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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsPDA Dec 9th, 2019 - 1:52 AM EST
    Compaq iPaq 3635
    Author: Chris Oh
    Date Posted: January 3rd, 2002
    SLRating: 7.5/10


    Synchronization is easier than I thought it would be, everything is done through a program called ActiveSync, by Microsoft. ActiveSync lets you interface automatically with the Ipaq and synchronize files, folders, email, tasks, even webpages through AvantGo. The greatest feature of ActiveSync is being able to browse through the Ipaq from the desktop as you would a hard drive. Synchronization is easy and fast, taking usually less than a minute and its cradle is great since it doubles as a charger in addition to being a sync station. Charging the battery takes around 2-3 hours depending on how much charge there was, it can go from cold to full in 3 hours without a problem, if you put the Ipaq on cradle for the night, you'll most likely never have power issues. If you are a moderate user, you might find the daylong battery life to be bad, but if you're a user who just uses it to check schedules and notes, it will last up to a week in my experience. This is a minus compared to the monochrome palm which could go weeks on end without charging, even at a good amount of use. But some sacrifices must be made for the color screen and this is one of them.


    As for available software, there might be 1 piece of PocketPC software for every 4 pieces of PalmOS software, also PocketPC software costs money more often than PalmOS; you might be able to compare PocketPC to Macintosh and PalmOS to Microsoft (pretty ironic) in the software market. There's more specialty software for the PocketPC while there's more software in general for the PalmOS, but usually, PocketPC software is more robust and feature packed than the smaller PalmOS software. On a side note, I found the ZioSoft ZioGolf II game (included) to be really fun and great looking on the color screen.

    Internet connectivity is also a big issue with PDA users. They want to be able to browse the internet, and the Ipaq is a good candidate for that since it allows you to actually go on the internet, not in the text browsing mode of other PDA's but in full screen mode with Internet Explorer, just like a PC, except for a smaller screen size. There are many ways to get onto the internet, a new product by Compex allows you to get on wirelessly without any additional hardware using their transmitter which sends data to the Ipaq's IR port, allowing wireless internet access over infrared. This is the best in my opinion, another way is to get a CompactFlash Ethernet or modem card and connect it that way. The final way I can think of is to get a CompactFlash 802.11b receiver card from D-Link and use it in your home or office's 802.11b network.

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