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      21.11.2011 14:02
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      Did the job but just not well enough

      I had this phone a few years back and used the life out of it. I was on it day and night as I had only started mixing with a new bunch of friends and all we did was text and talk.

      This model is called The HP iPAQ Voice Messenger.
      Appearance wise it was a nice standard looking, very slim, smart phone. It was very light to hold and carry in my pocket, but had a good quality feel to it. Normally light means flimsy but not in this case. It's a sleek compact design that I found very appealing at the time and would still today.

      As I said in my previous phone reviews, it's unfortunate that people feel the need to change their expensive phones at the drop of a hat, just because some new little extra comes along such as a higher spec camera for example. I was, I'm ashamed to say, one of those people. But I found I kept this phone for longer than others and as I said used it a lot more than previous phones I had owned up to that time.

      Some of the things I particularly loved about this phone was the volume rocker switch and dedicated camera button that allowed me to start recording straight away without having to faff around in the Menu screen as I had to with other phones. This was very quick and simple to access, and I really liked it. There was also a key lock button, nothing amazing about it but normally I would have to push a button under the word lock once it appeared on the screen then press # or the other way around depending on the phone. With this it was quick and simple just press the designated lock key. There was also a handy sliding control to put the handset in and out of silent mode, again just very simple addition for them to add, but always handy.

      When it came to texting, (which I did hundreds of times a day when I had this) the key pad was described as a "hybrid keypad" similar to the blackberry mobile emailers of the time. It was very easy to use, I would just simply tap once for the first letter of the key or twice for the second, as there were only two letters per key unlike most phones.

      It did have one very annoying feature it was called it's "four way optical controller" this was of course supposed to make life easier when in reality it did the total opposite. Unlike a traditional old fashioned directional pad you would find on phones before touch screen took over. This didn't just rock back and forth depending on which edge you pressed. In order to move through menus or listings I had to glide my finger in the direction I wanted to go onscreen. Should have been a simple thing to do, but I wasn't. More times than not it wouldn't respond, or it would respond incorrectly. Other times it would work perfectly once, then go right back to it's old way. Seeing it wasn't a touch screen phone I was fully reliable on this temperamental piece of plastic.

      It did however have 128MB of RAM and 256MB of flash memory for storing files, this was great for the time. I also used an 8GB microSD card in order to store extra photos and videos. There was only one camera on this phone and was located on the back. The resolution for this was okay if you where only viewing them on the phone itself or sending them to another phone, as the resolution was only 3.1 mega pixel Viewing them on a PC screen they would look a very poor quality.

      I was also able to browse the Internet with this phone, surprising when it only had one camera and no touch screen. It used windows mobile to do this and the web browser was called Opera. I found it easy to use and it was able to handle all of my needs.

      When making calls, which after all is the most important thing when it comes to a phone of any kind, it was good not great, just good. It had quite a low volume when trying to hear the person on the other end, even when the volume was turned up to max. This was irritating but bearable as I made most of my calls from indoors so I was able to make them out clearly. Outdoors on the other hand wasn't as easy.

      This was a reasonable phone for it's time, but time has passed and this looks like a relic when it come to features and functionality. There are much better phones available today.


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