HP iPAQ hw6515 Mobile Messenger First Thoughts

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Despite being introduced towards the beginning of 2005 and available in Europe for several months, the HP iPAQ hw6515 has just recently been rolled out in the US on Cingular’s network.  We’re going to give it a run through the review machine and give you a full review in a few weeks.

The 6515 is a quad-band GSM phone, able to work on GSM, GPRS, and EDGE networks.  Integrated Bluetooth and an infrared port round out the short range communication options.  A 1.3 megapixel camera is included (1280 x 1024 resolution) and for extra storage, the 6515 accepts both SD and miniSD memory cards.  The device also has 64MB SDRAM and 64MB of Flash ROM built in.  A removable, rechargeable 1200mAh lithium-ion battery powers the device and its 3 inch TFT QVGA (240×240) screen.

The QWERTY keyboard is easy to use with a nice blue backlight.  The built-in joystick makes one-handed operation quite easy once you learn to navigate.  While the 6515 is “stuck” with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition and won’t get the upgrade to Windows Mobile 5, it looks like it will be a solid (but late) update to the 6315.

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