HP iPAQ 2215 Pocket PC 2003: Cool & hot? Or not?

by Todd Ogasawara

Microsoft launched Windows Mobile 2003 software for the Pocket PC (Windows CE.Net 4.2-based) on June 23. I received my new HP iPAQ 2215 Pocket PC 2003 today (July 2). I thought I knew what to expect since I had been running Pocket PC 2003 RTM (Release To Manufacturer) bits on a Pocket PC Phone Edition weeks before the official release.

The Pocket PC Phone Edition (a Siemens SX56) uses a 206MHz ARM. I also have a Pocket PC 2002 based Dell Axim X5 that has a 400MHz ARM (PXA250). The iPAQ 2215 has a slightly newer 400MHz ARM PXA255. The combination of the more efficient processor and the tuned up Windows Mobile 2003 software has the iPAQ 2215 blazing past my other two Pocket PCs. I'm now waiting for the 2003 upgrade kit from Dell to see what kind of performance improvement the Axim might see with the new software. [Note: Jason Dunn posted some very interesting benchmarks comparing the iPAQ 2215 with other Pocket PCs on Pocket PC Thoughts: HP iPAQ 2215 - The New Shining Star in the Pocket PC Galaxy?]

I also installed Socket Communications' recently released 2003 drivers for their 802.11b CompactFlash card. This provided me with my next surprise. Up until now I had only used the redesigned Pocket Internet Explorer (pIE) on a Pocket PC Phone Edition with a GPRS wireless connection that probably has about 40 to 50Kbps (analog modem speed). At 11Mbps, pIE rendered web pages blazing fast... Much faster than the old version of pIE in the Pocket PC 2002.

So far, I'm pretty impressed by what I've seen. And, oh yes, the iPAQ 2215 ships with the Nevo consumer infrared controller software. So, I can also control other consumer electronics from it too (the older HP iPAQ 5400 series also has this Consumer IR support and software).

Next up... Firing up Visual Studio Enterprise with the Pocket PC 2003 SDK and looking at the .NET Compact Framework now embedded in ROM.

Got a new Pocket PC 2003 based device recently?