Is the NEC MobilePro 900C the "LAST" HPC?
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Posted 2017-06-19 8:32 PM
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I'm curious, the NEC MP900C was released in what, 2004? Is it the last WinCE HPC ever released? I think Japan continued for a while, but I'm mainly thinking about handhelds released in the West. I know HP had their business line of PDA's up until relatively recently, but those aren't HPC's like I'm thinking about.

Anyone know? I have the first ever HPC WinCE handheld and would like to have the very last HPC WinCE handheld.



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I'm also not considering the Sylvania type WinCE netbooks as WinCE HPC's. (So don't include them )

Edited by HPC:Fan 2017-06-19 8:33 PM
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Posted 2017-06-20 5:57 PM
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The 900C wasn't a dictionary definition Handheld PC as it didn't run a H/PC OS, it runs the Windows CE core. The MP900 was likely the last H/PC as it shipped with HPC2000 on it.

If you want to factor core devices then there were a few CE 4.2, 5.0, 6.0 devices floating around too in various form factors.
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Posted 2017-06-20 6:57 PM
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Thanks for the info C:Amie. I'm thinking more or less clamshell designed devices running WinCE (any flavor) with touch screen input. Like, the "last official clamshell handheld with pen input" if you know what I mean?
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Posted 2017-06-21 4:24 AM
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According to pdadb.net, the Psion Netbook Pro was released in October of 2003, six months before the 900C shipped with Windows CE .net 4.2 preinstalled. In my never-ending search for CE devices, I've yet to see a CE 5 or higher clamshell device with both keyboard and touchscreen. (Lots of devices with one or the other. )
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Alt Bass
Posted 2017-06-22 5:02 AM
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WinCE is archaistic OS (and kernel) with some major disadvantages in it, performance and software quality -wise.

I am perfectly sincere.when I say that I would be fine with any OS which gives extensive set.of keyboard shortcuts (CE does not even have usual alt-tab natively) and some very basic set of required background tasks.

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Posted 2017-06-22 10:39 AM
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Ok, so the MobilePro 900/C was in fact the last handheld computer that ran WinCE. Thanks!
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Posted 2017-06-25 5:40 AM
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I don't think we are going to see WinCE "HPC's" anymore. However, how about an authentic x64 Windows HPC? Check this: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gpd-pocket-7-0-umpc-laptop-ubuntu...
It is already in pre sale and I'm getting mine!

After a few minutes on Google, I found out another HPC coming soon. It seems that companies finally woke up for the great clamshell form factor again. Check this: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gemini-pda-android-linux-keyboard...
This Gemini PDA seems to be very nice. It was co-designed by Martin Riddiford, one of the creators of the original Psion. I can't wait for it to be ready!!! =)
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Posted 2017-06-25 1:26 PM
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Yep, made a thread about them: http://www.hpcfactor.com/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=18327&po... They look like great little devices, am really keen on one!
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Posted 2017-06-25 3:41 PM
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Win CE was important when memory was a factor in construction. It no longer is. So neither is Win CE, at least for handhelds. Add the fact that most programmers these days are lazy and inefficient in their coding and you can see why the CE environment loses more popularity each year. Sad...so sad...
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Posted 2017-06-25 5:56 PM
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Memory is cheap and plentiful, and because of this a lot of programs have become unnecessary memory hogs. I remember great little programs under 100kb that left no real footprint behind on WinCE devices.
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It seemed program size was always an issue even back in the day I was using a brand new Compaq c120. When I started using a Visor Edge I couldn't believe how much smaller in size the programs were.
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I respect the hpc for one reason: you dont need a advanced machine to work.

900c had a usb port , if jornada had one included on handheld, not in craddle will be more powerful.

that netbooks with ce dont had the classy style of oldest hpc,if had a good price bought it.
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