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Topic # 3800 6-Apr-2005 06:33
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Hi,

I'm new to this forum and also geekzone. I thought I had seen a review on the I-MATE some time ago, but can't seem to find it. My questions are: Is there anyone out there who has purchased the I-Mate PDA2k, if so, how do you like it? Also, the most important question is, I am presently an AT&T (Cingular) customer. Will my sim card really work in this phone? And, lastly, are there any discounts out there for purchasing this phone?

Thanks,

Teri

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Reply # 14019 6-Apr-2005 07:49
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This is the review, and you can see a performance chart comparing it with other Pocket PC on this article.

Overall I liked it, and although I don't the PDA2k (HTC Blue Angel), I have the CDMA EV-DO version (HTC Harrier), which is pretty much the same, without Wi-Fi.

Your SIM card will work, and the PDA2k is a quad-band phone, so it will work with any GSM network in the US.





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  Reply # 14032 6-Apr-2005 20:51
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I've got a PDA2k and really like it. It's a great PDA and a good phone unit. The camera and music playing are average but useable- something has to give with this many features in one phone.

The built in wireless is great as I have a wireless ADSL router at home so can sync emails, RSS feeds etc essentially for free from here. This certainly cuts down on the data charges compared to phones with only GSM or EVDO connectivity.

If you're a really heavy phone user battery life may be an issue. Consider getting an extra battery, or look at the smartphone version instead if phone performance is the most important thing for you.

I find I use the slide-out keyboard less than I expected as the character recognition software in the 2003 version of Transcriber is excellent. Having said this there are times when I find myself "two-thumbing" away happily writing emails. Not as quick as a standard keyboard but still very useable and at least it's always there and available, not an afterthough accessory that you have to cart around like the HP one. If you don't care about the keyboard look at the new O2 xda IIi instead (http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=4326)- better camera and a smaller package overall.

Some mobile operators are now discounting PDA2ks through corporate plans etc but being NZ based I can't help you much with details from the US operators, sorry.

A couple of minor things to note
1) I had to upgrade the firmware as the original release was a bit flaky with poor bluetooth and a habit of occasionally locking up the phone software so that the person on the other end could not hear you. I've got an IMate branded phone and they released the update from their site. Have heard from an Aussie based O2 user that they can't get the update for their phone yet and still suffer from issues.

2) The sliding design of the keyboard/screen means that most SDIO cards with a fat plug or aerial will get in the way and stop the keyboard sliding down. A minor design issue that's only been an issue for me using the Stellus Starnet GPS unit (http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=4161) as most other things that you might want an aerial for are all built in. No issues with standard SD memory cards as they fit fully in the slot.

Hope this helps
John

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