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New Homepage Poll: What would you modernise first?

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Posted 2 years ago | Community | Chris Tilley 5 comments

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We have a new homepage poll this afternoon here on HPC:Factor. The latest pressing question for you to get your teeth into relates to what you think is the biggest limitation of the Handheld PC?

Assuming that you could fully modernise one thing - and that we all lived in a world of magic where there were no compatibility or dependency issues in doing so. What do you feel would be the most critical part of the Handheld PC hardware design that would need to be modernised first in order to reap the most benefit?

So what is the one component that would make the Handheld PC a more featured, usable and attractive device here in the middle of 2022?

You can only modernise one component from the list, so think carefully. Let us know how and why you voted here in the comments below and who knows... perhaps one day your wish will come true!
Posted on 02 August 2022 at 17:34By Chris Tilley (C:Amie)

Comments on this article

torch's Avatar torch 02 August 2022 11:19:34 PM
I think for me, it would be WPA2 support, even if through the driver manufacturer's software. For example my 2002 and 2003 Macs I can connect with a USB N Dongle using WPA2 when I'm not using ethernet.
dl1av's Avatar dl1av 07 August 2022 5:49:26 AM
Yes, I think that, too. All the other things on the list are either replacable via PCMCIA or not important within the limitations of WinCE. Or you would have a completely new real keyboard mobile pc (which is available today from different manufacturers with different approaches to that concept).

So WPA2 would be a boost for modern use but unfortunately that needs more cpu/ram, too. So I voted for that.
stingraze's Avatar stingraze 22 September 2022 10:13:41 AM
I voted for CPU/RAM. I think I can somehow build a working WPA2 (WPA3?) solution that fits in a small box for connecting to the internet, but CPU/RAM can't be made without a new motherboard etc. A whole new device that can magically upgrade existing devices will be a dream come true.
ict's Avatar ict 27 September 2022 7:03:03 AM
If I could only modernize one thing in the HPCs I use it would have to be CE itself. Later CE improvements like moving GWES and device drivers into the kernel would probably solve a lot of the sluggishness if it was possible on these earlier devices. Improving bundled software like Pocket Office, for example Pocket Access' support for more complex SQL queries, would do a lot of good too.

That said, I picked storage initially, because the reliance on volatile memory even in devices with a little bit of onboard flash is definitely one of the biggest pain points of modern HPC use to me.
pacmania1982's Avatar pacmania1982 08 December 2022 9:10:04 PM
The displays! Man if we could swap all the DSTN screens with shiny IPS LCDs then it would be awesome! Oh and faster CPUs. Perhaps USB connectivity so it's easier to sync with modern computers - I have a Mac so I have to run Windows in a VM - I then use a USB to IrDA adapter which has Windows 98 drivers. And on the software front - how about something that allows us to sync with modern applications?
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