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HP iPAQ 614 Review
HP iPAQ 614 Review
HP iPAQ 614 Business Navigator 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).

HP has added some innovations though. One of those is the HP shortcuts menu, which by default can be activated from the right soft key. When it’s done loading, on the screen, you can see 10 shortcuts leading to various applications, but those can be customized. Each one has a number (0-9), which is connected to the numeric keypad. So, if you want to start Google Maps marked with number 4, you can press the key with the corresponding digit and the application will load. Other lighter personalization options are the screensaver and the HP Help and Support, HP iPAQ Tips and Remote Desktop Mobile application. The last one lets you manage remote computers, if you have to.

HP iPAQ 614 Review
HP iPAQ 614 Review

The phone book of iPAQ 614 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.

The line displayed at the top of the screen is a search field, which initiates a name and number search on entering a symbol – the more symbols you type, the more accurate the match is – it’s quite useful! This one searches all names entered for the contact, but if you want to find an acquaintance by other field like “company” for example, you have to use the “Search” application. 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.

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Too bad that’s not the case when adding a new name to the phonebook; the device offers way too many capabilities, including multiple work and home numbers, but there’s only one for mobile –something quite inconvenient as that’s exactly where we wanted to add multiple numbers to. The numerous address, e-mail and other address fields confuse you even further – it would have been a lot easier if the most frequently used fields are highlighted in some way. We would choose this to be done with the Name, Picture, Mobile number and e-mail fields and thus finding them would have been easy, eliminating the need to go through the long list.

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 also add a note to each contact.


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.


Alarms can be accessed through the home screen, by tapping on the clock icon. Three of them are available, and they can all be configured to be active for certain days of the week, assigning names and different sounds to each of them. 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 electronic calendar, where you can save your appointments, can be found in the HP Shortcuts menu. 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. This is one of the new things of WM6 compared to WM5.

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Tasks - HP iPAQ 614 Review


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 keyboard or by hand as an image. They can be synchronized with outlook.

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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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Grooovy (unregistered)

It looks like one of those devices with split personality :).PDA phone with keypad . That makes you wonder what to use the keypad or touchscreen. At least they give you the option to choose :D

posted on 08 Apr 2008, 16:47

2. Sergio (unregistered)

Thanks for review. Can you campare HP 614 with ASUS P750?

posted on 21 Apr 2008, 11:15

3. hekermeker (unregistered)

It has a big problem.When you are not in a 3G area it tries to connect in normal GPRS mode but it fails.You need every time to change manually the network mode.Ihad the chance to test an Asus P750 and this Ipaq, but the Asus despite of his 64mb RAM it's faster.And the GPS on Asus is better.

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HP iPAQ 600

HP iPAQ 600

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Single core, 520 MHz, Marvell PXA270 processor
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.60 x 2.37 x 0.68 inches
(117 x 60.3 x 17.5 mm)
5.11 oz  (145 g)
Battery1590 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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