HP has officially released the price and when you can purchase their two new PDAs, the HP iPAQ 110 Classic can be had for $299.99 with an estimated ship date of Oct 9th (that's Tuesday!) and the HP iPAQ 210 Enterprise can be had for $399.99 and is also estimated to ship on the 9th.
Although the pundits may say that coming out with a new line of PDAs in the era of smartphones and converged devices is foolhardy, there are still many people who have yet to adopt to the all in one devices and prefer to keep it that way.
Both the 110 Classic and the 210 Enterprise are rocking Windows Mobile 6 Professional, fast processors, WiFi (b/g) and Bluetooth. For the extra hundred dollars of the 210, you get more memory and the larger screen (4 inches compared to 3.5).
- I still find the HP iPAQ PDAs compelling because of all the things they do when phone functions are not needed: a dedicated device for things like managing a schedule and other PIM functions, carrying/reviewing/editing Office documents, browsing the web, MP3 player and eBook reading, all on a large screen, are my top reasons why PDAs will be around longer than those who keep saying the form factor is dead.
As I've reported before, I had some initial skepticism when news of these new offerings started making the rounds, but as things have gotten firmer in terms of price and features, I've long since left those behind.
Plus, in addition to the PDA line, the two new phones HP (the iPAQ 610 Mobile Messenger and my bordering on obsession with the 914c) is set to debut are looking to continue the great year for Windows Mobile 6 devices that started with the HTC Kaiser and looks (according to my source at HP) to continue through the end of the year when the 914c is expected (Yes, I have to wait that long. Oh, the agony!).