The shutter wasn’t fast enough to capture the target front of fire engine. The high screen resolution is real boon — not only can you see slightly more than with earlier devices, but what you see is also clearer. The native resolution is x , quality is on a par with other phone cameras; good for party snaps. Hot keys for Internet explorer and controls for the media player are nice but I’d have liked to see a short-cut to Calendar. Also on the power front, they’ve retained the photo-sensor that only lights the keyboard when it’s really dark. Examples are when you accidentally teach it a miss-spelling!

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High quality OEM product, tested and quality checked for each piece before shipping. The audio problem is odd given the phones slant towards music playback, I await i-mates comments.

For those who are familiar with SmartPhone and with Windows 95 and above, the Start Menu was a great idea; press start and up comes a list of all of your programs and useful places to go. I i-mxte say that there’ll be an extended option, but if so it’d need a new back to accommodate it.

I thought it would be a little redundant but it’s clear that the performance of the Wi-Fi interface is better than EDGE; Web pages draw more quickly and Active-Sync completes in a shorter time.

i-mate SP5m

The old SP3i suffered some issues with the radio coming out of ‘Flight mode’ with the radio still off. I-mate introduced the SP3 in ; it was the arrival, in my opinion, of the first Microsoft SmartPhone that represented a real threat to the establishment; it marked the move from geekdom to mainstream.


One feature of owning an i-mate product is the included access to Club i-mate. It’s a quad band world phone and will work anywhere GSM service is available. It’s true that you don’t have a phone after that so carry a spare battery. Microsoft has replaced it with something like Windows 3.

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So please only purchase this item if you know this. I-matte so, the ability to log onto wireless networks may prove useful if VoIP clients start to proliferate for the platform.

Sound quality is good, plenty of dynamic range and xp5m clarity. Now the application choices are icon-based, with a 3-by- 3 grid extending across three screens. Battery is user replaceable. Each offers excellent call volume and clarity within the i-mxte of the device. Well, it’s all about protecting your investment. This looks prettier, but is no easier to use than the previous system.

This shows that the code base differences between Pocket PC and SmartPhone have indeed narrowed somewhat. The ‘m’ model has dedicated buttons for controlling music and is therefore more of a consumer offering, so we are concentrating here on the basic model. This is a great thing because in a recent survey one of the features most requested by phone users was that the phone be a phone first.

On the right-hand side of the device is a button that launches the built-in 1. You agree to receive updates, alerts and promotions from CBS and that CBS may share i-amte about you with our marketing partners so that they may contact you by email or otherwise about their products or services.


Two of the four keys handle Call and End functions, and the other so5m take you to the Messaging and Contacts applications. Like other Windows Sp5 smartphones it’s small enough to carry comfortably, while the side button for activating Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is very handy. Replace your scratched, broken, old and unusable full housing body cover face plate with a new one. So why get so excited about attaching a keyboard to your phone?

Characters on screen are beautifully formed from curves and colors rather than so5m little pixel bricks of the previous x SP3. Hot keys for Internet explorer and controls for the media player are nice but I’d have liked to see a short-cut to Calendar.

Above these sits a button that on a short press takes you to a controller for various communications features, and on a long press launches the built-in voice recorder program. If you want ambitions to read text on your handset, this will really matter. Unfortunately, the slot is housed beneath the battery, so to swap cards means powering down the handset and Windows Mobile smartphones are notoriously slow to reboot.

I’ll be interested to see if they produce a SmartPhone version of the Skype application. i-maye

Though not subsidized by US carriers, the i-mate phones are sold unlocked which means you can use them with any carrier’s SIM.