The latest offering from Hewlett-Packard, the HP iPAQ Glisten cellphone is quite pleasing to the eye and as it is made by a company and is a brand that is a long-time user of Microsoft Windows Mobile, you may well expect a very smooth experience. The other most notably pleasing feature that we found on the HP iPAQ Glisten mobile phone was its prominently featured and eminently usable QWERTY style keyboard.
The HP iPAQ Glisten is although very pleasing in looks, somewhat lackluster in the quality of the display screen, the user interface and other areas. To begin with the iPAQ Glisten cellphone’s AMOLED (Acitve Matrix OLED) display is a meager 320 x 240 resolution presented on a rather smallish 2.5″ screen. Admittedly the touchscreen works as well as one expects but we found that the stylus conveniently included in the package was quite necessary as some of the button pressing is rather difficult to be done accurately with fingers.
Other technical specifications for the HP iPAQ mobile phone are pretty much what one would expect in current generation smart phones. Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), Bluetooth 2.0, a 3.1 MP camera with 5x digital zoom, quad band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and also UMTS (850/1900/2100) support.
Perhaps the area in which we were most disappointed by the HP iPAQ Glisten was that the operating software, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5, was so standard. It seems that there was no effort made to specialize the software for the HP iPAQ Glisten smart-phone, rather it was just loaded in as it was. Thus the start menu, Windows Media Player, etc are all highly familiar and rather drab for it.
While we may have sounded overly critical about the HP iPAQ Glisten, we can only say that we expected more from a company with extensive experience in the hand-held market. The HP iPAQ Glisten, to conclude is a smart phone that in a highly competitive market does deliver and live up to expectations. Its performance is beyond reproach and the QWERTY keyboard on the HP iPAQ Glisten is as well designed and functional as any other cellphone available in the market.
In summary, while not a high end highly polished product, for its price and competition (such as the Samsung Intrepid and the Palm Treo Pro, the HP iPAQ Glisten is a very good deal indeed.