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Ipaq 1945 refurb.. Ok to get?
      #15116 - 09/04/04 09:56 PM

Sorry this post was earler accidentally posted in the wrong forum.. Thanks


I'm currently using an ancient Palm, and have decided to upgrade. My budget is around $200 so sadly I don't think I can get a new PDA, will have to get a used/refurb PDA

My spcifications for the PDA I want are that it should be color, and have Bluetooth.

I would really like a pocket PC..

Currently while hunting around I've found the following PDA's
1. HP Ipaq 1940/5 - refurb from HP - around $200
2. Tungsten T - from $150 or so
3. A few toshiba's which DONT have bluetooth - would need upgrade card.

Regarding above pda's..
1. The Ipaq 1940/5 seems really nice BUT i've seen so many reports of cracked screens that i'm afraid to buy it.
2. The tungsten T is nice but they have had digitiser problems AND they use palm not pocket PC :-(
3. The Toshiba's WOULD need an external bluetooth card.. I've seen that palm makes a SDIO card for about $30 but would this work with a Toshiba..

Basically I really want a good reliable pocket pc powered PDA which includes bluetooth or can be upgraded with a cheap card for under $200

Please give me some ideas on how to go about this.


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Re: Ipaq 1945 refurb.. Ok to get? [Re: BluTeeth]
      #15138 - 09/05/04 11:53 PM

The 1945 is an excellent affordable PDA and the screens really aren't that prone to cracking. If HP offers a decent warranty for a refurb, go for it!

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Re: Ipaq 1945 refurb.. Ok to get? [Re: LisaG]
      #15166 - 09/06/04 09:30 PM


Thank you very much for your useful answer.

My question on cracked screens came up because a lot of reviews on the net (e.g. amazon, cnet) complain about cracked screens in iPaq's

For example this thread here:

At first I thought this was simply careless users but there are so many people with complaints that go "It cracked in my pocket, while on my desk, etc., I began to get a little worried.

Reason is, generally PDA's are fairly tough and can suffer some bumps - take Palm PDAs - except for the zire 71 its rare to hear of a cracked screen.

Personally i've dropped my palm a few times and it hasnt had a problem.

So do Ipaq's have weaker screens than palm's I wonder..


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