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HP iPAQ 614 Review

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Messaging:

HP iPAQ 614 Review
HP iPAQ 614 Review
Different message types are placed in a single menu - SMS, MMS and e-mails. There is nothing unexpected here. Entering text is done by one of the following touch display methods:

  • Block Recognizer
  • Keyboard
  • Letter Recognizer
  • Transcriber
  • XT9

We think that the on-screen keyboard is the fastest and most convenient way to do it, but if you train the other methods, they can also be quite handy! Combined with the T9 predictive system, entering text with the phone is pretty quick.

Something new added, by the manufacturer is the HP Voice Reply option. It allows you to send a voice reply to an e-mail received, by recording a sound file in .wav format. The file then is emailed as an attachment that the recipient can play to hear your response. The quality of the sound recorded is very good but, but the size of the file is quite big; 20 seconds are about 5 MB. For those of you who do not have an unlimited data plan, this would be a disaster. However, it still takes less time to record an answer than to write one.


Connectivity:

HP iPAQ 614 Review
Nowadays, talking through the phone is not enough – Windows Mobile phones are pocket computers that are used for Internet, and as GPRS/EDGE are not fast enough, 3G modules are built-in. The sad thing is that like GSMs, 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks also use different bands on the different continents (2100 MHz for Europe and Asia and 850/1900 MHz for America/Australia, with 1700 MHz prepared for launch by T-Mobile) which means if the device is optimized for usage in one of the continents group won’t work in the other and vice verse. The HP iPAQ 614 is quad-band GSM and tri-band (850/1900/2100) UMTS/HSDPA, which allows it to be 3G used in both Europe/Asia and in the US, over the AT&T’s 3G network. The Support of HSDPA (7.2 MBps) allows for even faster than the UMTS data transfer. iPAQ 614 is usable in ANY GSM or UMTS network around the globe, but lacking 1700 MHz won’t work as 3G in T-Mobile US’ future network when it launches.

WiFi and Bluetooth come standard. Bluetooth is mainly used for connecting to other nearby devices, as accessories (earpieces, car-kits, multimedia devices) and for data transfer (transfer of files to/from another phone/PC). Cable connection can also be used, via the miniUSB port.

Like all other Windows phones, you need to have ActiveSync (Windows XP) or Windows Mobile Device Center (Windows Vista) installed on the computer to connect to it. The program will let you easily synchronize the phone (contacts, emails, and organizer) with Outlook.

With WiFi you can connect to a wireless LAN network covering you, use it as an Internet source and view the shared documents (input \\name-of-computer in Internet Explorer and you will see what is shared).


Internet:

Like in every WM6 phone, we have the mobile version of Internet Explorer present here. Unfortunately, the name is the only thing that relates it to the PC version. Large pages can be loaded, but it happens slowly. That’s where the agony begins: you have three options for visualization, One Column, Fit To Screen, Desktop. The first two deactivate horizontal and allow vertical scrolling and the last one tries to show the page as a PC. It performs ok and does the job. Navigation though, is not comfortable. You cannot zoom out or pan, for easier repositioning (like the iPhone), and if more text is present, be ready for constant scrolling in both directions, since there is no option to fit the text to the screen (as in S60).

Overall, the browser is usable, but uncomfortable and far behind the competition; we avoided using it, unless we really needed to do so. The light upgrade to version 6.1 doesn’t change things much and it’s time Microsoft equipped its business phones with something more competitive. A good example is iPhone’s Safari, the Symbian S60 phones and even some “not smartphones,” by manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson, Samsung.

HP iPAQ 614 Review
HP iPAQ 614 Review
HP iPAQ 614 Review
HP iPAQ 614 Review

However, since this is a PocketPC if you don’t like this internet browser, you can install another one. Unfortunately, at the moment there are no descent alternatives available. There are only a few perspective programs, which are expected to come out in the future, and at the moment only their beta versions are available: Opera Mobile 9.5, SkyFire, and even Microsoft’s own DeepFish.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Grooovy (unregistered)


It looks like one of those devices with split personality :).PDA phone with keypad . That makes you wonder what to use the keypad or touchscreen. At least they give you the option to choose :D

posted on 08 Apr 2008, 16:47

2. Sergio (unregistered)


Thanks for review. Can you campare HP 614 with ASUS P750?

posted on 21 Apr 2008, 11:15

3. hekermeker (unregistered)


It has a big problem.When you are not in a 3G area it tries to connect in normal GPRS mode but it fails.You need every time to change manually the network mode.Ihad the chance to test an Asus P750 and this Ipaq, but the Asus despite of his 64mb RAM it's faster.And the GPS on Asus is better.

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 520 MHz, Marvell PXA270 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.60 x 2.37 x 0.68 inches
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Battery1590 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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