HP iPAQ 510/514 Voice Messenger Review
Although nowadays the phones are pocket computers or multimedia devices with lots of additional functionality, in our opinion the performance as a phone (a device from which you talk) is still very important for the overall rating of the device. Due to this, we test every phone’s signal reception to compare it with the others and see if it will be usable in areas with fringe coverage. The iPAQ performed adequately, scoring the just the middle (5 out of 10) which leaves space for improvement for the next models of the manufacturer.
The manufacturer rates the battery for up to 6.5 hours of talk time and our test proved this, and we were able to squeeze even 7 hours. This is an excellent result for a WM smartphone.
The sound quality during a call is very good but unfortunately not very high in volume. The voices are clear and our remark is that the low frequencies of the voice are slightly increased, and the voices sound thicker than they really are. On the other side they hear you also clearly but also not very strong. Due to the not very strong speaker, you may have problems in noisy environment.
The HP iPAQ is a well-packed smartphone with pocket size and pleasant design that isn’t a fashion-attraction, but also isn’t ugly. We like that it has WM6 instead of 5, and built-in WiFi and powerful battery, but don’t encourage using displays with small resolution, as smaller amount of applications are available this way. If you don’t plan on loading lots of 3rd party apps and can live with those available in the 176x220 resolution, this one is an excellent choice. But if you require QVGA resolution, look at the VOX which will offer similar functionality, better display and QWERTY, but at higher price tag and bigger size.
- Pocket size
- Windows Mobile 6
- Small display resolution
- Inability to install a lot of applications due to the screen size
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.
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.