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HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review

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iPAQ 500 features a comparatively conservative but attractive in its own way design. It looks in no-way like a fashionable telephone but is rather neutral, which is appropriate for a smartphone of this class. It feels comfortably in the hand and is also easily kept in a pocket due to its compact size.

HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
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from left to right and top to bottom - Toshiba G500, iPAQ 500, HTC TyTN - HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
from left to right and top to bottom - Toshiba G500, iPAQ 500, HTC TyTN - HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
from left to right and top to bottom - Toshiba G500, iPAQ 500, HTC TyTN - HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review

from left to right and top to bottom - Toshiba G500, iPAQ 500, HTC TyTN



Model

Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)

HP iPAQ 500

4.2" x 1.9" x 0.6"

107 x 48.6 x 16.3

3,6

102

HTC S710 VOX

4.0" x 2.0" x 0.7"

101 x 50 x 17.7

4,2

120

i-mate SPL

4.5" x 1.9" x 0.5"

114.5 x 49 x 12

3,6

102

Toshiba G500

3.8" x 1.9" x 0.9"

96 x 49 x 22.9

4,8

135


The plastic of the body is smooth on the outside and good-looking but, we would rather the device had rubber coating on the back panel for a more secure hold with moist hands. The battery lid has an unpleasant play.

HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
HP 500 is standard candy-bar telephone. The manufacturer’s logo and the loudspeaker are at the top of the upper panel and immediately below is the 2.0” display. It is one of the main compromises of this model. The resolution is untypically low for a smartphone – 173 x 220 instead of 240 x 320 pixels. It not only leads to a poorer image quality (also brought about by the lack of brightness and the unrealistic and non-saturated colours), but may cause problems when the matter in question is OPERATION of the device as a smartphone.

The low resolution is a major inconvenience for reading texts or using an Internet browser. It is also a considerable drawback that applications, set for QVGA displays, are inapplicable. Thus, despite being a WM6 telephone, the only possible applications for the iPAQ will be those, intended for use with WM telephones with resolution 176 x 220 pixels. Other similar units are the HTC S310 and some other older models.

The keypad has a black background and transparent buttons, adding to the exquisite and elegant appearance of the device. The white backlighting, which is most neutral and suitable for this kind of telephone, also makes for this effect. The keypad is rather narrow though, diminishing the button size. We mainly encountered problems with the software buttons and the answer/reject ones, often pressing the “receiver” instead of the former, or vice versa. Despite its small size, the 5-directional d-pad is easily pressed in all directions. Though quite small, the numeric keys feature a good relief and this was really for the first time that we could feel button 5’s bulge trouble-free. They are easy to press but slightly “over-sinking”, which can make one uncertain if the keys were actually pressed.

HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review



Right side - HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
Left side - HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
miniUSB port - HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review

Right side

Left side

miniUSB port


On the right
there is the Voice Control button and on the left – a 2.5 mm socket for stereo headphones/handsfree, a hotswappable slot for micro SD cards and the volume control rocker. The computer connection and charging is done via the miniUSB port on the bottom.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)


Finally i found just the right phone that can replace my existing Krome M900i. Though a qvga display and slightly higher signal reception performance would be desirable.

posted on 26 Jul 2007, 03:02

2. MrJo (unregistered)


The screen is the disappointment, but you have to weight in the extraordinary capabilities of the phone, packed into a wearable form factor (belt clips are not fashion anymore). I have to disagree with all the comments about applications. Coupled with your average SiRF III BT received, that device runs TomTom Mobile in a superb way, and does not require ugly PDA holders that suck on the windshield. It's also great for hiking, and most applications will simply work fine. GoogleMaps is awesome, with this ability to search for businesses (e.g. get me a pizza place nearby), and even hiking software such as chtiGPS is usable and will get you back home. The battery lifetime is great for voice and data communication. Combined with Exchange 2007, the push email and direct access to the enterprise global address list works a treat! If you are into WiFi, reconsider your judgement after you have tried the SIP client, *built-in* the phone. VoIP is now possible from a device that does not require a purse to carry it around. All in all, and for a first attempt at producing a Smartphone, HP has delivered a business-oriented device, not appealing to teens, but with extreme power and feature rich. You get the WM6 freebies and even can use the device for playing your music. With 2GB microSD cards, it can deliver you with your choice of podcast or sync'ed music with Vista's WM player.

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HP IPAQ 500

HP IPAQ 500

OS: Windows Mobile Standard 6.0
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Display2.0 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (141 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP850, Single core, 200 MHz
64 MB RAM
Size4.21 x 1.91 x 0.64 inches
(107 x 48.6 x 16.3 mm)
3.60 oz  (102 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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