The stylus is the usual plastic toothpick affair, but it feels good to the touch and is just about long enough to be used comfortably. HP has also added rubber strips to each side of the h2210, but they don’t really improve grip dramatically as the rubber is a little slippery.
There is one downside to the h2210 and that is the plastic chassis. With the casing on other iPAQ models constructed from metal, the build quality of the h2210 was a bit disappointing. This makes it feel slightly cheap even though it’s a rather expensive device.
As I have recently tested a 3G phone with plenty of PDA features I thought it would be a good idea to set up the h2210 to access the Internet via my Bluetooth enabled Sony Ericsson T610. The initial setup was fairly easy and the phone connected with the PDA after a couple of minutes of tinkering. But this was where things got more difficult as Pocket PC needs you to set up the area you are calling from and the country settings in several different places before you can convince the PDA to dial the right number. This isn’t a problem with the hardware but rather with Microsoft’s implementation of Pocket PC. Once up and running I was quickly able to download my email on the move, which came in handy on several occasions. This, to me, is one of the most useful features of a PDA and it has made me think twice about buying one.
I do however doubt I would spend the amount of money that HP is asking for the h2210, but if you feel that £326.06 is reasonable, then by all means go ahead as the h2210 is an excellent device.
The HP iPAQ h2210 is an excellent PDA and everything you would expect it to ship with is right there in the box. However, it would have been better if the case was constructed from metal like the majority of its siblings. If you can live with the slightly downmarket chassis, the h2210 has a lot to offer the serious PDA user.