Long known as one of the faithful partners of HTC, i-mate has now taken another direction. May be the reason is the new marketing strategy of HTC which decided to start manufacturing phones under its own brand.
The i-mate JAQ is a business-oriented Pocket PC and it seems that it has been manufactured by Inventec which has been a manufacturer of Palm devices for a long time now. The new i-mate JAQ is probably based on the Mercury prototype put in for approval before the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) by Inventec. Information on the Mercury leaked a while ago and back then it was considered as the next Palm in line.
The i-mate branded JAQ is powered by a 200MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 850 processor and has 128MB ROM/64MB RAM. The landscape TFT touch screen display has a diagonal of 2.8", supports 64K colors and is capable of a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. There's no Wi-Fi or UMTS support, but the handset does have Bluetooth 1.2, USB, IrDA and a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE. There is also a MiniSD card slot but unfortunately, lacks a camera. The device is equipped with a 36-keys QWERTY keyboard and works under Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC. The JAQ measures 122 x 71 x 22 mm and weighs 160g along with the 1440mAh Li-Ion battery. The form factor of the JAQ resembles those used by Motorola Q and Samsung i320 but physically compared to them it's more than huge.
The i-mate SPL is a smartphone with a more fashionable design and in fact it resembles a lot the Motorola SLVR L7. It has tri-band GSM/GPRS support (850 or 900 MHz depending on the market), 2.2" TFT display with a 240x320 pixels resolution, a 2 megapixel camera and it has a miniSD card slot along with a miniUSB connectivity port. The Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone OS relies on the 200 MHz TI OMAP730 processor and the 128MB ROM/64MB RAM for its working efficiency. The device measures 114 x 49 x 12 mm and weighs 102g.
ok first of all vk mobile are still going strong and have few new handsets out soon that look nothing like the l7 i think the blue slide phone will be a top seller.; but this phone will be a hugh sucess because it will benefit new businhess that cann...
Please,i'm not CRITISIZING the phone.One of the things that make a company special is its originality.Remember VkMoblie?(now bankrupt.)A lot of effort was put to making most of their phones look like L7.The outcome?Well i think i alredy stated that.....
"I HOPE THIS DOESN'T REACH THE UK" why? is someone going to force you at gunpoint to buy it if it does.