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iPAQ 2215 review
      #4267 - 06/28/03 02:55 PM

You've read our review of the awesome new iPAQ 2215 running Pocket PC 2003. Questions, comments? Post them here!

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #4272 - 06/30/03 09:36 AM

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When will the 2215 be in the shops ????




It is available now. I bought two at CompUSA. Circuit City and Fry have them and I suspect others do too.

So far so good.


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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #4277 - 06/30/03 02:10 PM

It should be available in the UK, however I don't know the release date.

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Should have been clearer...... I am in the UK.

Is this product for the US market only ?




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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: LisaG]
      #4307 - 07/02/03 09:59 PM

Great review of the IPAQ 2210/15. I originally looked at the Tungsten T and actually bought and played with it for a week. In the end I returned it b/c it wasnt what I was looking for in terms of multimedia functions. Now that the new IPAQ has come out, I'm thinking this is the one. I haven't seen it released widely in Canada yet but I managed to reserve the 1st one around. Looking forward to the purchase!

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: LisaG]
      #4340 - 07/05/03 01:40 AM

Compared to the performance of the 3970, did you feel the 2215 was much faster? If yes I wonder how much of that could be credited to the 2003 OS and how much an upgrade to the 2003 OS could improve the 39XX models?

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: DHB]
      #4345 - 07/05/03 01:46 PM

It does feel faster and benchmark faster than the 3970. Since the PPC2003 OS doesn't really offer much in the way of optimizations for XScale, I suspect the speed is about 65% due to the newer PXA255 processor that has a 2x faster memory bus than the PXA250 used in the 3970 and other architectural improvements in hardware, and 35% due to the new OS. It's interesting that benchmarks for the new iPAQ 5555 so far have been slower than the 2215!


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Compared to the performance of the 3970, did you feel the 2215 was much faster? If yes I wonder how much of that could be credited to the 2003 OS and how much an upgrade to the 2003 OS could improve the 39XX models?




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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: LisaG]
      #4349 - 07/05/03 10:21 PM

Do you think the 2215 or the 3970 would be best for a GPS application? The faster speed and graphics of the 2215 would tend to sway me to that one but the ability to use sleeves to provide nearly total expandability and the larger battery of the 3970 and the potential of driver issues with the 2003 OS of the 22xx makes me wonder if the 3970 might be best.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: DHB]
      #4352 - 07/06/03 12:36 AM

Believe or not, you might not notice the different using GPS. Often, the navigation software doesn't take much power/speed to run. The slow-downs in the past were often caused by slow CF (if GPS/maps run off the card) and small GPS antennas.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: Tong Zhang]
      #4356 - 07/06/03 10:48 AM

Thank you so much for this and the reply in the other thread as well.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #4412 - 07/09/03 04:27 PM

No TV tuners for PDAs just yet. There are rumors about TV tuners being made, but nothing is certain yet.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #4417 - 07/09/03 05:01 PM

SMC will come out with an updated driver (I do not have a date). The only PPC 2003 drivers available are for the Socket card and the Ambicom, and those drivers do not work with the SMC.

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You mentioned in the review that the SMC WIFI card worked with the 2215 but does not have the new features of the 2003 os. I wonder if SMC is planning to update their driver or if it is possible to use another updated driver for another card with the SMC WIFI card? Do you thing this would be possible?





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Re: No MS Money? [Re: ]
      #4504 - 07/14/03 08:26 AM

Upgrade to Money 2004. A compatible PPC 2003 Pocket Money comes on the CD. I have been told it was released today, but is already in some stores.

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Re: No MS Money? [Re: MikeV01]
      #4509 - 07/14/03 11:51 AM

Really? MS is going to release Money 2004 in mid 2003? That would be different.

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Upgrade to Money 2004. A compatible PPC 2003 Pocket Money comes on the CD. I have been told it was released today, but is already in some stores.




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Re: No MS Money? [Re: ]
      #4510 - 07/14/03 11:54 AM

It's not just the iPAQ 2215, but all released so far. I am sure they'll release a compatible version, just as they did for MS Reader for PPC 2003.


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Is is absolutely true that MS Money is not available for the h2210/2215? What about other Pocket PC 2003 models? This is a deal breaker for me and I've been anticipating this device since the rumor mill began!!

Does anyone know of another personal finance tool for the Pocket PC platform that is compatible with the PPC2003 OS AND MS Money on the desktop?

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #4560 - 07/17/03 01:41 PM

You'll need a 3rd party database product to use Access databases on a Pocket PC. Some are reviewed here: http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/software/databases.htm



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Sorry if this is a basic question but I don't know much about PDA's. I currently run a Access database file (5Mb) on my laptop and would really like to copy this and keep it updated to a PDA such as the 2215. Is the 2215 suitable for this and would bluetooth be the best way to keep the two devices syncronized at the end of the day.

thanks to anybody who replies

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How to Install MS Money in HP iPaq 2215 right now [Re: LisaG]
      #4679 - 07/25/03 09:09 AM

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Really? MS is going to release Money 2004 in mid 2003? That would be different.

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Upgrade to Money 2004. A compatible PPC 2003 Pocket Money comes on the CD. I have been told it was released today, but is already in some stores.





I think it is not possible right now this way, and the date MS will actually fix this is unknown so far.

But meanwhile you can use this efficient workaround that an user, Jeffrey Soderberg, posted on Amazon.

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Other possible causes to the diffs in Benchs [Re: LisaG]
      #4680 - 07/25/03 09:24 AM

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I suspect the speed is about 65% due to the newer PXA255 processor that has a 2x faster memory bus than the PXA250 used in the 3970 and other architectural improvements in hardware, and 35% due to the new OS.



The speed seems similar for the 3 PDAs benched (iPaq 3970, 5450, 2215), excepted for graphics where it jumps by between x2 and x20 from 3970 to 5450, and between x1.5 and x4 from 5450 to 2215.

This lets think that the 1st increase (from 3970 to 5450) may come from a different graphic chip (and/or from the wider memory bus), and that the 2nd increase (from 5450 to 2215) could come from the doubled single memory card used (while 256 MB were used in each of the 3 PDAs, they were in one single card in the 2215).

Don't mind if my question looks silly, but have you an answer?

TIA,

Paris, Fri 25 Jul 2003 16:24:25 +0200
edited (title) 16:45:45

Edited by Michel_Merlin (07/25/03 09:45 AM)


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Is the AC adapter UNIVERSAL? [Re: Michel_Merlin]
      #4681 - 07/25/03 09:32 AM

Is the AC Adapter Universal (110-240V, 47-63Hz), as it should be in a mobile device? I guess yes, but it should be stated clearly on the HP site and in the reviews, since some other vendors (can you say "CASIO"?) continued to ship ghettoized AC adapters until recently (either 110V/60Hz, or 240V/50Hz, but not both in the same adapter).

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Is the ROM upgradeable? [Re: Michel_Merlin]
      #4682 - 07/25/03 09:37 AM

The iPaq 2215 has Windows Mobile 2003 in its ROM. But when newer versions (or simply some updates or fixes) come, will it be possible to get them, no matter whether by exchanging the ROM, or by reprogramming it?

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Re: Is the ROM upgradeable? [Re: Michel_Merlin]
      #4684 - 07/25/03 01:44 PM

The 2215 has Flash ROM, so it should be upgradeable.

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The iPaq 2215 has Windows Mobile 2003 in its ROM. But when newer versions (or simply some updates or fixes) come, will it be possible to get them, no matter whether by exchanging the ROM, or by reprogramming it?

Paris, Fri 25 Jul 2003 16:37:30 +0200




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