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i-mate JAQ3 Review

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i-mate JAQ3 Review
Camera:

The phone avails of an in-built digital camera with a 2 megapixel resolution. This is a regular resolution for this class of phones, but what matters more is what pictures actually look like.

The camera starts 4-5 after the button on the left is pressed and held down. The interface has few settings on the left-hand side and a viewfinder on the right. The settings include the Brightness, Contrast and Saturation levels, which we advise you not to try to adjust. You’ll be able to change the whiteness balance or to use color effects by using the menu. You could adjust it so that it takes pictures in a Portrait orientation, which means that the height of the picture will be bigger than its width. You will not be able to take pictures of objects that are too close to you, because of the lack of Macro mode.

Camera Interface - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Camera Interface - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Camera Interface - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Camera Interface - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Camera Interface - i-mate JAQ3 Review

Camera Interface



Camera Samples - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Camera Samples - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Camera Samples - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Camera Samples - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Camera Samples - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Camera Samples - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Outdoor - Camera Samples - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Outdoor - Camera Samples - i-mate JAQ3 Review

Outdoor

Indoor - Camera Samples - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Indoor - Camera Samples - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Indoor - Camera Samples - i-mate JAQ3 Review

Indoor

Camera Samples

You could use either the 3GP or the MPEG4 format to record video, but in both cases you’ll be limited by the low resolution of 176x144 pixels. This means that the clips, played on a computer or on any other device featuring a higher resolution (even on the phone) would be very small. The videos can be limited to 15 or 30 seconds or not to be limited in time.

The camera is relatively fast and 6 seconds after taking a picture of the highest possible quality you’ll be able to take another one. The inconvenience is that, although the button on the left serves as a shutter, it does not confirm that the picture has been taken and you have to use the left software key for that purpose. The latter key can be used to take pictures as well.

We have been disappointed by the pictures made by the camera. An advantage is their good exponation and the natural, comparatively authentic colors. A disadvantage is that the detail level is comparatively low and when looked upon at 100% the pictures look blurred. After a resizing to a lower resolution (e.g. 1024х768) and a sharpening procedure, most pictures look fine, although the resolution is far from the advertised 2 megapixels.




Media Player:

Just as most PocketPC phones, this one features a preloaded Windows Media Player, representing a combines music and video player. It maintains the standard MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA music formats and the MPEG4/H.263, 3GPP and WMV video formats.
The interface is not the most convenient one, but it’s usable. After a memory scan, all files are automatically added and then they are arranged under Artist, Album and Genre for the music and under Genre for the videos.

Now Playing - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Now Playing - i-mate JAQ3 Review

Now Playing

During playback, the interface buttons are quite small and it is advisable to use the stylus. When listening to music an empty space shows without any obvious reason, which is otherwise used for visualizing the videos, This problem could be solved by changing the player’s skin or of the player itself.

Video on Fullscreen - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Video on Fullscreen - i-mate JAQ3 Review

Video on Fullscreen

The video files can be viewed also in fullscreen of the QVGA resolution. Here, too, the negative effect is caused by the small size of the display.
The weak processor has an impact on the viewing of the video files and the MPEG4 video with QVGA resolution could not be normally viewed, since the picture is lagging behind. What is strange is that on another phone, using the same processor (HTC Wizard) the video does not avail of all its frames and looks slightly discontinuous, although the picture is in real time.

The sound from the loudspeaker is rather loud, so it’s better to use headphones when listening to music. The headphones, provided with the set, are nothing special and the sound quality is low, but you could easily plug in standard wire headphones by using an adapter to 3.5 mm or Bluetooth headphones working with the A2DP profile.


Software:
i-mate JAQ3 Review

WM for PPC provides unlimited capabilities for installing software. The only restrictions are the memory available and the hardware of the phone. The first problem is easily solved by getting a memory card as there are microSD cards with capacity of up to several GB. Every PPC comes with programs that are modified, “pocket” versions known PC applications. Such programs are the mobile versions of (Microsoft) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Explorer, Media Player, etc. Many more could be downloaded from third party sources.

I-mate have personalized the phone by adding additional software. The communication manager is not the standard one, although it offers the standard functionality. You shall be able to use Backup and I-View applications.

i-mate JAQ3 Review
i-mate JAQ3 Review
Backup
is the application, copying the information from your phone to an on-line server. You register and then you let it back-up, which is usually done rather slowly. We used a WiFI connection, which is the quickest possibility for JAQ3 and in about 15 minutes we were from 80 to 32 . This is done so slowly, because the phone back-ups not only a few Kilobites of saved contacts, the messages and the other personal information, but also multimedia files like pictures and videos. From our point of view this is useless and we believe that there should have been just the possibility to save the contact data, which would have taken under a minute. We personally prefer the Eten application, which saves the data on the memory card or on the in-built one.

i-mate JAQ3 Review
i-mate JAQ3 Review
1-View
connects to the Internet through the same account BUT it is actually a kind of a FTP browser. The program arranges your files in different categories that you can view on your phone or through a computer, using an on-line interface. Each file from your phone or from your computer can be uploaded on the i-mate server and can be downloaded from another device respectively. For example, if you’re taking pictures with a camera, you can upload them through the program and you erase them from the memory. Then you (or someone else, who knows your user name and password) can download these files on a computer. Again, it makes sense only if you’re using the quick WiFi connection.

In addition to the 2 games, available on all PocketPC phones, i-mate have added three more, which are much more fun and entertaining: BlackJack, Pool and JAM-JAMMY. These versions of all three games have been ordered by the manufactures especially for his phones.

Games on JAQ3 - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Games on JAQ3 - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Games on JAQ3 - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Games on JAQ3 - i-mate JAQ3 Review

Games on JAQ3



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i-mate JAQ3

i-mate JAQ3

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 5.0
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Display2.5 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (160 ppi) LCD
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP850, Single core, 200 MHz
64 MB RAM
Size4.96 x 2.65 x 0.57 inches
(126 x 67.5 x 14.5 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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