HP iPAQ h6365
- Great connectivity, reasonable battery life, rich bundle of extras
- Old OS, poor camera, sluggish performance
This is a top-notch organiser, but it does leave room for improvement. The software and bundle is solid, but some minor issues keep the device from shining.
Price$ 999.00 (AUD)
HP's first attempt at building a smartphone showcases the company's background in PDAs. The iPAQ h6365 looks like a regular Pocket PC with an antenna tacked onto the top left-hand corner, but it's a quad-band smartphone featuring support for GSM/GPRS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The silver and grey device measures a respectable 120 x 75 x 19mm and tips the scales at around 200g. It includes a navigation pad and four programmable buttons, and ships with a detachable keyboard to supplement the stylus. The keyboard feels a little cramped, but makes it easier to enter large blocks of text.
One negative with the iPAQ is its reliance on Windows Mobile 2003. This old OS lacks some features of subsequent releases; for instance, you can't rotate screen orientation for watching video. However, the software is quite elegant. GPRS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connections are all accessible from a single wireless control centre, which makes connecting to a multitude of networks quick and easy. It also handles a seamless transition between networks. If you're connected to and downloading data from a GPRS network and you enter the range of a Wi-Fi hotspot, a dialogue box pops up asking if you'd like to connect to the Wi-Fi network instead. This works the other way, too, making it easy to stay connected all the time.
The screen runs at a resolution of 240 x 320 and looks great. A display of this size draws a fair bit of power, so HP has slowed the processor to save some battery life. The h6365 pushed on for just over five hours of battery testing; a reasonable result considering the power-hungry 200MHz OMAP processor and 64MB of RAM and 64MB of ROM tucked away under the shell. SD and MMC support is also provided in case you need to add more storage. Unfortunately this battery life comes at the expense of responsiveness, and we were often forced to wait a little while for the smartphone to perform its functions. This was particularly noticeable when scrolling through pages of contacts in the address book. PowerPoint and PDF viewers are included, helping mark this model as a business tool. A bog-standard 640 x 480-pixel camera is included in the rear panel, but this resolution is too low for it to be really useful.
All up, although HP has produced a pretty solid product in the h6365, it's let down by minor issues. While it's obviously designed for the business user accustomed to relying on a PDA, it's a good early attempt at a sma
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
- 2 Sony Xperia XZ review: turbo-charged last-gen phone
- 3 Sony X9300D and X8500D UHD 4K TV review
- 4 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
- 5 Moto X Force review: Leading features from a mid-range phone
Latest News Articles
- New Samsung loyalty program hints that the Note line may not be dead after all
- Google's Pixel XL is much easier to repair than the Nexus 6P
- Google Keep adds app shortcuts, pinned messages in update
- New Windows 10 preview adds an iPhone Live Photos rival, Windows Ink improvements
- The Note7 will cost Samsung another US$3 billion in profit
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: The new best Android phone
- Japan Robot, gadget and car expo slideshow
- Panasonic DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review: Best all-round TV ever?
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCPHP DeveloperNSW
- FTUX/UI DesignerNSW
- CCMultiple Opportunities - Baseline, NV1 or NV2SA
- FTWeb DeveloperNSW
- CCResident Engineer - Nexus 2K, 5K, 7K & 9KNSW
- CCICT Project Reporting Planning CoordinatorNSW
- FTSenior .Net Software EngineerVIC
- FTMid-Level .NET DeveloperVIC
- FTCRM Developer - MS Dynamics CRMNSW
- FTBI Developer-Micro-strategyNSW
- CCSenior Test Analyst (Brisbane Based)QLD
- CCJava Developers - Federal Government experienceNSW
- FTSenior Analyst Programmer Payments GatewayVIC
- FTAgile Front End Developer- HTML5 & CSS3NSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (HTML/JAVA/J2EE) 161025/AP/862Asia
- TPSoftware Engineer - C++QLD
- FTIntegration SpecialistSA
- CCSenior Network EngineerACT
- CCFront End Developer - Mid LevelNSW
- CCBusiness Consultant - CPM SoftwareVIC
- PTService Management AnalystSA
- CCOrganisational Change Manager - BankingNSW
- FTSoftware Development ManagerNSW
- FTSenior MS Dynamics CRM ConsultantQLD