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The features of a Pocket PC   (By Jonathon H)   07/07/2005


Pocket PCs are PDAs which run on the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system. This type of OS is basically a smaller version of the more familiar Windows XP. There is a wide variety of applications for the Windows Mobile devices, such as games and music players. All devices running Windows Mobile come with a variety of programs preinstalled. Some of these applications include Pocket Office (word, excel, outlook, etc), Windows Media Player, Solitare, MSN Messenger, Mail and Activesync (for connecting to a PC). PDAs generally come well equipped with various extras. Wireless connectivity is in the the form of either Infrared, Bluetooth or Wi-fi (these in order of speed, wifi being the fastest). This allows for Pocket PC's to access internet features such as browse the web and read email, all whilst on the move. Most PDAs generally have 64MB of memory. This can be used for any purpose, such as excel and word documents. However, people who use larger files such as video and music, can expand their memory by using CompactFlash or Secure Digital cards. The largest cards can reach up to 4GB of uncompressed space. The resolution of a general Pocket PC is 320x240, however with the new Toshiba and Dell PDAs which use VGA screens, the resolution can reach up to 640x480. With the new generation of and Windows Mobile 2003 and the more newer Windows Mobile 5.0 operating systems, screens can be viewed in a horizontal landscape view or the standard vertical portrait view. The common proessor speed of Pocket PCs at the moment is 400MHz, which is perfectly fine for the tasks they carry out. However, if more power is needed, there are new Pocket PCs which have speeds of up to 624MHz. There are various other special features which are available. Some Pocket PCs have integrated digital cameras, others have built in fingerprint recognition scanners to avoid unauthorised access.