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HP iPAQ 214 Pocket PC

by HP
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.8 x 13.4 cm ; 191 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • Item model number: FB043AA#ABB
  • ASIN: B00133QSCW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 25 Jan 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Product Description

Box Contains

  • Removable / rechargeable Lithium-Ion 2200 mAh battery
  • AC Adapter with 6 ft (1.83 m) power cord
  • 1 24-pin connector synchronisation / charge cable
  • Stylus
  • Slip case
  • HP iPAQ Companion CD and documentation kit

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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great. 6 May 2008
    I bought the iPAQ214 to replace my iPAQ1940 which I dropped (boo hoo). It's an impressive looking piece of kit with all the functionality you'd expect from an HP product. The screen is excellent and remains useable even in bright sunlight. The 214's wireless connectivity is a big step up from my old PDA and seems to work well (it's interesting to see just how many unsecured networks there are out there!). There are some negative points though. The first thing that struck me was the size; it's a lot larger than the 1940 and doesn't fit in the hand as snuggly (and I've got monster hands!). It also won't fit in my shirt pocket. The second thing is the touch sensitivity of the screen. My old PDA responded to even the lightest touch but the 214 seems to need quite a firm press which can make entering lots of text a bit of a chore. Lastly, the battery seems to run down quite quickly.
    Overall though, it's useable and reasonable value for money.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Unusable 20 Nov 2009
    By SuzyMac
    As I was unable to get past the Alignment screen, I have no idea how good or bad this item is. I spent a lot of money on calls to the HP helpline, which seemed to be less than efficient and did not accept my problem. I have had a similar item in the past and I do know how they can and should work. Neither e-mail nor telephone advice was of any use, particularly that which required me to carry out 3 corrective functions at one time, with only 2 hands and holding my telephone in one of them ! It was suggested I request a replacement: I did not - I requested a refund.
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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars iPAQ 214 review 9 Mar 2008
    The iPAQ 214 has its quirks. The buttons I find too low in the device. If they were a little prouder it would be easier to change pages while reading e-books in bed at night. It is also not so comfortable in the hand as my older iPAQ h1930 running windows CE 4.20. I have only had the iPAQ214 for a few days but one thing that does irritate is the seemingly missing ability to scroll to the next page in a large documents. It scrolls to the next highlighted word, but that is not the same thing.
    I tried a 4gig SD card to view the 3.3 gig Wikipedia I purchased but it would not work. But on the compact flash card it works a treat, so I am very pleased, as my old h1930 could not see anything over 2 gigs.
    The larger screen is a nice bonus, and makes it suitable for night reading. The battery life is impressive, after reading for an hour and a half I still had 85% power left, way better than my old PDA.
    Windows mobile 6 take a little getting used to, but I am sure it will be fine. Internet connecting could not have been easier. It is a nice bit of kit, not so convenient to handle as the 3.5 inch, but worth it.
    I thought long and hard before buying this, and I am glad I did. Amazon were incredibly quick to deliver post free. It arrived the very next day after ordering. Apart from the low profile buttons which make it a little difficult to hold and manoeuvre the device without it slipping, I am well pleased. It does not feel as sturdy as my iPAQ h1930, and the back case is not so rigid. Also the stylus is a pain, the end piece that slots so neatly into the case when done, sticks into your finger when you write. Summing up. 7 out of 10.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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    The iPAQ 214 has a beautifully clear screen, and please ignore those reviews which say that screen tap response is poor: if that was once the case, it no longer is. With Windows Mobile 6, the iPAQ 214 can seamlessly integrate with MS Outlook calendar and contacts. The built-in Windows live software gives excellent seamless communication with a Hotmail (or similar) e-mail account via wireless collectivity. The built-in Office Mobile gives similar seamless functionality with Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and other documents. Like all new pieces of kit, it takes a little while to get to know its quirks, some of which irritated me at first, but now that I'm going with the flow, I enjoy this PDA. The predictive text is quite impressive, but, especially if you work in a secure or sensitive environment, it would be good to be able to selectively delete words you have used, rather than all or nothing.

    Ironically, the Microsoft ActiveSync software is one of its greatest weaknesses. It does not deal well with conflicts in Outlook -- for example, making an update on your desktop, and also an update on your PDA: you have to choose in advance, which one is going to overwrite which -- and how annoying is that? (Compare with Palm software, which will create duplicates if necessary: there are no duplicates with Microsoft ActiveSync!). And as for getting this device to synchronise using the wireless (as opposed to Bluetooth or USB) connection, well, don't even start me on that! The manual and help text are as good as useless on this front. Connecting via your wireless router to other computers is fine, it is just the synchronising that is the problem (unless you have a Masters degree in networking, which I do not).
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    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Pocket PC 12 Feb 2008
    Have recently puchased this IPAQ 214 from another source after a long wait for this item to come into stock. so far after 4 days of use I am pleased with this device. I purchased this t replace my IPAQ 2790 that needed re-setting at least twice a month after freezing and would not run. This Pocket PC is much better, although there have been times when it would not turn on, and required a soft re-set. Syncing with Outlook 2007 was simple and without problems. Have used Messenger on the 214, and the contacts on windows live were addedd to the contacts log on the pocket pc, but these did not sync with Outllok on the Desktop which I liked. The screen is nice and bright and the extra space allows you to place more on the home screen. The device also feels thinner in the pocket of my suit jacket. My only grip is that it doens not come bundled with a sync cradle, and the slip case could be better. the price on Amazon is reasonable, but surprised that amazon have not managed to get it in stock sooner. This was a long awaited device and so far I am quite impressed. I would have givre it 5 stars if there was a cradle and it didnt require a re-set in the morning to boot up.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good service totally satisfied
    I was totally satisfied and it was received totally on time. I am very happy with this device and find it to be excellent
    Published 16 months ago by Philip Kirby
    1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
    On obtaining a 214 two and a half years ago I was initially pleased and would agree with most of the previous reviewers. Read more
    Published on 20 April 2012 by J. L. Gunn
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but with problems
    I was quite happy with this PDA, nice big screen, battery life and good performance. I had problem with the system. It kept crashing and freezing. Read more
    Published on 26 April 2011 by Anton
    4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome but now bit useless
    This is magnificant tool I use it all the time and when i got ipod and iPhone I gave it to my brother and he is absolutely amazed of using it in school every day (industrial... Read more
    Published on 23 Mar 2011 by TOKOLOSE
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good piece of kit for business
    I'm a teacher and wanted to lose the heaps of paperwork we have to use and carry round with us... so bought this product to go 100% electronic. Read more
    Published on 23 Oct 2010 by Mr. S. J. Carter
    5.0 out of 5 stars HP IPAQ 214
    The product was a used item and was being sold as new. The HP IPAQ 214 Pocket PC met exactly the specifications provided in the offering
    Published on 10 Jun 2010 by Jaime Gonella Diaza
    2.0 out of 5 stars iPAQ vs Palm
    The iPAQ was purchased to replace my 4th Palm Pilot of various models because Palm seem to have got out of the PDA market. Read more
    Published on 4 May 2010 by Orienteer
    5.0 out of 5 stars HP iPAQ 214
    Bought this as a replacement for my aging 2210.
    First impressions were that it was very big and that it didn't feel as good quality as the 2210. Read more
    Published on 21 Mar 2010 by D. J. Collinson
    5.0 out of 5 stars A real bargain
    A store demonstrator that was said to show minimal wear and tear. In fact, I could detect no evidence whatsoever that it was anything other than brand new. Read more
    Published on 2 Mar 2010 by George
    5.0 out of 5 stars Nice !
    Awsome PPC - took a 16 Gig class 6 SDHC no probs + got enough points with the voucher in the box on the iPaq app store to get a couple of games and a DVD ripper tailored to the... Read more
    Published on 23 Jan 2010 by Paul
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