What all users, professional and consumer alike need is good battery life. Here too I was impressed with what I saw. My standard MP3-looping test delivered battery life for five hours 21 minutes, which is impressive for a Pocket PC. Also the battery is removable, and the sturdy docking station Hewlett Packard provides has space to charge a spare.
It is worth giving a thought to hardware design too. Hewlett Packard has gone minimalist, with the obligatory four application shortcut buttons and five way cursor pad below the screen, and just two lights above it, one indicating battery charge status and the other doubling as an indicator for Bluetooth and 802.11b.There is no jog wheel: indeed the only other buttons are one for the voicenotes recorder and one to release the battery. I tend to prefer this sleekness over designs that liberally splash buttons and wheels around the casing.
Competition is getting tougher and tougher in the handheld world, but Hewlett Packard manages to retain its leading position. Including both Bluetooth and WiFi in the h4150 makes it a device for the all round wireless user, and I can’t think of any other company that matches HP for sheer style of hardware design. The software bundle is a real boon too and if even half of it is required by the user, it represents a significant price advantage.
If you want both CompactFlash and SD expansion in a dual wireless Pocket PC you’ll have to go elsewhere. But ultimately Hewlett Packard has come up with a Pocket PC that offers excellent features and value for money.