Unlike most other manufacturers, HP has made no attempt to hide away any of Windows Mobile’s user interface nasties. Instead you get the standard 6.1 interface in all its convoluted, unintuitive glory. To be fair, though, at least with Windows Mobile you do get the useful Office Mobile suite of applications for creating and editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. On top of this, HP has pre-loaded the Opera browser on the phone, which is far better than Mobile Internet Explorer and works a treat for viewing webpages via either Wi-Fi at home and the office or HSDPA while you’re on the move.
During out test period we found that the call quality was consistently very good and that the phone did a decent job of holding on to calls even in weaker signal areas. Battery life wasn’t bad either as we got about two days of heavy use before it needed topping up with juice.
As we’ve already discussed, the Data Messenger is up against the likes of the Xperia X1 and HTC S740. Priced at around £400 SIM-free it slots in neatly between the two in terms of price as the X1 will empty your wallet to the tune of a hefty £490, while the S740 currently goes for around £320. In truth, it’s not really as sexy or alluring as either of these two, but in general terms it’s closer in functionality to the X1 as it has a touchscreen, something that the S740 lacks.
The Data Messenger is not a gee-whizz handset and, in truth, there’s little to get really excited about either in terms of design or its feature set. However, the phone is aimed mostly at business types so the understated design is understandable and although its line-up of features isn’t earth shattering, it does have all the essentials covered. At the end of the day, we think the Data Messenger is a good handset, rather than a really great one.
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