HP iPAQ 914c Business Messenger - HP iPAQ 914c

By Jonathan Bray



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The main reason for the 914c's size and heft, it would seem, is its enormous battery. Crack open the rear panel of the 914c and you'll find a lithium-polymer battery whose 1,940mAh capacity is bigger than anything else I've come across on any Windows Mobile smartphone. This leads to good longevity: around two to three days with push email switched on and even longer (three to four days) if you choose to switch that off. But even here, it's still no better than the Nokia. In fact, I'd say that the E71 is actually a little better, and its Exchange client also gives you more flexibility and control over what times of the day and week push email is used. This allows you to eke the maximum possible battery life out of the phone without having to keep switching it on and off all the time.

And the longer you use the 914c, the more you realise just how good its main rival, the Nokia E71, actually is. Its specification, for instance, isn't anything to be sniffed at. There's tri-band HSDPA for speeds of up to 7.2Mbit/sec in addition to GPRS, EDGE and quad-band GSM. You get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a GPS receiver that works pretty well, plus a 3.0-megapixel camera complete with LED flash. The 914c has a 416MHz processor and 128MB of RAM, which push Windows Mobile along at a fair old lick, and a reasonable 256MB of ROM for application and file storage (plus a microSD card slot for expanding that further). But the E71 manages to match that (almost) stride for stride. It lacks the faster 7.2Mbit/sec HSDPA compatibility, but has everything else that matters, adds a front-facing camera for video calls where the HP has none, and is at least as quick and responsive.

There are a few areas where the iPAQ does have the edge, especially with document editing and creation. Though the Nokia is equipped with QuickOffice 4.1, this can't compete with the iPAQ's Microsoft Office Mobile, which can edit and create Office 2007-compatible documents. Synchronisation via ActiveSync with Outlook is more effective and elegant than it is with Nokia's bloatsome PC Suite, and the iPAQ can be charged via USB where the E71 must be plugged into the mains.


When considered on its own, HP's iPAQ 914c isn't a bad phone at all. In fact it's among the better Windows Mobile BlackBerry copies around. The keyboard is good, the screen not bad, it's stuffed with features and the battery life is impressive.

But it's hard to recommend a phone when in almost every area that matters it is outstripped by the best the competition can muster. Nokia's E71 is just as well-stocked with features and just as usable as the 914c but it manages to squeeze everything into a slimmer, sleeker, far sexier device, and one that's even a little cheaper.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 7
  • Features 9
  • Design 6
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August 20, 2008, 5:20 am

What a reassuring review for someone who recently purchased an E71 (and very happy with it too).

I guess this phone fills whatever market there is that MUST use windows mobile. Perhaps if they ruggedised the phone, with that battery and the OS could be quite helpful out in the field.

I must note, that very little was said about the OS. Has it not been customised at all by HP?


August 20, 2008, 9:27 am

It would be nice if the reviewer could be arsed to include things like CPU and memory specifications, as well as any memory expansion options, as these things are quite important when it comes to Windows Mobile devices unlike most other phones.

Jay Werfalli

August 20, 2008, 7:18 pm

Thanks Lars ;) - sorted!

Oliver Levett

August 21, 2008, 7:27 pm

I have to disagree with one of your points...

The WM Exchange client is (once you know where M$ put things!) very configurable. Peak times can be set for any day(s) of the week and any time block (although, the time is the same for each day).


August 25, 2008, 1:48 am

I think handsets like this really hit home just how good the E71 is. Better in every respect (unless as Garf pointed out you absolutely must have Windows Mobile).

Was having a play with a blackberry bold today - it's a nice handset, but it's huge in comparison to the N71, and has no more features.


September 18, 2008, 1:51 pm

Hi I bought my HP IPAQ914C Last week & so far i am pretty happy with its performance . being a long time windows mobile user i have had/owned my fair share of WM Phones ...i must say despite having a slow 416MHZ Processor the HP IPAQ feels and runs faster than the Touch Diamond . The Key board is fast and intuitive and the battery has a lot of juice for all day mobile computing ..only thing i wish is if this phone had a better resolution screen...

Jim Simpson

October 10, 2008, 7:09 pm

I've had it for a month now and I'm very pleased. It replaces an MDA Compact III whose biggest problem was a very slow processor. The 914c is much faster: I'm using it with a T-Mobile SIM and have CoPilot 7 GPS. I like WM 6.1! Email/Internet are easy to use (keyboard is tough for "fat fingers" at first, but OK now).Battery life is good, even with GPS/camera. The camera is good, though I haven't been able to set a "click" for the shutter yet. I intended to get a Touch Pro but on the whole, at about 𧵎 less, this is better value. Definitely a satisfied customer.


December 23, 2009, 2:41 pm

I use it businesswise +/- 6 months. It's a company's mobile. IMHO this smartphone is really a joke. The major problems are powerconsumption and battery lifetime, freez of application and not user friendly network management. The battery of this phone cannot handle a day with a wifi on. Not to mention the use of other application. Don't even try installing them on your unit (like naviagation software, backup software, skype, other) because this phone is going to die on you almost the minute you do... if you tend to use built-in features like GPS or WIFI or Bluetooth, be sure to switch it off immediatly after you've used them. As IT specialist in our company, I give support to my collegues using those and main issues are the ones I've mentioned above.

As to the desing, it looks nice, but is really big and takes a lot of space in your pockets. The keyboard is a nice feature though and the fact that you can use high density SD cards is also a plus (you can't use those cards with IPAQ 614).

Owning this phone is like being in prison: you have to think to recharge it almost every day! think not to forget the charger... and above all... not to forget your phone with you, cause it so huge you don't want to "wear it" on you all the time.

And one more fault in design: the phone is being charged by the same entry your headset is using to produce audio... so no mp3 or handsfree calling when charging. Given the quality of the battery, and the fact that the phone has to charge almost all the time, it means no music and handsfree calling at all

So as far as I am concerned this phone is big big big rubish.

So be aware.

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