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i-mate JAQ3 Review

i-mate JAQ3 5.5

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Our JAQ3 uses Windows Mobile 5 for Pocket PC Phones, but the new lot, which the manufacturer will launch on the market, will be using Windows Mobile 6 Professional. A ROM-update is expected soon in clubimate.com, which would allow you to install the new operational system on JAQ3.

i-mate JAQ3 Review
i-mate JAQ3 Review

The landscape display determines also the peculiarities of the phone’s interface, compared to a regular PocketPC. The other models are also designed to use the horizontal vision, but the optimization has been made for portrait orientation. In a standby mode or when opening the main menu there is too much space to the side, but too little height, which demands scrolling or using a smaller size.

When pressing the green receiver you will not see the Last Call number, since the height is not enough. We find this quite inconvenient, because we use it very often.

As a WM PPC Phone, JAQ3 can be customized in many different ways and the easiest one is changing the visual themes. If you have to use more advanced software, the phone can be adjusted to perfectly suit your needs.
i-mate JAQ3 Review
i-mate JAQ3 Review
i-mate JAQ3 Review
i-mate JAQ3 Review
i-mate JAQ3 Review

i-mate JAQ3 Review
i-mate JAQ3 Review

The phonebook has no restriction on the amount of contact that can be added – it only depends on the memory available. When you open the phonebook 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.

i-mate JAQ3 Review

The line displayed at the top of the screen is a search field, which starts searching through the names and numbers on entering a symbol – the more symbols you type, the more accurate the match is – it’s quite useful! 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.

i-mate JAQ3 Review
i-mate JAQ3 Review
i-mate JAQ3 Review
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 size 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.

Another major drawback is that a Missed Call number cannot be added to an already existing contact. To do this, you first have to add it as a new one and then Cut and Paste the number into the contact you want. These complex manipulations not only lose your time, but there’s also a chance that you lose the number. That’s what we experienced. We cut the number, then copied another text by mistake, and the number was gone. That’s a problem with all WM 5 PPC phones, not only with this one.

JAQ3 - Dialers - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Common PPC with Portrait Display - Dialers - i-mate JAQ3 Review


Common PPC with Portrait Display



Dialing is done after pressing the ANSWER button, no matter which menu you’re currently in. A large numeric keypad is visualized, featuring buttons that are easily pressed even without a stylus. You can also start dialing by typing a numeric key from the home screen. Speed Dial and Call History are the other two shortcut buttons. The first one is a standard one as particular number is assigned to numbers 0-9. The Call History is a list displaying all call activity of the phone (incoming/outgoing/missed). You can easily dial a recently used number when viewing this menu.


Alarms - i-mate JAQ3 Review


Alarms can be directly accessed through the home screen. They are three, and they all can be configured to be active for certain days of the week, and you can also assign 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. Maybe they should have been a few more, as we wouldn’t mind having five plus alarms in our pocket computer.

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.

Calendar - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Calendar - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Calendar - i-mate JAQ3 Review


The Calendar can be viewed for a particular year/month/week/day. Appointments are easily added to a certain date and alarms can also be assigned to them. When viewing a particular day, hours are displayed in red and blue background respectively for the “light” and “dark” hours of the day, instead of indexing them with PM and AM – this is done for saving your time.

Tasks - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Calculator - i-mate JAQ3 Review



Tasks are added via the Task menu and each of them can be assigned a date for activation and a priority; you can easily indicate that a certain task has been completed by placing a tick next to it in the list with all the tasks – thus it will not be displayed on your home screen as uncompleted.

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.

Voice Control - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Voice Control - i-mate JAQ3 Review
Voice Control - i-mate JAQ3 Review

Voice Control

The phone features a complete set of voice commands which are also speaker independent. The voice commands menu is entered by pressing the small button on the left side; after that you can easily select or find a particular contact there. Digit dialing is also supported; it’s quite possible that the phone has a problem recognizing your contacts’ names, but that also depends on the person who’s using it (although it’s speaker independent).

For better voice recognition, different commands can be trained, as well as the names in the phonebook. “Training” is actually done by recording a voice tag for each command or number.

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i-mate JAQ3

i-mate JAQ3

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 5.0
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Display2.5 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (160 ppi) LCD
Camera2 megapixels
TI OMAP850, Single core, 200 MHz
0.06 GB RAM
Size4.96 x 2.65 x 0.57 inches
(126 x 67.5 x 14.5 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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