HP iPAQ Glisten Review

Performance:

Now one of the better performances we got out of the Glisten was its calling quality. The handset managed to place close to perfect phone calls with normal sounding voices on both ends. Conversations were clear with only a faint background noise on our end that didn’t sound too bothersome. Switching over to the speakerphone, we were impressed with its reproduction of sounds without any hints of crackling occurring.

Using the phone in the greater Philadelphia area, it managed to retain good connection to AT&T’s network. We found the phone displaying the same amount of bars in the same places when comparing it to other AT&T phones. During our time with it, we did not receive any dropped calls.

Battery life with the AMOLED touchscreen phone clocked in a solid full day of normal use – this included the phone actively checking email on an hourly basis and brightness set to automatic. It even survived the night and still had one bar left during the morning of the next day. HP has the phone rated for 5.8 hours of talk and 423 hours of standby.

Conclusion:

Being away from the US mobile market for some time, HP definitely has one good looking Windows Mobile smartphone that gives other similar handsets a run for their money – like the Palm Treo Pro, Samsung Intrepid and HTC Snap. Throw in features like an AMOLED touchscreen, Wi-Fi, global capabilities, and a nice portrait style QWERTY and the Glisten will surely appeal to the business user. We would’ve liked to see HP work on offering a personalized look and pales in comparison to the offerings we tend to see with other manufacturers. Nonetheless, the HP iPAQ Glisten makes for a wonderful attraction to the Windows Mobile front.

HP iPAQ Glisten Video Review:


Pros

  • Well-sized QWERTY
  • Great phone call quality
  • Solid construction

Cons

  • Untouched interface
  • Bluish color to display

PhoneArena Rating:

8.2

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