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JAQ3 is a black candybar phone, quite large even for a PocketPC keyboard device. Placed next to a medium-sized PPC phone like HTC Wizard, it looks huge. However, it is still one of the slimmest PocketPC Phones on the market with the enviable width of only 0.6” (14.5mm).



Model

Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)

i-mate JAQ3

5.0" x 2.6" x 0.6"

126 x 67.5 x 14.5

5,6

160

Motorola Q

4.6" x 2.5" x 0.5"

116 x 63 x 11.5

4,1

115

Samsung Blackjack

4.4" x 2.3" x 0.5"

113 x 59 x 11.8

3,5

100

Palm Treo 750

4.4" x 2.3" x 0.9"

111 x 58 x 22

5,4

154

HP IPAQ 6900

4.7" x 2.8" x 0.7"

118 x 71 x 18

6,3

180

HTC TyTN

4.4" x 2.3" x 0.9"

112.5 x 58 x 22

6,2

176

Eten M700

4.6" x 2.3" x 0.8"

117.5 x 59 x 19.8

5,8

165





Despite being made wholly of plastic, it is still rather heavy (5.64оz / 160 grams) and it can be felt even when carried in its leather case. Its weight is well-balanced and it is easy to balance and to handle it even with one hand. Although we don’t appreciate the touch of plastics, the structure is solid and the phone gives a nice feeling when held in the hand. The most widely-spread problem, the battery’s lid, is not present here and the phone stays steadily in place.





A large keyboard and the display above it are fitted on the front panel. It is just 2.5’’, which is small compared to most other PPC phones, but this is necessary so that room can be made for the keyboard. It is landscape-oriented, which is a specific feature of its interface. The display’s QVGA resolution shows 65,536 colors (a standard for Windows devices) and the image is very clear with authentic colors, while the sharpness is a little more pronounced, compared to the standard sharpness of a touch display. However, in very bright light you will have to shadow it, in order to be able to read what’s on it. The small size is a disadvantage.



The terrific keyboard is just below. It is always on the front panel and therefore it is frequently used, unlike some other devices where you have to open a slider, so that the keyboard shows up (HTC TyTN, HTC Wizard, Eten M700 ...). In its upper end there are two rows of system keys, closely fitted one next to the other, but their relief (bulging in the middle) makes them easy to feel and to press. The five-direction large silver D-pad is in the middle, featuring a black central key. It is also very convenient, but with our phone going upwards was sometimes a problem.


The keys with the letters are fitted below; they are considerably smaller, but are spaced out. Just like the system keys they are not flat, but bulging in the middle and are easy to feel. The keys are fun to press, with tactiле feedback and, on the whole, typing on this keyboard is sheer pleasure.

The keyboard is black and the numeric keys are light grey, so that they can stand out. Althought they are positioned on the right, dialing a number with either hand is not a problem. They are lit in white, while the alternative characters are lit in blue, so that they are seen well in any condition of lighting.



The phone has been designed so that it can be used with one hand and definitely does a good job here. There are four shortcut buttons on the front panel: messaging and internet (with changeable functions), windows and ok/close, which are pre-programmed. On the left there is a jog-dial scroll with a confirming OK button and the camera shortcut, also with changeable function. The power button, typical for all PocketPC phones, is situated on the same level, but on the right side; we would rather it was higher up, to make it easier to press.


A 2.5mm stereo jack for plugging in headphones or other audio accessories, and the miniUSB connector for plugging in a computer connector cable for a charger cable are situated on the right-hand side. Thanks to the availability of standard connectors you could use accessories for all kinds of phones.

The telescopic stylus, which is rather difficult to pull out, is in the lower right corner. Since it cannot be felt, you should know its features very well and grip it from behind, where there is a hole. You put your finger in that hole and push the stylus outwards until it sticks out a little before you can pull it out, which is not an easy operation either. The infrared and the microSD memory slot, allowing hot-swapping (changing the memory cards without switching the phone off) are in the upper part.

A „Reset” button, which is normally available in all Windows Mobile ‘s PocketPC phones is unaccountanbly missing. These phone need this feature, because they need to be restarted quite often. Unfortunately, JAQ3 is not an exception in this respect and when it is stuck, you will have to take off the battery and undertake the hard restart, instead of just being able to press „Reset”.

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