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There’s also little in the way of decent software extras included apart from the HP Today screen optimisations mentioned earlier – there is a voucher in the box that gives you a choice of free software to download from the iPAQ Choice website, but the options aren’t wide-ranging, consisting of a small selection of games and a couple of bits of productivity software. Compared to what you get with a Glofiish device, where a whole raft of extra features is bundled, it’s a bit on the mean side.
And though Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi are included, there’s nothing else I’d consider a valuable extra in PDA terms: no built-in GPS receiver, for instance, no synchronisation cradle, and not even a low resolution digital camera.
Even battery life from the 1,200mAh lithium ion battery – which you might expect to be last longer than the average PDA phone since it doesn’t have a GSM or mobile data connection to maintain – isn’t that impressive. With the iPaq 114 fully charged, you’re unlikely to get more than two days full use out of it. I used it in and around the house leaving the Wi-Fi on and the power settings under orders to switch the backlight off after 30 seconds and the device off after two minutes of inactivity and it never lasted more than 48 hours after a full charge.
Overall, as a basic Windows Mobile organiser, the iPAQ 114 does hold some appeal. It’s not horrendously expensive and has some nice features such as that light sensor, its large readable 3.5in screen, a 3.5mm audio socket and a very quick and responsive performance.
But in a world where you can have a slim, smart PDA phone, such as the Glofiish X600, with GPS, a camera and a higher resolution screen on a contract for even less money than this, you have to question why anyone would choose such a device.
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