One more HP iPAQ Glisten review

HP Glisten review
This time it’s Pocketnow’s turn to posted a review of the HP iPAQ Glisten WM6.5 smartphone. Their conclusion is in line with what other’s have said:

There are a lot of wishes that we have for the iPAQ Glisten, but it’s important to keep in mind that this device isn’t supposed to be flashy and excellent at multimedia playback. If you want that, get the Tilt 2.

For starters we wish that HP would have done something…anything…to change the interface of Windows Mobile. Each and every Windows Phone on the market has some improved home screen interface, plus a couple of pieces of software that are indpendent of what Microosft includes. The Glisten is basically running a clean and tidy installation of Windows Mobile 6.5. That’s it! While this may make the tweakers happy, it provides a drab experience for most users who want something interesting with a little bit of eye candy.

The rest of our gripes have to do with features and qualities that we see in other devices but not in the Glisten. For example, the small and low resolution screen isn’t good enough for a good photo/video experience. Also, swapping out microSD cards isn’t easy and requires you to pop out the battery. But again, it’s likely that the average Glisten user isn’t going to be using the device for multimedia, so these aren’t huge issues.

Read the whole thing here

HP iPAQ Glisten reviews

Here are two reviews of the HP iPAQ Glisten (Obsidian) Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone. The first one is from Cnet:

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a smartphone from HP here in the United States, but the company’s hoping to shine with its new messaging device for AT&T, called the HP iPaq Glisten. The Windows Mobile 6.5 handset looks decent on paper, offering all the essential features a mobile professional would want in a smartphone: a full range of wireless options, e-mail capabilities with a spacious QWERTY keyboard, and productivity tools. However, after spending some time with the device, we came away feeling completely underwhelmed by the iPaq Glisten. Its AMOLED touch screen should be one of the highlights of the smartphone, but instead, the low-resolution screen and the poor touch interface make it one of the phone’s downfalls. In addition, there’s very little in the way of extras or customization that just makes the smartphone feel drab.

For our money, we’d rather give up the touch screen and go with something like the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700, which offers a sharper screen, faster performance, and costs about $80 less than the iPaq. However, if you’re not a BlackBerry fan or are partial to Windows Mobile, the iPaq Glisten can do the job, just don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles. The HP iPaq Glisten is available now with a two-year contract for $179.99, after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Check it out here

WMExperts have also posted their thoughts about the device:

Glisten review

The size and slightly contoured edges felt good in the hand. I liked the keyboard but wished the top and side controls were raised just a little to make them easier to manipulate. The Glisten zips along nicely running Windows Mobile 6.5 and while it may not have the flash of other Windows phones, I found it to be a very capable Windows phone.

The AMOLED screen grew on me and it has its advantages over the traditional screen (works well outdoors). I don’t think the AMOLED screen is a deal breaker but does add to the phone.

Read it here

Source: Cnet & WMExperts

HP iPAQ Glisten unboxing & hands-on

Engadget posted their hands-on impressions of HP‘s newly launched Windows Mobile 6.5 business smartphone, the iPAQ Glisten.

The screen uses AMOLED technology, which really makes colors pop — it looks nice — but the Glisten clocks in at QVGA resolution, and it’s noticeable. Basically, WinMo 6.5 Professional was clearly never designed to operate on a tiny QVGA display, let alone a landscape-oriented one. This led us straight into minor usability issues throughout the device, from 6.5′s infamous “honeycomb” menu (which looks more ridiculous on this display than on any other we’ve seen) to the home screen, which doesn’t have the spit and polish at QVGA that it does at VGA or WVGA. The main menu here was designed to be flicked through with a finger, but try scrolling it on a finicky resistive display that’s just over an inch and a half tall. We dare you. Fortunately, you’ve got the d-pad — HP doesn’t intend you to navigate screens with touch — but the point is that this UI paradigm shouldn’t exist on this phone at all.

In brief, the Glisten looks and feels like a Motorola Q9 successor — which, when you think about it, is perfect timing since Moto’s looking to wind down the majority of its WinMo business. It’s not going to capture the public’s imagination, but as far as we can tell, it’s not designed to — it’s just a serviceable portrait QWERTY smartphone running an aging operating system that has become a refuge for business types unable or unwilling to invest the time and effort to migrate to another platform. For committed Q9 owners whose handsets have seen better days, that might be more than enough of a value proposition for AT&T to get another $180 out of you — and hey, you get a touchscreen and an upgraded WinMo build out of the deal.

Doesn’t look really exciting doesn’t it? Especially if you can get a BlackBerry for the same (or cheaper) price. Hopefully Microsoft is hard at work on WinMo7 because it isn’t looking goo for Redmond right now (the HD2 is basically the only Windows Mobile device that is susceptible to be a success right, but one device isn’t going to save WinMo..) especially with this kind of news.

HP Glisten review and software tour

InfoSyncWorld posted a short review of the HP iPAQ Glisten (Obsidian) smartphone which they found barely good enough. Unfortunately HP didn’t bother tweaking the device with any custom UI changes or anything else. here’s their conclusion:

With the HP iPaq Glisten, we wonder if HP has been paying attention to the phone market for the last couple of years. The phone is the most basic, barebones Windows Mobile 6.5 device you could imagine, with almost no extra software or convenient tweaks to improve the user experience. Business users will enjoy the tight integration with Microsoft Exchange and the solid build quality. The phone also packs a large battery and can hold a charge through a busy day’s use. Plus, the keyboard is nice and large for easy typing, definitely a solid competitor to RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9700. But beyond the basic business features, the phone comes up short. As more business users rely on a single device for their work and personal lives, the HP iPaq Glisten performs poorly at Web browsing, multimedia functions, taking pictures and just about anything other than serious work. The interface is difficult to use by touch alone, which is why most manufacturers, like HTC with their Tilt 2 on AT&T, improve it with some sort of enhancements. But with the HP iPaq Glisten, all you get are the basics, and that might not be enough for many users. Release: December 2009. Price: $180.

Read it here

Pocketnow also uploaded a video hardware & software tour of the Glisten:

Source: InfosyncWorld & Pocketnow

HP iPAQ Glisten unboxed on video

HP Glisten
Pocketnow posted a short unboxing video of the recently announced HP iPAQ Glisten (Obsidian). Nothing really exciting here folks, other than the AMOLED screen (it’s small and only QVGA thought). For more information about the Glisten click here

Source: Pocketnow

HP iPAQ Glisten announced, landing on AT&T next month

HP iPAQ Glisten
You may remember the HP iPaq K3 Obsidian we’ve reported about a few times before. Well, this Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone is now finally launching as the HP iPaq Glisten and is landing on AT&T next month for $229.99 after a mail-in rebate and 2-year contract. The device in only aimed at businnesses, the specs are :

- Qualcomm MSM7200A @ 528Mhz
- Windows Mobile® Professional 6.5
- 2,46? AMOLED 320×240 Touch Screen
- 3.2 Megapixel camera
- 256 MB RAM 512 MB ROM
- 3G world phone for voice and data1,2:
– North America: 850/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE; 850/1900 MHz UMTS/HSDPA
– Latin America: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE; 850/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSDPA
– Europe/Asia Pacific: 900/1800 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE; 850/2100 MHz UMTS/HSDPA
- WiFi: 802.11 b/g1
- Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR for short-range wireless communication with other Bluetooth devices
- 1590 mAh Li-Polymer battery
- MicroSD slot supports up to 32 GB
- QWERTY keyboard, 5-way directional pad
- 3.5 mm headset jack, speakerphone, microphones on the bottom and back for phone
conversations and voice recording; noise cancellation for improved call audio
- 112.8 x 62.8 x 13.4mm, 132g

Check out the pdf here

Source: AT&T via Pocketnow

HP iPaq K3 Obsidian hits the FCC, gets ready for AT&T

Looks like HP’s latest iPaq the K3 Obsidian is heading to AT&T after getting the FCC’s approval. The Phones specs are the following:

Windows Mobile 6.5
Qualcomm MSM7200A @ 528Mhz
2,46? AMOLED 320×240 Touch Screen
3.2 Megapixel camera
256 MB RAM 512 MB ROM
WiFi b/g


Source: FCC via Engadget

HP iPAQ K3 “Obsidian” spotted in the wild

Looks like HP’s latest iPaq offering is in the wild (in Vietnam). Sohoa posted a few pictures of what looks to be a nice Windows Mobile 6.5 competitor to the BlackBerry qwerty smartphones and it looks to be headed to AT&T.
Specs are:
Qualcomm MSM7200A @ 528Mhz
2,46″ AMOLED 320×240 Touch Screen
3.2 Megapixel camera
256 MB RAM 512 MB ROM
WiFi b/g

More pics here