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HP Jornada 720 206MHz 32 MB Handheld Pocket PC

by HP
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • A stereo audio jack (and Microsoft Windows Media Player)
  • PC Card and CompactFlash card slots are now separate
  • Convenient portable power
  • The architecture has been redesigned for better power efficiency
  • A Smart Card reader allows more security functionality to be added
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Item Weight1.4 Kg
Product Dimensions24.8 x 19.8 x 8.2 cm
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 114,561 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.4 Kg
Date First Available4 April 2001
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Amazon.co.uk Review

Hewlett-Packard decided to make a "do-anything" handheld device when they designed the Jornada 720, and on most counts they have succeeded. One of the nice things about Windows CE devices is that manufacturers don't have to stick to a specific design. They can make large screens or small screens, add keyboards or rely solely on the touch screen for input, and basically do whatever they want. The Jornada 720 sports a keyboard just large enough for comfortable touch typing and a large 640x240 screen that makes Web browsing and document editing much easier than is the case with a smaller device. This useful combination means that most people will be able to use the Jornada 720 as a notebook computer replacement. However, if you're looking for the ultimate in portable handheld computing, you'll have to look elsewhere.

The 720 is about as loaded as a Windows CE device can get; it comes with an integrated 56 Kbps V.90 modem, docking station for easy connection to a PC, AC adapter, and rechargeable battery. It's outfitted with 32 MB of RAM and a 206 MHz StrongARM processor that really makes applications fly. On the multimedia side you get an integrated speaker and stereo headphone jack for audio playback, and one of the most beautiful TFT active matrix displays we've seen. It can mix and match more than 65,000 colours at once, renders very crisp text, and never had trouble keeping up with our input like inferior passive matrix screens do.

The very thing that makes the Jornada 720 so useful--its relatively large size--is also its biggest drawback. Its weight can make it unwieldy, and there's no good way to get a grip on it when there isn't a flat surface to use it with. We ended up accidentally pressing keys far too often when holding the unit with one hand, though with a little practice juggling becomes much easier.

If you are graduating to the Jornada from a smaller handheld (such as a Palm) instead of slimming down from a notebook, prepare to be underwhelmed by its portability. Expect to be impressed, however, by its zippy performance, generous display, and expansion possibilities. --T. Byrl Baker

Manufacturer's Description

Work faster than ever before. Get fast data access with a high-performance 206MHz processor, 32MB SDRAM, high-speed 51MHz memory data bus, and 2D graphics acceleration. Access e-mail and enjoy rich Web browsing while on the go. New Microsoft Internet Explorer for Handheld PC v 4.01 gives you rich mobile access to the Web. USB support provides for faster data transfer when connected to your PC.

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94 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great box of tricks... 18 May 2001
I've never been a great user of handheld/pocket PCs of any nature. I use a Desktop PC for most of my work and have a desktop replacement laptop for work while away from home. When looking for a smaller and more portable device, I wanted something with a familiar "feel" to it - Windows CE was the obvious operating system to check out.
Not only does the HP Jornada 720 "look" like a mini-laptop, it acts like one as well. It comes equipped with a bright full-colour 640x240 display which, when used in conjunction with the internal modem, makes browsing the internet a breeze. None of this having to settle for a lesser browser, like Opera, on this machine - the pocket version of IE4 is pre-loaded as standard. HP Dial-Up makes setting up dial-up connections easy and makes setting up different ISP connections a doddle.
Email is handled by the pocket version of Microsoft Outlook (which you can set to download all or part of the emails synchronized on your ISP's server). Multiple email addresses are handled without a worry.
Also included are preloaded versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint. You can't create Powerpoint presentations but you can view them on a monitor with the HP VGA PC card (available separately).
You can download extras from Microsoft's website including the "Plus" pack for free. This gives additional programs such as Paint (ideal for doodling).
The whole device is well put together, the unit feels strong and resilient when closed. It is a tad heavy but can be carried within your jacket pocket without too much of a struggle.
Expansion is via the Compact Flash Type I slot in the base and Type II PCMCIA slot in the side of the unit.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HP Jornada 720 Review 19 Aug 2010
By lharvey
I'm absolutely thrilled with my HP Jornada 720 PC. I purchased the item from new and I recieved the item in perfect condition, 24 hours after purchasing the product, with all perhiprials present and correct. The seller was courteous and helpful with flawless service and the product is fantastic. Top Marks!!!

It does everything that you could possibly require of such a device. It allows me to work on the move by editing and amending various documents, spreadsheets as well as accessing databases that I use through my work. I can also listen to my music if I desire thanks to Windows Media Player, and because the device features a headphone jack I can keep my music to myself (rather useful on the gatwick express - especially in the mornings when a lot of people are asleep!!)
You can also personalise your HP Jornada if you wish with a wallpaper of your choice (these are not included with the device but you can download plenty from "HPC Forums" or make one yourself - it's so easy to do).

I am also pleasantly surprised my how many perhiprials (hardware and software) are available for people who wish to expand on HP Jornada 720's already plentiful capabilities. I have purchased a Cisco Systems wireless card which is exceptionally useful, both for connnecting to networks at work as well as being able to access internet and e-mails in any location with Wi-Fi. I also use the "Microsoft Plus!" package which is available to download on the Internet (I aquired it from HPC Forums) and I have also purchased a programme called "PocketTV" which allows you to watch videos on your HP Jornada - again an incredibly useful programme which I would recommend. You can even download a flight simulator believe it or not!!! (Leo's Flight Sim - absolutely fantastic and also free!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Palmtop on the market by far 9 Nov 2001
By A Customer
This palmtop has the fastest processor of the range, with a built in 56k modem, 16 bit sound card and 32Mb RAM, Brilliant. What isn't disclosed is that the opearting system takes 16Mb of the RAM, however this aplies to all palmtops, so beware! Linux CE will soon be available, which is less then 1.4Mb Ram, and has much more options
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I had a HP 200LX. Fast, reliable, good design, etc... Now I have a 200Lx and a 720LX instead of a Laptop. Why ? Because its the best of the best ! Great keyboard ! Great display ! Great application software ! There is only one issue...the price...well nothing is 101% perfect !
You can communicate anywhere, write anywhere, listen to music anywhere, connect yourself to your PC anywhere, etc...
Try it to belive it !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Itso okay 31 Oct 2013
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Its okay and cute size but has not worked as well as I would have hoped. #I would have been better off with an ipad or tablet. For me, it was not good money but I am sure for someone else it will be ideal
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