HP iPAQ rz1710
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The iPAQ rz1710 is intended to be the succeeding model for the 1900 series which was launched sometime last year. Designed as a basic Pocket PC for beginners, it comes in a really slim package.
At A Glance:
Small and simple
The iPAQ 1710 is designed to be an entry-level product. That means it is a Pocket PC with only the basic features, and this results in a comfortable price tag for the product. The rz1710 comes in a plastic shell which makes it very light, weighing in at only 120 grams.
I had the opportunity to test this product with the Motorola RAZR V3, and I can say that they are both very thin. Stacking both the phone and the PDA on top of one another still made for a very comfortable package which was easy to carry around in the hand. Of course, both the phone and the PDA could fit rather comfortably into a shirt pocket.
Don’t be fooled by the rating of the Samsung processor, as the response time of this PDA is equivalent to that of many PDAs with 400MHz-plus processors. However, the screen was slightly non-responsive to stylus taps occasionally, but this could be due to the miniscule 32 MB of RAM, of which only slightly more than 26 MB is for the user.
Perfect for beginners
As with the other iPAQs launched around this same period, the product ships with the second version of Windows Mobile 2003. This version of the Windows Mobile OS allows the device to be used in both portrait and landscape screen configurations. Of course, the resolution is slightly inferior to the higher end hx4700 which we reviewed last month, but the resulting reduction in price makes it worthwhile to consider this PDA.
The HP profiles program inside the settings menu makes it easy to change a few settings at one go. The user can switch between predefined profiles such as Silent, Normal, Meeting, Outdoor and User, and there is no need to change the sounds, backlight or battery-saving settings here.
The 1710 does not come with a cradle, but instead uses a USB cable that is paired with the charger. It includes the usual complement of Microsoft software, amongst which are the pocket version of Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger. In fact, aside from the connectivity hardware and capability, the 1710 has pretty much the same punch as more expensive PDAs.
I would not put the 1710 into a pants pocket for two reasons. One reason is that the screen could get scratched, so one of the things you will need to buy is a screen protector which is not included in the purchased package. The other reason is that you can light up the screen with any of the four shortcut buttons just below the screen. Each button can carry two functions, one activated by a simple press-and-release, and the other activated by a press-and-hold.