With the release of the BlackBerry Bold last week and the excellent Nokia E71 before that, other manufacturers of email phones are going to have their work cut out to keep up. It's easy enough, it seems, to cram in the features these days, but both RIM and Nokia manage to combine that feat with excellent ergonomics, design, ease of use and battery life. So it was with some trepidation that we tackled HP's latest effort - the c Business Messenger. At first glance it's very similar to the Bold and E71, with its Qwerty keyboard and candybar form factor. And it's rammed with about as many features as those two devices as well. It has a three-megapixel camera on its rear with an LED flash and portrait mirror.
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Trusted Reviews may earn an affiliate commission when you purchase through links on our site. Learn More. Anyone after a phone offering instant, push email coupled with business-level PIM integration only had one place to go.
But nowadays rivals are ten a penny, and every smartphone manufacturer worth its salt has a BlackBerry-style handset in its line-up. The c Business Navigator , for instance, was a real mish-mash — part business PDA, part GPS device, part smartphone — and a big disappointment as a result. But can it compete with the best business emailer on the market, the E71? So what does the extra bulk and weight get you? Well, the keyboard is good.
There are dedicated keys for the full stop and comma, and the navigation cluster above the keyboard is large and easy to use. But is this any easier to use than the keyboard on the E71?
The screen then, surely, is better? Well, yes, it is bigger and, unlike the screen on the Nokia E71, it is touch-sensitive. But the size difference is only, surprisingly, fractional 2. This leads to good longevity: around two to three days with push email switched on and even longer three to four days if you choose to switch that off.
This allows you to eke the maximum possible battery life out of the phone without having to keep switching it on and off all the time. And the longer you use the c, the more you realise just how good its main rival, the Nokia E71, actually is.
But the E71 manages to match that almost stride for stride. It lacks the faster 7. There are a few areas where the iPAQ does have the edge, especially with document editing and creation.
Though the Nokia is equipped with QuickOffice 4. Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly.
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HP iPAQ 914c Business Messenger Review
Offering width over height, it's easier to view web pages and documents, and it's more than bright enough for use in all conditions. The keypad is particularly good for a handset of this size. The keys are big enough to type at speed without fear of mistakes, and the provision of dedicated buttons for basic punctuation marks makes it much easier and less time-consuming to write emails. The most intuitive is the four-way directional pad in the centre of the handset, and there are large shortcut buttons on both sides. You'll also be able to control the iPAQ using a wheel on the right-hand side, or with the touchscreen and stylus. Bluetooth is also included.
HP iPAQ 914c Business Messenger review
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