HP iPaq hw6515 Mobile Messenger (AT&T)
Manufacturer: HP Part number: FA635A#ABA
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CNET editors' review
price range: $120.25 - $332.45
- Reviewed by: Brian Bennett
- Edited by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 11/20/2005
- Released on: 10/18/2005
The good: The compact HP iPaq hw6515 features Bluetooth, EDGE, GPS radios, and solid battery life. The smart phone also has a QWERTY keyboard and various messaging options.
The bad: Unfortunately, the HP iPaq hw6515 doesn't have integrated Wi-Fi or Windows Mobile 5, and it suffers from sluggish performance occasionally.
The bottom line: The HP iPaq hw6515 offers great tools for the mobile professional, but its poky performance keeps it from achieving smart-phone greatness.
weak point : battery cover makes ipaq freeze !
by cparodi on September 2, 2006
Pros: weak point : battery cover makes ipaq freeze !
Cons: weak point : battery cover makes ipaq freeze !
Summary: There is an important video in technical support on www.hp.com/support that shows us how is the better procedure to remove battery cover. When I saw that, I ...
Summary: There is an important video in technical support on www.hp.com/support that shows us how is the better procedure to remove battery cover. When I saw that, I can understand why my iPaq was freezing so much every day and why I must removed battery cover each time ipaq freezede to restart the equipment. The razon is a little button into the cover that allow power to ipaq. If this button is not pushed 100% by the cover, then ipaq freezing. This is the problem with my ipaq. Be ware with this if you do not make crazy, like me !
Packed features, but haunted because it is very slow, unstable, and no WIFI.
by tp2wxc on September 1, 2006
Pros: GSM, Bluetooth, 1.3 Meg camera, great keyboard, SD and mini SD expansion slot
Cons: It's so SLOW, crashes all the time, no WIFI
Summary: This is my 6th PDA over the years and my 3rd HP PDA. The reason why I bough the 6515 is because I lost my previous HP PDA which I ...
Summary: This is my 6th PDA over the years and my 3rd HP PDA. The reason why I bough the 6515 is because I lost my previous HP PDA which I loved. I was blown away by the features it packed. Although it lacked integrated WIFI, I though it¡¦s not much of a deal to carry a SD WIFI and use the mini SD slot for my expansion. Then everything went sour after I bought the 6515. This thing is so slow. The average wait time for my PDA to respond in the Program menu was 12 seconds after the frequent hard crashes. Imagine yourself rushing in the airport, need to look up vital information and waiting for 12 seconds for the darn thing to respond. I could of powered on my laptop already.
It¡¦s not only the slow processing that will drive you nuts the device is totally unstable. I was using the device on a long distance call and found that I could not hang up the call! I had to push the little reset button on the bottom to force it to disconnect. Also, the device will just reset itself unexpectedly from time to time. Imagine working on a document or spreadsheet and then ¡§Bam!¡¨, it¡¦s all lost. Sounds like Windows 3.x again. There¡¦s more, you may have problems with video software on the 6515 due to its screen resolution. Videos playback will be chopped because the 6515 is 1:1 compared to others on the market. So you have to look for software just for the 6515.
I wanted to throw away this device the first week I bought it. HP had some wonderful PDA products in the past that I loved. I really don¡¦t understand why this produce came on the market. It¡¦s embarrassing and frustrating. More importantly, it really damages HP¡¦s brand.
I strongly advise those that is looking for a fully integrated PDA to avoid this device. Perhaps wait for the next version that has a faster processor. For me, this device¡¦s days are numbered. I¡¦m waiting for the day that I accidentally lose it on the plane again.
by makarpc on August 15, 2006
Pros: It's an IPAQ
Cons: Bluetooth connection poor; Internet slow, frequent dropped calls
Summary: I had this phone for 6 months and finally couldn't take it anymore. I was very disappointed and would not recommend it to anyone. I tried several BT headsets ...
Summary: I had this phone for 6 months and finally couldn't take it anymore. I was very disappointed and would not recommend it to anyone. I tried several BT headsets and couldn't get any of them to stay connected, even when the headset was within a few feet. The Internet connection is incredibly slow. If you buy one, be ready of numerous dropped calls or overall poor service. I'm grateful Cingular was kind enough to let me get a refund. I suggest buying a Blackberry if you need email, Internet, and want to use a BT headset.
BEST PDA I'VE EVER HAD
by xanderm on August 10, 2006
Pros: HAS EVERYTHING I NEED except.....
Cons: No WIFI, short battery life, slow
Summary: This is a great pocket PC. Easy to use and navigate. Plays movies and MP3's perfectly, syncs to my Outlook email, GPS, currently upgradeable to 6GB storage via SD ...
Summary: This is a great pocket PC. Easy to use and navigate. Plays movies and MP3's perfectly, syncs to my Outlook email, GPS, currently upgradeable to 6GB storage via SD and MiniSD....SWEEEEEEET
I love this phone!
by cparker74 on August 8, 2006
Pros: Easy to set up with awesome features.
Cons: Could use an improved phone program.
Summary: This phone is exactly what I have been looking for. My email inbox at work literally had thousands of unread email. Since I have had this phone I read everything. ...
Summary: This phone is exactly what I have been looking for. My email inbox at work literally had thousands of unread email. Since I have had this phone I read everything. I use an Instant Message program to provide quick support to my team at work. It's great. It has a lot of potential for making my life easier. The CNET editors downgraded the score because a lack of Wi-Fi. I can definitely see how Wi-Fi would be an advantage, and the new HP will have Wi-Fi. However, I bought this phone through Cingular for $199. For that cheap of a price I don't care about Wi-Fi. My biggest complaint is a small one. I'm used to having ring-id on my cell phone. I would like to find a replacement phone program that would allow different ring tones to be assigned to different callers.
Lemon - data device yes, phone no
by bmorerealtor on June 8, 2006
Pros: everything in one place
Cons: drops calls, network errors
Summary: I was excited to try the ipaq having had a bad experience with siemens. It worked better and was more user friendly than the siemens, then I started having network ...
Summary: I was excited to try the ipaq having had a bad experience with siemens. It worked better and was more user friendly than the siemens, then I started having network issues, it couldn't stay focused on the cell towers and I had to call in once a month to have cingular reset my tower, callers would get a message saying "this isn't a working number" or "your call can not be completed as dialed", and dropping calls anywhere and everywhere. The only thing I could depend on was the calendar feature of it syncing with my outlook. Overall this is not reliable as a phone but as a data device it was great.
It does everything other IPAQs do!
by Bearpilot on May 22, 2006
Pros: Built-in GPS and camera, mini-SD slot, decent battery life
Cons: Weak speakerphone, no easy keyboard lock
Summary: I have never used Windows Mobile 5 but the 6515 is as fast and reliable as an IPAQ 5555 or 4700. I have easily run GPS street mapping software and ...
Summary: I have never used Windows Mobile 5 but the 6515 is as fast and reliable as an IPAQ 5555 or 4700. I have easily run GPS street mapping software and Windows Media Player at the same time without a hitch. Battery life is equivalent to IPAQs and multi-media phones I've had. The Treo 650's quick one-touch keyboard lock-unlock would be a useful addition.
A nice organizer, a horrible phone
by objarch on May 19, 2006
Pros: An excellent Windows organizer
Cons: Horrible buggy phone software, no wi-fi, slow CPU
Summary: I got this smartphone as a present and have used it for the past 6 months. The phone portion of this device is, in general, very bad given the standards ...
Summary: I got this smartphone as a present and have used it for the past 6 months. The phone portion of this device is, in general, very bad given the standards set by Nokia and other mobile phone companies. Things you normally do by pressing one or two buttons on a Nokia phone mostly take ages with this smartphone. The actual phone software (which appears like a normal Windows program) is dead slow, buggy and unfriendly. For example, if you see a rather frequent error message such as "error making a call", a box appears with an "OK" button that has to be removed by clicking the button with a stylus (you can't press a key on the 40-key pad). Needless to say, if you're trying to make a call while driving, the last thing you need is to pull out a stylus just to remove some useless message. I don't think anyone has the patience to deal with such ridiculous problems with a supposedly consumer-grade device, especially given the high price of this smartphone (or rather "dumbphone"). In the 6 months I have used this phone, I experienced many annoying problems, too many to list them here. In a nutshell, I can only recommend that you steer very clear of this smartphone. It's a very good organiser but a horrible phone.
Hope it lives
by realmkeeper on March 31, 2006
Pros: GPS, Quad Band, Keyboard
Cons: Windows, Small Screen,Wi-Fi
Summary: My history with windows devices is littered with abuse. Physically the screen only disappoints and the lack of Wi-Fi. I have worked with various devices running Pocket PC on and ...
Summary: My history with windows devices is littered with abuse. Physically the screen only disappoints and the lack of Wi-Fi. I have worked with various devices running Pocket PC on and I cannot seam to bend my head around how (poorly) the OS functions.
The OS spoils the device. I also hope that the OS will not repeatedly test my patience as the 6515 will become a Ultimate/Unfortunate Flying Object.
by MSydney on March 22, 2006
Pros: Windows; Durable case; easy to use; good software bundle; camera and video are decent; keeps me organized
Cons: Tech support among wireless carrier, HP, and Microsoft tiresome to navigate but ultimately helpful
Summary: This ubergizmo has changed my life! I rely on the Calendar and Notes, and have become much more organized and productive since purchasing this ubergizmo. The camera is of good ...
Summary: This ubergizmo has changed my life! I rely on the Calendar and Notes, and have become much more organized and productive since purchasing this ubergizmo. The camera is of good quality and it also takes video. I use the stylus much more than the QWERTY keyboard. Screen is large and quite visible, indoors and out. Screen protector is essential, and I just ordered new ones from HP and they overnight them at no extra cost. HP Tech Support is quite good, while Cingular and Microsoft Tech Support services drive me insane with wait times and unanswered queries.
This unit can take a beating--it fell a couple times and didn't break.
It was very useful out of the country.
Internet Explorer is quite slow.
Overall, I highly recommend this as a top buy. Be sure to ask when buying if they have corporate discounts for your company.
The reason I am writing this review is I forgot my HP iPaq hw6515 at home today, and feel naked without it.
- Manufacturer: HP
- Part number: FA635A#ABA
- Description: HP iPAQ hw6510 Mobile Messenger offers integrated GSM/GPRS/EDGE technologies and is packed full of high-end features including an integrated keyboard, GPS Navigation, and multiple messaging capabilities - in a stylish, lightweight design.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Full keyboard - Touch screen
- Integrated Components GPS receiver,
- Width 2.8 in
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 4.6 in
- Weight 5.8 oz
- Localization English / United States
- Technology GSM
- Band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Pocket PC Phone Edition
- Application Software Voice Recorder,
Westtek ClearVue Suite,
HP Image Zone for Pocket PC,
Windows Media Player 10,
Terminal Services Client,
iPAQ File Store,
Microsoft Pocket Word,
Microsoft Pocket Outlook,
Microsoft Pocket Excel,
Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer,
HP Image Transfer
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen,
- Phone Navigation Buttons Joystick
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth,
- Phone Functions Vibrating alert
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3
- Type Intel XScale PXA270
- Clock Speed 312 MHz
- RAM 64 MB - SDRAM
- ROM 64 MB - ROM
- User Memory 55 MB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards miniSD,
SD Memory Card
- GPS Navigation GPS receiver
- Type LCD display
- Technology TFT Transflective
- Diagonal Size 3 in
- Display Resolution 240 x 240 pixels
- Color Depth 16-bit (65000 colors)
- Display Indicators Bluetooth indicator,
- Connector Type Headphones - Sub-mini-phone 2.5 mm,
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1200 mAh
- Compliant Standards FCC Class B certified,
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter,
Cellular phone docking station,
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F