hp iPAQ h6340 – Pocket PC PDA Review - hp iPAQ h6340 Review


As far as memory goes, you get 64MB of internal storage – again this might not sound like a huge amount, but it wasn’t that long ago when 64MB of storage was considered more than generous. Also, it’s worth remembering that the h6340 does have an SDIO slot, so storage space is potentially limitless.

The screen is a 3.5in transflective TFT affair, with a resolution of 240 x 320 – pretty standard for a Pocket PC these days. Unfortunately, there was no landscape mode available on the h6340, something that’s been integral on most recent Pocket PCs. You can of course use third party utilities to achieve a landscape view, but it’s a shame that a feature as useful as this isn’t there as standard.

The review sample that I received came accompanied by a T-Mobile pay as you go SIM, so that I could test the GSM/GPRS connectivity. However, I did slap my O2 SIM in there as well to make sure that it worked, and sure enough it did.

Without a doubt, the mobile connectivity is the most important aspect of this device, and this isn’t a fact that has escaped hp. Enabling and disabling the wireless connections has been made unbelievably simple. Tapping the Wireless icon, located at the bottom right of the screen will bring up the Wireless Menu. From here you can decide which of the wireless connectivity devices you want enabled or disabled. Simply tapping the Bluetooth, WiFi or GSM/GPRS icons will toggle them on or off, while a separate button at the bottom allows you to turn them all off with one tap.

Not only is it easy to switch your wireless adapters on and off, but the in-built wireless manager is pretty clever in its own right. If you have the GSM/GPRS connection activated and you open up Internet Explorer, the h6340 will establish a GPRS connection and resolve your home page. However, if you happen to have the WiFi adapter enabled as well and are in range of a usable 802.11b connection, the h6340 will use this when you open Internet Explorer instead of the slower and potentially more expensive GPRS connection.

If you want to use the h6340 as a phone, hp has made things as easy as possible for you. Of course you can select the Phone program from the Start menu if you desire, but it’s far easier to press the green Phone button located under the screen. Regular iPAQ users will be used to seeing the shortcut buttons positioned here, but on the h6340 only two of the four buttons are programmable, while the other two are adorned with red and green Phone symbols for making and ending calls.

Once you’ve pressed the green Phone button to activate the Phone program, you’re greeted with a numeric keypad. Thankfully, the buttons are large enough for you to use your finger to dial instead of taking the stylus out. When making a phone call you can hold the h6340 up to your ear like a phone, although it does feel like you’ve got half a sandwich stuck to your head. You can of course use the supplied, wired hands free kit instead, but I chose to pair the h6340 up with a Bluetooth headset, which worked flawlessly. However, even though using a Bluetooth headset is perfect for answering incoming calls, making calls is still a bit of a chore due to a lack of voice dialling. It would be great if you could assign recordings to names in your Contacts list, so that you could dial their phone number via a Bluetooth headset, just like you can with most modern mobile phones – with this function you wouldn’t have to take the h6340 out of your bag or pocket in order to make a call. That said, another point in favour of the h6340 is that it’s a quad-band device, so you should be able to use it pretty much anywhere in the world.