Magazine article Technology & Learning

HP Jornada 565. (Quick Picks)

Magazine article Technology & Learning

HP Jornada 565. (Quick Picks)

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Emphasis: Cross-disciplinary. Grade level: 4 and up. Platform: Microsoft Pocket PC 2002. Price: $549. Developer: Hewlett-Packard; (888) 999-4747; www.hp.com/jornada 

Sleek, powerful, and jam-packed with features, the Jornada 565 handheld computer would do well in any educational setting. Teachers or students can use the device to word process, send e-mail, listen to MP3 files, or even watch short video clips.

What sets Pocket PCs like the 565 apart from Palm OS devices is that they run a Windows-based OS that supports mini-versions of familiar Microsoft Office applications. Users can, for example, download a Word document or Excel spreadsheet from the computer to the handheld, or manage their calendars using Outlook. The 565 comes loaded with the very latest OS for Pocket PCs, plus an upgradeable ROM so you can update the unit with future OS releases.

Also included in the 565 package is a stylus for data input; a USB docking cradle for PC connection; an infrared port for "beaming" data to other devices; and a removable/rechargeable lithium polymer battery. …

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