The HP iPAQ h2210 got a very high score. It has pretty good equipment, high performance and excellent energy efficiency; it's also user-friendly and inexpensive. It's a rare find. Such an attractive price/quality ratio explains the company's aggressive attack aimed at increasing the share in this market sector.
This model has no equal competitors. This is the only new PDA up to $400 equipped with a built-in Bluetooth adapter and a couple of expansion slots. Its closest counterparts are iPAQ 39xx and Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket LOOX - they were released long ago and positioned for the higher-price niche. Even now they are more expensive than the h2210. The competing applications of the same price range look either poor or slower than those in the h2210. The Dell Axim X5, which has the same processor clock and two expansion slots, is deprived of the Bluetooth adapter and has worse weight/size parameters, though it's a bit cheaper. The HP iPAQ h1940/1945 which also has a Bluetooth adapter and belongs to the sub$400 range is deprived of a CF slot, has a slower processor and is less efficient. In comparison with the widespread Pocket PC based models - clones of the Mitac Mio 338 - the HP looks better as at the price difference of $50-80 it shows a completely new level of performance and a richer feature set. Among Palm compatible models the closest are Palm Tungsten T and T2, and Sony Clie TG50. All of them have a Bluetooth adapter but they are more expensive and got a slower processor and less memory. It wasn't a problem earlier taking into account the difference in the programs' size, but the multimedia data processing makes requirements to the memory size equal for the Palm and Pocket PC. The TG50 also has a poor design with a built-in one-finger keyboard. Besides, none of them has a CF slot, i.e. they can't take advantage of a wide range of peripherals.
The HP iPAQ h2210 is one of the most optimal solutions in the $400-500 price range. It can be a good choice both for the individuals and corporate users. It's primarily meant for those who consider functionality, performance and price the most important factors and who prefer a utilitarian low-key design.
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