Hands-on with i-mate's Ultimate line

Hands-on with i-mate's Ultimate line
This is i-mate’s Ultimate line, the top smartphones of the manufacturer. First, at 3GSM 2007, were announced five models, and in the end of the year two more were added. Since three of them were canceled, now they total four and we have them all here.

The name of the line is due to the specifications of the handsets, which are close to perfect. All of them run on Windows Mobile 6 OS and are equipped with VGA (except 8502 which is QVGA) touchscreen displays, global 3G support, and most of the things you’d expect a smartphone to have. Their design is strictly professional and they’re clearly intended for work. The devices are entirely manufactured in black and they are neither small, nor light. When in the palm of a hand, they feel solid and made to last.


6150 and 8150 were between the first announced from the line. All of them (back then five) had identical specifications and only their shapes were different. Naturally, the last two are also identical, with just the front sides being different. They have matching dimensions and design, but 6150 has a 2.8” display and some buttons, and 8150 disposes of a 2.6” one and a numeric keypad. On top of those, both have a NVIDIA GoForce 5500 graphics accelerator and a cable for monitor or multimedia projector connection with the port located on the right side. Strangely, in 8150, the port is covered by a rubber cap, and in 6150, such is not present.


Same as the previous pair, 8502 and 9502 are identical in features. They are based on a Qualcomm MSM7200 chipset (like HTC TyTN II) and that gives them the lead over the other two, the built-in GPS. The special monitor/projector slot lacks here, but there is a USB cable, included in the package for a TV connection. The devices have full QWERTY keyboards. In 8502, it is located on the front panel under the 2.6” QVGA display, and in 9502, which has the form-factor similar of a SideKick Slide, it is revealed by the side sliding 2.8” VGA display.



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11 Comments

1. unregistered

not impressed, BOO!

5. anonymous unregistered

i think u r right. those look retty gay

2. rob21i unregistered

These phone look horrible!!!I can hear the stock prices falling

3. Tehran unregistered

9502 = Sidekick, 8502 = Dash, and 8150 = RIM Pearl. People may hate finger print marks, but they hate dull black more.

4. LA6507 unregistered

I picked up the 8502 from Clove Tech 3 days ago, upgrading from a Ubiquio 503G, Nokia E61, and an XV6700. This 8502 is absolutely the nicest PPC phone I've ever owned. The E61 had better call & build quality and larger keyboard, but that's it. The feature set and keyboard on the 8502 is FAR superior to any other phones that I've checked out in the past few years. imate also has a great support website for OTA phone management, including remote wipe and phone lock (free of charge). I would like to see SDHC support and a Video call camera would have been nice but this device is still the total package for me.

6. unregistered

UGLY... so many other nicer looking and better smartphones

7. pHx

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

they are not ugly... they are just looking like the average PPC the keyword here is performance and functionality

8. WingMan unregistered

The design is definitely plain, but aren't most PPC phones the same ( except diamond ). Specs are quite impressive. Any info about the pricing ? i would really love to get my hands on one of the NVIDIA powered ones

9. LA6507 unregistered

From Clove, you'll pay $700 (includes shipping) and receive it via DHL, in 2 Business days.

10. jrcrow unregistered

with winblows 6.0/6.1 OS..as usual expect..freezing, crashing, restarting bugs as usual..I will stick to my BB Curve 8310..in the past I have had $1,000 cellphones from Imate..same garbage...different look of garbage...if only Imate would develope Linux OS or use BB OS in their phones..situation would be different. Jrcrow

11. Simdes unregistered

The phone's interior sucks and they are all rickety... Pretty much toys, but the interface and software were stable and nice... But not great.

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