# HP 614C IPAQ Information #
OK I got one of these on saturday and plan to evaluate whether or not I will keep it over the next week.
Firstly compared to my HTC hermes (VarioII) the HP is lighter and about 0.5mm thiner but 0.5mm taller.
The Sim and micoSD card access points are both inside under the battery - Its a double edge sword regarding memory card location, if its inside it can't pop/fall out but at the expense of easy access.
There is no front VGA camera for Video calling, but then who uses video calling at 50p a mimute for both parties its propably a feature only for the wealthy, so I would'nt miss it. The display is fairly bright compared to my old Hermes the display on the HP is brilliant white as opposed to my hermes less bright, blue-tinted white display.
On inserting the Sim card for the first time the HP IPAQ data connection wizzard appears which assists in gathering network settings for you mobile operator. The ROM memory has about 100MB free from the unused portion of the ROM plus an additonal 24.8MB known as the IPAQ store.
The phone - I can confirm there is no "band" setting available in the phone options for selecting between GSM and HSDPA, the phone appears to select between the two based on the nearby transmitter. This could pose an issue since the phone will be yo-yoing between the two bands based on where it is, rather than letting you select a band yourself and having control, this is important since HSDPA uses more power and has an effect on the battery life. I will investigate this and have a poke around in the registry this week.
The volume - It looks like only 3 of the standard winmobile ringtones are included in the HP, so I loaded on the wavelength ringtone (from MS winmo website). With the volume turn up to max and the phone held in the hand (not covering the back speaker) the volume is adeqaute similar to the hermes. However HP have slightly over-engineered the HP in terms of how flush everything is at the back of the phone - it's all flush no dimples or pimples sticking out, this means that when the phone is on a flat surface like a table the back speaker (only one on HP, hermes has a additonal front one?) will be inveitably muffled causing the ringtone to appear low. One solution to this problem is to put the phone on it's front so the speaker is not covered or stick a small piece of tape or something at the back to slight raise one end of the back off the surface so the sound can get out?
the Vibrate option - is a continuous vibration, careful about leaving it on a flat surface since the vibration will cause the phone to start to gently vibrate around say a table , if you are not careful it could vibrate right off the table. Also the Rubberized coating at the back does'nt stop it moving. The rubberized coating also reminds me of a similar coating which was once used on a Psion Series 5 PDA, which was prone to peeling due too finger nails, so I will be watching carefully to see if there is any sign of it happening to the HP.
Camera - This was something I was really interested in, there are currently mixed views on the web on the cameras quality. first off it's 3mp autofocus with limit to about 10cm regarding getting up close to a subject. The camera software is by arcsoft, then GUI is not optimised for thumbs, really more of a stylus affair. The icons are really tiny. The usual settings are there quality, size, contrast, brightness,sharpness, effect, saturation etc...
The first few shots I started taking with it i noticed a pink tint running diagonally on the photo/screen after fiddling about with saturation (-0.5) I managed to reduce this tint which was not a white balance issue. My concusion is this tint which is not uniform may be a slight imperfection with the UV coating applied to the lens on the camera and possibly the saturation control can amplify or deamplify any imperfection or possibly a heat issue since i did notice the hp getting slight warm . Take a look at the photos on my flickr page for the example. I could get the unit exchanged but, i not too sure wether this could just be a sign of the massed produced camera harware and i might get something even worse. so far I have reduced the effect, as long as it can take reasonable snap shot photos then Im not expecting anything else and would be happy with that.
Speed wise, if you half press the shutter button it locks on and focuses then full press to take the photo with about a 1 second delay. quality wise (negating tint) seems reasonable, obviously when taking photos you need good light and a steady hand, theres a small led light on the back and a vanity mirror too. Note all the photos were handheld with no timer, any wonkyness will be down to hand shake and the white balance can vary due to being on the auto setting.
I will look into a fix for the phone band issue this week and investigate that photo tint issue a bit further too.
still more things to try out, keyboard, video, etc...
link to flickr: HP614C - photos of and by