Finally, the 201 is powered by a rather weedy-looking 300MHz Samsung processor, coupled with 128MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM. It doesn’t make for the snappiest-feeling performance when switching from application to application, but contacts lookups in my large test database, which contains more than 500 entries, are pretty much instantaneous.
There is an upside to the lack of features though. Sticking to just GPRS instead of the more power-hungry 3G and HSDPA connection, seems to contribute to impressive battery life. Despite the seemingly low capacity 1,110mAh lithium ion battery and rather average-sounding quoted four hours talktime and 150 hours standby, I found that a single charge went a long way with the Jama 201 – further than with my favoured TyTN II. I was able to go three to four days out of it at a time, and that includes making frequent phone calls, browsing the internet and picking up email from my Exchange Server.
But despite the fact that my wife doesn’t think it’s bad, the i-Mate Jama 201 isn’t all things to all men and women. It’s well designed, slim, light and in general a pleasant device to use. The keyboard is good, making typing out emails and SMS messages a simple task and battery life is top drawer.
If all you want is a decent qwerty keyboard for messaging and the odd bit of internet browsing, it’s a competent device. But for me it’s lacking in just too many other areas to compete with the latest smartphones on the market. No HSDPA or 3G, no GPS, no quad-band GSM and no decent camera mean that, despite a reasonable price, it fails to gain the Trusted Reviews seal of approval.
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