Some Take Aways From the iPAQ 600 Series Video

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If you haven’t seen yet, there’s an internally-made video of the iPAQ 600 that’s floating around. The iPAQ 600 Business Navigator, for those that don’t remember, is the device with a 2.8″ QVGA screen, GPS/WiFi/HSDPA, 520MHz processor, running Windows Mobile 6 Professional. HP unleashed five new iPAQs last Wednesday.

The video shows three things that I found to be noteworthy. First, the integrated scroll wheel (that is, it resides on top of the number buttons) is a VERY cool idea, and it seems to have just the right amount of sensitivity to it. Integrating a scroll wheel into the number pad is something that we haven’t seen before in a WM device, and it’s a good space saver. For those that don’t like the integrated scroll wheel, there’s a standard thumb wheel on the left side of the device.

Second, the iPAQ 600 has a dedicated screen rotation button. As with all Windows Mobile devices with screen rotation (such as those with slide-out QWERTYs), the change takes 1-3 seconds.

And third, the device has a feature called “iPAQ Device Connect” that allows for a very fast way to use your device as a Bluetooth modem. Yes, you can use almost any phone as a Bluetooth modem, but it often requires a couple of steps. Perhaps it includes some piece of software that you load onto a laptop. We’ll have to keep an ear out for more on this.

For a full spec sheet, click here.

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.