First Impressions of the Jornada 565

by PocketGoddess on October 8, 2001

I just got my new Jornada 565 running the final release version of Pocket PC 2002 on Friday, and I’ve been playing with it the whole weekend. I’m not yet ready to write a full review, but wanted to offer my first impression: WOW!
It isn’t that I wasn’t fond of the iPAQ; I seriously thought about making it my primary device for a couple of weeks, after all. But the new Jornada is certainly a force to be reckoned with. The device is certainly lighter than the iPAQ, and it has a built-in CF Type 1 expansion slot, with no need for a bulky expansion sleeve. The new button design is very nice, with a rocker switch on the left-hand side and a cursor pad located at the bottom front of the device. The screen is gorgeous as well- it certainly puts the display on the 548 model to shame.
HP’s new Safe Store technology is remarkably similar to FlashPro or JackFlash for the Palm OS, as it allows me to make a backup of all of my contacts, appointments, and to dos in an unused portion of the device’s ROM– even a hard reset while on the road won’t cause any data loss at all. And while I haven’t completely explored this option yet, the manual also states that I can use the Safe Store area for program storage as well, freeing up valuable system RAM.
And a new accessory coming out later this year promises to make the Jornada 565 even more powerful- a snap-on replacement battery with an integrated Secure DIgital expansion slot. Imagine being able to put a large SD memory card into your Jornada while at the same time being able to use the standard CF slot for a modem, wireless network access card, a digital camera attachment, or anything else that meets your fancy.
I’ve been having a lot of fun with my new Jornada, and I’ll report regularly on it as warranted.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: