Handheld personal computers, or HPCs, are smaller and less powerful than laptop computers, but offer more memory, versatility, and functionality than palmtop computers. HPCs usually have high-quality color monitors with resolutions ranging up to 800 x 600 SVGA resolution, although older models with monochrome displays still exist. HPCs generally come with real keyboards, rather than on-screen keyboards, allowing you to use limited word processing and spreadsheet software. HPCs also offer the traditional personal-information-management programs, such as event schedulers and communication utilities. Handheld computers can be connected to your laptop or desktop computer to download and save information. Handheld computers generally come with eight megabytes of memory or more, which can be ample if you only need to enter addresses or appointments, but can quickly be used up if you're running other applications. HPCs also usually come with internal modems, allowing you to send and receive e-mail, provided you have a dial-up service provider. It is possible to access and view the World Wide Web in a limited form, but you should verify that your handheld supports Web browsing and that your internet service provider can be configured to provide handheld Web access. If you're looking to upgrade your HPC, consider buying more memory, a modem if one isn't included, and an extra battery or battery recharger. For more information, consult a computer specialist.
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