Hands-on with the HP iPAQ 910c or 914

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Why anyone would hold an event during the same week as WWDC is beyond me, but I find myself in Berlin, Germany at HP’s Connecting Your World media summit. I just arrived a few hours ago after a 15-hour ordeal that started with a 3-hour delay, a missed connection in Dusseldorf and my bag is missing because the dipshit from LTU (Air Berlin) at JFK gave me the wrong baggage claim ticket and there’s no record of me checking in a bag at JFK. I’m having a great day! I need beer. Lots of beer.

Anyway, I have before me the HP iPAQ 910c. The welcome packet tells me it’s the 914, but the box clearly states that it’s the 910c. I’m confused by the whole situation, but the device is pretty robust and a tad on the chubby side. The 3G Windows Mobile device is packed with Wi-Fi, GPS, stereo Bluetooth, a 3-megapixel AF camera (does video at 176×144), QWERTY keyboard and a 2.46-inch LED backlit touchscreen. It seems like a pretty solid device based on the specs and we’ll see how she goes while I’m here in Berlin. Oh, it ships June 30.

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