Brief review of Asus MyPal A639 handheld computer

The line of Asus handheld computers has always had no more than one or two current models. The experience of releasing a pocket computer in the upper price segment was not entirely successful, the Asus model with a VGA screen (MyPal A730/A730W) was not as successful as the company wanted. After that, Asus switched to the GPS direction, which is still fairly considered one of the most promising on the market.

Asus MyPal A636 model and its younger modification Asus MyPal A632 JAFP Organic Peanut Butter. were positioned as navigation handhelds. Everything has been adapted for easy navigation in the car. Horizontal screen orientation, car kit (car cradle, cigarette lighter charging) and, of course, a built-in satellite GPS receiver. The model was a real revelation for us in such an important parameter as battery life. None of the competing models came close to the incredible record set by the Asus A636. The model did not become a real bestseller because of the relatively high price and large dimensions. The handheld was originally sharpened for the old generation of the SiRF Star II chip, which required an external antenna, which means that the task of making a compact device was not set for the developers, it was impossible. The fact that the antenna is completely retractable into the body is an achievement.

The Asus navigation model received some success, which guaranteed the appearance of updated modifications in the future in order to extend the life cycle of the model until the appearance of a fundamentally new one.

First, there was a "cosmetic" modification of Asus MyPal A636N, the main difference was the update of wireless interfaces. The Bluetooth 1.2 module has been replaced by Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and IEEE 802.11b has been replaced by IEEE 802.11b/g. This change does not bring cardinal improvements for the end user, the very fact of novelty is more important here.

The Asus A639 that's visiting our test lab today looks more like a real upgrade, but the chassis of the old model shows through without any problems. Let's now go through the changes that distinguish the new product from its predecessor.

The package includes a docking station, it is quite ordinary, it does not stand out from the general background. It is worth noting its undoubted plus - the ability to charge an additional battery and a pocket computer at the same time. There is not much more to say about the cradle.

The design has undergone not very serious, but noticeable changes to the eye. The control elements under the screen are no longer stylized as three circles (speaker, navigation key, group of buttons), they are closer to more strict outlines. In the frame of the screen, it was decided to abandon the metal, made using proprietary hairlines technology, which set off the design of the A636. It is by no means worth considering this as a tragedy, by and large, hairlines are nothing more than decoration, not the most important design element. In general, the design has been updated, updated quite well, but the usual forms are guessed from the first seconds of acquaintance with the novelty.

The basic software and the set of additional programs have not changed. The AKU 2.2 update package has been installed on top of the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. Considering that the Asus A639 is a pocket computer and not a communicator, the user will not feel any real differences (he will not buy the Asus A639 to use Microsoft Push-Mail).

Naturally, Asus A639 has updated wireless adapters - Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and IEEE 802.11b/g. Nominally, their presence is expressed in an increase in the maximum data transfer rate. In my opinion, for most tasks, the speed of the "old" versions of wireless interfaces is quite enough. We must not forget that this is a pocket computer, which has other tasks than its desktop relative. But if you are going to download hundreds of megabytes of music and video to your PDA every day, then the increase in data transfer speed will certainly be a joyful fact for you. Bluetooth functionality has not changed compared to the base model.

We have smoothly approached the main change in the new model - this is the built-in gigabyte of flash memory, which is the main focus. In this memory, you can initially download a navigation map, and not put it later from the disk. With memory prices falling, all major devices will be equipped with more internal memory. For comparison, we give the price of 1 GB of memory in SD format - 18 US dollars. Of course, the presence of a large amount of internal memory is a nice addition, but not a decisive factor in purchasing a device. After purchasing the Asus A636, you can purchase a 2 or 4 GB SD card without problems and serious financial costs.

Everything that was not included in this brief review, you can read in the review of the Asus A636 handheld. The hardware of Asus A639 is almost identical to the old model.

In the bottom line, we have a "restyling" of MyPal with the addition of a cradle to the standard package, a built-in gigabyte of memory. It makes no sense for owners of the A636 to change their PDA to the new A639, but new users who are looking for a navigation PDA to use primarily in the car can take a closer look at the A639. Alternatives include Fujitsu Siemens LOOX N520 (more compact, less long-playing, no Bluetooth), Mio A201 (at a comparable price to Asus, it loses to it in all respects), Qtek G100 (more compact, lighter, but unstable GPS operation).

Brief review of Asus MyPal A639 handheld computer

The line of Asus handheld computers has always had no more than one or two current models. The experience of releasing a pocket computer in the upper price segment was not entirely successful, the Asus model with a VGA screen (MyPal A730/A730W) was not as successful as the company wanted. After that, Asus switched to the GPS direction, which is still fairly considered one of the most promising on the market.

Asus MyPal A636 model and its younger modification Asus MyPal A632 JAFP Organic Peanut Butter. were positioned as navigation handhelds. Everything has been adapted for easy navigation in the car. Horizontal screen orientation, car kit (car cradle, cigarette lighter charging) and, of course, a built-in satellite GPS receiver. The model was a real revelation for us in such an important parameter as battery life. None of the competing models came close to the incredible record set by the Asus A636. The model did not become a real bestseller because of the relatively high price and large dimensions. The handheld was originally sharpened for the old generation of the SiRF Star II chip, which required an external antenna, which means that the task of making a compact device was not set for the developers, it was impossible. The fact that the antenna is completely retractable into the body is an achievement.

The Asus navigation model received some success, which guaranteed the appearance of updated modifications in the future in order to extend the life cycle of the model until the appearance of a fundamentally new one.

First, there was a "cosmetic" modification of Asus MyPal A636N, the main difference was the update of wireless interfaces. The Bluetooth 1.2 module has been replaced by Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and IEEE 802.11b has been replaced by IEEE 802.11b/g. This change does not bring cardinal improvements for the end user, the very fact of novelty is more important here.

The Asus A639 that's visiting our test lab today looks more like a real upgrade, but the chassis of the old model shows through without any problems. Let's now go through the changes that distinguish the new product from its predecessor.

The package includes a docking station, it is quite ordinary, nothing stands out from the general background. It is worth noting its undoubted plus - the ability to charge an additional battery and a pocket computer at the same time. There is not much more to say about the cradle.

The design has undergone not very serious, but noticeable changes to the eye. The control elements under the screen are no longer stylized as three circles (speaker, navigation key, group of buttons), they are closer to more strict outlines. In the frame of the screen, it was decided to abandon the metal, made using proprietary hairlines technology, which set off the design of the A636. It is by no means worth considering this as a tragedy, by and large, hairlines are nothing more than decoration, not the most important design element. In general, the design has been updated, updated quite well, but the usual forms are guessed from the first seconds of acquaintance with the novelty.

The basic software and the set of additional programs have not changed. The AKU 2.2 update package has been installed on top of the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. Considering that the Asus A639 is a pocket computer and not a communicator, the user will not feel any real differences (he will not buy the Asus A639 to use Microsoft Push-Mail).

Naturally, Asus A639 has updated wireless adapters - Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and IEEE 802.11b/g. Nominally, their presence is expressed in an increase in the maximum data transfer rate. In my opinion, for most tasks, the speed of the "old" versions of wireless interfaces is quite enough. We must not forget that this is a pocket computer, which has other tasks than its desktop relative. But if you are going to download hundreds of megabytes of music and video to your PDA every day, then the increase in data transfer speed will certainly be a joyful fact for you. Bluetooth functionality has not changed compared to the base model.

We have smoothly approached the main change in the new model - this is the built-in gigabyte of flash memory, which is the main focus. In this memory, you can initially download a navigation map, and not put it later from the disk. With memory prices falling, all major devices will be equipped with more internal memory. For comparison, we give the price of 1 GB of memory in SD format - 18 US dollars. Of course, the presence of a large amount of internal memory is a nice addition, but not a decisive factor in purchasing a device. After purchasing the Asus A636, you can purchase a 2 or 4 GB SD card without problems and serious financial costs.

Everything that was not included in this brief review, you can read in the review of the Asus A636 handheld. The hardware of Asus A639 is almost identical to the old model.

In the bottom line, we have a "restyling" of MyPal with the addition of a cradle to the standard package, a built-in gigabyte of memory. It makes no sense for owners of the A636 to change their PDA to the new A639, but new users who are looking for a navigation PDA to use mainly in the car can take a closer look at the A639. Alternatives include Fujitsu Siemens LOOX N520 (more compact, less long-playing, no Bluetooth), Mio A201 (at a comparable price to Asus, it loses to it in all respects), Qtek G100 (more compact, lighter, but unstable GPS operation).

Brief review of Asus MyPal A639 handheld computer

The line of Asus handheld computers has always had no more than one or two current models. The experience of releasing a pocket computer in the upper price segment was not entirely successful, the Asus model with a VGA screen (MyPal A730/A730W) was not as successful as the company wanted. After that, Asus switched to the GPS direction, which is still fairly considered one of the most promising on the market.

Asus MyPal A636 model and its younger modification Asus MyPal A632 JAFP Organic Peanut Butter. were positioned as navigation handhelds. Everything has been adapted for easy navigation in the car. Horizontal screen orientation, car kit (car cradle, cigarette lighter charging) and, of course, a built-in satellite GPS receiver. The model was a real revelation for us in such an important parameter as battery life. None of the competing models came close to the incredible record set by the Asus A636. The model did not become a real bestseller because of the relatively high price and large dimensions. The handheld was originally sharpened for the old generation of the SiRF Star II chip, which required an external antenna, which means that the task of making a compact device was not set for the developers, it was impossible. The fact that the antenna is completely retractable into the body is an achievement.

The Asus navigation model received some success, which guaranteed the appearance of updated modifications in the future in order to extend the life cycle of the model until the appearance of a fundamentally new one.

First, there was a "cosmetic" modification of Asus MyPal A636N, the main difference was the update of wireless interfaces. The Bluetooth 1.2 module has been replaced by Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and IEEE 802.11b has been replaced by IEEE 802.11b/g. This change does not bring cardinal improvements for the end user, the very fact of novelty is more important here.

The Asus A639 that's visiting our test lab today looks more like a real upgrade, but the chassis of the old model shows through without any problems. Let's now go through the changes that distinguish the new product from its predecessor.

The package includes a docking station, it is quite ordinary, nothing stands out from the general background. It is worth noting its undoubted plus - the ability to charge an additional battery and a pocket computer at the same time. There is not much more to say about the cradle.

The design has undergone not very serious, but noticeable changes to the eye. The control elements under the screen are no longer stylized as three circles (speaker, navigation key, group of buttons), they are closer to more strict outlines. In the frame of the screen, it was decided to abandon the metal, made using proprietary hairlines technology, which set off the design of the A636. It is by no means worth considering this as a tragedy, by and large, hairlines are nothing more than decoration, not the most important design element. In general, the design has been updated, updated quite well, but the usual forms are guessed from the first seconds of acquaintance with the novelty.

The basic software and the set of additional programs have not changed. The AKU 2.2 update package has been installed on top of the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. Considering that the Asus A639 is a pocket computer and not a communicator, the user will not feel any real differences (he will not buy the Asus A639 to use Microsoft Push-Mail).

Naturally, Asus A639 has updated wireless adapters - Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and IEEE 802.11b/g. Nominally, their presence is expressed in an increase in the maximum data transfer rate. In my opinion, for most tasks, the speed of the "old" versions of wireless interfaces is quite enough. We must not forget that this is a pocket computer, which has other tasks than its desktop relative. But if you are going to download hundreds of megabytes of music and video to your PDA every day, then the increase in data transfer speed will certainly be a joyful fact for you. Bluetooth functionality has not changed compared to the base model.

We have smoothly approached the main change in the new model - this is the built-in gigabyte of flash memory, which is the main focus. In this memory, you can initially download a navigation map, and not put it later from the disk. With memory prices falling, all major devices will be equipped with more internal memory. For comparison, we give the price of 1 GB of memory in SD format - 18 US dollars. Of course, the presence of a large amount of internal memory is a nice addition, but not a decisive factor in purchasing a device. After purchasing the Asus A636, you can purchase a 2 or 4 GB SD card without problems and serious financial costs.

Everything that was not included in this brief review, you can read in the review of the Asus A636 handheld. The hardware of Asus A639 is almost identical to the old model.

In the bottom line, we have a "restyling" of MyPal with the addition of a cradle to the standard package, a built-in gigabyte of memory. It makes no sense for owners of the A636 to change their PDA to the new A639, but new users who are looking for a navigation PDA to use mainly in the car can take a closer look at the A639. Alternatives include Fujitsu Siemens LOOX N520 (more compact, less long-playing, no Bluetooth), Mio A201 (at a comparable price to Asus, it loses to it in all respects), Qtek G100 (more compact, lighter, but unstable GPS operation).

Brief review of Asus MyPal A639 handheld computer

The line of Asus handheld computers has always had no more than one or two current models. The experience of releasing a pocket computer in the upper price segment was not entirely successful, the Asus model with a VGA screen (MyPal A730/A730W) was not as successful as the company wanted. After that, Asus switched to the GPS direction, which is still fairly considered one of the most promising on the market.

Model Asus MyPal A636 and its junior modification Asus MyPal A632 JAFP Organic Peanut Butter. positioned as navigational handheld computers. Everything has been adapted for easy navigation in the car. Horizontal screen orientation, car kit (car cradle, cigarette lighter charging) and, of course, a built-in satellite GPS receiver. The model was a real revelation for us in such an important parameter as battery life. None of the competing models came close to the incredible record set by the Asus A636. The model did not become a real bestseller because of the relatively high price and large dimensions. The handheld was originally sharpened for the old generation of the SiRF Star II chip, which required an external antenna, which means that the task of making a compact device was not set for the developers, it was impossible. The fact that the antenna is completely retractable into the body is an achievement.

Model Asus MyPal A636 and its junior modification Asus MyPal A632 JAFP Organic Peanut Butter. JAFP Organic Peanut Butter. positioned as navigational handheld computers. Everything has been adapted for easy navigation in the car. Horizontal screen orientation, car kit (car cradle, cigarette lighter charging) and, of course, a built-in satellite GPS receiver. The model was a real revelation for us in such an important parameter as battery life. None of the competing models came close to the incredible record set by the Asus A636. The model did not become a real bestseller because of the relatively high price and large dimensions. The handheld was originally sharpened for the old generation of the SiRF Star II chip, which required an external antenna, which means that the task of making a compact device was not set for the developers, it was impossible. The fact that the antenna is completely retractable into the body is an achievement.

The Asus navigation model received some success, which guaranteed the appearance of updated modifications in the future in order to extend the life cycle of the model until the appearance of a fundamentally new one.

First, there was a "cosmetic" modification of Asus MyPal A636N, the main difference was the update of wireless interfaces. The Bluetooth 1.2 module has been replaced by Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and IEEE 802.11b has been replaced by IEEE 802.11b/g. This change does not bring cardinal improvements for the end user, the very fact of novelty is more important here.

The Asus A639 that's visiting our test lab today looks more like a real upgrade, but the chassis of the old model shows through without any problems. Let's now go through the changes that distinguish the new product from its predecessor.

The package includes a docking station, it is quite ordinary, it does not stand out from the general background. It is worth noting its undoubted plus - the ability to charge an additional battery and a pocket computer at the same time. There is not much more to say about the cradle.

The design has undergone not very serious, but noticeable changes to the eye. The control elements under the screen are no longer stylized as three circles (speaker, navigation key, group of buttons), they are closer to more strict outlines. In the frame of the screen, it was decided to abandon the metal, made using proprietary hairlines technology, which set off the design of the A636. It is by no means worth considering this as a tragedy, by and large, hairlines are nothing more than decoration, not the most important design element. In general, the design has been updated, updated quite well, but the usual forms are guessed from the first seconds of acquaintance with the novelty.

The basic software and the set of additional programs have not changed. The AKU 2.2 update package has been installed on top of the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. Considering that the Asus A639 is a pocket computer and not a communicator, the user will not feel any real differences (he will not buy the Asus A639 to use Microsoft Push-Mail).

Naturally, Asus A639 has updated wireless adapters - Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and IEEE 802.11b/g. Nominally, their presence is expressed in an increase in the maximum data transfer rate. In my opinion, for most tasks, the speed of the "old" versions of wireless interfaces is quite enough. We must not forget that this is a pocket computer, which has other tasks than its desktop relative. But if you are going to download hundreds of megabytes of music and video to your PDA every day, then the increase in data transfer speed will certainly be a joyful fact for you. Bluetooth functionality has not changed compared to the base model.

We have smoothly approached the main change in the new model - this is the built-in gigabyte of flash memory, which is the main focus. You can initially download a navigation map into this memory, and not install it later from a disk. With memory prices falling, all major devices will be equipped with more internal memory. For comparison, we give the price of 1 GB of memory in SD format - 18 US dollars. Of course, the presence of a large amount of internal memory is a nice addition, but not a decisive factor in purchasing a device. After purchasing the Asus A636, you can purchase a 2 or 4 GB SD card without problems and serious financial costs.

Everything that was not included in this brief review, you can read in the review of the Asus A636 handheld. The hardware of Asus A639 is almost identical to the old model.

In the bottom line, we have a "restyling" of MyPal with the addition of a cradle to the standard package, a built-in gigabyte of memory. It makes no sense for owners of the A636 to change their PDA to the new A639, but new users who are looking for a navigation PDA to use primarily in the car can take a closer look at the A639. Alternatives include Fujitsu Siemens LOOX N520 (more compact, less long-playing, no Bluetooth), Mio A201 (at a comparable price to Asus, it loses to it in all respects), Qtek G100 (more compact, lighter, but unstable GPS operation).