i-mate SPL Review0
Counting on 200 MHz CPU, and even using the optimized Windows Mobile version 6, SPL is a clumsy device compared to its rivals. HTC Vox uses the same CPU and the same operating system and operates faster. It is often necessary to wait for a certain menu to load up. If you got used to non-smart phones then you will be bored by the slowness of SPL.
i-mate have disappointed us with the really weak signal reception of the phone. It lost the signal where other phones had no problems with it. In our underground test SPL presented itself extremely unsatisfactorily and it gets 2 out of 10 points.
During a call, the phone performed much better. The microphone showed an average level, but clear and realistic voices. The incoming sound quality is also high and its power is a little above the average and again realistic voices. Using the loudspeaker is pointless, because the microphone is unusable at a distance and the speaker on the back panel is not provided for this.
i-mate SPL copes with the task of a slim smartphone, only 12mm tick and with a metal panel, which helps to its high-class look. Combining its perfect phonebook and organizer together with the perfect sound quality during a call, we can see that SPL is not a bad handset. But its weak points are the weak signal strength and the slow internet connection. If you are really looking for a slim and stylish smartphone, this is a good choice, but if you need a good functionality, a little bit thicker HTC VOX S710 is our preferable choice.