Re: [Czechlist] COMPuters: Czech alphabet on iPAQ H38xx
- Dear Jamie,
thanks for your response to my iPAQ query.
I obviously want to buy an iPAQ for my work of a translator
while on the go. Two top reasons for my choosing just an
1. display with superior brightness that allows working
outside even if it's sunny (allegedly, anyway);
2. large choice of accessories and add-ons, such as a
foldaway full-size keyboard, which I am planning to buy too.
You may find the other features that I need in other pocket
Personal Computers as well: Microsoft Pocket Word and Excel
for compatibility with formats used by my clients, and other
software, such as a web browser and mailer; in iPAQs H38xx
all in Read Only Memory. I'd also rather have a large enough
Random Access Memory capacity -- there's never enough of
that. There's one feature I'm considering but am not sure
about: Bluetooth (iPAQ H3870). I just feel it may be useful
in some situations I sometimes get to as this interface is
most likely to become very common soon.
One factor may also be that iPAQ is probably being marketed
in the Czech Republic most visibly of all handhelds,
Personal Digital Assistants or whatever you cell them. It
occured to me I could buy one in the United States since I'm
going there soon and they appear to be about 25 % cheaper
there. On the other hand I should pay a customs duty so I
may finally decide to make my purchase in the Czech
One way or another, it might be useful for others too to
exchange some information on these devices, especially if
somone has had some hands-on experience.
- In a message dated 6/25/02 8:49:23 AM, jirka.bolech@... writes:
>1. display with superior brightness that allows workingThey definitely do have very bright screens, but PDAs using the Palm OS have
>outside even if it's sunny (allegedly, anyway);
screen illumination you can turn on and off. In other words, you have a
choice as to whether or not to drain your batteries on illumination.
Frankly, I never had any problem reading a Palm display on a sunny day. I
should take mine outside and see if I can stand some way that will make it
illegible. My experience is that ambient light just makes the screen read
clearer when the illumination is turned off.
>2. large choice of accessories and add-ons, such as aThese are available for almost every type of PDA.
>foldaway full-size keyboard, which I am planning to buy too.
One thing to keep in mind about the iPAQ (I think I mentioned it to you off
list once) is that it only runs about 3 hours on a charge. So if I had one
and was working on the train between Marianske Lazne and Prague, I could work
most of the way there but not on the way back. (This short battery life was
what finally made my student sell hers and go to the Palm OS.) The Palm PCs
with Windows CE can do great things, but often not long enough to be that
When you get to the US, take a look at what can be done with the Palm OS
models. There are word-processing and spreadsheet programs available for
them whose files can be imported into Word and Excel, the newer ones have
full-color browsers and wireless Internet access, and if you get the right
type there is a whole array of accessories for them. Mine writes in Czech,
and even has Czech handwriting recognition. You can build and customize your
own system and applications rather easily.
One thing I would check out on any PDA is whether or not the Czech text is
Unicode or some proprietary thing that won't transfer to another system.
>I just feel it may be usefulIt's still not the dominant OS in PDAs yet, at least in the US. Market share
>in some situations I sometimes get to as this interface is
>most likely to become very common soon.
in the CR is a different story even with desktop computers, though.
Probably the main thing keeping the Windows platform from reaching dominance
in PDAs is that battery life problem. Palm-based PDAs can also interface
with Windows, and they run weeks on a charge, instead of just a couple hours.
- Jirka, another thing you should not underestimate when thinking about buying
a PDA (or anything!) for which you want foreign language support, here in the
US, is American's absolute stupidity here when it comes to dealing with
languages other than Spanish. (They're even stupid about French nowadays!)
My experience is that anytime you need non-Spanish foreign language support
here, the sales and support personnel know nothing, you are sent down a lot
of dead-end streets, and you get treated as a once-in-a-lifetime eccentric
from Mars who is bothering people with surrealistic demands and requests.
Why the hell would anyone want to write in a foreign language anyway? Can't
their relatives in the Old Country speak English? What the hell is wrong
with them? (Hispanics are usually excused for not speaking English, but not
people of other nationalities.)
This problem is compounded when you want Czech support, because people don't
know what on earth Czech is. You may have to repeat it a couple times before
the staff realizes it's the name of a language, unless you insert the word
"Prague" into your explanation. Often people will think it's the language of
Chechnya or the former Yugoslavia, or even that it's the same thing as
Russian. Basically, no one will know how to help you, and most of them will
not want to.
Anyway, I think it may be worth paying the extra 12% or 25%, or whatever the
difference will be in the end, just to get sales and support people who know
what "Czech" means and will not give you the brushoff for bringing it up.
Don't forget also that if you buy it here in the US the battery charger will
be for 110 current and have a North American plug. That means you'll have to
pay to replace it in the CR.
> Anyway, I think it may be worth paying the extra 12% or25%, or whatever the
> difference will be in the end, just to get sales andsupport people who know
> what "Czech" means and will not give you the brushoff forbringing it up.
It may really be better for me to get one here in the Czech
> Don't forget also that if you buy it here in the US thebattery charger will
> be for 110 current and have a North American plug. Thatmeans you'll have to
> pay to replace it in the CR.This should be no big deal since iPAQ should normally have a
charger operating at either United States (110 V / 60 Hz) or
European (220 V / 50 Hz) power. I even have a plug adaptor
from US to Czech (unlike the other way round if I wanted to
use it in North America).
The battery capacity versus consumption is an issue though.
A problem is that each manufacturer may give this
information in a different way. Does someone know how large
the battery in an iPAQ H38xx is in terms of typical
operation time between charges.