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Pocket PC digital photography resourcesCreated October 9, 2003

This article provides information for digital photographers using or considering a Pocket PC.

Why a Pocket PC?

Your digital camera is great, but how do you store and view all of your pictures when you're on vacation or doing a big shoot on location? You need a bigger screen than the tiny one on the back of the camera, but laptops are heavy and fragile. Memory cards are expensive, and who needs another one-trick-pony purchase, such as a picture storage device, that only does one thing? With the right software, a Pocket PC is a great tool for viewing and managing the transfer of pictures from your memory cards to a less expensive hard disk. The Pocket PC has a large screen visible even in direct sunlight, a fast processor, good case and accessory options, long battery life, and much more. With it, you have access to the full spectrum of built-in Pocket PC software, including a File Explorer to manipulate your files, voice recording functionality, and much more.

Since the most fundamental use of a Pocket PC is for examining images, this article will focus on selecting a Pocket PC to use with a program such as PocketLoupe. If you are also interested in connecting a hard disk and transferring images using Pixfer, please refer to Hard Disk Storage with a Pocket PC, which covers this topic in depth.

Recommendations

If you only need to view images, and will not be transferring from storage cards to hard disks with Pixfer, almost any current Pocket PC device will work. The key is to make sure that it has a slot that will take the card from your camera. Here are the strongest contenders and the devices we receive the most questions about:

In sum, if you want to use a Pocket PC to view images, shoot some on a card, take them to a store, and try it out on a few devices, looking at performance, screen quality, etc. Only you can decide the trade-off of price, screen size/quality, battery life, etc. If you have the money and don't mind the size with the expansion sleeve, the iPaq 5555 is probably hard to beat. If size matters and the grid pattern does not bother you, the 2200 series is a good bet, although if you need built-in WiFi, take a look at the Toshiba e755. Other users report good results with the Dell Axim and other devices.

Selecting a Pocket PC

There are a number of issues you'll need to consider. The Pocket PC marketplace changes rapidly, and there are plenty of sites (see end of this article) that provide specifications and reviews for the models that are currently available. Here are some specifications you'll want to pay close attention to:

Software

There are a large number of tools out there for your Pocket PC:

General Pocket PC & Digital Photography info

Update History

10/09/2003

Overhauled for Windows Mobile 2003 and new devices. Broke out Pixfer/image transfer information to new article. An older version of this article covering the Pocket PC landscape before Windows Mobile 2003 was released can be found here, although the key information is also covered in this version.

03/03/2003

Updated with current information and links.

11/06/2002

Added recommendation for full kit & images of iPaq setup. Minor other edits & clarifications.

09/03/2002

First posted.

Disclaimer

Articles attempt to provide accurate and timely data, but use this information at your own risk; Glass Lantern, LLC is not responsible for any bad experiences due to inaccuracies, exclusions, or other issues, and does not vouch for any of the products or suppliers in this article, which is meant to provide guidance only. Make sure you are comfortable with the solution you decide to use through your own research, and investigate any company before handing over your credit card. Now go take pictures.