I know, I know for the last couple of weeks I’ve been saying that I had my heart set on a iMate Ultimate 9502, but after revisiting the size and weight options I decided that the iMate Ultimate 8502 would be more suitable for me this time. I also liked the idea of not having to unclip my leather case to type out a detailed SMS or note. Besides the iMate Utimate 8502 has all the same specs without the slide-out keyboard with the bonus of being lighter and thinner.
So off I went at lunchtime to visit the only Telstra Store in Melbourne that had 8502s, Tshop Bourke Street. The 9502s are expected later this week. Kris, the Tshop assistant was helpful, organisedÂ my upgrade from my chunky JasJam and finally escape with the store’s first iMate Ultimate 8502.
Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5.0 took around 5 minutes to sync all my contacts, calendar, tasks and notes. All went smoothly without any hitches. Now comes the task of reinstalling all my software…Microsoft Voice Command will be my first!
First 2 hours impression:
- Clear sharp screen
- Thinness and lightness (compared to my Jasjam)
- Performance is responsive
- Little Joystick
- Tiny QWERTY keyboard is actually decent to use
- No crashes yet
- Not-cheap looking holster case
- Secure stylus that doesn’t slip out easily
- Side volume control buttons
- No GPS software packaged in
- Can’t find the reset hole
- Default Voice Dialling software is so eighties
- Want an extra button so I can assign Microsoft Voice Command to it
- Camera quality (need to take more photos)