i-mate JAM GSM/GPRS Pocket PC
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The i-mate JAM is the smallest GSM/GPRS-enabled Pocket PC available. The units come supplied with 6 months warranty supported by eXpansys.Use for playing MP3s, making voice calls, collecting emails, taking pictures and much more. To read the PDA Essentials review of the JAM click here. Features: Operating SystemWindows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Dimensions58mm x 108mm x 18.1mm Weight160g GSM/GPRSTri-Band 900/1800/1900 MHz BluetoothYes CameraYes Memory SlotSDIO/MMC The most exciting advance in PDA/phone hybrid products is here. The i-mate JAM is set to become the ultimate single solution to the communications and entertainment needs of the modern day. The smooth curves of this tiny PDA hide massive functionality in its small form. The i-mate JAM is tri-band, Bluetooth compatible and runs on Windows Mobile Second Edition software which includes standard packages such as Pocket Outlook, Phone, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger and Games. With a healthy 64MB RAM and ROM, MMC/SDIO slot and 1.3 Megapixel digital camera slot the i-mate JAM is packed with full customisable features, as well as being incredibly stylish and easy to use. Designed as a small, mid-tier device, the JAM offers exceptional audio quality, allowing users to access online music and Internet with the built-in GSM/GPRS mobile phone and the new Windows Media Player 10. As a feature of Windows Mobile 2003, you can choose to display your information in portrait or landscape mode, allowing for unparalleled ease of use. As a standard bonus, all i-mate device users can register for free on Club i-mate and take advantage of their own personal email account with calendar and contacts, and stay up to date with the exclusive downloads, offers and online support services. Box Contents : i-mate JAM Stylus AC Adaptor Carry case USB sync cable User manual Headset Quick start guide Sync software CD These units ship with 6 months manufacturers warranty.
Top Customer Reviews
A few cons that cost it a star:
- Modest battery life. Good for size and for a pocketPC, but worse than a phone (although modern high-speed colour phones can be pretty poor, too). Top up the charge every day (it charges from its USB cable, so it's easy) and you'll be fine.
- No cradle supplied, or even available at the time of writing. Seems like a crazy omission, but no more than an inconvenience.
- No built-in Wi-Fi. Easily added with a Sandisk 256Mb + Wi-Fi SDIO card, but that annoyingly pokes out the top. No doubt this will come on the JAM 2.
- No GPRS EDGE. Also likely to appear in later models.
- Slight flakiness. Compared to, say, one of the simpler Nokia phones, anything powered by Windows is going to look a bit flaky. The worst problem I've encountered so far is with Bluetooth: with my SonyEricsson HBH-300 headset, after almost exactly 8 minutes on a call the remote party can no longer hear me, even though I can hear her or him fine. Dropping and reconnecting clears the problem, but it's a pain.
Although I'm a gadget fan, I'm pretty picky about what to use day-to-day for communications. For e-mail, I'm hanging onto my Blackberry for now, but the JAM is small enough to have become my phone, and it's handy still to be able to have data connectivity even when I've left the Blackberry at home.
The worst part of the phone is the Windows Mobile operating system. Can be flakey at times, and some of the options are in strange places so certain things look to be designed by several different software teams that never talked to each other. Good once you get used to it though, although I have had to add quite a few third party freeware and shareware purchases in order to get decent functionality from the device. It's good that you can do that easily and makes the device fun to own due to all the tweaks and software you can add to customise.
The JAM works great as a PDA but unfortunately falls a little short as a mobile phone. Don't get me wrong, the JAM does all the basic phone functions but seems to be missing some of the nice to haves??
I have given this item "4 stars" as I think it's excellent but definately has room for improvement.