Hewlett Packard iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger Review - Hewlett Packard iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger Review


On the other hand Hewlett-Packard has included Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth. Wi-Fi opens up the potential for hopping on to the office network and also for using voice over IP including IP-PBX systems within the office. There is even an Internet Calling option you can configure and access from the Windows Mobile Today Screen.

This phone has been designed to look pretty unobtrusive and be easy to use. Its overall dimensions are not far off those of other Windows Mobile Smartphones. It is 107mm tall, 48.6 mm wide and 16.3 mm thick and weighs 102g. The black and grey livery has a couple of silver flourishes for buttons while the white colouring for the number pad and the white key backlight is understated.

It is important that it should be quite easy for most people to use the number pad and various keys. The navigation button is particularly large, and most of the keys are bevelled to help make finding them easy. The ones that aren’t – the Select, Call and End buttons are silver and slightly raised from their surroundings. None of these are hugely significant features on their own but taken together they show that a fair amount of thought has gone into trying to ensure ease of use.

There are relatively few buttons on the edges. Bottom right is a button for the built-in Voice Commander software, which has a range of preconfigured commands allowing you to initiate calls, compose messages, make a voice recording, and even ask the phone “what time is it?” Ask that last question and a computerised voice gives you the answer. It’ll also read out email and SMS messages.

On the right edge is a volume rocker and connector for the provided stereo headset. The company bundles a stereo in-ear headset, which is reasonably good but I am sure there will be some, even among professional users, who will want to use their own earphones. Unfortunately, Hewlett Packard has made this quite difficult by choosing a 2.5mm jack into the handset. It is possible to use an adapter to 3.5mm but with the jack on the left side of the handset it will make the iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger sit awkwardly in the pocket.

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