HP iPAQ Data Messenger £500
15th Jan 2009 | 10:51
Sleek smartphone with some interesting features
HP's iPAQ Data Messenger will appear ﬁrst via Vodafone and later on should be available SIM- and contract-free.
HP has tried to come up with a device which covers the bases but also innovates.
So there are the usual smartphone features of Wi-Fi and GPS here alongside a couple of neat extras.
One is a power save mode that can be set to kick in at low battery status to conserve energy. Another is the optical navigation pad.
Much smaller than a standard D-pad, you swipe your ﬁnger around it for cursor movement. It is responsive, and using the full ﬁnger pad means you can complete long sweeps in one motion.
We also like the minimalist front fascia design. Underneath the 2.8 inch screen are just Start menu and OK buttons – again touch-sensitive.
The HP iPAQ Data Messenger is aimed at those who need to use data while on the move. A sliding keyboard helps out in this respect. Its keys are slightly concave, which we suppose is meant to help you with accuracy and speed. There are two ﬂaws though.
Despite being 3G, there is no front-facing camera for two-way video calling. Just a standard 3.1 megapixel camera with autofocus. And the side-mounted headset jack is 2.5mm. We really think 3.5mm should be a universal standard by now.