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HP iPaq Glisten

Basic messaging smartphone

On the wider side

AMOLED touch screen

Navigation controls

QWERTY keyboard

Right side

Camera

Picture quality

Expandable memory

It's been well over a year since we've seen an HP smartphone for the U.S. market, but the company's back with the HP iPaq Glisten, a new messaging smartphone for AT&T. It's available now for $179.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.
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The iPaq Glisten doesn't offer a lot of bells and whistles, but will provide business users with the most-essential tools. The smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Edition and supports the full range of wireless options.
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The iPaq Glisten measures 2.48 inches wide by 4.45 inches high by 0.52 inch thick and weighs 5.29 ounces. The smartphone is on the wider side so it's a bit of a handful when on a phone call and can be a tight fit in a pants pocket.
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The iPaq Glisten features a 2.5-inch AMOLED touch screen, which should be one of the smartphone's highlights since AMOLED displays are brighter, sharper, and consume less power than standard LCDs. However, it has such a low resolution that you don't really see any of the benefits. In addition, the smaller screen size doesn't bode well for the touch user interface.
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Aside from the touch screen, you do get a few navigation controls, including Talk and End keys, a Start menu launcher, an OK button, and a directional keypad.
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The HP iPaq Glisten has an easy-to-use full QWERTY keyboard. It features large, domed buttons with clear lettering and ample backlight, so we had very little problem using the keyboard.
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On the right side of the smartphone, you'll find a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Micro-USB port.
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On back, you'll find the smartphone's 3.1-megapixel camera. It offers up to 5x digital zoom, various camera settings, and video-recording capabilities, and HP includes a mobile version of its Photosmart software so you can edit photos right on your device.
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Picture quality could definitely be better. There's a bit of shutter lag, so even though we held the phone still after pressing the capture key, more often than not, we ended up with a blurry image.
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The HP iPaq Glisten offers 256MB SDRAM/512MB Flash but has a microSD expansion slot behind the battery door that can accept up to 32GB cards.
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