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PDA and PND Comparison
PDA: Personal Digital Assistant (Pocket PCs and Palm devices)
PNA: Personal Navigation Assistant (sometimes referred to as a PND: Personal Navigation Device)


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Overview
This page includes product comparisons and comparison tables of a wide variety of PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) - such as Pocket PC and Palm devices and PNAs (Personal Navigation Assistants).  There are also links to places you can buy Pocket PCs and accessories.  I don't sell PDAs because they change much too rapidly.  Most of the items on this page are Pocket PCs because most soaring flight software is designed to run on Pocket PCs.  However some soaring software is designed to run on Palm devices. 

Phone Support
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PDA or PNA Setup
Are you looking forward to flying with your new soaring flight software, but a bit intimidated by the process of installing it and setting it up on your new PDA or PNA?  Send it to me - I'll get it up and running and back to you in no time.  Learn more about the PDA/PNA setup on the Services page.

New K6 Bt BlueTooth Adapter

The K6 Bt BlueTooth Adapter allows soaring instruments to establish a wireless connection to BlueTooth enabled PDAs and PNDs (Personal Navigation Devices).  Details


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Pocket PC Features Comparison Guide
The Pocket PC Features Comparison Guide below is an excellent resource for helping you find the right PDA for your needs.

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Cool Product - 5V Battery Packs
5V Battery Packs are an awesome accessory for any soaring electronics user.  They 5V Lithium Ion battery packs that are smaller than a PDA, yet able to power a PDA all day long.  They fit nicely in to the side pocket of most any glider and provide 14+ hours of power for your PDA, GPS, flight recorder, smartphone or digital camera or video recorder.  You can see details on the 5V Battery Packs page.

Pocket PC Tips
Pocket PCs are amazing devices. They offer a lot of processor power and a user-friendly touchscreen user interface in a small package. A large market keeps the prices relatively low. However, there are some things you need to know when you start using a Pocket PC. Reading and following the directions in this document will save you many hours of frustration at the airport and will help assure that your Pocket PC is ready for the big flight when you are. Every time you buy a new Pocket PC you should go through this document with the Pocket PC in hand. 
Pocket PC Tips.pdf

HP iPAQ Pocket PC Storage Card Rename Utility
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?swItem=PSG_I23102-107975&lang=en&cc=us&idx=1&mode=4& 

This free utility program can be used to rename the memory card on your iPAQ Pocket PC to "Storage Card".  The original iPAQs used the term "Storage Card" to describe the memory card.  Newer models use terms such as "SD Card", "CF Card" and many other directory names.  The change in "standard" terminology is a problem for applications written several years ago because they try to find a "Storage Card' and can't find the SD or CF memory cards.  For example, the Cambridge 300 Utility (I believe) tries to save downloaded flight log files on the "Storage Card".  When it can't find one it saves the files in the My Documents/Flights directory in the Pocket PC's internal memory.  Many pilots prefer to have the file saved directly to their SD or CF memory card so they can transfer the flight log to their PC using a memory card reader.  This utility should make that possible.  It can rename the memory card so that the 300 Utility can access the "Storage Card". 

Refurbished iPAQs from HP
You can purchase refurbished iPAQs directly from HP at: http://www.shopping.hp.com  Click on the link to the Outlet Store, and then the link to Refurbished iPAQ Pocket PCs.  You can get good prices on used iPAQ 3950s, etc. This link may take you directly there: Refurbished iPAQs

Used Pocket PCs
There are several sources for out of date or used Pocket PCs

PDA Screen Glare Reducers - BoxWave
Many Pocket PCs have screens that are very shiny.  That is not ideal for use in a glider because it acts like a mirror - rather than seeing the moving map on the screen, you see a reflection of yourself.  Screen glare reducers are made of thin, clear plastic.  They are designed to protect the screen while reducing glare.  I'm impressed with the BoxWave ClearTouch "Anti-Glare" product.  I do not recommend the ClearTouch "Crystal" product.  Other products reduce screen clarity and brightness too much.  BoxWave ClearTouch works great.  You can see details and order them by clicking on the image below.  It seems expensive to pay $12+ for a this clear piece of plastic, but they are worth the money.  I get a small commission if you use the link below to order their products. 

Pocket PC Operating System Summary
The terminology used to describe the operating system has changed a lot over the years as new Pocket PCs have become available.  The table below summarizes the history a bit.  Let me know if you find any errors or missing data.

Pocket PC Models Operating System
Compaq Aero 1520 WinCE 2.1
Compaq Aero 1530 WinCE 2.11
Compaq Aero 1550, iPAQ h3150, h3600 h3700 WinCE 3.0
iPAQ h3800, h3900, h5450 Pocket PC 2002 (2nd Edition of Win CE 3.x?)
iPAQ hx2110, hx2410, hx2710, hx4700, h5150, h5550 Pocket PC 2003 (WinCE 4.xx)
Note: The hx4700 can be upgraded to Mobile 5, but I don't recommend it because it is much slower.  It is possible "downgrade from Mobile 5 back to Pocket PC 2003.
iPAQ hx2190, hx2490, hx2790 Mobile 5
iPAQ 110, 111, 210, 211, 214 Mobile 6 (The Pocket PC version of WinCE 5.2)

 

Screen Size Comparison
(display screen only - the actual footprint of the unit may be much larger)
LX8080 LX8000 iPAQ
h1900
h2215
hx2100
hx2400
hx2700
h4100
Dell
X50v
iPAQ
h3600
h3700
h3800
h3900
h5100
h5400
h5500
Aero 1500
iPAQ
hx4700
hx4705
210
211
214
Bendix King
AV8OR
LX Mini Map

iPAQ
310
312
314
316
318
Naviter
Oudie
LX9000 NK ClearNav Bendix King
AV8OR ACE
2.8"
diagonal
2.24"x1.68"
(57x43mm)
Area:
2451 mm²
pixels:
320x240
3.5"
diagonal
2.8"x2.1"
(71x53mm)
Area:
3763 mm²
pixels:
320x240
3.5"
diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
Area:
3763 mm²
pixels:
240x320
3.7"
diagonal
2.22"x2.96"
(56x75mm)
Area:
4200 mm²
pixels:
480x640
3.8"
diagonal
2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
Area:
4332 mm²
pixels:
240x320
4"
diagonal
2.36"x3.15"
(60x80 mm)
Area:
4800 mm²
pixels:
480x640
4.3"
diagonal
2.24"x3.70"
(54x95 mm)
Area:
5130 mm²
pixels:
272x480
4.3"
diagonal
2.24"x3.70"
(56x94 mm)
Area:
5264 mm²
pixels:
480x800
5"
diagonal
2.48"x4.37"
(63x111 mm)
Area:
6993 mm²
pixels:
272x480
5.6"
diagonal
3.36"x4.48"
(85x114 mm)
Area:
9690 mm²
pixels:
480x640
5.7"
diagonal
3.39"x4.53"
(86x115 mm)
Area:
9890 mm²
pixels:
480x640
7"
diagonal
3.39"x6.35"
(86x161 mm)
Area:
13846 mm²
pixels:
480x800


The photo above shows 3 popular soaring navigation display options.  On the left is an NK ClearNav, in the middle is an LX Map running SeeYou Mobile and on the right is an iPAQ hx4700 PDA running SeeYou Mobile.  Click on the image to see a much larger version.  As you can see, the LX Map is by far the largest and the ClearNav is by far the brightest.


The photo above includes (from left to right): NK ClearNav, iPAQ 310, iPAQ 210, iPAQ hx4700 (backlight getting dimmer as it is 3 years old).  The 3 units on the right are all running SeeYou Mobile software.  Click on the image to see a much larger version.  Note that this photo was taken indoors.  Screen brightness may be quite different outside in direct sunlight, or with the sun behind the units. The ClearNav is by far the brightest.  The iPAQ 310 uses a different screen technology than the iPAQ 210 and iPAQ hx4700 - which may make it better in sunlight.  To make the screen brightness comparison as fair as possible, all 4 devices are showing the same location on the map - Minden, NV.

Pocket PC Feature Comparison Guide
Pocket PC Currently
in
Production
Operating
System
Processor Screen
Type
Screen
Size
and
Resolution
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
CF SD Blue
Tooth
Radio
Wireless
Ethernet
RS-232
Serial
Port
Optional
Large
Battery
Notes

Bendix King
AV8OR
Yes Windows CE ? Color 4.3"
diagonal
3.70"x2.24"
(95x54 mm)
pixels:
480x272
 
No   SDHC
(SD High
Capacity)
Bluetooth   Serial
Port
1600 mAh
(optional)

800 mAh
(standard)

This is an interesting product for several reasons. 

It is capable of running SeeYou Mobile for PNA!  It automatically rotates the screen to portrait mode (vertical orientation) which is nice.  Just unzip the SeeYou Mobile for PNA install files into the root directory of an SD card, put it into the unit and reset it by putting the stylus into the small hole on the back of the unit.  Mobile looks great on it!

Warning!
If you want to use the built-in general aviation flight navigation software, do NOT install the SeeYou Mobile files onto the SD card that is included with the unit.  Doing so will make it impossible to run the built-in general aviation navigation software and street navigation software.  Instead, install it onto a different SD card.  The unit will then run SeeYou Mobile when that SD card is installed, and the general aviation software and street navigation software when the original SD card is used.  I installed it onto the SD card that came with the AV8OR and it overwrote some settings files on the SD card so that now the "Go Fly" button on the startup menu runs SeeYou Mobile, and not the built-in general aviation software.  That is great for me, but not for someone that wants to use the general aviation flight software.  The "Go Drive" button for street navigation is also affected if Mobile is installed on the supplied SD card.  Instead of running the street navigation software it runs SeeYou's ConnectMe program.

It has an RS-232 serial port, so it can connect to any soaring GPS, flight recorder or flight computer using the AV8OR-PS-5a-1 cable and a Goddard PS-5a power converter.

It comes with street mapping software and general aviation moving map software.

It has a built-in 20 channel GPS!  That makes it great for use as a portable system to be used in club or rental gliders.

Screen
The screen is similar in size as the iPAQ 310 (4.3 inches), but it has a much lower screen resolution at 480 x 272 pixels than the iPAQ 310 (800 x 480) or even an iPAQ hx4700 or 210 (480 x 640), but higher resolution than the older iPAQ h3000, h5000 and hx2000 series Pocket PCs (240 x 320).  The screen is noticeably brighter than an iPAQ 310 indoors and in sunlight.  The relatively low resolution of screen actually does not seem to be an issue.  The unit looks good to me.

Power Input and Data Cables
The manual says that it requires 6 VDC power.  However, the wall charger is rated at 5V, and a post on the Naviter (SeeYou) forum states that it runs fine with 5V power input from a Cambridge 302 or LX1600, etc.  My testing shows that it work well with the Socket Mobile Power Pack (and a standard USB cable) or Goddard PS-5a power converter with an AV8OR-PS-5a-1 cable.  The Goddard PS-5a power converter seems to be able to supply enough power for it.  However, the Cambridge 302 does not.  When I connected the AV8OR-PS5a-1 cable directly to a 302 the vario needle went nuts.  Therefore, to connect to a 302, you would need an AV8OR-PS-5a-1 cable, a PS-5a power converter and a PC-x cable. 

To connect to a Colibri you would use an AV8OR-PS-5a-1 cable, a Goddard PS-5a power converter and a PFC-1 cable. 

To connect to an EW microRecorder you would use an AV8OR-PS-5a-1 cable, a Goddard PS-5a power converter and a PEWmicroRec-0.3 cable.

Battery Life
It ships with an 800mAh battery which the Quick Tip Guide says will power the unit with the backlight on full for about 1.5 hours.  An optional 1600 mAh battery will power it for over 3 hours with the backlight on full.  3 hours isn't very long when you consider the time the unit must be on before takeoff and after landing, so I recommend powering it with either a Socket Mobile Power Pack or Goddard PS-5a power converter.  I have done a little testing with both small and large batteries.  I found it a bit annoying because the "Battery Low" audio and text warnings started when the battery was still half full.  I don't see any compelling reason to buy the large battery since I will always power the unit with external power.  I tested it using my 3 year old Socket Mobile Power Pack and a standard USB to mini-USB cable.  It ran for over 10 hours.  The first "Battery Low" warning happened at about 10 hours.  At that time I believe the Socket Mobile Power Pack was dead and the unit's main battery was draining fast.

Cradle and Mounting Options
The RAM-HOL-PD2 cradle works great this unit.  The unit ships with a cradle and both a suction cup mount for use in the car, and a yolk mount for use in a power plane.  I do NOT recommend using the car suction cup on a glider canopy because it has a rotating mechanism which allows it to pull a large suction - which would deform the glider canopy and perhaps cause damage to it over time.  It may be possible to use the provided cradle with a GNeck 2 gooseneck arm or RAM arm, but I don't recommend doing that because then it would be unusable in the car or power plane.  I recommend using the RAM-HOL-PD2 cradle with a Gneck2 gooseneck and RAM-GN3-238 adapter or a RAM arm, or a RAM suction cup mount.

No Glare Reducer Necessary - I was very pleased to see that this PDA does not have a glass-like shiny screen.  It does not need a glare reducer - which is nice since glare reducers reduce the brightness.

Tip
When using the AV8OR's internal GPS and SeeYou Mobile, it is important to go to "Menu / Next / Input / Last sentence" and select "$GPGGA".  That sentence contains altitude data.  It is only sent every 4 seconds.  If it is not selected as the last sentence then the altitude display will bounce back and forth between good altitude data and "N/A".  The bad news is that the map will only update every 4 seconds.  The good news is that the altitude data will be correct.  This is not an issue when receiving data from an external GPS such as a Cambridge 302 or Colibri.
Fix
A customer has reported a fix to the issue above which he received from Bendix King. 
"Take the unit somewhere where it cannot receive a GPS signal, and then reset the GPS utilising Settings/GPS Status/GPS reset. It only takes a minute once you know what you have to do, and it seems like a once and for all fix.  It changed the GPS output to include the GPGGA sentence which reports altitude every second. So all is now well.  I have discovered that when I use the native Go Drive software it returns the internal GPS output to have altitude data only every 4 seconds, but using the fix mentioned above restores altitude every second when you want to run SYM again."

The price (in the $650 to $799) is quite a bit higher than the iPAQ 310 ($249), but it does have an RS-232 serial port and built-in general aviation moving map software, and a brighter screen than any other portable device I've tested.  Also, I like that this unit can be connected to a Socket Mobile Power Pack using a standard USB cable (the iPAQ 310 needs a custom cable).  I don't currently sell this product (that may change), but I do sell SeeYou Mobile for PNA and cradles and mounts and data/power cables for it.


Bendix King
AV8OR ACE
Yes Windows CE ? Color 7"
diagonal
3.39"x6.35"
(86x161 mm)
Area:
13846 mm²
pixels:
480x800
No   SDHC
(SD High
Capacity)
Bluetooth   Serial
Port
2000 mAh
(standard)

4000 mAh
(standard)

This is an interesting product for several reasons.  I have not done any testing with one yet.  Please let me know if you get a chance to try one with SeeYou Mobile.

Interesting AV8OR ACE product review video by AvWeb:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZwbQsZpV6M&fmt=22  

It should be capable of running SeeYou Mobile for PNAI have not tested this unit with SeeYou Mobile yet.

It has an RS-232 serial port, so it should connect to any soaring GPS, flight recorder or flight computer using the AV8ORACE-PS-5a-1 cable and a Goddard PS-5a power converter.

It comes with street mapping software and general aviation moving map software.

It has a built-in 20 channel GPS!  That makes it great for use as a portable system to be used in club or rental gliders.  However, it may well be too large to use as a portable device.

Screen
The screen is very large. In fact, it may be difficult to fit into most gliders.  The screen resolution is excellent at 480 x 800 pixels.  I have not tested one in sunlight, but the available information indicates that it will be brighter than any other PDA or PNA - just like the standard AV8OR.  However, I doubt it is as bright as the ClearNav.  This is a very large unit.  The unit is 4.80" W x 7.58" H x 1.07" D and weighs 1.25 lbs.  Before buying one, I recommend making a paper model of it and holding it up to your glider's instrument panel.

Power Input and Data Cables
The AV8OR ACE uses the same optional serial cable as the AV8OR.  That is great news.  AV8ORACE-PS-5a-1 cable will provide both 5V power and data.  It should be able to supply 5V power to the unit and serial data from any soaring instrument.  The only question is - how much current will it require?

To connect to a Colibri you would use an AV8ORACE-PS-5a-1 cable, a Goddard PS-5a power converter and a PFC-1 cable. 

To connect to an EW microRecorder you would use an AV8ORACE-PS-5a-1 cable, a Goddard PS-5a power converter and a PEWmicroRec-0.3 cable.

Battery Life
It ships with both a 2000mAh battery and a 4000 mAh battery.  The Bendix King FAQ page states that the 2000 mAh battery will power the unit for about 1.5 hours and the 4000 mAh battery will power it for about 3 hours.  3 hours isn't very long when you consider the time the unit must be on before takeoff and after landing, so I recommend powering it with either a Socket Mobile Power Pack or Goddard PS-5a power converter

Cradle and Mounting Options
Unfortunately, there isn't RAM cradle that will work with this unit, so it will be necessary to modify the cradle that it supplied with it.  Due to its large size and weight, I recommend mounting it using a "B" size RAM arm.

The price (in the $1799 to $1999) is a bit high, but it does have an RS-232 serial port and built-in general aviation moving map software, and very bright screen.  I don't currently sell this product (that may change), but I do sell SeeYou Mobile for PNA and mounts and data/power cables for it.

Pocket PC Currently
in
Production
Operating
System
Processor Screen
Type
Screen
Size
and
Resolution
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
CF SD Blue
Tooth
Radio
Wireless
Ethernet
RS-232
Serial
Port
Optional
Large
Battery
Notes

Compaq Aero 1520
No WinCE 2.01 70 MHz
MIPS
Grey Scale 3.8" diagonal
2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
240x320
No CF       Serial
Port
   

Compaq Aero 1530
No WinCE 2.11 70 MHz
MIPS
Grey Scale 2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
240x320 pixels
  CF       Serial
Port
   

Compaq Aero 1550
No WinCE 3.0 70 MHz
MIPS
Grey Scale 3.8" diagonal
2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
240x320
  CF       Serial
Port
  Compaq Aero 1550
Out of production for since around 1995 but still extremely popular with glider pilots.  The grey scale display has more contrast in sunlight that all color PDAs.  This was the last and best model in the series.  One thing to be aware of is that when they sit in a hot cockpit before takeoff, they become very difficult to read because the contrast changes.  To solve the contrast issue, either take the 1500 out of the cockpit until you are almost ready to launch, or put a hat, or aluminum foil over it to keep it out of direct sunlight.  As it cools down the contrast will come back.  The CF card slot in the 1500s will not work with CF card GPS units.  I don't think it provides power to the GPS.

Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable batteries for the Compaq Aero 1500 series Pocket PCs are no longer available from Compaq/HP or Ambry.  However, if you do a Google search for the part number "146656-001" you will probably find several sources.


Compaq Aero 2100
No     Color 240x320 pixels   CF       Serial
Port
   
Pocket PC Currently
in
Production
Operating
System
Processor Screen
Type
Screen
Size
and
Resolution
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
CF SD Blue
Tooth
Radio
Wireless
Ethernet
RS-232
Serial
Port
Optional
Large
Battery
Notes

Dell Axim X5 400 MHz
No Pocket PC
2002
400 MHz
Intel
XScale
Strong Arm
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
  CF SD     ? 3400
mAh
Nice large battery option and CF card slot make it a great portable GPS system when used with a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS.

Important Note: Although the Dell Axim Pocket PCs are a good value, they seem to have a non-standard RS-232 serial data port.  We have not be successful creating cables to connect them to external GPS units.

Dell Axim X3
No Pocket PC
2003
Premium
400MHz
Intel®
X-ScaleTM
Processor
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
    SDIO Now   Optional ?   Important Note: Although the Dell Axim Pocket PCs are a good value, they seem to have a non-standard RS-232 serial data port.  We have not be successful creating cables to connect them to external GPS units.

Dell Axim X30
Yes

See details or order:
Dell.com

Microsoft®
Windows®
Mobile 2003
Second Edition
624MHz
Intel®
XScaleTM
Processor
with WMMX
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
    SDIO Now Optional Optional ?   Important Note: Although the Dell Axim Pocket PCs are a good value, they seem to have a non-standard RS-232 serial data port.  We have not be successful creating cables to connect them to external GPS units.

Dell Axim X50
Yes

See details or order:
Dell.com

Microsoft®
Windows
Mobile
TM  2003
Second Edition
520MHz
Intel®
XScale
TM 
PXA270
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
  CF SDIO Now Blue
Tooth
802.11b ?   This unit is a good value for a portable system when combined with a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS and the Socket Mobile Power Pack.  However, the display is much smaller than the display found on the iPAQ hx4705.

Important Note: Although the Dell Axim Pocket PCs are a good value, they seem to have a non-standard RS-232 serial data port.  We have not be successful creating cables to connect them to external GPS units.


Dell Axim X50v
Yes

See details or order:
Dell.com

Microsoft®
Windows
Mobile
TM  2003
Second Edition
624MHz
Intel®
XScale
TM 
PXA270
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.7" diagonal
2.22"x2.96"
(56x75mm)
480x640 pixels
  CF SDIO Now Blue
Tooth
802.11b ? 2200
mAh
The high resolution VGA display, optional large battery and CF card slot make this an interesting unit for a portable GPS system when used with a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS. However, although the display is the same resolution as the display found on the iPAQ hx4705, the display on this unit is a bit smaller.  You will want to use either the optional large battery or the Socket Mobile Power Pack.

Important Note: Although the Dell Axim Pocket PCs are a good value, they seem to have a non-standard RS-232 serial data port.  We have not be successful creating cables to connect them to external GPS units.

Pocket PC Currently
in
Production
Operating
System
Processor Screen
Type
Screen
Size
and
Resolution
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
CF SD Blue
Tooth
Radio
Wireless
Ethernet
RS-232
Serial
Port
Optional
Large
Battery
Notes

iPAQ 110
iPAQ 111
iPAQ 112
Classic
Handheld
Yes Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Classic Marvell
PXA310
624 MHz
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
    SDIO
High
Capacity
(SDHC)
Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
(2.4 GHz Industrial Scientific Medical Band)
  No   No serial port or CF GPS card slot - so it can't be used with an external GPS, but it does have BlueTooth so it would work with the K6 Bt (see below). It may be OK for soaring when used with an SDIO GPS.  I have not tested that solution.

K6 Bt BlueTooth Adapter

The K6 Bt BlueTooth Adapter makes it possible to use the iPAQ 110's built-in BlueTooth radio to communicate through the K6 bt to a soaring GPS.  Testing with a beta version of SeeYou Mobile looks promising.  This may be a good way to connect this PDA with a variety of different soaring instruments.  However, make sure the soaring software you are using is compatible with the K6 Bt.

QuickSpecs


iPAQ 210
iPAQ 211
iPAQ 214
Enterprise
Handheld
Yes Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Marvell
PXA310
624 MHz
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
with
antiglare
4" diagonal
2.36"x3.15"
(60x80 mm)
480x640 pixels
  CF SDIO Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
(2.4 GHz Industrial Scientific Medical Band)
802.11 b/g No ? This Pocket PC looks very interesting because of its large and bright display.  In fact, the display is quite a bit brighter than my iPAQ hx4705 - making it perhaps the brightest PDA ever made (but still not great in sunlight).

However, the 24-pin connector is different from the connectors used on all previous iPAQs - so existing soaring data cables will not work with it. The big bummer with this PDA is that it does not have an RS-232 serial communications port built-in.  That means that it cannot connect to soaring GPS units through an RS-232 serial data cable unless you use a CF card serial port (see below). 

This PDA does have the ability to be a USB master - which theoretically makes it possible for this PDA to support USB to serial adapters.  I have heard rumors that some technical people have been successful at using this PDA with a USB to serial adapter.  This approach sounds somewhat appealing.  However, my experience with USB to serial adapters on PCs has been that they are not the same as having an actual serial port.  Getting this unit to work with a USB to serial adapter seems to me to a lot of work and I don't plan to do any testing of this at this time.  I think the likelihood of a reliable solution is mediocre.  Please let me know if you know more about this or have suggestions.

I have done some testing using a Socket BlueTooth Serial Adapter on a Cambridge 302 in hopes that it would allow the PDA to talk to and receive data from the 302.  I was able to get it to receive data sometimes, but it was not very reliable, and I could not get it to allow the PDA to talk to the 302.

K6 Bt BlueTooth Adapter
The K6 Bt BlueTooth Adapter makes it possible to use the iPAQ 210's built-in BlueTooth radio to communicate through the K6 bt to a soaring GPS.  Testing with a beta version of SeeYou Mobile looks promising.  This may be a good way to connect this PDA with a variety of different soaring instruments.  However, make sure the soaring software you are using is compatible with the K6 Bt.

However, it works great with a CF Card GPS or a BlueTooth GPS to provide a fantastic portable system.  In that case, you will want to use external power, or the Socket Mobile Power Pack.

No Glare Reducer Necessary - I was very pleased to see that this PDA does not have a glass-like shiny screen.  It does not need a glare reducer - which is nice since glare reducers reduce the brightness.

Serial Port CF Card
It is possible to use a Serial Port CF Card to connect the iPAQ 210/211/214 to a soaring GPS.  It may not be the most elegant solution since the data cable exits the top of the PDA and the PDA must be powered from a mini-USB connector on the bottom of the unit, but it does work.  One example CF Serial Card is available here: Socket Ruggedized Serial I/O CF Card.  I tested the that card with my with a Cambridge 302 and iPAQ 210 and it worked great.  I was able to receive GPS data from the 302 and download flight logs from the 302 and upload waypoint files to the 302.  We have created a new Nimbus cradle with a standard Cambridge 302/Goddard PS-5a connector that provides 5V power through a protected mini-USB connector on the bottom of the iPAQ and a data connection to a CF Serial Card in the top of the iPAQ.  Other than the connector on the top of the iPAQ it will work just like any other Nimbus cradle.

Glide Navigator II Memory Issue
There seems to be a problem with Glide Navigator II on this PDA.  There must be a change in the way memory is handled in the PDA because GN II seems to crash after 2 to 8 hours on this PDA.  We are working on fixing this issue.

QuickSpecs


iPAQ 310
iPAQ 312
iPAQ 314
iPAQ 316
iPAQ 318
Travel
Companion

PND
(Personal
Navigation
Device)
No Windows CE 5.0 with HP custom user interface
(Different
from a
Pocket PC)
SiRF Titan
600MHz
ARM11
dual-core
processor
Transmissive
TFT
with
antiglare
4.3"
diagonal
3.70"x2.24"
(94x57 mm)
pixels:
800x480
 
    SDHC
(SD High
Capacity)
Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
(2.4 GHz Industrial Scientific Medical Band)
  Maybe   This is a very exciting PNA (Personal Navigation Assistant).  It has a a large, high resolution, bright display that may be easier to view in sunlight than all recent Pocket PCs.  It's built-in GPS makes it an awesome portable soaring GPS system.  It is also a great street navigation device.  It is delivered with street maps for a certain region of the world.  The iPAQ 310 ships with maps of the USA, the 314 ships with maps of Europe, etc.

Screen Technology
My tests show that it is a little bit easier to view in sunlight than all recent Pocket PCs.  I need to do more testing.  The screen technology is different than the screen technology using in Pocket PCs.  The screen is a Transmissive TFT display.  Recent Pocket PCs have all used Transflective TFT screens.  I don't know which technology is better.

Not a Pocket PC
Soaring pilots that are used to Pocket PCs should know that this unit is not a Pocket PC.  It is a Windows CE device.  Pocket PCs run a special version of Windows CE.  Therefore the user interface is quite different than the user interface found on Pocket PCs. 

Screen Orientation
The screen is oriented in landscape mode rather than portrait mode.  I would prefer portrait mode because I'm usually more interested in the area ahead of me than the area to the sides.  There are some shareware drivers available which make it possible to get the screen to switch to the portrait mode.

I was very excited when I learned that Naviter has a new version of SeeYou Mobile that runs on this device.  I tested it and it works great!

RS-232 Serial Port
After much research and testing we have confirmed that the iPAQ 310 does have an undocumented serial port which can be used to connect directly to some soaring instruments.  An inline RS-232 voltage level converter is required to make it work, but it works great.  However, we have found that it works only at baud rates of 9600 or higher.  It does not work at 4800 baud.  That is fine if you want to connect it to an EW microRecorder, ILEC SN10 (wirmware version 2.34 or higher) or LX Navigation LX1600 (firmware version 2.10 or later), LX7007, LX8000.  However, it is a problem if you want to connect to a Cambridge 302 or Volkslogger, or LX Colibri or LX7000.  Those send GPS data only at 4800 baud.  A direct cable connection is preferable to a BlueTooth connection for devices that can communicate at 9600 baud because it is possible to upload task declarations and download flight logs over the direct cable connection - not so with a BlueTooth connection (depending on the combination of hardware and software).  An I310-PS5a-1 cable can be used to connect the 310 to a Goddard PS-5a power converter.  From there a cable can be used to connect to a variety of soaring instruments.  An I310-LX1600-1 cable can be used to connect directly to an LX1600.  The LX1600 powers the iPAQ 310.  An I310-PS5a-1 and EWmicroRec-DB9f-x cable can be used to connect to an EW microRecorder.  The EW microRecorder provides both GPS data and 5V power for the iPAQ 310.

K6 Bt BlueTooth Adapter
The K6 Bt BlueTooth Adapter makes it possible to use the iPAQ 310's built-in BlueTooth radio to communicate through the K6 bt to a soaring GPS.  Testing with a beta version of SeeYou Mobile looks promising.  This may be a good way to connect this PDA with a variety of different soaring instruments.  However, make sure the soaring software you are using is compatible with the K6 Bt.

No Glare Reducer Necessary - I was very pleased to see that this PDA does not have a glass-like shiny screen.  It does not need a glare reducer - which is nice since glare reducers reduce the brightness.

Cradles and Mounting Arms
The iPAQ 300 series units ship with a nice suction cup mount.  However, I don't recommend using it on a glider canopy.  The reason I hesitate to recommend using it on a glider canopy is that it has a lever which allow to the suction cup to pull a large amount of suction.  That is great for use on a car window, but I think it may damage a glider canopy.  When I tested a similar suction cup on a glider canopy it created a temporary dimple on the canopy - sucking the canopy into the shape of the inside of the suction cup.  I immediately removed it because I didn't want to damage my expensive glider canopy.  It didn't damage the canopy, but I fear that it would cause internal crazing in the plastic over time.

The bad news is that there are no Nimbus cradles available for the iPAQ 300 series.  The great news is that it works great in a RAM-HOL-PD2 cradle.  The RAM-HOL-PD3 also holds the iPAQ 300 very securely, but the fingers block the USB port - making it impossible to connect external power.  I recommend using a RAM-HOL-PD2 cradle with a RAM-B-SCMK-RAP-B-201-RAP-B-238 suction cup mount for portable (temporary) installations and using a GNeck2-Assy-Panel or GNeck2-Assy-Side gooseneck system for permanent installations.

External Power
The unit's internal battery will power the unit with the backlight on full power and the GPS running for just over 2 hours.  I therefore recommend powering it with external power.  The Socket Mobile Power Pack works great with it, but only if you use the special Cable-USBA-mini-USB-Pwr-1 power cable.  A standard USB cable did not seem to allow the Socket Mobile Power Pack to charge the iPAQ 310 - it was indicating that it was receiving external power, but the battery level was slowly decreasing because the unit was not switched to high current charge mode.  The Cable-USBA-mini-USB-Pwr-1 solves that problem.  Another option is to power the 310 with a Goddard PS-5a power converter.  An I310-PS5a-1 cable can be used to connect the PS-5a to the 310. 

Compatible Soaring Flight Software
SeeYou Mobile works great on this device.  Unfortunately Glide Navigator II does not currently run on this device.

Backlight Tips
It can be a bit of a pain to get the iPAQ 310 backlight to stay on.  Below are tips from http://www.bware.it/xcsoar/ which seem to work well.

From Windows CE desktop (to get to the desktop run SeeYou Mobile and quit it.), Start -> Settings -> Control Panel: 

  • Open "Backlight Control" and set High backlight (max)
  • You don't need to change timeouts in the two upper boxes,
  • because those values are controlled by "Display Properties".
  • Exit "Backlight Control".
  • Open "Power Properties".
  • Powerscheme: AC Power
  • set to "Never" all controls.
  • Exit "Power Properties".
  • Open "Display Properties"
  • Select "Backlight" tag
  • Select "Automatically turn off backlight while on external power", and
  • set it to 30 minutes, then exit with Ok.
  • Open again "Display Properties"
  • Select "Backlight" tag
  • DESELECT "Automatically turn off backlight while on external power".
  • Exit with Ok.
  • Open "Backlight control" again, you will see that "AC power and device is idle for"
  • box is now EMPTY, correctly. Don't do anything . Press Ok.

QuickSpecs


iPAQ h1910
No Pocket PC
2002
266 MHz
Samsung
2410
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
    SD     No   No serial port so it can't be used with an external GPS.
QuickSpecs

iPAQ h1935
No Pocket
PC 2003
203 MHz
Samsung
2410
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
    SDIO Now     No   No serial port so it can't be used with an external GPS.
QuickSpecs

iPAQ h1945
No Pocket
PC 2003
266 MHz
Samsung
2410
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
    SDIO Now Blue
Tooth
  No   No serial port so it can't be used with an external GPS. 
QuickSpecs

iPAQ rx1950, rx1955
Yes? Microsoft
Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium Edition
Samsung® SC32442 300 MHz Processor TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
    SDIO Now   802.11b Serial
Port
  Note: This is the only 1900 series iPAQ with an RS-232 serial port.
QuickSpecs

iPAQ h2210 or h2215
Yes? Pocket
PC 2003
400 MHz
Intel XScale
Strong Arm
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
  CF SDIO Now Blue
Tooth
  Serial
Port
3600
mAh
The optional large (extremely large) battery and CF card slot make this an interesting unit for a portable GPS system when used with a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS. However, the display is significantly smaller and a bit less bright than the VGA display found on the iPAQ hx4705.  The large battery can power the unit for about 11 hours with the screen at full brightness and a CF GPS installed and running.
QuickSpecs

iPAQ hx2110
Yes

See details or order:
hx2110
Microsoft
Windows Mobile
2003
Second Edition
520MHz
Intel®
PXA270
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
  CF SDIO Now Blue
Tooth
  Serial
Port
2800
mAh
The optional large battery and CF card slot make this an interesting unit for a portable GPS system when used with a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS. However, the display is significantly smaller and a bit less bright than the VGA display found on the iPAQ hx4705.  You will want to use either the optional large battery or the Socket Mobile Power Pack.

iPAQ hx2190
Yes

See details or order:
hx2190
Microsoft
Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium Edition
520MHz
Intel®
PXA270
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
  CF SDIO Now Blue
Tooth
  Serial
Port
2800
mAh
The optional large battery and CF card slot make this an interesting unit for a portable GPS system when used with a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS. However, the display is significantly smaller and a bit less bright than the VGA display found on the iPAQ hx4705.  You will want to use either the optional large battery or the Socket Mobile Power Pack.

iPAQ hx2410 or hx2415
Yes

See details or order:
hx2410

Microsoft
Windows Mobile
2003
Second Edition
520MHz
Intel®
PXA270
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
  CF SDIO Now Blue
Tooth
802.11b Serial
Port
2800
mAh
The optional large battery and CF card slot make this an interesting unit for a portable GPS system when used with a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS. However, the display is significantly smaller and a bit less bright than the VGA display found on the iPAQ hx4705.  You will want to use either the optional large battery or the Socket Mobile Power Pack.

iPAQ hx2490
Yes

See details or order:
hx2490

Microsoft
Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium Edition
520MHz
Intel®
PXA270
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
  CF SDIO Now Blue
Tooth
802.11b Serial
Port
2800
mAh
The optional large battery and CF card slot make this an interesting unit for a portable GPS system when used with a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS. However, the display is significantly smaller and a bit less bright than the VGA display found on the iPAQ hx4705.  You will want to use either the optional large battery or the Socket Mobile Power Pack.

iPAQ
hx2700 or hx2750 or hx2755
Yes

See details or order:
hx2750
hx2755

Microsoft
Windows Mobile
2003
Second Edition
624MHz
Intel®
PXA270
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
  CF SDIO Now Blue
Tooth
802.11b Serial
Port
2800
mAh
The optional large battery and CF card slot make this an interesting unit for a portable GPS system when used with a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS. However, the display is significantly smaller and a bit less bright than the VGA display found on the iPAQ hx4705.  You will want to use either the optional large battery or the Socket Mobile Power Pack.

iPAQ hx2790
Yes

See details or order:
hx2790

Microsoft
Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium Edition
624MHz
Intel®
PXA270
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
  CF SDIO Now Blue
Tooth
802.11b Serial
Port
2800
mAh
The optional large battery and CF card slot make this an interesting unit for a portable GPS system when used with a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS. However, the display is significantly smaller and a bit less bright than the VGA display found on the iPAQ hx4705.  You will want to use either the optional large battery or the Socket Mobile Power Pack.
Pocket PC Currently
in
Production
Operating
System
Processor Screen
Type
Screen
Size
and
Resolution
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
CF SD Blue
Tooth
Radio
Wireless
Ethernet
RS-232
Serial
Port
Optional
Large
Battery
Notes

iPAQ h3150
No     Grey Scale 240x320 pixels iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
        Serial
Port
  With an CF Card Expansion Pack Plus (249709-B21) with the optional large battery (253514-B21) and CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS this can be an excellent portable system. Estimated battery life (with large battery): 7 hours
Note: These early iPAQs used a different power/data connector than is used in current iPAQ models.

iPAQ h3600
No WinCE 3.0   Color 3.8" diagonal
2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
240x320 pixels
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
        Serial
Port
1840
mAh
With an CF Card Expansion Pack Plus (249709-B21) with the optional large battery (253514-B21) and CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS this can be an excellent portable system. Estimated battery life (with large battery): 7 hours
However, this model does not have a very bright display when compared with newer models.
Note: These early iPAQs used a different power/data connector than is used in current iPAQ models.

iPAQ h3700
No WinCE 3.0   Color 3.8" diagonal
2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
240x320 pixels
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
        Serial
Port
1840
mAh
With an CF Card Expansion Pack Plus (249709-B21) with the optional large battery (253514-B21) and CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS this can be an excellent portable system. Estimated battery life (with large battery): 7 hours
However, this model does not have a very bright display when compared with newer models.
Note: These early iPAQs used a different power/data connector than is used in current iPAQ models.

iPAQ h3835 or h3850
No Pocket PC 2002 206 MHz
Intel
XScale
Strong Arm
Color
Reflective
3.8" diagonal
2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
240x320 pixels
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
  SD     Serial
Port
1840
mAh
With an CF Card Expansion Pack Plus (249709-B21) with the optional large battery (253514-B21) and CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS this can be an excellent portable system. Estimated battery life (with large battery): 7 hours
Some sources think this model is the brightest color display available in a Pocket PC in sunlight.  I think it is about the same as an h3950 and not as bright as an hx4705.

iPAQ h3950 or h3955
No Pocket PC
2002
400 MHz
Intel
XScale
Strong
Arm
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.8" diagonal
2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
240x320 pixels
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
  SD     Serial
Port
1840
mAh
With an CF Card Expansion Pack Plus (249709-B21) with the optional large battery (253514-B21) and CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS this can be an excellent portable system. Estimated battery life (with large battery): 7 hours
I like this model because it has a good display and fast processor but does not have all the extras that are not needed in a glider such as wireless Ethernet and BlueTooth radio.  The screen is larger than many newer iPAQs but not as large or as bright or as high resolution as an iPAQ hx4705. 

iPAQ h3970
No Pocket PC
2002
400 MHz
Intel
XScale
Strong
Arm
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.8" diagonal
2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
240x320 pixels
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
  SD Blue
Tooth
  Serial
Port
1840
mAh
With an CF Card Expansion Pack Plus (249709-B21) with the optional large battery (253514-B21) and CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS this can be an excellent portable system. Estimated battery life (with large battery): 7 hours
I like this model because it has a good display and fast processor but does not have all the extras that are not needed in a glider such as wireless Ethernet.  The screen is larger than many newer iPAQs but not as large or as bright or as high resolution as an iPAQ hx4705.
Pocket PC Currently
in
Production
Operating
System
Processor Screen
Type
Screen
Size
and
Resolution
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
CF SD Blue
Tooth
Radio
Wireless
Ethernet
RS-232
Serial
Port
Optional
Large
Battery
Notes

iPAQ h4150 or h4155
No Pocket PC
2003
400 MHz
Intel
XScale
Strong
Arm
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.5" diagonal
2.1"x2.8"
(53x71mm)
240x320 pixels
    SDIO
Now
Blue
Tooth
802.11b Maybe
(I've received
reports that
say "Yes"
and other
data that
says "No".)
  QuickSpecs

iPAQ hx4700 and hx4705
No Windows
Mobile™
2003
Premium
Edition
624 MHz
Intel®
PXA270
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
4" diagonal
2.36"x3.15"
(60x80 mm)
480x640 pixels
  CF Supports
1-bit
and
4-bit
SD
SDIO
/MMC
Blue
Tooth
1.2
802.11b Serial
Port
3600
mAh
This is my favorite Pocket PC for use in a glider. It has the largest and highest resolution display available. With the optional large battery (FA258A) and a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS this can be an awesome portable system. 
Estimated battery life with large battery, screen on full bright and powering CF GPS: 6 hours
You will want to use external power, or the optional large battery, or the Socket Mobile Power Pack.

Glide Navigator II Memory Issue
There seems to be a problem with Glide Navigator II on this PDA.  There must be a change in the way memory is handled in the PDA because GN II seems to crash after 2 to 8 hours on this PDA.  We are working on fixing this issue.

QuickSpecs


iPAQ h5150
No Pocket PC
2003
400 MHz
Intel
XScale
Strong
Arm
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.8" diagonal
2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
240x320 pixels
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
  SDIO
Now
Blue
Tooth
  Serial
Port
1840
mAh
This is one of the last models produced that will fit into an iPAQ expansion pack or Cumulus iPAQ cradle
With an CF Card Expansion Pack Plus (249709-B21) with the optional large battery (253514-B21) and CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS this can be an excellent portable system. Estimated battery life (with large battery): 7 hours
The screen is larger than many newer iPAQs but not as large or as bright or as high resolution as an iPAQ hx4705.

iPAQ h5450
No Pocket PC
2002
400 MHz
Intel
XScale
Strong
Arm
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.8" diagonal
2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
240x320 pixels
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
  SDIO
Now
Blue
Tooth
802.11b Serial
Port
1840
mAh
With an CF Card Expansion Pack Plus (249709-B21) with the optional large battery (253514-B21) and CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS this can be an excellent portable system. Estimated battery life (with large battery): 7 hours
The screen is larger than many newer iPAQs but not as large or as bright or as high resolution as an iPAQ hx4705. Another nice feature is that it fits in to the elegant and popular Cumulus iPAQ cradle.

iPAQ h5550
No Pocket PC
2003
400 MHz
Intel
XScale
Strong
Arm
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
3.8" diagonal
2.25"x3"
(57x76 mm)
240x320 pixels
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
  SDIO
Now
Blue
Tooth
802.11b Serial
Port
1840
mAh
This is one of the last models produced that will fit into an iPAQ expansion pack or Cumulus iPAQ cradle
With an CF Card Expansion Pack Plus (249709-B21) with the optional large battery (253514-B21) and CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS this can be an excellent portable system. Estimated battery life (with large battery): 7 hours
The screen is larger than many newer iPAQs but not as large or as bright or as high resolution as an iPAQ hx4705.

Toshiba e800
No Pocket PC
2003
Premium
Edition
400MHz
Intel
PXA263
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
4" diagonal
2.36"x3.15"
(60x80 mm)
480x640 pixels
  CF SDIO
Now
  802.11b Serial
Port
2640
mAh
I liked this model because with the optional large battery (PA3329U-1BRL) and a CF card GPS such as the Transplant CF GPS this can be an awesome portable system. 
Estimated battery life with large battery, screen on full bright and powering CF GPS: 6 hours
What I didn't like about this unit was that it used a non-standard power/data connector that is no longer available.  Also it did not support the use of the high resolution screen very well when compared with the iPAQ hx4705.
Pocket PC Currently
in
Production
Operating
System
Processor Screen
Type
Screen
Size
and
Resolution
iPAQ
Expansion
Pack
CF SD Blue
Tooth
Radio
Wireless
Ethernet
RS-232
Serial
Port
Optional
Large
Battery
Notes

Naviter Oudie
Yes Windows
Embedded
CE 6.0
500 MHz
ARM 11
TFT
Color
Transflective
LCD
5"
diagonal
2.44"x4.33"
(62x110 mm)
Area:
6820 mm²
pixels:
272x480
    microSD Blue
Tooth
? Serial
Port
  The Oudie is a PNA that is nearly perfect for use in gliders.  Many current model PDAs and PNAs suffer from some "gotcha" issue such as the lack of a serial port, or low resolution, screen too small or too large, etc.  The Oudie is the perfect size for use in a glider and offers a built-in GPS and built-in RS-232 serial port - so it can talk to soaring flight computers and flight recorders.  The 5" diagonal screen is a little larger than a PDA, but the overall footprint is much smaller than the existing "high end" soaring navigation displays. Testing has shown that the Oudie is significantly brighter than an iPAQ 310 (which is brighter than most PDAs).  It is not as bright and does not offer the same screen resolution as the NK ClearNav, but it has a much smaller footprint and costs much less.  The screen resolution is 480 x 272 pixels.  That is more than an iPAQ h3900, the same as the Bendix King AV8OR and less than iPAQ 310 or ClearNav.  I have played with an Oudie I was very satisfied with its screen resolution.  The $578 price is very reasonable considering it includes a built-in GPS, suction cup mount, power/data cable with built-in 12V to 5V power converter and a license for SeeYou Mobile that is tied to the Oudie.  I predict that the Oudie (with its built-in GPS) will be popular both for pilots looking for a portable system in club and rental gliders, and pilots looking for a semi-portable mounted system wired into a glider's electrical system and connected to a soaring GPS or flight computer. - Details

Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
Paul E. Remde

8661 Connelly Place
Savage, Minnesota 55378
USA


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