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Hewlett Packard Jornada 720 Handheld PC

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  • Get fast performance with 206 MHz processor, 32 MB SDRAM, and 2-D graphics acceleration
  • Features 640 x 240 screen and 3/4-size keyboard
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Includes pocket versions of familiar Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint as well as Internet Explorer for Handheld PC
  • What's in the box: Jornada 720, Stylus, AC adapter, Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, USB Docking cradle, Sync cable, User Manual

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HP Jornada 720 Handheld PC for your mobile life! As a busy professional, getting more done in less time is a challenge you face every day. You need a convenient and reliable way to store your information and keep it up-to-date, while away from your desk. The HP Jornada 720 Handheld PC lets you move at a fast pace. It keeps you current by synchronizing with your desktop or notebook PC and gives you the flexibility and power you need, anywhere, anytime. Order today!

The 32 MB Jornada 720 is designed for the busy professional and is a convenient and reliable way to store your information and keep it up to date while away from your desk. With the Jornada 720, you can access your critical data with the high-performance processor, high-speed memory data bus, and 2-D graphics acceleration. It features a comfortable keyboard (three-quarters the size of a normal keyboard) with embedded numeric keypad and a touch screen. The quick-launch screen icons and user-configurable hot keys make finding the information you need easy. Enjoy a crisp, richly colored display with a 640 x 240 resolution.

The Jornada 720 software allows you to send and to receive e-mail while away from your office. It features Microsoft Pocket Outlook and Internet Explorer for Handheld PC 4.01 (as well as the desktop version of Microsoft Outlook 2000). Create or edit documents as well as spreadsheets, and view presentations using pocket versions of familiar Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

At just over a pound, the compact HP Jornada 720 Handheld PC fits easily into your briefcase or handbag and offers you the advantage of up to nine hours of continuous use. It comes with a docking cradle that supports a serial connection to your PC, allowing you to synchronize with your desktop or notebook PC to keep all your work current. (You can also use an optional USB cable to connect to your PC.) It's powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to nine hours and includes an AC adapter.

Other features include PC Card Type II, CompactFlash Type I, and Smart Card reader card slots; and an infrared port that can connect with compatible IrDA- equipped devices. It also has an audio speaker and microphone, a headphone jack, and a built-in voice recorder.

The Jornada is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the box

  • Jornada 720
  • Stylus
  • AC adapter
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • USB Docking cradle
  • Sync cable
  • User Manual

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.4 x 3.7 x 1.3 inches
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.3 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Item model number 1816A
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3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #101 in Electronics > Office Electronics > PDAs, Handhelds & Accessories > PDAs & Handhelds
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at October 10, 2000

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By A Customer on July 18, 2001
I read the customer comments here before I bought my Jornada 720 and found them useful. So I'll return the favor by writing my own feedback for those still shopping around.
Some of you are probably asking the same questions...Palm or Windows? Keyboard or handwriting recognition? Built-in keyboard or stowaway? E-mail or no e-mail? Compaq Ipaq or HP Jornada 720?
I cannot answer all the questions for you, but as a non-techie person, here's how I made my decision. Let's start with the easiest question: Keyboard or handwriting?
I think most people are faster typists than they are writing long hand. This is why we went from drawing on cave walls, to writing on paper, to typing with a manual typewriter, to typing with computers, and to voice recognition. Do you see a pattern here? It's called evolution. I see handwriting recognition as going backwards. People assume that handwriting recognition works as smoothly as touted. It doesn't and it is terribly frustrating. Sooner or later, you'll need a keyboard, which is why most people with palm or pocket PCs still buy keyboards. Think about it. If you need to write more than one paragraph, say a 3-page article, letter, or report, would you rather handwrite or type? Ask the many writers who use the J720 if they'd rather handwrite their stories and they'll think you've gone nuts.
Okay, so you're one of those people who like handwriting too much to give up on it. Enter the J720's Inkwriter. It's like a pad of paper that you can scribble anything on and then save it. Even longhand. Draw things on it (your house plan?), or play tic-tac-toe on it, or scribble the hastily dictated phone number of the cute guy you just met. Or pretend to make handwritten notes to keep awake during boring office meetings.
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I wanted something that would travel and let me keep my business in order and allow me to write personel letters etc... But starting this review I want to be honest. The HP-720 is an expensive speciality device being neither laptop or pocket device, but for what I wanted to do it seemed the only choice.(I didn't want to lug around all that laptop suitcase of bits and the battery life on the laptops make them near useless if away from a plug). .... Anyhow to my thoughts:
PROS: It's small, powerful, battery really does last 7-9 hours, does everything music,word processing( with spell check), surf the net,calander,task,contacts,voice recorder and as an excessory to my desk computer automatically syncronizes everytime I drop it into the charging/communications cradle that it came with.Also when you hit the "on" button it's on right boot up time. Easy to set up and run...physically a tough little machine.I can say with confidence that I do schedule and have access to more data when I need it than I ever thought possible.It has freed me up considerable. I don't know if that will apply to everyone else as I am self employeed and out of the office alot, but for me it has actually done more than I thought it could.
Cons:I bought 256 meg compact flash card (if you want lots of MP3 music you'll need it) so with that I'm at over a [price]. You could buy a laptop with that.The keyboard IS NOT touch typeable!You can type and fast, but it's with two fingers. I do type letters so it's ok, but I almost sent it back when I got it because of that.Last they're not alot of extra programs out their for the HP_720. I'm no computer guy, but I believe it has to do with the ARM processor. I have found games, JPEG viewers etc... as freeware ....but they were few and far between.
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The HP Jornada 720 (the final model of this line was the 728) is the finest, practical design mobile Handheld Computing device ever made. The Jornada rival is the NEC MobilePro 780-800 line. Both clamshell, mini-laptop looking, devices were high quality and expensive (average retail was over $1,000).

These devices are authentic handhelds and they are true mobile PCs. In comparison, PDAs are very expensive toys. Both NECs & Jornadas have practical data input technology-- a truly useable keyboard & a touch screen. Both Jornadas and NECs have built-in card slots. Being PDA type devices, handhelds have no moving parts & they are instant on - off. They come with built-in phone modems & infrared wireless ports. Neither line, the Jornada or NEC, was designed for modern radio type wireless Internet but both lines are fully capable of it.

By the way, the chief reasons laptops break down are all related to their being moved about. Damaged screens (from being dropped or handled roughly) & hard drive failure are the major problems. Own a 720 and like me you will soon consider a laptop the lug-a-bout portable desktop computer it is. Make a home made insulator envelope of bubble wrap envelope for your Jornada or NEC and they should be O.K. to take with you. A discount CD wallet can be easily found and adapted to serve as an inexpensive case. I carry my Jornadas and NECs in a hipsack. There is no hard drive to fail from chuck hole caused rough movement in a car, or from dropping.

Don't let the apparent memory limitations throw you off. Your basic productivity programs are permanently hardware loaded in ROM & Many mobile Windows CE programs can be installed and run from CF cards and both Jornada & NEC lines can handle up to one gig or bigger CF cards.
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