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    Senior Member DanielOliver's Avatar
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    I was looking around the net at pocket pc's and was wondering if there are any fairly cheap ones yet goo that you would recommend.

    Ideally one that can also access this forum as wel, would always be handy.

    Any links would be appreciated,

    also another question is how the internet works on it, do you need wires etc or do not all of them need cables?


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    I have a Cassiopeia E-125. It runs an old, unupgradable version of Windows CE 3.0 and doesn't have wireless built in. I added a SMC CompactFlash wireless card and the result is excellent: mobile e-mail and somewhat crude web browsing on a high-speed LAN.

    The new ones aren't worth the price, though, because you can get a crappy laptop for $600. I'd look into eBay and such sources to get a good deal.

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    I am thinking of getting one that has wireless internet access, so I can use if on holiday for e-mail and browsing sites that can run on it.

    What is the internet speed like on these things?

    Thank you for your replies,
    Daniel.

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    The speed is not the limit at this point (although the theoretical limit is 11 MBits/sec), it's the processor. It takes far more time for the PPC's puny processor to render the pages than for the PPC to download them.
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    One more question (I think) do most handhelds have wireless internet these days? And if so would it be possible to connect to the net while abroad?

    This is one question I have always thought about but never asked.

    thank you,
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    Most Pocket PCs do not have built-in wireless (802.11b) for two simple reasons: it drains more power, and by adding it to a higher-end model, manufacturers can get more revenue.

    I say if you are frequently in places where there are publicly-accessible wireless networks and you can't afford a laptop, get a cheap Pocket PC off eBay and add a wireless card to it. The cards can be $50 if you search around.
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    Right ok thank you for your help, I shall have a look around and see what happens, as I currently thinking about 1000 other things computer related to buy, :-D so many things, so little money :-(
    right now I a caught between a new monitor and a handheld.

    Thank you again,
    Daniel Oliver.

    If any one wishes to donate money to go towards new computer's and accessories for me then please give me a shout :-)

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    It's worth bearing in mind that in the UK there are very few wireless hotspots so buying the device and a wireless lan card is not going to get you online unless you're planning on moving into the center of London.

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    Mossoi's right. With wireless internet, it's not available "everywhere", you need to find a wireless LAN and join it. In the U.S., virtually every Starbucks has a wireless LAN, but you need to pay to access it. Getting a Pocket PC with wireless internet capability does not equal instant internet.


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