HP iPAQ 614 Review
SPB Benchmark, the HP device falls behind the TyTN II, but in reality, that’s not so. The menus and applications open almost instantaneously, something we cannot say about the rivals of the iPAQ 614. Well, at times, there is some lag, but that happens rarely and for the moment, there is no WM6 device, which doesn’t experience the same problem. Apparently, the manufacturer has taken the OS optimization under serious consideration and combining it with the powerful hardware, has achieved an extremely good result.
Only the incoming sound quality was not impressive, because the voices heard were monotonous sharp and sometimes, even hard to understand. In contrast, in the opposite direction, everything is good and the manufacturer deserves praise. No matter how many additional functions a PocketPC has, it is still a phone and the sound quality during a call is a key element.
There is a Loudspeaker option, but when you activate it, the rear speaker is switched on, which is kind of strange and in order to hear what is being said, you have to turn the phone around and position it at about 6 inches from your ear. There is a lot of background noise as well, accompanied by annoying crackling sounds. Overall, you’ll be better off not using this function of the phone.
The HP iPAQ’s battery is 1590 mAh, almost the same as the Eten X800’s and slightly bigger than the one of the TyTN II. According to official data, it has a 4-hour talk-time and it can be in stand-by mode for 250 hours. These are quite real and good values for a Windows Mobile 6 Professional device.
The new HP iPAQ 614 is a combines everything a businessperson needs. It is very fast, and since it offers a few navigation solutions, you are able to choose the one that fits you best. Unfortunately, its speakerphone is unusable and the sound quality during a talk is not the best, but it can be adjusted via an external wireless device.
If you are looking for a business oriented Windows Mobile 6 Professional phone, HP iPAQ 614 is the right choice.
Moreover, if you are not happy with what it offers, you have the HTC TyTN II or the Eten X800. They have their own pros and cons, but no phone is perfect. 614 is not perfect either, but it performed on a very high level.
- Various navigation solutions
- It’s fast
- The incoming sound quality is unsatisfactory
- No case included in the package
- The speakerphone is unusable
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
2. Sergio (unregistered)
Thanks for review. Can you campare HP 614 with ASUS P750?
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.