i-mate JAQ3 Reviewi-mate JAQ3 5.5
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.