The hw6515 is far more than just a potential BlackBerry killer. This miniature marvel isn’t merely here to send and receive emails – it can play music, synchronise your calendar with your office from across the country, and it can take photos and record videos. Oh, and it also includes a GPS satellite-navigation receiver.
In fact, the hw6515 is crammed with receivers; it’s a truly global device, with quad-band GSM and EDGE support. The only notable omissions are Wi-Fi and 3G. This means GPRS is the most likely way you’ll keep in touch with the office when on the move, and part of the power of the hw6515 is that, for some jobs, it can replace a notebook. You can receive an email with a Word file attachment, open it up in Pocket Word, make your changes and send it back.
The keyboard isn’t the answer to every prayer, though. The chassis is only 71mm wide and, although HP makes a good stab at squeezing in all the vital keys, we never felt comfortable typing. However, it’s far easier than handwriting recognition and we made few mistakes: you could write a detailed email on the device, but not a ten-page report.
Despite the impressive-sounding 1.3-megapixel resolution, we’re less convinced by the merits of the integrated camera. See www.pcpro.co.uk for an idea of what to expect, but the trademark characteristics are a lack of focus and, in bright light, a tendency to awful overexposure. The video feature could come in handy though, with a respectable resolution of 352 x 288.
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