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Back before smartphones were ubiquitous in terms of portable computing, another device was popular. This week, we take a look at the HP iPaq h2215, a Windows Mobile PocketPC from 2003. Stay tuned for next time for a demonstration of some of the hardware peripherals this thing can use. Also check out LGR's video on the iPaq rx1955:

Ha, that intro. The world of YouTube retro tech coverage is amusingly small indeed. Oh well, hooray for more PocketPC coverage! Looking forward to seeing more of that camera in action :)
Xavier Althoff
When I saw bonzi buddy in the thumbnail I knew this was my video
Man, this thing back in 2003 must have been amazing
Ipad, ipaq sound similar =D
Opera literally runs on everything, it runs on vista, xp, windows phone, Mac, Linux, iOS Android, Blackberry Java ME, Sony Ericsson, Nintendo DS, even on Nokia brick phones... (and that’s just naming a few) well, pretty much as cross platform as it can get If you have a device and it can connect to the internet, chances are, you can probably download opera on it
*expand dong*
xD I watched LGR's video on this like 2-3 weeks ago. But still enjoy watching your videos too so :)
ShadowDark Pro
Windows Phone 2003.
But caan it run doom?
I had that exact HP! I used it to emulate NES and listen to music and it was so cool. There was an Opera browser for it that gave it better website functionality. Edit: yeah you mentioned it later in the video :)
Impressive Tech for the age =D
Tijs Van Alphen
Wow when he shows the video on the ipaq. Me looking on my screen looking at the screen of the ipaq, looking at a screen in the video looking at a screen. Screen inception!
Erik Nilsen
My grandpa gave me a couple of those to mess around with when I was in middle school ~6 years ago. Great fun. Also helped me type some last-minute school assignments before I had my own laptop.
Raposa Dislexa
Duke of Darkness
5:40 *Expand Dong*
James J James
Back when I was a teenager and mobile computing was an unobtainable luxury to gawk at, I thought PDAs were the coolest thing ever. Now in the age of ubiquitous smartphones I'm more cynical about the whole thing. Guess I'm getting old now. (Ironically I am writing this on a tablet.)
Kra Z Kapin
Holy crap I just watched LGR's old video on this thing! Still gonna watch this tho, your style's different
ipaq does what iCant phone , such as copy paste lol
Bonzi Buddy on the thumbnail again!
Robin MGP
Aw, man, time to dig out my HP IPAQ HX4700 for Pocket PC Month! I had no clue about the existence of Opera Mini on Pocket PCs, looks so smooth! I didn't know about Nevo, either. I recall looking for a program for my pocket PC years ago that did the same job as Nevo does. Nice video, and no, we don't think you're copying Clint. ;)
I recently bought a Dell Axim x41v for a presentation about PDAs, I too installed Opera Mini (the way it works is that the page is rendered and the JavaScript executed on the Opera servers and then gets sent to your device, that's probably why most current websites still look fine on it). I still haven't found a universal remote control app like the one you showed, because with that it would at least be partially useful to me.
Joey Cubes
Tatiana Fomina
I expected to see bonzi buddy on a windows PC.
Regular Woomies
My dad found his old Compaq one in our garage. I think it’s the same one as yours
5:38, vinesauce reference
4:45 using bing to look up google
EmaSplatter 5
That's a real Windows Phone
8:45 Nice beard =D
Ahmet Long
*Cant be a windows without bonzi*
Tom Brown
That is such a cool portable PC! I love this vintage tech. I wish Microsoft would make a modern refresh of this portable PC.
The date is set to exactly 15 years ago today
My vlogging channel
"Almost all of the software sharing websites are long since dead" [localhost refused to connect]
sometimes i use my palmtop to play older games i used to play in the past xD
Henning Gu
2:54 how can a Bluetooth signal be too strong? 🤔
COOL Duckz
Where can you buy or get it from
Haha, I also watch LGR :D
STHOM Productions
Shanmuga Prabhu
The most underatted youtube channel
2:53 lmao too strong signal strength
that tablet pc reminds me of my old computer lmao nostalgia
Thomas Zweig
What does the i stand for?? Isn't that an Apple thing??
Melissa Novak
LGR did his Bonzi Buddy video after you did yours.
Zły Wilk
2:53 Signal strength: too strong lmaooo, how could it be possibly to strong?
MC Chase
Clint did it a video before you, but the other videos, he did after you
i blocked ads to watch this video
I like your channel more than LGR. In fact, I actually have that channel hidden on my account, so I will never see his videos pop up again. It's like he never existed.
i have one of these
E x p a n d d o n g
Diamond Ranch
Comment 2: A replacement for a PDA would be a 3DS, yes you read that right. Nintendo 3DS has a notes app, web browser, youtube app, netflix app, supports up to 32 GB expandable storage, resistive touchscreen so you can use anything to write on it, cameras (VGA quality), wireless G connectivity, I use one in class for writing math equations on the notes app, plus also taking notes (also i have games too, so when we get computers and nothing happens in minecraft, boom i got some mario )
Eduardo Avila
I aways wanted those ones, and aways loved them, but never had. Years later i found myself with the same feeling, and wanting to buy gpd win. Its a laptop, yeah, but basically the size of these (or at least fits in the pocket)
Niggor Faggit
hahah,nice vinesauce joel reference
David V
I want Monteria be in all VeggieTales movies.
Mr.Cringe Kid
LOL I have 1...
Emin Nart
the web and app compability is almost the same with touchscreen symbian phones(i have a nokia 5800) edit: also opera mini on that and opera mini for symbian looks exactly same
Marie Animates
I love your vids! Keep it up!!
Spicy Meme Boi
🅱️onzi 🅱️uddy
6:08 - minecraft XD
Pug Master
ooooh JINKYS
Megan Marie Banda
Colored bawlls
Great vids!!
Alpha32 _-Channel-_
Touch Screen Existed Since 2005!?
Ahegao Intensifies
Very interesting
Henry - Gaming and Random Things!
5:34 e x p a n d d o n g
Glerk TheFlurp
Kevin Bhasi
2:40 At least on the rx3700 series (I had a rx3715 back in the day), the same left indicator that lights up for Bluetooth, also flashes green when programs told Windows Mobile to "vibrate" the device. 3:34 I remembered that ActiveSync would automatically open and sync when I docked my rx3715 to the NEC PC I had at the time. 3:45 I just remembered, there was a program called "MyMobiler" which allowed the PDA display to be viewed and interacted with on the PC. That came in pretty handy as I didn't need to take my hands off of the keyboard and mouse. 3:49 There was a program called "eXPerience" that was a custom launcher for WM2003SE that provided a WinXP style screen, though it didn't replace the Today screen like with the HP launcher on the rx series, but instead provided a Today item to access it from there. 6:45 I *very much* remember using that on mine. 7:44 I remember having a cracked copy of Opera Mobile (I think it was version 8, and Opera wasn't selling any more licences for that version at the time) installed.
Felipe Rodea
These were androids back then...
xBrandon 22
This is so interesting, i kind of want one
hair blower
That thing was small but the box was big
Hugh Miller
I remember when I started working at a supermarket only a few years ago, my department used PDAs kind of like these, running Windows Mobile. They were painfully slow and typing was a nightmare if there wasn't a stylus with a unit. Luckily we soon upgraded to Motorola PDAs that ran on Android and felt more like a modern smartphone.
Debangsu Sarkar
This thing in 2003. Wow am impressed!
Vivian Lee
Ahh I had two of these (an older one in grayscale and one in color) and thought it was the best thing ever. I loved being able to sit in bed and browse the internet. I even wrote journals and essays in it - with the stylus. Yes, tapping out one letter at a time.
theres been microsoft exel mobile version for years, even when this video was made..
Space JAGA
Wooden toothpick - best. input. device. ever!
0:43 What's the Name of this Music?
Rehzy kitty and the crew
where can i get an pocket pc o2 model battery i have one without it
I've been waiting for a new video
Simone Balotin
I love you iPAQ pocket PC
Some Guy
I liked my pocket pc's running various windows operating systems, but preferred my Palm OS devices. I still carry a Treo along with my Android smartphone. There are too many databases and apps for the Palm that I wouldn't want to do without. Like the Treo, I liked the ability on the Pocket PC's to let you easily swap the battery.
The Unknown and Unsolved
I still have my pocket pc, I upgraded to a Dell axium I think it was called. I used mine all the time. I was using touch screen for mp3s and everything way before phones were the big thing.
tim gladman
it's a very funny coincidence but our hand-held barcode scanners that we use in the warehouse where I work actually run Windows CE in the background and the Warehouse management system ISIS software runs on top and they still use Windows CE
That One Spanish Duck
LGR is stalking your ideas
Reece Orton
You can actually emulate Windows Mobile 6.1.4! Microsoft have an emulator for it and it is ONE HUNDRED PER CENT LEGAL. Same with Mobile 5.
Joe Manning
You should do one on the Palm TX. Palm's last (or close to it) and most powerful PDA. Wifi, Bluetooth, Optional Tom Tom GPS Navigation, great little device. Also did full screen video, web, mp3 ect... The best thing about it was the strong third party and home brew software. Media players for more exotic file formats (back then exotic anyway), total UI overhauls, game emulators and more. The calendar and scheduling (especially with 3rd party apps but even without) offered fantastic customization.
Ivy Agnes Nguyen
Very cool video! Would love to see more about Windows Mobile PPC esp comparing WM5 & 6 phones to what else was out at the time & what we have now. I was a BlackBerry guy & preferred it over WM when it came to getting stuff done. WM seemed more an OS that tried to do it all & had no primary goal.
my 2018 pc from asus rog fail all 3 acid tests :|
James Eden
Man I miss the days of boarder line usess Pdas and pocket PC's.. lol I don't think any of mine ever even had WiFi. Those were like $500+. My first palm had a whopping 2mb of storage
fudge [J/]
can I use this to download files from the net and put it on an sd card
Shikhanshu Agarwal
to be fair.. the ipaq did a better job at recognizing your atrocious handwriting than a human would
Chronical Animations
How many times are you going to reference vinesauce Joel. *EXPAND DONG*
Found the build quality of the iPaq H3600 series a bit questionable... when I got my H3630 back in around 2000, I had to return it three times in the end and each replacement developed the 'flipped screen' fault which was caused by a poor solder joint on the screen edge connector.
Compaq also had a desktop line of Windows PCs called 'iPaqs.' I was a PC tech a long time ago (2000-2001) and I unboxed about 200 of them (and heavy 19" Samsung CRTs), and put Windows 98 images on them via Ghost one summer. Good times. You're lucky that iPaq has USB. Most of our PDAs back then were DB9 serial, including my Palm IIIc. :-)
@The Science Elf hello, fellow ppc fan here (i really wished iphone didn't break the trend of ppc rising to power :/). I have gigabytes (and for sure you've checked how much space they take, so imagine how much it actually is ...) of ppc programs, games etc. with "no pay walls" let's say, for any version of windows mobile (2003, 5, 6, 6.5). contact me if interested: bunak[at]mail[fullstop]bg (my old love is ipaq 1930 .. oh i miss those times so much ... mortscript!)
Dieter Gräwe
I had such a HP thing bought 2004. I mainly used it for car navigation with some version of Navigon running on it. You had to copy your planned route to the SD- or CF-Card (mine had both), because they had capacities measured in KB instead of GB.
Prasun Parajuli
Hmm... Guys I will try to over lock this thing me coding a file for i will notify you after I've over lock it
I'll have to buy one of these one day, they look so fun to mess around with. I'm glad you made a video on Pocket PCs, there don't seem to be too many of decent quality on YouTube. Small portable devices fascinate me for some reason, it's interesting to see little computers with not much memory run cool programs that do tasks that normally require a regular PC.
Shawn Burton
I remember when I bought the original Compaq iPaq Pocket PC 3650 from Sears back in August or September of 2000. In my last year of highschool, I remember using it to take notes and had a couple other programs through 2001 and up till early 2002 I remember that I had it.
Matthew Schreiner jr
Sounds like iPad