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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Why Can't HP Get Smartphones Right?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 01:00 AM

"Hewlett-Packard is one of the world's most successful makers of desktop computers, laptops, servers and printers. It owns a powerful consumer brand, and it is a growing provider of services for businesses. In the first quarter, the company's sales rose 8 percent. But in smartphones, H.P. has been on a steady slide into irrelevance."

As someone who has fond memories of the first HP Jornada HPC (handheld personal computer) in the late '90s, and the amazing iPAQ 3650 and Jornada 568 Pocket PCs, it's been painful watching HP never quite get it right. Sure, they've had some decent devices, but nothing in my mind that can really compete with the likes of HTC, Samsung, or even Toshiba. Their Windows Mobile devices have been functional, yes, but they've tended to have all the visual appeal of a lead-encrusted brick. They're the classic "play it safe" device that doesn't stand out from the pack. HP is a powerful company full of smart people, so why haven't they managed to get this one right? Will we see them in the Windows phone 7 era, or is the Glisten the last iPAQ we'll see?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

WMExperts Reviews iPAQ Glisten

Posted by Jon Westfall in "HP Windows Phones" @ 04:30 AM

"HP has produced several Windows Mobile products over the years. From the iPAQ and Jornada PDA's to the iPAQ Windows Mobile phones they have created a bit of history with the Microsoft operating system. HP hopes to continue its strong history with Windows Mobile with the Glisten Announced a few weeks ago, the Glisten is a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, touch screen Windows phone is available through AT&T as well as directly from HP. We had an opportunity to take a pre-production model of the Glisten out for a test drive and found it to a nice phone."

WMExperts has taken a look at the latest iPAQ offering and in the end they like it! For a pretty exhaustive write-up and some nice pictures, take a look at their review!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

HP Lets iPAQ Glisten Out of the Box

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

"The AT&T-bound iPAQ Glisten from HP has been unboxed for our viewing pleasure, video of which can be found immediately after the break. If you're not in such a hurry though, you'll want to know it's an AMOLED-fronted, Qualcomm-powered (533MHz) WinMo 6.5 device, which brings the BlackBerry form factor sans the RIM user experience, but plus a touchscreen. Another thing to note is that AT&T's online store will be the only place to get it, at the already announced $179.99 after rebates on a two-year deal. The video does a good job of comparing HP's return to the mobile space with a pair of similar devices, and we're left with the impression that it's a pretty chunky machine, but as usual we recommend seeing it for yourself -- and you already know where to find it."

I wonder how well the Glisten will do? Looks a ton like the Curve but I'm not sure if that's enough to convince people to buy it. Blackberry lovers seem to like their Blackberries because well - because they're Blackberries. Is a look alike with Windows Mobile 6.5 enough to perk interest? Will the touch screen on this form factor as well as beautiful screen be enough to shell out $180 for? My thought is that I probably won't be seeing these in the hands of most. What do you all think? Does it stand a chance or is it already on its way out the door?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

AT&T and HP Announce iPAQ Glisten

Posted by Jon Westfall in "HP Windows Phones" @ 06:30 AM

"The new HP iPAQ Glisten smartphone is a productivity powerhouse exclusively from AT&T. With its simple yet superior design, the iPAQ Glisten lets you view email, Web pages, and documents clearly from any angle on the active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) resistive-touch display that offers vivid colors, true black, and outdoor readability with fast-touch response and better battery performance. Durability begins with the attractive, thin design and jewel-like front. Its soft-touch finish resists scratches."

Another year, another iPAQ. Hopefully this one will be released in a timely fashion. Given HP's track record though, I'd expect this 6.5 device to hit just about the time Windows Mobile 7.5 is announced. Sorry HP - I guess I just have bad memories!

Tags: hp, ipaq, 3g, at&t, glisten

Monday, July 27, 2009

HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian Spotted

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 04:00 AM

"Whoa. Welcome back, iPAQ. What you see here is the HP iPAQ K3 "Obsidian," which has made an appearance in Vietnam a couple of months after we first learned of its existence. VNExpress has it that this Windows Mobile 6.5 phone sports a 2.46-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 320x240 pixels, a Qualcomm 7200A processor @ 528MHz, 256MB RAM/512MB ROM, GPS, 3.2MB camera and WiFi b/g. So, things have been upgraded since we saw the early leaked specs."

Oh HP, how I mourn the loss of the iPAQ line - please let your comeback actually keep the line going. This looks like a step in the right direction (WM 6.5, all the usual bells and whistles), but with HP's track record of slipping release dates, who knows when we'll see it. It is branded though, which is a good sign we may see it before 2012.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

All Business, With a Little Bit of Fun...the HP910c Business Manager

Posted by Don Tolson in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

Product Category: 3G touch PDA Phone with embedded keyboard
Manufacturer: HP
Where to Buy: Expansys [affiliate]
Price: $484 USD
System Requirements: Runs Windows Mobile 6.1
Specifications: Marvell PXA270 Processor running at 416 Mhz, 128 MB of RAM and 256 MB of ROM. Quad-band GSM/GPRS and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, able to get 3G/H anywhere it's available. 3.0 megapixel camera, USB 2.0, BT 2.0 with EDR. 1940 mAh battery, 802.11b/g. Weight is 154g (5.4oz) with battery.


  • Solidly built, very reliable, lightweight and easily pocketable;
  • Keyboard feel/design works well to prevent keying errors -- very solid tactile response;
  • GPS sensitivity and stability is excellent;
  • Battery life is very good.


  • Accessories package is a bit light -- should have included a cover/case and a second stylus;
  • The position of the USB sync port and its rubber cover are a pain to work around.

Summary: I've owned numerous HP iPAQs over the years -- from the venerable 1950 through the Jornada series to the Messengers. While HP is not always the first with the latest and greatest features on their PDAs, I've always been impressed by the quality and reliability of their products. The hardware is very durable and stands up to the rigors of daily office and personal use, and the software provided clearly has the corporate user in mind. The HP iPAQ 910c Business Manager is no exception. This is a solidly built unit that will serve the business/corporate user very well. It doesn't come with a sexy, gesture-based interface, but it does everything it claims to do well, and consistently. Read more...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More HP iPAQ 910c Reviews Surface

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 03:40 AM

"The HP iPAQ 910c Business Messenger is, as its name implies, a very good business phone. Like the BlackBerry Curve, it proves that business phones can be attractive and we do like the looks and compact size. It's a dream phone for those who love the T-Mobile Dash, Moto Q9 and BlackJack II but want Windows Mobile Pro rather than standard edition. The QWERTY-bar design is ever-popular in the US and we do love it for easier one-handed operation and expedience. The iPAQ doesn't bring any flashy design elements as do the HTC Touch Pro or Omnia, but we'll largely forgive that since it aims to be a solid business and messaging phone rather than an iPhone competitor. That said, we do wish it had a flush touch screen which would make it both more attractive and finger-friendly. While the iPAQ couldn't be described as an iPhone killer, it certainly is a Treo killer and we're impressed with the display, features, design and build quality compared to recent Windows Mobile Treo models."

More iPAQ 910 reviews have surfaced, courtesy of and MobileTechReview, and they seem to confirm what others have said in the past: it's a winner. If you're after a solid, no-frills device, this looks like the one to get.

Tags: review, hp, ipaq, 910, 910c, 912, 914

Monday, July 21, 2008

Mobility Site Unboxes the HP iPAQ 910

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 04:00 AM

Our buddy, Chris, has just unboxed the HP iPAQ 910. The quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA device is impressive, packing 128MB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a 3.0-megapixel auto-focus camera, a huge 1940mAh battery (HTC, are you taking note of this?), and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Alas, some of you may be let down by its QVGA display. But if you can look past that, this may be the device for you.

Tags: hp, unboxing, ipaq, 910

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

HP Shipping iPAQ 900 Series Business Messenger

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 12:30 PM

"HP today announced the first shipment date of the HP iPAQ 900 Series Business Messenger, a 3G smartphone designed for maximum mobile productivity to a global audience at the HP Connecting Your World conference. The HP iPAQ 900 Series Business Messenger shines with a stylish, glossy, piano-black design and features an integrated QWERTY keyboard, Microsoft Windows® Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system and the latest wireless technologies,(1) to simplify the complexities of business and personal life. The feature-packed HP iPAQ 900 Series offers voice and mobile email communications, along with support for critical business applications. It uses tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE wireless technology to allow customers to make calls(2) and quickly access the Internet around the world, while integrated BluetoothTM and Wi-Fi wireless technology allows for convenient connectivity. "

Ah HP, the company that everyone loves to criticize for their tardiness and odd behavior when it comes to mobile devices (it all went down hill after the 6315... 4 years ago...). Anyway, they're apparently shipping their iPAQ 900 Series Business Messenger (A.k.a. a Pocket PC Phone) now, and it doesn't look half bad. WM 6.1, Modern design, Wifi / bluetooth / GPS / GSM / GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA / EIEIO (OK, joking about the last one...) and a 3 Megapixel camera. If it is actually shipping, that's a good thing.

Press release after the break.

Tags: ipaq

Thursday, March 20, 2008

iPaq 614 News Roundup

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HARDWARE" @ 05:00 AM,278.0.html

"I'm pleased to say my 614c arrived this morning, I put together a short unboxing video, which also compares the device to the 514 and 6915 as well as shows the scroll wheel in action. Look out for a review in a week or so when I've had chance to use the iPAQ 600 day to day."

It never rains but it pours - we have not one, but three items on the just released iPaq 614/614c. You're not likely to see this offered officially in the US, but if you like it enough, where there's a will there's a way - it's a nice enough Pro device to evaluate in that light. First up, gregh at has an unboxing video. Next, Shaun McGill at PDA24/7 also has a first impressions post on the 614c - he notes a couple of potential deal breakers like the card slot being under the battery. Lastly as a followup to last week's unboxing video, Tracy and Matt have a full review of the device, and say while the device is snappy, it is on the large side and the current ROM isn't bug free (pic above from their review). Enjoy reading!

Tags: ipaq, HP, 614, 614c

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