Wednesday, May 2, 2007

My (soon to be) new phone

It's time for a new mobile phone. I've been looking for something with push email capabilities for a while now. Specifically, I was after a device running Windows Mobile that can perform ActiveSync over GPRS. The problem has been for me that these devices are usually quite chunky. I currently have a Nokia 6230, which is an awesome phone. It's small, lightweight, good battery life, but has no push email support. Nokia's recent move towards Symbian OS has put me off upgrading to a new model. I've always found Symbian to be clunky and slow, and don't really want to have to deal with that.

What I really wanted was a phone in a Nokia 6320 form factor that had Exchange support. No silly touch screen, no silly tiny keyboards, just a phone with email. Just when I thought all hope was lost, HP have come to the party and announced their first smartphone, the iPAQ Voice Messenger 510. This has everything I want and more! Let's have a look at the checklist:

Minimum Requirements:
Runs windows Mobile: check!
Wifi support: check!
Exchange ActiveSync: check!
Persistent store: check!
Quad Band GPRS/EDGE: check!
Form Factor: 48.6 x 16.3 x 107 mm – tiny! Check!

Bonuses:
VoIP: integrating with my Exchange UM setup - check!
Voice Commands: check!
Speech synthesis and recognition: check!

Downsides:
Still not available yet!!! C'mon HP, get your act together!



And I thought I was going to look like a complete nuff-nuff talking to my Exchange server, now I'll be having conversations with my phone as well!


2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review, how far can HP reach up there ?

Ryan said...

What do you mean by how far can HP reach?