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i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review

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i-mate 6150 is a Windows Mobile 6 Professional based device and as a whole, its software, and possibilities are almost entirely identical to the other phones using the same operating system. Nothing will surprise you if you have previously used the OS. You should bear in mind that certain problems and positive features are present not only in this phone or the make’s models, but for the models using this operating system (WM6 Professional).

i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review
The manufacturer has added some small interface personalizations. By default, on the homescreen is located a row with icons thanks to which you can get to the profile settings, to change them with one click only or to rotate the screen on 90 degrees. The interesting extra here is the automatic profile control. When it is activated, the phone automatically switches between the different modes.For example, if you have a meeting set for a specific time, the „meeting profile” will be enabled.

Another function that distinguishes the model from the other Windows Mobile phones is Device Customization. To take advantage of that function you need to register in the manufacturer’s site (luckily, it’s free). There, you can select the model of the phone you are using, and your personal preferences for the more complicated options. Such are the exchange file server, POP3/IMAP4 email, Internet account, adding favorite sites, installing software and placing your personal information under protection. Afterwards, all that information is synchronized with your phone, without having to connect it to a PC. You can consider for a PC Suite, which is always at hand, because it is online.

Unfortunately, personalization as of the interface design (a la HTC Touch) is not present and there is only a simple i-mate theme.


Phonebook:

Contacts - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review
Contacts - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review
Contacts - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review

Contacts

The phone book of i-mate 6150 is identical to the other WM6 phones. The number of contacts that can be added is not restricted and depends only on the memory available. All contacts are displayed as a list; each field consists of the name and the number of the contact, while a letter placed beside them indicates what the type of the number is (w – work; m – mobile, etc.). Pictures are not displayed even if there is one attached to the contact.

In the upper part, there is a field to perform a name search, and if you want to look for a contact by other criteria (e.g. company), you’ll have to use the “Search” application. Below there are tabs with different letters (divided in groups of three) just below it. This way you can arrange the contacts so that only the ones beginning with a given letter are displayed. These two search features are quite handy and they make finding a particular contact in the phonebook very quick.
Dialing Screen - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review
Dialing Screen - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review

Dialing Screen


Unfortunately, it’s a different story when adding a new one ; there are too many fields available and you’ll have to search for the most frequently used. You can write almost everything you want, but strangely, you are able to add only one mobile number.Personal photos and ringtones can be assigned to each contact; there’s no restriction on the dimensions of the pictures but they are visualized in very small size even on an incoming call – we think they are useless.

You can dial a number, not listed in your phonebook by simply using the hardware or the virtual keyboard, which appears after you press the Answer button. Pressing the buttons you will start imputing the digits of a possible number, but at the same time you will search the phone book as if imputing a text by a predictive text input system. So, to call John you can press 5-6-4-6 and the matching contacts will be visualized in the list.


Organizer:

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Clock - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review

Alarms

Clock

Alarms can be accessed through the home screen, by tapping on the clock icon. There are three and each of them has its own settings for repetition, name, and melody. All alarms can be active simultaneously, and overall they are easy to use and do what they are supposed to. We are rather disappointed that their number is limited to three, as it was in the previous version of the OS.

The next tab in this menu is the clock; there is a field called Visiting next to it, which can be used as a World Clock – select another location and the phone starts using its local time. The clock has an option to be displayed on the title bar of all the menus, which is handy.

The Calendar is absolutely standard for a Windows Mobile device and here, you can enter your appointments. You can use options like: reminder (PRIOR NOTICE 1/5/10/15/30/45 minutes, 1/2/3/4/5/6 hour/day/week), recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, Every (same date-and-month) for every year, sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). You can also add attendees (required or optional) from your contacts where e-mail addresses have been added and where meeting requests will be sent.

Examining the calendar can be done by day/week/month/year/agenda and you can choose starting day for the week and the week duration (5-6-7-day week). The appointments for the day are clearly shown in their time limits, so you can see your free time at a glance.

i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review
Calendar - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review
i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review
Tasks - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review
 

Calendar

 

Tasks


Calculator - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review
Notes - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review

Calculator

Notes

You have Tasks menu, where you can add to-do items. For a given Task you can set subject, priority (normal, low, and high), start/due date, reminder (to be notified if it’s due), category (business, holiday, personal, seasonal) and write a note. The Task can have recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, every (same date-date-and-month) for every year and sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). Examining the tasks in a list, you can easily see which of them are finished and which are not. The tasks options can be: sort by (status, priority, subject, start date, due date) or filter (all, recent, no categories, active, completed).

The Calculator is simple but its buttons are relatively big and can easily be pressed with your fingers. Features like scientific calculator and unit converter are still missing.

‘Notes’ are simple notes in which you can input text by the onscreen keyboard or by hand as an image. They can be synchronized with outlook.


Search - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review
File Explorer - i-mate Ultimate 6150 Review

Search

File Explorer




Search
is an application searching in all files in the phone. You can specify certain types of files (calendar/contacts/excel/messaging/notes/etc), but the best option is All Data, which will rummage everything in your phone.

File Explorer is the mobile alternative of Explorer in Windows environment with computers. We use it to view the phone memory, including the system folders of the device, which feels like working on a PC.

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i-mate Ultimate 6150

i-mate Ultimate 6150

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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Display2.8 inches, 480 x 640 pixels (286 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 520 MHz, XScale PXA 270 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.66 x 2.38 x 0.61 inches
(118.5 x 60.5 x 15.5 mm)
5.36 oz  (152 g)
Battery1530 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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