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    INTRODUCTION     As more and more mobile phones offer Bluetooth functionality, Bluetooth-enabled wireless headsets have become increasingly common. Logitech joins the pack with its Mobile Freedom Headset, a relatively inexpensive offering aimed at consumers looking for a stylish headset and a light price tag. WHAT'S HOT     This headset stands apart from other as it is based on the Bluetooth v1.2 compliance standard. As a result, it is much more likely to integrate with some of the features already in place on mobile phone handsets. In most cases, this gives ...

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    WHAT'S HOT     As I mentioned in the introduction, up until now each iPAQ model shipped has had more or less one unique strength. Lately, it has been a rarity to see the sort of engineering that went into the iPAQ h4155, which was a marvel in its day for combining both small size and terrific wireless connectivity options. With the rz1715, HP released a slimmed down Pocket PC, but left out any wireless features and kept the price too high. With the iPAQ h6300 Phone Edition device, the battery life and phone capabilities were impressive but the device didn't even include ...

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    To all our American readers out there, have a safe and filling Thanksgiving! Be sure to use your Pocket PC to schedule as many helpings of food as possible, and don't forget to add recurrences for the leftovers!

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    INTRODUCTION     Dell entered the Pocket PC market with a decent product that had a good price and good expandability, with the Axim X5. Later, they released a completely new design with an emphasis on design, functionality, and value with their Axim X3. Taking another step ahead, Dell's Axim X30 added unprecedented performance to the line's ever-expanding resume with its 624 Mhz processor. Raising the bar yet again, the Axim X50 series of Pocket PCs offer design, expandability, value, performance, functionality, and a new factor: elegance. Read on... WHAT'S HOT ...

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    Lately I've been reviewing quite a few Pocket PCs, and I came to a realization that was probably long overdue. There is ALWAYS something I want more on these devices. I have not gotten to the point yet where I'm ready to own one and only one Pocket PC or Smartphone device. Allow me to elaborate... When there was the big switch to Pocket PCs, the new iPAQ (then the 3600 series) were praised for its expandability (through the expansion sleeve system), its StrongArm processor which ran at an incredible 206 MHz, and USB sync interface (even though it still ran at serial speeds). But I remember ...

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    Please note: since the Dell Axim X30 is an improvement on its predecessor, the Axim X3i, we are only concentrating on what has changed or improved in this new model. To read more about the general features, please check out our review: Dell Axim X3i Pocket PC. WHAT'S HOT     The X30's greatest attraction, along with its 624 MHz processor and 64MB RAM and ROM, is its integrated 802.11b wireless, Bluetooth, and included Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition operating system. Without these features, you basically have a Dell Axim X3i, its predecessor from the early part of 2004. ...

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    WHAT'S HOT     The hx4700 has an absolutely stunning 4" Transflective VGA screen. That means that all of the menus, programs, and dialog boxes on the device are shown in brilliant 640 x 480 pixels instead of the usual 320 x 240 that Windows Mobile Pocket PCs had from the very start. Equipped with an Intel PXA270 processor running at 624 MHz and an available 135 MB of storage available to the user, this device is no underdog. As if that weren't enough, the Bluetooth & WiFi is kept running strong from a powerful removable 1800 mAh Lithium-Ion battery pack. And for ...

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    It seems that the HP iPAQ h6315 has the same pin pattern on the bottom as all the original iPAQs, including the 3800, 3900, 5400, and 5500 series. That being the case, I thought I could get fancy and plug it right on to my old Compaq iPAQ Foldable Keyboard. Immediately I heard the same connection sound heard when connecting the included thumb keyboard, and I was off and running. Not only did it fit perfectly, but it didn't even need to have any different drivers installed. The thumb keyboard's drivers must be based on the same standard. All of the hotkeys work, too. So if you have an old ...

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    WHAT'S HOT     The rx3715 is the first Pocket PC released on the market with a 1.2 megapixel digital camera capable of taking photos at 1280 x 960 resolution. Coupled with a 4x digital zoom, the unit can take decent quality entry-level digital photos. The device is also billed to have a massive amount of storage, made possible by a 90 MB iPAQ File Store. Combined, there is 152 MB of storage available to the user out of the box. Coupled with the built-in WiFi (802.11b) and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, this product has the serious potential to shine.    Size has ...

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    Did you know that you can download Windows Mobile Themes directly to your device? Choose from all the great themes featured on our site right from the mobile version! Simply navigate to pocketnow.com using any Pocket PC and click on Themes on the left side navigation bar. After choosing the themes you like, they will download directly into your Pocket PC's main memory, regardless of your connection or speed!

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    WHAT'S HOT This Pocket PC is a completely fresh design. In a continual effort by HP to break away from the sleeve based design in the 3000 and 5000 series iPAQs, HP has decided to integrate as much functionality as possible right out of the box. Some of the features are menial, like the built-in VGA camera, while others are extremely worthwhile like the included snap-on thumb keyboard. With the industry standard SDIO slot, it shouldn't even hold back the power users among us.    Size has become more and more crucial as of late in the mobile device market. Let's do some comparisons with ...

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    WHAT'S HOT     This Pocket PC incorporates a completely new design. Gone are the rounded corners that Compaq and later HP was becoming known for with their iPAQ line, the corners of this device are square and cut. The iPAQ rz1715 has absolutely zero surprises under the hood like built-in wireless or a super fast processor, just a great looking display.    Size has become more and more crucial as of late in the mobile device market. Note how rz1715 is actually larger than its low cost predecessor; the iPAQ 1910/1940. Device (no cover) Size (inches) Weight (grams | ...

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    WHAT'S HOT    Between added support for landscape and higher resolution screens, it seems that many longtime Pocket PC enthusiasts are finally having their prayers answered. Little niceties have been added as well, included a better looking icon set and further refinements to the Connections control applet. OVERALL USER INTERFACE CHANGES    In my travels across the internet, only a few sites took the time to cover pictorially the changes brought to Windows Mobile's UI in the Second Edition. That being said, we've done our best to be comprehensive. Whenever you install ...

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    Buy.com has the SanDisk 256mb Secure Digital memory card for $52 minus a $15 rebate (which expires 4/30) bringing the price down to $37 with free shipping. This is probably the best price I've seen on this card yet.

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    HP is offering customers a cash-back offer of $50 or more toward the purchase of a new HP iPAQ h1940 or h2210 series Pocket PC when they trade in an old personal digital assistant through July 10, 2004. A product's fair market value is determined by the market demand defined by Market Velocity partners, product availability, refurbishment costs and shipping/handling. If the value is less than $50, the customer will receive a refund of $50. If the value is more than $50, the customer will receive a refund equal to the fair market value. Products with no fair market value are recycled ...

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    As most of you know, Brandon Miniman is our beloved Editor-in-Chief and general purpose all around great guy. I know I speak for all of the staff when I say that he is one of the most hard-working and dedicated men around. Please join me today by clicking the Discuss link and wishing him a Happy Birthday! Eat a lot of ice cream cake, Brandon... you've earned it!

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    Just wanted to pop on and let all of you know that we are in the process of fixing a problem with the discussion forums and our reviews. So, for a little while, there will be no discussion threads associated with our reviews. Sorry for any inconvenience!

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    Ok, so we got you. Every post thus far today has been simply an April Fool's Day prank. I'm sure most of you would have assumed. So keep visiting the site, because we're certainly in no danger of going Palm. We've marked every April Fool's joke post as such so you'll be able to distinguish fact from fiction. And as for my Zire, it's in the trash and my i-mate is back in my pocket.

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    I've been a writer in the mobile computing industry for the last 6 years, and I've never looked back. That is, I've never looked back until now. On this day of introspection, I've come to realize a few things about myself and the intelligence I keep daily in my pocket: My i-mate Pocket PC Phone Edition has: -Stereo sound I never use -A color screen that drains my battery -GPRS connectivity built-in that I have to pay for -SDIO expansion is pointless if I don't even use it -Bluetooth connectivity that's impossible to set up -128 MB of memory to keep pictures of people on it that I don't ...

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    Lately, we've been contemplating the effectiveness of the site, from many different perspectives. We want to keep things fresh and new, and at the same time deliver all the best content we are known for. One of our newest goals involve raising the bar for community involvement along the site, and that led to the development of Fastest Finger Friday. Now it is time to take that bar a step higher. From here on out, Fastest Finger Friday is going to be revamped with better prizes, and better chances to win for those who are up to the challenge. As a result, Fastest Finger Friday will take the ...

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    Vaja's new MO31 case is now available, which is made to fit the Motorola MPX200 Smartphone device. Some features include: . Plastic screen protector . Plastic keyboard protector . Sync with travel cable . SD/MMC cutout . 2" x 1-3/8" x 3-6/8" inches With a starting price of $29.90, it's not a bad deal for the quality as Vaja is accustomed to providing.

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    Builder.com has really a fascinating article detailing how to maintain web site information and databases on a Pocket PC. The article provides step-by-step instructions on how to administer a SQL server-driven site from a Windows Mobile device. Definitely worth a read. "Microsoft SQL Server 2000 CE Edition is an enterprise-level database management system that can be deployed on any Pocket PC device."

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    We're up to the 2 month point! This is week 8 of the Fastest Fingers Friday giveaway, so here's your big chance to win. To win: Reply to this thread by clicking Discuss and answering this question. What single thing should be improved at pocketnow.com? Out of all those who reply between now and 4 pm (EST) on Saturday, March 13, one will win a InnoPocket iPAQ 4100 Metal Case. You must be a registered user, and we'll send you the software to the email address associated with your account (so make sure its valid). **Winner will be randomly selected from all who reply.** Good luck! ...

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    pocketnow.com has removed references to this article. Thank you.

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    There's been a lot of news out there lately regarding AT&T's recent actions. They are trying to get their customers on the east and west coasts to lose their 1900 mhz only phones in favor of 850/1900 mhz models. On paper, this seems like a good idea since it will help fill in some of the gaps in coverage they may have (pending the completion of the Cingular buyout). However, this news means that they are asking for all their east and west customers to replace their feature-rich phones, and replace them with inferior models. This could stand to be an issue for Microsoft, since most all of ...

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