HP iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger review: HP iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger

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The call quality on standard mobile calls was generally very good and the speaker function works well. Perhaps surprisingly for a smart phone it also boasts good battery life. You'll get around six and a half hours of talk time and it'll tick over for seven days on standby.

If you're after a phone with the latest features, the iPAQ 514 is definitely not the handset to buy. For starters its screen is well behind the times. It measures just 51mm across the diagonal and has a lowly resolution of 176x220 pixels. It's pretty muddy to look at and is put to shame by the display on the SPV C600 -- and that model is now pretty much the OAP of Windows smart phones.

The mini USB port on the bottom only runs at USB v1.1 speeds so file transfers are very slow and the camera isn't great either. Thanks to the low 1.3-megapixel resolution, shots lack detail and because there's no flash it's useless for taking pictures in all but bright sunlight.

Another issue is speed. The Windows Mobile OS isn't exactly known for its sprightliness but there are times when screen updates and other simple tasks seem overly sluggish on this mobile. No doubt this is at least partly due to the relatively weedy processor, which plods along at a pedestrian 200MHz.

The iPAQ 514 is a pretty average handset in most regards, and it certainly doesn't try to break any new ground. However, it's been designed for business folk and on that front it scores reasonably well thanks to its sturdy build quality and excellent battery life. The inclusion of Windows Mobile 6 and onboard Wi-Fi don't harm its cause either.

Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Shannon Doubleday

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