Updated 11/13 – You know how internet rumors get started and then spread like wildfire? Well, there is one going around that the device I returned was a pre-production unit; let me assure you that it was not. I purchased it directly from HP, paid $650 (including tax / free shipping) and was sent the retail version, iPAQ rx5915. Just so we are 100% clear: The issues I had were with the retail version, not a pre-production unit. Okay? Okay.
I’m sending the iPAQ rx5915 back on Monday without posting a review – Sorry folks!
It’s not often that I will just give up on a device, but the iPAQ has managed to evoke that reaction from me. Let’s just say that this is a huge difference from the days when I would try an iPAQ and quickly become enamored, and I am feeling the let-down.
So for those that were wondering…
Here’s what I don’t like:
- Limited memory: It has 2GB but only about 1/4 of it is available. Yes, it will accept an SD card, but for $600 I guess I just expected more.
- No soft keys, unintuitive to use and forget one-handed operation – it’s not happening.
- Suffered from several crashes
- Cheap shiny case that grabs fingerprints, is prone to scratches, and is nearly impossible to photograph. grrr.
- Squishy and unresponsive screen that feels like it is being gouged every time I take the stylus to it. I don’t know how HP gets by with calling the finish anti-glare – trust me it glares!
- GPS software seemed to be “off” quite a bit. It had my location as a full block over from my actual location more than once.
- The 9-way directional pad is all one piece, and therefore it’s easy to unintentionally push the wrong direction – especially when trying to “center-select”.
- Overpriced when compared to similar PDAs or similar GPS devices. It’s price is about what I would expect for a GPS enabled mobile phone, but this does not have mobile phone capabilities.
Here’s what I liked about it:
- 3.5? screen (even if only QVGA). It’s nice that it at least had a decent-sized screen.
- Compact size (it’s not a thick hulking box like some GPS units)
- Built-in WiFi & Bluetooth
- Lots of included accessories for vehicle usage