HTC manufactured HP iPAQ hw6500 preview
The latest HP pda/cell phone combo will be manufactured by well know Tawisanese company HTC and will be sold under the HP hw6500 model nuber. Pictures of the device have already leaked on the NET, but this is the first time we have almost full specification on it thank to the recent FCC approval of the HP hw6500. This is the first device we see with 240 x 240 pixels squire display with 2.205 x 2.205 inches screen. As expected the OS is Microsoft Pocket PC 2003 Phone Second Edition with EDGE/GPRS plus support for quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz) --- WOW.
Starting with the design, the first difference you see is the lack of antenna. For devices such those, I do not mind having an antenna, since they are anyway too big to fit in my pockets, so I always wear them in a pouch. The keyboard is the second thing you notice the new iPAQ features a standard stationary QWERTY keypad. What about the dimensions?? Well, they are the same - the hw6500 is 4.6 x 2.8 x 0.8 (118mm x 71mm x 21mm) compared to 4.6 x 2.9 x 0.8 (137mm x 74mm x 20mm); with weight of only 5.8z (165g) compared to h6315's 6.7 oz (190g). A good question to ask here is how did HP manage to keep the same length and still have a full stationary QWERTY keypad? No magic here just the first device with 240 x 240 pixels square screen instead of the expected for this type of gadgets 240 x 320. I definitely prefer smaller screen than having to carry around brick size thing.
Continuing with the design features, the stylus goes on the right hand side of the hw6500, just behind the power button. Next to the button are two LED status/charging and Bluetooth operation indication. The reset button is located on the bottom, just next to the power connector. The whole gizmo is powered by a Li-Ion 1250 MAh battery which is almost 1/3 less compared to the h6315. The actual talk and stand-by times are currently unknown.
Unlike the h6315, the hw6500 will not have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, but will feature full assisted GPS functionality (meaning it uses the satellites orbiting the earth go get exact location) plus will have full fledged software which will give you turn-by-turn driving directions, ability to lookup nearby restaurants, hotes, movie theatrs, gas stations, or any other points of interest. One map will be provided free of charge, and the user can select from a list of cities in the US, Canada and Western Europe. Additional maps can be purchased from tomtom.com/gpsnavigation (it is currently still under construction). Some of the neat GSP features include:
- keep a list of favorite addresses which can be used to find a direct route to them from anywhere
- set the GPS screen to display different color settings for daylight and night time viewing
- choose the type of voice you want to hear when listening to the turn-by-turn directions
I do not want to go into a lot of details about the GPS, but it just looks IMPRESSIVE! The Main screen shows where you currently are the road on which you currently are, any point of interest that are ahead of you etc.
This is the same screen but now with a route entered. The green shows path shows you where you will have to go.
|GPS Main Menu|
This is the Main menu. The main options are:
- Navigate to calculates a route from your current position to any desired destination.
- Find alternative recalculated a new route if you do not like the original route.
- Plan from A to B similar to the Navigate to, but does not require a valid GPS signal. It allows you to calculate a trip in advance, and it does not use your current position as a starting point
- Browse map used to explore and search for locations in the map browser. This is a digital version of your paper map with detailed info available
- Show router instructions shows the calculated route as written instructions.