i-mate Smartphones Sandpoint ID

i-mate offers a wide range of smartphones with differing capabilities and features to accommodate every smartphone users needs. Below you’ll find related articles as well as local companies and providers that will help you in your search.

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i-mate SP3i Smartphone

i-mate SP3i Smartphone

This so-called candy bar phone is a compact companion measuring 4.25” x 1.75” x .75” and weighing 3.25 ounces. It runs on a Window Mobile 2003 second edition for Smartphone operating system and will not be up gradable to the 2005 version. Memory consists of 64 MB ROM and 32 MB SDRAM. It offers GSM/GPRS functionality with an internal antenna, SIM card, Bluetooth, and a mini-SD expansion slot. It also has InfraRed capability, a VGA quality camera, and a 64k color transflective LCD screen. The cost is $369.

Let’s take a walk around the unit starting on the left side where you’ll see a multi-functional rocker switch that adjusts volume when in talk mode. In standby mode, pushing the volume up will activate the voice recorder, and the volume down will activate the voice-tag function for the phone directory.

On the top we find the power button and the InfraRed port. Holding down the power button turns the unit on and off. A quick tap on the power button brings up the Quick List that allows you to lock and unlock phone settings.

The button on the top right side activates the camera mode and will take a picture or begin recording a video depending on the sub-mode setting. At the bottom of the right side is an opening for attaching a lanyard.

A mini-USB port and earplug jack are found on the bottom. The mini-USB port may be used for charging with the AC adapter or for synchronization with a PC using a USB cable. A nice set of earplugs is included with a volume adjustment wheel.

A panel on the back is removable for access to the battery, SIM card, and mini-SD card, which fit snugly under the battery. There seemed to be a non-functional silver button on the back, which turns out to be a tiny mirror for self-portraits, a clever touch.

The front of the phone has the usual keypad, a home button, back button, send and end buttons, and two soft buttons. I like the way the keys have an inclined plane face making them easier to strike individually. The normal navigation ring and action button are replaced by a diminutive joystick that I found highly sensitive and a bit frustrating to use at first. At the bottom of the keypad is a sensor that will turn on the backlight if needed-- another thoughtful feature.

The SP3i comes loaded with software including the Windows Mobile Smartphone suite: Outlook, Inbox, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Media Player, MSN Messenger, Internet Explorer, and ActiveSync. There are some high-end games included, such as Tennis
Addict, Cannons, Jewel Master and Snake, as well as additional exclusive ring tones
and themes from i-mate™. Club i-mate members may download several free third-party games.

Club i-mate is free to join and features a forum, downloads, and online help for users, but I found the help and customer service practically non-existent and finally gave up. Club i-mate is also an online store where members may purchase ...

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MWC: i-mate's New Devices

MWC: i-mate’s new devices

Now, let’s see what new i-mate devices there are.

First and foremost: much as you may already have read it in my first MWC report , but it’s still worth repeating: i-mate is NOT returning to HTC but keeps on bringing out their own handsets, as opposed to the previous rumors . This is, in my opinion, VERY good news, considering that HTC’s current product lineup is pretty much unimaginative and straight boring (read: no VGA, no multimedia, no gaming).

(i-mate’s booth at MWC)

Now, let’s take a closer look at the four new devices they’ve brought out: the Xscale-based, high-end 8150 and the 6150 (the latter, having a VGA screen, also being high-end) and the Qualcomm-based, high-end 9502 and the lower-spec’ed (QVGA) 8502 .

Dale Coffing and the VGA output demo

Windows Mobile (Pocket PC / WindowsCE) longtimers surely remember Dale Coffing and his PocketPCPassion, which, back in 2000...2002, was one of the most lively Pocket PC discussion board. During MWC, he mostly ran a demo of the built-in digital (as opposed to analogue) XGA (1024∗768) output capabilities of the i-mate 8150 / 6150, thanks to the GoForce 5500 graphics chip inside. Dale has indeed been really energetic – he kept attracting a lot of people to watch his show.

(in his demo, he presented logging into a Vista laptop via the, in the 6150/8150, built-in Remote Desktop Client [see the Remote Desktop Control Bible for more info on it], displaying the remote desktop on an external screen and controlling it via a Bluetooth (ThinkOutside) keyboard and mouse)

He has emphasized these two models are the first phones with a built-in XGA output. He’s right – for example, HTC (unlike i-mate) didn’t really bother enabling the (analogue, VGA) TV output on the Kaiser (aka AT&T Tilt), even though the Qualcomm chipset does support it (more on the (vast) differences of the analogue VGA and the digital XGA output later). The two other phones with the GoForce 5500 built-in, the O2 XDA Flame and the Toshiba Portégé G900 , didn’t have XGA output either. (The Flame only supports VGA-resolution, analogue TV output but not XGA digital. In this respect, it’s way worse than i-mate’s new 6150 and 8150).

Of course, you can still make other models display their contents on an external screen - for example, via Spectec’s new SDV-842 microSD card, which will also be elaborated on in Dale Daniels' article Can a Smartphone Replace a Laptop? in the forthcoming (April 2008) Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine article (also see THIS for a generic overview of all similar solutions). But that’s an external, additional solution, with all its problems:

  1. the SDV-842 isn’t particularly cheap (albeit still much cheaper than the old and no longer supported iGo Pitch Duo -Presentation Device): at Expansys-USA, it costs some $125
  2. it doesn’t contain built-in memory, which may becom...

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