HP has three new pocket PCs on the market – the iPAQ rx5000 series Travel Companion, rw6815 Personal Messenger and rx4000 Mobile Media Companion – all equipped with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system and Bluetooth.
The iPAQ rx5000 series Travel Companion offers everything you’d expect from a high-end satellite navigation system – SiRF Star III GPS receiver, TomTom Navigator 6 navigation software and complete regional or Maps of Western Europe pre-installed on internal 1GB/2GB Flash memory. Theres also a multi-lingual interface offering over 30 different language options, route choice based on quickest, shortest, avoid toll roads, on bicycle, or as a pedestrian, itinerary planning (multiple destinations) and the option of real-time traffic information, safety camera location and places of interest. And of course, it’s a handheld PC with the Office software, mobile entertainment and integrated Wi-Fi.
The iPAQ rw6815 Personal Messenger sells itself on connectivity, with Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and email synchronising automatically over your mobile phone network using Direct Push Technology. You can also listen to music, as well as viewing videos and photos – and taking snaps with the built-in Photosmart camera. The iPAQ rx4000 Mobile Media Companion features over 1GB of storage for your music and video files with an SD slot to boost further or transfer files. There’s also Photosmart Mobile software to convert your handheld into a digital photo album with wide-viewing angle and Skype support.
All devices will be in the shops by the end of October – the iPAQ rx5000 will retail for between £299 – £349 (depending on model), the rw6815 will sell for £369.99 and the iPAQ rx4000 will be available from £199.99.