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Well guys my Joranda 545 has been with me for about a year. If everyone can remember that when the hp 545 first came out it was one of the leading PDA, since then I think the iPAQ has taken over. There is nothing wrong with the 545/548 Except for the screen. As everyone is aware that HP have miss informed there customer about the colour.65 million but only getting 4096 colours. I think this PDA is still quite good. I have several software application running and it works like a treat. I can recieve faxes on the move and dial up the internet from my mobile phone. The expansion slot is a compact flash type I and there is a device in japan which will make it a type II. It come with a stardard package of software Pocket outlook, pocket word, pocket excel, media player. The operating system is windows CE 3.0 and and run off a SH3 Processor. The design is very slick and you do not have the option to replace the battery as it built in. The stylus is nice and it sit in the cover of the pda. The cover protect the screen from getting damage and is a flip up cover. I am happy with this device and have no complaints over the year I would recommend buying one as a starting pda. The price is getting cheaper as newer pda as release.
The first and so far only pda I’ve ever owned is the Jornada 545. And I must say, it’s extremely good value. I’ll try and write this opinion so that it’s most helpful for first time buyers of a pda (like I was), as I think the 545 is the best pda for a first time user/buyer. The Jornada 545 was one of the launching machines for Microsoft’s ‘pocket pc’ this is really an upgraded version of Win CE (Win CE 3.0). Before pocket pc, Win Ce was extremely slow, and lacked features, and so it didn’t really take off. Because of that, Microsoft decided to give it a new name in hope that people would forget it’s still Win Ce underneath. Even though it is Win Ce, it’s a very good improvement. Before I go any further, I feel I should stress that if you’re looking for a pda just for basic organising functions, have a look at the handspring or the palm pda’s, as these excel in this area. If you’re looking for a pda that offers a little bit more, then a Pocket Pc is right up your street. Also, if you’re torn between a handheld and a palmtop (Handhelds have keyboards like a laptop for input, palmtops just have the screen), it really depends on what you’re going to use it for. I once heard someone say that handhelds are mainly for use independently without a desktop pc, and palmtops are more for use in conjunction with a desktop pc. I reckon this sums up the difference very well, as obviously you’re not going to be wanting to write a 10 A4 page essay tapping away at a screen, rather you’ll be wanting to use a keyboard (you can buy keyboards for palmtops though), and you’re not going to want to have something which is slightly too large to fit in your pocket just for keeping a large number of contacts and addresses! The pocket pc is brimmed with features, the Os comes with pocket word, excel, media player, Internet explorer, reader, an
d money as standard. It also has the normal organising features like contacts, calendar, and tasks. The 545 has an in-built speaker, which is ok-ish for mp3 playback, though it drains the battery quickly and isn’t as good as headphones by a long shot. Still, the price is ok if you bought it solely as an mp3 player, as you get extra features that are useful for mp3 but aren’t available in other players. Pocket Internet explorer is really IE.3, and isn’t anything special, because the processing power of the pda, it takes a while to load pages, so I recommend only short periods using this pda for internet use. All data you edit/create/remove on the device is synchronised via Activesync, and if you use the cradle which connects via USB, it doesn’t take long at all to update the device or your pc. The tasks, calendar, contacts, and emails are all synchronised with outlook, and a handy feature for the device is that you can create emails on the device and have them sent via outlook when you next synchronise it! The OS is becoming more popular, and as a result a multitude of upgrade, addons, and programs are becoming available for it. One of the best things about the 545 is that you can change so much via programs you download on the Internet. I have to talk now about the downsides of the devices, and why it’s a cheap pda to buy. The main reasons are: 1, it only has 16 Mbs of ram, and so you can’t add too much to the device without slowing it down somewhat (the ram is used for storage AND running programs at the same time) I suggest you upgrade the memory at first chance by buying a 32 MB compact flash card. This’ll enable you to do much much more on the 545. 2, a software/hardware error in the device means that it can only display 12-bit colours, and not the 16-bit hp said it could. This isn’t too bad, and the fact that the screens colour makes up completely
for the lack of a few colours (when palms are greyscale anyway) I have talked mainly about the different features that make the Jornada special, and I recommend before making any decision you read the other opinions on this device, as I have found that they vary greatly, and PDA’s are reasonably expensive, so you want to make sure you’re happy with your purchase. I recommend this device for students mainly, as it’s durable, stylish, and functionable.
Well, had the screen been better, this would have been the best pocket PC in its generation. Lets look at the Spec objectively....The Compaq device has a 200Mhz+ processor...but do the tiny applications that the pocket pc's need really need more than the 133Mhz of the Jornada. I admit that having 32Mb internal storage is handy, but personally, (as i keep my WMA's on a flash card) I find the 16Mb more than adequate! The word files are so small. The new CE operating system is vastly improved on its predecessors. A carbon copy of the Windows9x desktop was simply too complex for the (very) small screen. Pocket PC leads to a far less cluttered screen. The jornada's screen doesnt show very much in direct sunlight but the "shell" can be used as a "sheild". I love my jornada, and if you do have the extra cash floating around, go for that 32Mb RAM in the 548. However, i promise....the 545 will never be any dissapointment!
...otherwise, you'd be better off sticking with a Palm series machine or something like that! Why? Well, there are broadly two kinds of users - the busy professional who just wants an electronic diary and some e-mail functionality, and then there are the people who want all of that, plus the opportunity to show off!! You see, the HP Jornada is a great "Multimedia" machine, with diary, e-mail, and a whole host of other features, such as an MP3 player, games (yes, 3D golf is now possible in your pocket!!) You can view pictures, watch movies (in a fashion!) and also record voice memos. But do you really need these features? If so, then the HP Jornada is a fantastic machine. A bit bulky, but still great. It has all of the organiser functionality with some great added features, plus the colour screen is one of the best. It is very easy to use too. However, all of this comes at a price. It's heavy, bulky, pricy (for the 32Mb), and greedy on the old power. For anyone wanting just a good, solid organiser without any frills, the Palm series might be a better choice, as they are much lighter, thinner, and cheaper. Otherwise, go for the HP - it's a nice looking piece of kit, and does the job nicely!
The Jornada 545 pocket pc was one of the launch machines for the new microsoft operating system. The Jornada has an SH3 133MHz processor and has 16MB RAM. It has good sound, and is capable of displaying 4,000 colours. 16MB RAM is not acceptable. The Jornada 548 has 32MB but costs over £80 more. Seeing as mp3 takes up a MB per min you can only have about 16 mins of music, or 4 tracks. And if you want to take advantage of other types of media that the new OS boasts then you won't have enough room, with e-books and mpeg video taking up a lot of memory. Only 32MB will do. The Screen is only capable of 4,000 colours. This would be ok, but the Jornada screen isn't TFT (the best type of screen). Only TFT will do. Hewlett Packard quoted 65,000 colours but they made an error in some software and it is therefore only capable of 4,000. There wouldn't be much difference if the screen was TFT but it isn't and it doesn't look as good. It is still good however, but not as good as it could be! The new microsoft operating system (pocket pc) is very good, and a vast improvement on previous versions. It is now capable of playing mp3 music as well as WMA format. It can play short movie clips and you can read e-books with microsoft reader. The new pocket office suite is great. With pocket word and excel you can view documents on the go. The OS has loads of new features. The Jornada 545 has a type 1 compact flash expansion slot built in (unlike the ipaq) so memory can be added if necessary (which it is). The Jornada is very elegant and nice to look at. It is the only pocket pc that has a screen cover palm style and it niftily holds the 'string-bean' stylus. It looks superb. IT has an IR (infra-red) port, a scroller for scrolling down pages and a headphone socket all mounted on the elegant case. It has 4 customisable buttons on the front, which are very useful. Also it has a useful microphone, handy for
making voice notes. The Jornada is quite heavy compared to other machines though weighing in at a hefty 8.6 ounces. Syncing is fast through USB which is very good for transfering large files such as mp3 files. It has good battery life, at about 9 hours, but of course, that is a best situation statistic. The battery is rechargable lithium. Overall the Jornada is a great pocket pc, but is flawed by a not great screen and only 16MB RAM. If you are gonna buy a Jornada but the 548 instead of the 545. Or, buy the ipaq or EM-500, which are better!
I've had my Jornada 545 for a few months now, and I can honestly say that it's the most useful & reliable PDA that I've had. I had a 3Com Palm IIIe before, but it's way behind in comparison !! The revised pocket pc OS (which is really just a revised Win CE) works well, and the menus & functionality are 2nd nature if you're used to a Windows OS. The PDA has Word, Excel, MS Money, & MS Reader (& more !) built in, together with the usual contacts, calander, tasks etc. The whole lot also synchronises well with a pc (via USB or serial). Mine came with a 56k modem, which fits into the slot 1 in the top, and connection to the net is ok, although a bit slow if you connect to a site with heavy graphics. However, for email, & Yahoo Messenger, it's great. It also connects with Avant Go, so you can download a whole lot of info & view it offline... The main reason I bought the Jornada is because of the inclusion of Windows Media Player. It's great for playing mp3's, and also bundled with the software is MS Media Manager to covert mp3 to wma files, which basically means the music files take up half the space, with little sound degradation (that I can hear !). However, in order to get any decent amount of music in memory, you need to buy a compact flash card. Although these are expensive initally (I got 48 megs for £50), you can erase & start again as often as you like. I also changed the headphones, as the supplied set are the 'in ear' type, which are hopeless for me. All in all, I'd rate the Jornada 545 5-stars, and would recommend it to anyone that needs a pda with a bit extra. The colour display is clear, and the data input using the handwriting recognition software is very good.
The HP Jornada 545 Pocket PC is a beautiful PDA. It looks and feels great. Unfortunately, I've had some rather bad experiences with it: First one I got, the screen kept flickering on/off every few seconds. Obviously I couldn't work with that, so I returned it. Second one I got...wouldn't charge! Which of course was also no use to me so I gave it back again. I then gave up and din't get a third. Putting all that aside, I found the sound quality excellent as well as the home menu layout. Of course not ALL the 545s have problems. If I had to choose between the Casio, Jornada, or Ipaq. The Jornada would come second to the Ipaq. But still pretty cool.