the 1935 does not.
PC 2003 operating system. Microsoft Pocket Office
suite including Pocket Word, Excel, Internet Explorer,
Reader, and Outlook. Also Voice Recorder, Windows
Media Player for Pocket PC as well as handwriting
recognition. HP Printing, Resco Explorer, Resco Picture
Viewer, Real One Player and Westtek ClearVue Office
suite are also included.
in speaker, mic and 2.5mm (cell phone size!) stereo
headphone jack with adapter for standard 3.5mm
headphones. Voice Recorder and Windows Pocket Media
Player 9 included.
SD (Secure Digital) slot. Has SDIO support. Does
not accept iPAQ expansion sleeves.