This Jornada 720 was donated by the Federal Highway administration to RICM. Engineers with FHWA would use the small PC during business trips for email and inspection reports. In 1998 HP introduced the Jornada line of products with the 820 Palmtop PC. The Jornada ran Microsoft Windows CE, Handheld PC Professional Edition, and had 10 hours of battery life. It offered the comfort of a notebook with its wide screen, touch-typeable keyboard and touch pad, but had the convenience and portability of a palmtop.
The Windows CE based HP Jornada 720 was released in 2000. It came with 32 MB of RAM, a 56k Modem, a 640x240 16-bit display. The processor was a 206 MHz StrongARM. It had a slot on the back for a Compact Flash card.
The Jornada 720 provided automatic synchronization of PIM (personal information manager) data with the user's PC. It came with communications capabilities, including the ability to send and receive faxes, a voice-recorder feature with e-mail capabilities for sending multimedia messages, dial-up e-mail and graphical web browsing. It also incorporated a voice-recorder decoding system designed by HP.
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The bottom side of the HP Jornada 720 showing the Compact Flash socket.