Big features packed into one small device!
Reviewed on Wednesday January 24, 2007 by Wanda, Dartmouth
I have had previous HP IPaq devices, but never with this many features! I hated carrying several devices (pda, cell, mp3 player) and this device truly merges everything into one.
Size/Weight = it's a bit wider than the average cell phone user would be used to, but definately not too large to hold in hand while talking, even for a woman with small hands like myself. It's suprisingly light, and not bulky considering the 4 radios inside. There are no ugly external antennas either (ala treo)
WiFi = Yes Rogers has released a device with WiFi! So you can now go to Starbucks and surf the net for free, reserving your precious (and expensive) GPRS data for emergencies. WiFi is a bit more power hungry though so expect your battery to drop faster.
GPS = This device has 'assisted' gps which means you need to download a data packet every few days that will help accuracy in aquiring satellites. You can do it while in the cradle to save data (or use WiFi) Turning on the GPS is a bit wierd though, you need to turn on your Bluetooth radio! I guess both gps/bt use the same receiver?? Anyway I had no trouble getting sat signal inside my apartment, and using the included HP navigation software (which btw is only a 60 day trial... it's 129.00 to buy :( ) GPS built in... awesome!
Reception = I had no problems, in fact I still had signal down inside a submarine (where cell signal is almost nil usually)
Qwerty Keyboard = I actually liked the keys better on the previous version (Ipaq 6515) because they were a little more domed and easier to feel when pressing. These are flatter, but nonetheless still provide ample tactile feedback. They are spaced further apart than Treo's keys, making it easier to hit the right key. Backlit in bright white... typing in the dark is no problem!
Square Screen = The 240 x 240 screen has less real estate than a typical pda which is 320 x 240, however, it was necessary to fit the qwerty keyboard without having a massive device. Actually, I don't miss the screen space so much, and it makes me more choosey about the today plugins I want to have, so my screen looks much neater. The square resolution used to be a problem when the 6515 came out because not too many pocket PC authors made software to fit it. Now, with more devices using the square screen, finding third party software is no problem.
Sound Quality = I find that overall the sound quality is great, both through the ear piece and through the included wired headphones. Ocassionally though, sound cuts in and out, and it took me a bit to realize that it was the WiFi radio doing it. Usually when WiFi is on, you wont be talking on the cell, and vice versa, and it doesnt do it every time WiFi is on, so its not much of a problem. Part of the price you pay to have so many radios crammed into such small space I guess.
Windows Mobile 5 OS = The new pocket PC operating system WM5, is pretty much the same as pocket pc 2003 SE, but you gain two soft keys at the bottom. In programs, where there used to be a bottom menu bar, you now have the two keys, so the menus are broken up inside these two keys instead. It takes a bit of getting used to finding where all your menu options went to, but it's not difficult and after playing with it for a few days I kind of like it better since I can navigate using the soft keys and 5 way joystick without needing to use the stylus. The system runs faster with WM5, and seems less buggy (fewer soft resets) though this Ipaq does NOT come with the Ipaq Backup utility that came with previous Ipaq's, so you will need to buy one. (highly recommended since a hard reset will result in you needing to reinstall ALL of your programs and info :( not fun! )
Camera = its only 1.3 MP (a bit dissapointing since thats the same as the 6515 was). I would have thought they'd upgrade to a 2 MP. But anyway, its still great for clicking quick pics to send as MMS or in email.
All in all this is a great device for business or personal use! Play Mp3s, play games, surf the net, download emails, navigate with gps, share photos, talk on the phone, organize your personal information and much more in one small, celever looking device!