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HP iPAQ hw6965 review: HP iPAQ hw6965

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Although you may worry about looking like a dork when holding the hw6965 up to your ear in public, connectivity is one area you'll scarcely fret about. The device sports built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Infrared and quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), while it syncs up with your PC via USB through the bundled cradle.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the hw6965 is a business-only device, if not for the 1.3-megapixel camera, self-portrait mirror and flash built into the back. However, as with most smartphones, the shots are far from amazing, particularly indoor and low-light pictures. You can also forget about taking fast-action shots, as the camera can take up to four seconds to capture a frame.

The device is capable of audio/video playback thanks to the pre-installed version of Windows Media Player, but it's worth noting that you'll probably need to purchase an adaptor if you want to plug a regular pair of 3.5mm headphones into the 2.5mm jack.

The hw6965 comes equipped with a 416MHz Intel processor, 64MB of RAM and 45MB ROM, so it's more than capable of performing basic office productivity and e-mail tasks without slowdown. However, we found that the device has the tendency to stall somewhat when multiple applications are opened at once, a problem that's compounded by the fact that even though an application may appear to be closed, it's often still loaded into the device's RAM and running in the background.

Phone reception and call quality is adequate, and sufficiently high volume levels can be reached to avoid awkward chatting in crowded areas. Unfortunately, battery life isn't as impressive. If you intend on using the hw6965 as your primary device, expect to have to charge it every second day.

The hw6965 is a feature-packed smartphone that's well-suited to business users, but it lacks the style and design-prowess of the BlackBerry.


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