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HP iPAQ 514 review | Introduction

Published on: Monday, March 17th 2008                   Written by: Nic Rossmüller - Photography by: Mark Peters

HP iPAQ 514 review

H P has been around in the smartphone world for a few years now. Some years ago Compaq was taken over by HP. Since then the name iPAQ is being used for mobile phones of Hewlett Packard. Mid 2007 HP put the iPAQ 514 voice messenger on the market. The HP iPAQ 514 is a straight to the point business device. The consumer looking for a cell phone with a high resolution camera and enhanced multimedia player should forget about the HP 514. The HP iPAQ 514 has been equipped with Windows Mobile 6 and offers many functions that will appeal to the business user. Thanks to its price of around € 200 we can easily call it the cheapest business handset at the moment.

HP iPAQ 514 review

 

HP iPAQ 514 voice messenger

HP iPAQ 514 voice messenger

HP iPAQ 514 Design

The HP iPAQ 514 cell phone has a simple straightforward design. At first you'd think a device of this price would not feel too solid. On the contrary; despite the plastic housing the device has a high quality feel and does not look like a cheap cell phone. It is not the thinnest or smallest of devices. Nor is it a large one with its dimensions of 107x48.6x16.3mm. On the device's left hand side there is a rubber cover covering the compartment for a microSD memory card. On the front the buttons and a 2-inch monitor are found. The handset is black with dark grey colours. These colours have silver-coloured accents. The HP iPAQ 514 voice messenger has a professional look thanks to these serene colours.

HP iPAQ 514 mobile phone review

HP iPAQ 514 mobile phone review

HP iPAQ 514 Display

Hewlett Packard had to make concessions to be able to offer this price. One of these concessions is the monitor; the HP iPAQ 514 smartphone has been equipped with a 2-inch monitor with a resolution of 176x220 pixels and 64,000 colours. If you are not used to a high resolution monitor this small sized one will not bother you. But if you are a frequent visitor of internet pages you'll soon find out that you have to scroll not only vertically but also horizontally through the web pages.

 
 
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