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With technology moving at a staggering rate making an informed decision on what is the best product is becoming more and more difficult with so many different products to choose from.The mobile phone market is no exception with an amazing choice of products to suit just about every type of consumer,with large choice it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right products which will have the most useful feature to suit.Hopefully my review will help you to make the correct decision for this type of product.
The imate kjam-
The imate falls into the category of pda with mobile phone function and is based around the windows mobile operating system.It is a similar sized to a PDA and slightly larger than a standard mobile phone so you will need to take this into account when considering this product.The main feature of the imate is the qwerty keyboard that is included tucked away neatly under a sliding mechanism that helps to make this product as compact as possible but at the same time making it versatile and easy to use.
Network -GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
Size - 108mm x 58 mm x 24 mm
Weight -160 g
Display -TFT touchscreen, 65K colors
interface-Built-in full QWERTY keyboard
Ringtones-Polyphonic , MP3
Card slot -miniSD
memory - 64MB SDRAM
128 MB ROM
processor- Texas Instruments OMAP 850, 200 Mhz processor
Data -GPRS 32 - 48 kbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
USB , miniUSB
OS- Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 PocketPC
Messaging- SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Camera 1.3 MP, 1280x960 pixels, video, flash
Java MIDP 2.0
- Video/audio album
Battery -Standard battery, Li-Po 1250 mAh
Stand-by Up to 200 h
Talk time Up to 5 h
You can use the imate both via the touch screen using the provided plastic pointing device that fits neatly into the side of the product or by my preferred method using the qwerty keyboard which makes the imate so much easier and convenient to use especially for messaging and browsing the internet.the keys are well designed and spaced to allow easy operation even for the most chubby of fingers,when pressed they give a nice little click.The keyboard is what makes the best selling point of this product and i hardly ever use the the touch screen as this can make using the imate a bit slow and cumbersome. 10/10
The windows mobile operating syatem is well laid out and easy to use and navigate and is very similar to the system used on full size pc's and laptops.it is also very stable and i have yet to have any problems with it freezing or crashing basic programmes are include like internet browser and windows media player along with pocket word and power point and you can download thousands of other items of software for the pocket pc which help make the imate highly customisable. 9/10
With all the standard features like bluetooth,infared and wi-fi you will have no problem connecting and transferring information to and from the imate all of the above features are very easy to set up and use but it is worth noting that they are all a drain on battery power so dont forget to turn off when not in use.You also have the ability to connect to your pc with the supplied usb cable and can synchronise your contacts and email very easily using microsoft activesync a very nifty little feature and one that i use alot when i am out and about.The wi-fi feature is also very easy to use both at home and at many of the wi'fi hotspots that are available making checking of email and browsing the internet a fast and useful feature if you need mobility in your life. 9/10
Once again a very easy feature to use with the ability to store virtually an unlimited amount of contacts to your phone book,call quality is excellent and the built in speakerphone works quite well but it should be noted that you will pick up alot of background sound when used in noisy environments and once again prolonged use can be a drain on battery power.I find it easy to use the touch screen when dialing numbers but better to use the keyboard when sending text messages.Overall a great experience when using the phone features and texting. 9/10
This is an adequate feature but will not give the highest quality pictures that you will find from a stand-alone camera.with the large TFT screen using this feature is easy and you can vary light setting to help get the best results,but you will be able to tell these are pictures from a phone but still a nice feature to have. 7/10
THe imate takes the mini sd card format and you can use cards which can have up to 4gb of memory which will allow you to save a massive amount of pictures and music to your device.The imate doesnt come with a memory card so you will definently need to purchase one to maximise the features of this product. 9/10
Considering the number of features that this product has battery performance is excellent as long as you remember to turn them off when not in use.you can charge the imate both from the supplied adapter and from the usb cable which is also used to connect to your pc. 9/10
You can also use the imate as a MP3 player and with the right memory card you can store a large amount of music to your device.the imate comes supplied with headphones which will also allow to take calls whilst listenoing to your music collection.Also with the flexibily of being able to ad other software i have tomtom gps running on my imate but i have had to purchase a stand-alone gps reciever as this model does not include a built in gps reciever.This is however a handy extra and makes this a very versatile product.It should also be noted that when you purchase the imate it will work with any mobile network as the product is not sim locked so you will have no problem switching between the different mobile providers.
This is probably the only let down of the imate in that the built quality feels poor and very cheap especially when compared to the orange spv range,but this product is lower in price so you will have to decide what is most important. 6/10
This is a fantastic versatile product that is easy to use and customise has plenty of features and performs very well both as a pda and a mobile phone.build quality is not fantastic but the performance more than makes up for its only weak area.On the whole a great product and worth considering. 8/10
i hope this review has been of help if you need more help you can visit www.imate.com for more information.
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