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i-Mate SP3 SmartPhone 3 - Discontinued

 

i-mate SP3 features at a glance:

  • Dimensions: 108 x 46 x 17.5 mm
  • Weight: 106 g with battery pack
  • Talk Time: up to 3.5 hours
  • Standby Time: up to 140 hours
  • Microsoft Smartphone Software
  • Tri-band GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 32 MB RAM, 64 MB ROM
  • Bluetooth Compatible
  • MiniSD Card Memory Expansion
  • 64k Colour Transflective LCD
  • Built in camera

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i-mate SP3 SmartPhone 3
   

Review: I-Mate SmartPhone 3 (SP3)

Summary

We are very impressed at mPhone with this I-Mate SmartPhone. It is one of the best SmartPhones on the market. The SP3 comes with an enhanced user interface, reduced size, at the same time keeping all the expected functionality of a SmartPhone.

What is the SmartPhone 3 (SP3)?

SP3 Size

The SmartPhone 3 is more than a simple upgrade. The new chassis is smaller, thinner and lighter than previous SmartPhones. Impressively, the chassis still captures the large range of buttons we have come to expect from SmartPhones.

Display

The SP3 includes a 2.1" colour screen which is the same size as the SmartPhone 2. It is of much better quality though, with good colour reproduction and sharp picture.

Connectivity

The SP3 has a standard USB port. Meaning the phone can be synchronised with a PC using the supplied cable. This method can also be used for charging the phone. Although, some people may prefer the cradle supplied with the SP2. A separate UK power adaptor is also provided (as standard) so you can also charge your phone when away from your PC.

Memory

The 64MB of internal memory should be more than enough room for storing personal information, pictures and video clips. However, should you start to run out there is a mini memory card slot. Unfortunately, its located under the battery, meaning the phone has to be turned off to remove or replace it. mPhone offer these reduced size SDs. They are listed under the SP3 SIM Free.

New SP3 Operating System (OS)

It is not just the outside that has had a overhaul, the Operating System has been upgraded to Windows Mobile 2003 2nd edition. Not much has changed in comparison to the SP2, but the interface is a bit better in terms of clarity and is easier to select the common features such as MSN messenger, email, contacts, and the personal diary.

Texting has been dramatically improved with the keypad better labelled. It is now easier to write longer compositions such as emails.

Control

Thankfully, the SP2 joystick has been replaced by a unique and user-friendly button scroller. This offers much enhanced performance and control.

SP3 Camera

As with most phones today, the SP3 comes with a camera to a maximum resolution of 640x680. It can not compete with a dedicated digital camera but adds allows for the odd snap shot to be taken then sent by email, MMS or downloaded to the PC.

SmartPhone Applications

New applications are also included, such as file and task manager.

mPhone Rating:

Overall we give the SmartPhone 3 (SP3) a rating of 4 out of 5.

Positive: Small size, long lasting battery, great interface

Negative: Memory card slot is difficult to access.

  
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