Classic Mobile 6.0 and Mobile 6.1

Sep 8
Hello all from the PDA Mobile Cafe WebLog…. 

I may have really been an Advanced User on the Windows Mobile CE 3.0 (Pocket PC 2002) but what a difference a day has made. For the record, I began with a Compaq iPaq 3765 (3700 Series) – but this was one of the particular models that was not eligible for the Windows Mobile 2003 Upgrade. That was highly insulting – owning a state of the art Windows Mobile PC and suddenly there was a major Operating System (OS) Upgrade that included the vital upgrade of wireless security of the WPA 256bit encryption and my model was not eligible. It wouldn’t be long before it went the way of the Windows 98 Desktop.

Of course being security minded as also Webmaster of the www.BlueCollarPC.Net – I am no idiot and there was no way I was going to continue on wireless internet. The 3700 Series Windows Mobile handhelds were nothing lame. They were kind of the cusp between the older CE 2.0 and Windows PalmTops PPC and the newer 3800 and 3900 Series Handhelds that came out. About half of the 3700 series were eligible for the Mobile 2003 Upgrade and half were not. The 3700 Series were not game boy toys, mine was $500 ! It included Outlook 2002 free. So long story short – I have ‘milked’ my 3765 for all it is worth before ever buying a newer model obviously.

And here we are shopping. I have found some of the 5.0 ’s have had troubles, particularly with battery drains. I have found what I was interested in – just the PDA without all the “telephony”. I now know these are called “Windows Mobile 6 Classic”. The additions in these Windows Classic 6.0 PDAs include WPA Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR. To boot, the Bluetooth capabilities will log right in with a Cellular Phone with Bluetooth – so there you are and if necessary.

So in axing the Microsoft Outlook mail clients, apparently it is made up with an inboard WiFi modem and sort of memory card as the add in 256M Flash ROM memory. It does begin with the 64M SDRAM Main Memory which of course is twice the size as the older models at 32M – whereby adding the Compact Flash Jacket boosted it to 64M and added card capability at under a $100. Apparently, the compact jacket is now inboard as far as card slots. That is a big minus-bulky plus !

All in all – if you just want a new PDA with great features and now plenty of memory off the shelf I recommend the Classic 6.0 models and particularly the HP iPaq 111….. and of course it is best to get at least a mobile antivirus package. You can find a good list here: http://www.pdamobilecafe.bluecollarpc.net/index.html 

Also as far as synching on Windows Vista – UH OH…… I am finding the Classic 6.0 versions ship with Windows Mobile Media Player Version 10 and the Desktop/Laptop Vista empowered PCs ship with Windows Media Player Version 11. Of course the Windows Media Player allows transferring media files through synchronization to the Mobile PC. There are others like J River Media Jukebox with these capabilities and is highly recommended. I use it on both XP and Vista, does great and is loaded with features and capabilities. Strongly recommended.

I do not know yet if there are specific issues with the different versions of Windows Media Players and if even an Upgrade was released to Classic 6.0 models and if not these are going to be called the Windows XP Classic PDAs and not fully Vista compatible….. BUT check this out and I will post more as I find more…..

Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center 6 for Windows Vista (32-bit)
 
Brief Description
Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center 6 for Windows Vista (32-bit)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=83D513EA-9DF9-4920-AF33-3A0E2E4E7BEB&displaylang=en
 
System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows Vista; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business N; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Home Basic; Windows Vista Home Basic N; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Starter; Windows Vista Starter N; Windows Vista Ultimate
Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center 6 for Windows Vista (32-bit)

See you soon and visit for live help at these destinations…..

http://pdamobilecafe.freeforums.org/ 

http://bluecollarpc.net/smf/index.php 

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ppcuniverse/ 

PS….. The Mobile 6.1 Version is going the same way as the Windows Mobile 2003 Upgrades….. some models are not eligible already.

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