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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,

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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?

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Money 2004 and Money for PPC 2003 is released [Re: Michel_Merlin]
      #4685 - 07/25/03 01:46 PM

Microsoft has indeed launched Money 2004 (in the middle of 2003, isn't that amusing).
They have also released a version of Money for Pocket PC 2003. The catch is that this new version of Money for Pocket PC 2003 will ONLY sync to Money 2004 on the desktop, so you'll need to upgrade if you wish to sync.

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Re: Other possible causes to the diffs in Benchs [Re: Michel_Merlin]
      #4686 - 07/25/03 01:51 PM

I suspect it's the bus speed and better OS support and drivers for the graphics chip. PPC 2002 didn't offer much support for better graphics chips.

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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,

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Re: Is the AC adapter UNIVERSAL? [Re: Michel_Merlin]
      #4688 - 07/25/03 01:53 PM

It uses the same Delta brand charger that's been bundled with iPAQs since the 3800 series. It's universal, operating from 110 to 240V.

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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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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #4765 - 07/29/03 02:27 PM

If you were captivated by the nice screens and multimedia capabilities of Pocket PCs, do check out the Sony Clie NX line of Palm OS PDAs too. You can play movies, listen to MP3s, have a really nice 320 x 480 transflective display and run Docs To Go 5 in high res mode And you get a CF slot for memory cards and Sony's WiFi card.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #4786 - 07/30/03 02:03 PM

Unless you need to use sleeves, I'd go with the 2215. You gain Bluetooth, a user replaceable battery, CF type II slot and the new PPC 2003 OS while spending less money


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here in canada, the price difference between the 2215 ($579) and the 3950 ($649) is only about $70. In your opinion, is it worth to put out the extra cash to get the next step up?




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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #4805 - 07/31/03 01:46 PM

Well, if it's that much cheaper and you don't want to use Bluetooth, go for the 3950

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #4824 - 08/01/03 03:05 PM

You're right that NT doesn't support USB.

For the 2200 series, HP does sell an optional sync cable that terminates in both a serial and USB connector, and it's called: usb/serial autosync cable for iPAQ 2200, 3800, 3900, 5400, and 5500 series (part # 250178-B21).

They don't make one for the 1900 series, and I'm not sure if anyone else does, given that the 1900 series sync connector has less functionality than do other iPAQ models.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #4916 - 08/06/03 02:42 PM

It was released in the first or second week of July.

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when is the ipaq 5555 going to be released?




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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #4994 - 08/10/03 07:34 PM

HP's own folding keyboard for the iPAQ is quite good and works well. It's compatible with the 2215. Most other popular keyboards don't have Pocket PC 2003 drivers yet.


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I'm looking for the best choice on a keyboard for my 2215, any suggestions??




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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #5022 - 08/12/03 07:39 AM

this must be the one your talking about

http://www.hp.ca/catalog/acc/accessories_app.php?id=161&type_cpq=ppc_cont&LANGUAGE=en

thats $144 canadian

the company "Targus" makes a really nice folding keyboard for $99


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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: adblink182]
      #5026 - 08/12/03 11:53 AM

Yes, that's the one, adblink182.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #5239 - 08/26/03 01:25 AM

Q1 Has anyone had similar experiences to the PDA user quoted below?? I am about to buy a iPAQ H2210 (my first). I have seen mostly positive feedback apart from this one.

Q2 Can someone please explain "you-can-only-'partner'-with-two-computers"...
If I have a Desktop computer at home and at work. Will I be able to sync with both computers?? It is not essential if I can not.

Q3 If I was to use my work computer as the main computer that I sync with (emails, calender, address book, tasks etc) since I spend most of my time infront of it, can I sync with my computer at home (or other computer) and just transfer files??
Thanks



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My intro into PDA's is the Handspring Visor. I wanted to upgrade so I ordered a Dell Axim. After I was told about a second delay in shipping without any incentive to keep me as a customer, I bought what I thought would be the next best thing, the iPAQ 2215.

WRONG.

The 'partnership' (sync) at home was less than smooth. As I discussed with other users, it's common to have to disconnect, even soft reboot, then re-sync before it responds correctly. Even when it went 'relatively' well, I could never 'resolve' issues.

So I tried to install the software at work.

WRONG.

(And what's this you-can-only-'partner'-with-two-computers crap? This was NEVER a problem with Palm's software. Should have known better than to go with more Microcrap)

It NEVER even established a connection at work.

Now I see that Pocket Office is far less functional than Documents To Go.

This piece of crap goes back today, and I'm coming home with a new Palm.




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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: Zoolander]
      #5241 - 08/26/03 03:31 AM

yes, you can configure the active sync software to just transfer certain things over, like files only, contacts only...etc

and about the quoted user...I've never had a problem hot syncing my ipaq and my computer. It was more then smooth in my experience....never tired to do it between 2 diff computers so not %100 sure on that one...


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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: Zoolander]
      #5247 - 08/26/03 03:19 PM

You can have partnerships with two computers. A partnership means data in Outlook is synced to an from the PDA. So home & work are fine, but you can't also sync Outlook data to your Auntie Flo's computer (that would be a 3rd partnership).

In addition, you can connect a Pocket PC as a guest if you just want to use a particular PC to install software or to share its Internet connection with the Pocket PC.


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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: LisaG]
      #5252 - 08/26/03 11:47 PM

lisa, so what would be the difference if you just wanted to log it in as a guest? you still would need to install the software to sync it and stuff....

so whats the benifit? or whats the difference?


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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: adblink182]
      #5255 - 08/27/03 01:16 AM

Yes, you do still to need to install ActiveSync on a PC to make a guest rather than partnership connection to the Pocket PC. When the Pocket PC is a guest, you can install programs and transfer files, but can't sync Outlook data or syncronized folders. You can also use the pass through Internet connection and also browse any available network shares.

Couple of reasons it could be useful:
1. You already have a home and work partnership, but there's another computer that you use frequently. You'd like to use this computer just to install software or transfer docs to/from the Pocket PC. A guest connection allows you to do these two things.

2. You just want to use the pass through Internet connection, so the Pocket PC has access to the Net or server volumes/network shared folders when in the cradle, but don't want to sync data.

3. You test a lot of Pocket PCs like we do! Since ActiveSync only supports two partnerships, the rest of the units have to be guests.


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lisa, so what would be the difference if you just wanted to log it in as a guest? you still would need to install the software to sync it and stuff....

so whats the benifit? or whats the difference?




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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #5651 - 09/19/03 03:03 PM

Play with them and see what they do. If you don't like them, you can delete them using the Remove Programs applet under Settings.

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I just bought the 2210 (in Malaysia) and the shopped installed a lot of program in there for free. Now I have things like Fusion Utils and Pocket PC Expense. WHat are these?




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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: LisaG]
      #5735 - 09/23/03 09:45 PM

I recently bought the iPAQ 2215. I am very pleased with it. I had intentionally waited for the PDAs to evolve before getting one. I've had electronic daytimers, etc. in the past and wanted something more useful. When they added Word, Excel, Email, and Internet, that made it worth it (I stayed away from the Palm because it had "COMPATIBLE" programs (we all know what that means). I wanted to wait for them to get some of the bugs out of the OS too. I like the PDA cell phone combination idea, but from what I have heard, the batteries have very limited life (for now). The 2215 has a great program for notes, and the keyboard and transcriber options are great (I'm surprised at how well this works); They are much better and easier to use than that Palm language that everybody that I know had to learn to use their Handsprings and Palms. So far I have only come across one thing that I wish that the 2215 did. I'm still learning how to use it, so it might just be that I haven't figured it out yet. I wish that it was set up so that I could click on a name in my contacts list and set an appointment with them instead of having to type the names in every time. I bought a modem for it and it works great for sending email, etc.. I will be buying a Bluetooth USB adapter for my desktop soon, and hopefully that will give me all of the wireless connection that I need for it (I don't need much). The other thing that I would like to know is if there is a way to get and install the OS? We all know how windows gets loaded up with garbage, I would like to be able to start with a "fresh" install every so often like I have with the other Microsoft Operating Systems (both by choice, and not).



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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: Mike60542]
      #5736 - 09/23/03 09:51 PM

Glad you like your 2215-- it's a great Pocket PC!

To start fresh, simply hard reset the iPAQ. That will put it back to just the way it was out of the box. The manual on the CD explains how to do this.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #5738 - 09/23/03 10:03 PM

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Am I right in thinking that both the 2215 & 1910 series can ONLY be synchronised with a PC via USB? MY PC is still (and will be for some time I suspect) Windows NT, and I understand that USB cannot be used in an NT environment. Can you get serial cables for either model in order to synchronise with NT? Are there other ways I could do it avoiding USB?




I saw someone suggest the IR above.

I think that you can also get a WIFI Ethernet Compact Flash for the 2215 and add a wireless Ethernet hub, router, switch, or card to your Network / PC.

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Re: No MS Money? [Re: ]
      #5859 - 09/29/03 09:33 PM

Dunno. It's been in the HPC operating system for quite a while, but never made it into the Pocket PC. Though the first generation WinCE PPCs, didn't even have Pocket Word or Excel!

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Why is there not Access in the office / os?
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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #5863 - 09/29/03 10:23 PM

No, I didn't have that problem, and the HP keyboard was my one and only keyboard (thanks to the lack of 2215 drivers when the PDA first came out). It rested against the back support and didn't wobble, but I did use it on a solid surface (desk).

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #5874 - 09/30/03 12:54 PM

Generally, HP has a better rep for customer service than Dell. For 1 day turnaround, they sell a Carepaq, but generally are pretty fast even without it.

Dell can turn things around quicker because they don't generally repair PDAs, they replace them instead.

Most support folks at high tech companies are literally working with a script, for what it's worth.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: LisaG]
      #5893 - 09/30/03 07:14 PM

I have also found HP's customer service to be poor. I bought a iPAQ 2210 about a month ago and contacted HP on several occasions to get additional information on the iPAQs.

The first two times I rang, the tech person I spoke to knew very little about their products, it seemed like they were just reading off the spec sheet listed on the web site and they could not answer my questions. The third time I rang, luckily I was put through to someone who had a thorough understanding of their products.

I also emailed them about a month ago and aside from the automated email saying they normally respond within 4 business days, I have not heard back from them - maybe they have been on holidays!


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      #6122 - 10/12/03 11:22 PM

Go into the notes app and press the red record button near the bottom of the note screen to start recording.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review - Memory Options [Re: ]
      #6211 - 10/16/03 01:17 PM

Both should work just fine. I've used 512 meg CFs with the 2215.
Have you tried formatting the card and microdrive? You can do that using a card reader on your PC if you have one, or better yet, get FlashFormat from www.cnetx.com (it's a trial but you can use it for a while before buying).

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: LisaG]
      #6316 - 10/21/03 07:44 PM

Thank for an informative review. I intend to purchase a iPAQ 2215 for use with an older Garmin 12XL GPS. Q. How do I get GPS data into and out of the PDA? I will be using the CF slot for a video card. My GPS provides three wires: data in, data out and ground. To use a PC, I would connect a serial socket. What do I do/need for the PDA?
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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #6840 - 11/19/03 12:55 PM

I believe there are a number of solutions out there. I did a search on Handango and got this listing- check it out to see if any will work for you: http://www.handango.com/PlatformSearch.jsp?siteId=1&jid=43369BAX146F4518FA6D5229AX71F36A&platformId=2&txtSearch=invoice&optionId=1_2_2
Also check www.pocketgear.com.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #6984 - 11/27/03 02:02 PM

Pocket PCs sync to Outlook, and Outlook 2002 is included with the iPAQ. You'd need to upgrade your Outlook Express to the Outlook included with the unit.

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      #8574 - 02/11/04 02:14 PM

Glad to hear that, Eddy!

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #8602 - 02/12/04 04:49 PM

The iPAQ comes with a rigid nylon slip case that's mentioned in the review. It's definitely nothing to get excited about and fits a bit tight which means it has a tendancy to pull off the side grips after a period of time. I'd go with a different case.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #9001 - 03/02/04 01:48 PM

Yes we do
But Windows Media Player can't play MPEG movies, so you'll need to get the free PocketMVP from http://home.adelphia.net/~mdukette/downloads.html#Pocket_PC (get the one for all Pocket PCs) or Pocket TV from www.pockettv.com. PocketMVP supports many file formats, including Divx.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #9955 - 04/11/04 05:50 PM

Hi! Right please excuse me as i have very little PDA experience. Brilliant review. I was wondering if i could get some help. I am a medical student and am interested in buying a PDA for the basic PIM facilities and also for installing medical dictionaries, drug references etc for easy access whilst on placement in hospitals. I want to be able to view and edit word and powerpoint files. I have heard that PPCs don't have the ability for powerpoint. I also like the idea of being able to view DVD movies on a PDA (which so far i have only heard that you can do on the PPCs).


I was first interested in the Tungsten T3 but shyed away from that because of worries of the compatibility with office (which i have recently heard is better than PPCs). I then looked at the HP 5550 but in reading the review on your website found that the 2215 might be a better option.

So basically I am stuck in the choice between Palm and PPC. From what i have said about my requirements, can anyone give me any advice on which i would be better with??

I'm just about to tear my hair out as i have been looking into buying one for the last couple of months but just cannot make a decision!! Therefore any help would be VERY much appreciated.


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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ClareH]
      #9957 - 04/11/04 06:22 PM

Actually, a Palm OS PDA with Documents To Go does a better job of working with Word and Excel docs than do Pocket Word and Pocket Excel built into Pocket PCs. Many models come with this software so you don't have to buy it separately. There are 3rd party apps for PowerPoint for both Palm and Pocket PC.

To watch DVDs on Pocket PCs or Palms, you'd first have to use your PC to encode them to a proper resolution, bitrate and file size to work with the PDA. That takes a bit of time, but there are certainly plenty of folks who do it. There are 3rd party video players for Palm and Pocket PC that let you watch MPEG1 movies (among other file formats).

If you don't need biometric security and built-in WiFi, the cheaper iPAQ 2215 would be a good choice. The Tungsten T3 is also a good choice.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #10829 - 05/12/04 02:59 PM

They still have them at our local retailers.

Word is that there will be some new Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition devices out this summer, but I have no info on which models.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #10905 - 05/13/04 11:00 PM

Make sure you installed the Windows Mobile 2003 (aka Pocket PC 2003) drivers.

Try soft resetting the iPAQ, then insert the card.


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Please help! I just got a SMC2642W flash card and it will not work with my IPAQ 2215. I loaded the software like the directions said and when I put the card in it says CARDINITIALIZE FAILED!!




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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #10937 - 05/14/04 10:28 PM

Windows CE 4.2 (not Windows .NET 4.2 which is another animal) is the core of PPC 2003. Windows CE 3.0 was the core of PPC 2002.

I can't believe they still haven't released 2003 drivers! Though I had used their card and PPC 2002 drivers with my iPAQ 2215 when it first came out, because no one had drivers for 2003 yet. So, you might give their drivers a try again. I used the Wireless LAN Settings" app under Settings to configure the connection rather than using the connection manager built into the OS.


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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: LisaG]
      #10961 - 05/15/04 07:59 PM


I have a D-Link DCF-660W wireless CF Card which doesn't work in my pocket pc anymore. When I insert the card, the green light would flash only once, and the Pocket PC does not recognize the card. So first thing I did was to soft reset the pocket pc, but it still wouldn't recognize the card, even though it used to work before just fine. So I uninstalled and reinstalled the driver for the card, still no luck. It gave the "unrecognized card" error. Tried installing different drivers from D-Link's website, no luck. Then I hard reset the pocket pc to default settings, reinstalled the driver, but the pocket pc still wouldn't recognize the card. The drivers installs fine, but when you insert the card, the green light flashes once and stops, no response. But I thought that the problem didn't lie with the CF slot on the Pocket PC, because I have a SanDisk Compact Flash memory card which works fine! For that reason I thought the Wireless Card was faulty, so a few weeks ago I went and bought a new Linksys wireless CF card, installed the drivers, inserted the card, but the Pocket PC wouldn't pick it up, also one green flash on the card, and then it stops.

I need your help please. I've gone through all the troubleshooting steps in my manuals for the pocket pc, the wireless cards and on all the troubleshooting help on your website, but I'm still having problems.

Your help and assistance will be much appreciated.

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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #11466 - 05/28/04 11:44 PM

There is a CF card that combines 128 megs of memory with WiFi and it's SanDisk's Connect Plus which is reviewed here:
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/tips/sandisk_CF_Plus_wifi.htm


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Re: Worries about rubber grips [Re: ]
      #11840 - 06/07/04 01:45 PM

If they come off, you can always glue them back on or send it to HP under warranty to have it repaired. There's also a company that makes nice looking aluminum replacement side grips. I would expect that HP ironed out the design problem with these grips a while ago. Unfortunately, the included case had a way of tugging hard on the grips when you put the unit in and out, and that likely exacerbated the problem.

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      #11846 - 06/07/04 02:28 PM

My feeling is that it's certainly not a sure thing the grips will come off. HP is a good company who cares about their reputation and they wouldn't continue to use a manufacturing process that results in guaranteed failure. I had a 2215 for 6 months and the grips were just as tight as the day I bought it. I avoided the included case like the plague, but other than that, gave it no special care.

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Re: Re: Worries about rubber grips [Re: LisaG]
      #12217 - 06/17/04 12:31 PM

I hate sounding stupid BUT...

I want to install some freeware games (space invaders) and other utilities but they always ask you what type of processor your particular PDA has: ARM, ARM4, MIPS, SH3. WCE420X86, X86, etc....

What breed is the IPAQ 2215??

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Re: Re: Worries about rubber grips [Re: zettler]
      #12218 - 06/17/04 01:29 PM

The iPAQ has an Intel XScale processor which can run ARM software.

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Re: Re: Worries about rubber grips [Re: LisaG]
      #12219 - 06/17/04 01:36 PM

God Bless You!!! That is what I thought but do you think I could see it mentioned anywhere, including the description (specifications) at HP's own site???

Nope!


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Re: iPAQ 2215 review [Re: ]
      #12484 - 06/23/04 02:02 PM

Pocket PCs only come with Windows syncing software. If you wish to use the iPAQ with a Mac, you'll need to purchase either MissingSync for Pocket PC from www.markspace.com or Pocket Mac Pro from www.pocketmac.net. MissingSync works quite well.

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