- Gorgeous AMOLED display
- Snappy performance
- Good battery life
- Annoying five-way navigator
- Relatively poor speakerphone
- Occasionally stuttery music playback
Worth a closer look only for those who are really tied to the Windows Mobile platform
The HP iPAQ Glisten is a 3G world phone with Windows Mobile Professional 6.5. It is a business-oriented device with a focus on messaging, since it includes a small keyboard. A 2.5-inch AMOLED display, a 3.1 megapixel camera and microSD memory expansion slot round out the package.
The iPAQ Glisten is available now for $380 directly from HP or for $180 from AT&T with a new or renewed two-year contract.
BUILD & DESIGN
The Glisten is nice-looking, with angular features and an overall sleek appearance. It’s mostly black, aside from cool hematite accents on both sides of the device. The material on the back is rubberized, so it’s comfortable to grip and won’t serve as a fingerprint magnet. It sits in the sweet spot as far as weight is concerned, between “so light it feels like a toy” and “so heavy I don’t want to carry it.” The Glisten feels substantial, but not too weighty, and fits comfortably in a pocket.
I don’t like the five-way navigator, and found it hard to use. The rim of the navigator is very narrow and rather slick; sometimes my thumb slid right off it while I was trying to use it. The large button in the middle is fine, and works well, but my difficulties with the navigator itself made me select the wrong item more than once.
The display is one of the strongest selling features for the Glisten and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It was bright and clear in both indoor and outdoor situations, and the pictures and video looked great.
But keep in mind, it’s QVGA (320 x 240), which is a lower resolution than is common on smartphones these days.
The screen is quite responsive to my finger, so there’s no need to pull out the stylus hidden on the bottom right side of the phone. There’s not a lot to say here, so I’ll just give the screen a big thumbs up.
The keyboard on this iPAQ is good, but not spectacular. The keys are large, and while there isn’t much horizontal space between each key, each one is curved enough so that I didn’t accidentally hit the wrong key. The keyboard’s bottom row has several dedicated keys to access the GPS, email and calendar functions quickly, in addition to the space bar, shift, symbol keys, etc.
The letters printed on the keys are large and easy to read, and of course, the keyboard lights up in dim situations.
The power button and Wi-Fi switch are on the top of the phone, with volume controls on the left side and the headphone jack and charging port on the right side.