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fredklein
03-20-2010, 11:26 AM
We have been using Ipaq hand held for many years. It seems these are being phased out. Has anyone found a good replacement unit? If these become unavailable what is our alternative?

Donna
03-22-2010, 11:25 AM
Check out the tips article about finding devices here- http://www.3dinspection.com/Tips-and-Tricks/Page-2.html

If you don't care about phone functions, you may even be able to get a cheap used model without worrying about service. Or even an older model- get one that runs either WinMo 5 or 6 series. Nothing older.
Keep in mind that WinMo PDAs do vary in screen size and usability and screen resolution. Some have larger screens and fonts than others. Generally the phones with square screens or a keyboard/pad on front tend to be smaller and harder to use then those with a longer screen or a slide or tilt out keyboard behind the screen. So I'd recommend one with a larger screen and not a small "square" style one.

If you're looking for something brand new just on the market, of note the brand new HTC HD2 seems to get really good public reviews- http://www.3dinspection.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800 (http://www.3dinspection.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800)

Also of interest is that Microsoft has finally revealed- just last week- that the upcoming Windows Phone 7 is actually a completely different operating system that will be primiarily targeting consumers and gamers instead of business users (and any existing applications would have to be rewritten in new languages to work on it), so the Windows Mobile 6.5 lineup may yet remain one of the main business options for awhile to come. From the various news articles I've read so far, it sounds like they are planning to support both WinMo 6.5 and the new and different Phone 7 families of phones.

fredklein
03-23-2010, 03:26 PM
The phones are too small for me, old eyes. We like the Ipaq's and they have been good over the years, but my concern is they will eventually be discontinued. At that point what are our options to use Pocket 3D


Check out the tips article about finding devices here- http://www.3dinspection.com/Tips-and-Tricks/Page-2.html

If you don't care about phone functions, you may even be able to get a cheap used model without worrying about service. Or even an older model- get one that runs either WinMo 5 or 6 series. Nothing older.
Keep in mind that WinMo PDAs do vary in screen size and usability and screen resolution. Some have larger screens and fonts than others. Generally the phones with square screens or a keyboard/pad on front tend to be smaller and harder to use then those with a longer screen or a slide or tilt out keyboard behind the screen. So I'd recommend one with a larger screen and not a small "square" style one.

If you're looking for something brand new just on the market, of note the brand new HTC HD2 seems to get really good public reviews- http://www.3dinspection.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800 (http://www.3dinspection.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800)

Also of interest is that Microsoft has finally revealed- just last week- that the upcoming Windows Phone 7 is actually a completely different operating system that will be primiarily targeting consumers and gamers instead of business users (and any existing applications would have to be rewritten in new languages to work on it), so the Windows Mobile 6.5 lineup may yet remain one of the main business options for awhile to come. From the various news articles I've read so far, it sounds like they are planning to support both WinMo 6.5 and the new and different Phone 7 families of phones.

Donna
03-24-2010, 11:44 AM
Didn't you read that the new HTC has a larger screen then most? And of course there's also the other regular Pocket PCs as well without the phone. Screen sizes vary amoung all the devices. Not to mention you can still get a new iPAQ if you're really stuck on those- didn't you check the MS site listing from the article? There's one there. If you're afraid there won't be others, better get one now then I guess.

Or switch to tablet or something else if Pocket PCs are just too small for you.

fredklein
03-24-2010, 12:00 PM
Yes I did look at the phones, but considering I use a different carrier that is an issue and an unlocked one is expensive. And yes I am aware that there are still Ipaq out there, we just bought one. My concern it the future. I preferr not to use a tablet. I was wondering what other inspectors are doing or thinking of for the future