The 1st cellular enabled Windows Mobile [then Pocket PC] device I had was an i-mate JAM [codename: HTC Magician, manufactured by HTC] since then I’ve moved away from the brand because they really had no presence here in the PH. They’ve changed manufacturers when HTC started selling devices under their own brand and honestly I thought their device line ups became *meh*
Their ultimate line tickled my fancy for a few minutes but was quickly forgotten. At the recently concluded MWC ‘09 in Barcelona i-mate announced a new device which really piqued my interest. It’s the i-mate 810F. Here are some specs:
Cellular: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE = (850/900/1800/1900) & Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA = (850/1900/2100)
Display: 2.4in QVGA TFT touchscreen
OS: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional (with Internet Explorer Mobile 6)
Processor: Marvell PXA310 624Mhz
Camera: 2MP Fixed Focus
Others: WiFi 802.11b/g + Bluetooth 2.0 EDR + aGPS
Battery: 1200mAH Li-Ion
Dimensions: 111mm (L) x 66mm(W) x 15.5mm(T)
Formfactor: QWERTY bar
The specs are quite run of the mill for Windows Mobile devices. I would’ve liked to see a higher resolution display, 480x640 VGA at least. Again we see a fixed focused camera which seriously should be atleast auto focus. I don’t mind fewer megapixels as long as the optics are better and it has auto focus. The beefy processor is always welcome but I wonder how this will impact device uptime with it’s 1200mAh battery. I must admit that I am happy that this device is a front facing QWERTY bar. Less moving parts and you still get a full physical keyboard for text/data entry. It runs Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 an aging OS, fortunately i-mate is including the new version of Internet Explorer mobile. I do hope they anounce a free update to Windows Mobile 6.5 when this device is nearing launch.
The strength of the 810F is not in it’s run of the mill specs but in it’s construction. i-mate is claiming that the 810F has been built to military spec. The device has been made to withstand heat, cold, humidity, shock as well as dust & dirt. The company boasts that the device can withstand being driven over by cars and trucks as well as being submerged in water for 24 hours. I’m sure that people who use their devices under extreme conditions [or are extremely clumsy] will really dig this feature.
Pricing and availability are unknown as of this writing.