i-mate Ultimate 9502 Preview
in the US on AT&T and T-Mobile (without 3G).
i-mate’s Ultimate line employs Windows Mobile Professional 6.0 and targets the prosumers. The main purpose of the phones that belong to it is, to provide maximum efficiency to that audience when working with them. In this preview, we will discuss the model 9502. It is equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard, VGA display and TV out, through which to review documents and slideshows on a big screen. On top of that, it supports HSDPA and a built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.
The design is resembles T-Mobiles Sidekick series, but the appearance is strictly professional. 9502’s size is far from compact and it is quite heavy.
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The front houses the control buttons (D-pad, send/end, soft keys and shortcuts) and the 2.8” TFT VGA display supporting up to 65k colors. The phone slides sideways and reveals the QWERTY, accompanied by the reset button.
On the left are the jog wheel, the OK button and the one leading to the Wireless manager, and the miniUSB slot, which can be used for TV out as well. The opposite side houses the volume controls, the notes/voice commands key and the camera dedicated one.
On top, we find the power button and the telescopic stylus, and the bottom houses only the microphone opening. The loudspeaker and the 3-megapixel camera with flash are on the back of the phone.
As we already mentioned, i-mate 9502 runs in a Windows Mobile Professional 6.0 OS and its interface is fully standard without any personalizations. In contrast, the other manufacturers of WM smartphones like HTC, Samsung and Eten, modify the interface in order to achieve better work conditions.
It’s disappointing that the browser is Internet Explorer. It has many drawbacks and it cannot satisfy the needs of the modern Internet user.
The camera interface is quite simple. There are a few indicators on the screen, shortcuts and a menu with the options. Nothing will surprise you here.
However, i-mate 9502 looks like a good Windows Mobile Professional phone for writing SMS and emails.
We will reveal the whole truth when we get a final unit for a review and not a prototype.