HP iPAQ hw6955 French Reviews

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The HP iPAQ hw6955 French has an average user review score of 3 Stars out of 5 based on 6 reviews.

4 Stars out of 5

Not a bad phone to use with

Reviewed on Tuesday August 4, 2009 by , Toronto
I have had a few devices before I found this one couples years ago, but they don't have this many features! I hate to carry several devices (cell phone, mp3 player, PDA, etc.) and this device truly merges everything into one.

It's a bit wider than the average cell phone, but not too large to hold in hand while talking. Buttons are not too small that I accidentally press other buttons instead of the one I want.

A cool feature for someone who doesn't want to pay for GPRS data plan. Great for checking emails/stocks, but not for everyday use as 802.11b isn't that fast for wireless connection. WiFi uses a bit more power than GPRS so expect your battery to be drained.

One of the main reason I stick with this phone is because of the A-GPS on this device. Unlike Blackberry and iPhone, this GPS can operate without data plan, as the NAVTEQ software installs the maps into the phones storage memory or miniSD card.

I have no problem with reception on this phone, and because of the Quad-band feature, I bring this phone with me to every business trip around the world.

Qwerty Keyboard
I actually liked the keys better than touch-screen keyboard on iPhones because they are easier to feel when pressing. And they are spaced further apart than Treo and Blackberries keys, making it easier to hit the right key. Backlight in bright white... typing in the dark is no problem!

A disappointing feature with only 1.3MP camera, and this phone cannot send MMS at all (I've called Rogers technician to go through with this).

This worst part of this device. Device shuts down once at 50% battery life (it'll take some luck to turn it back on), and shuts down completely at 30% (which you need to plug into a charger to turn the device on)
1 Star out of 5

Bad Design

Reviewed on Thursday December 13, 2007 by , Toronto
Do NOT buy this phone. It seems everyday I find another reason. The user interface demands a LOT of USELESS 'clicks' to delete a message etc. Even when locked, it often redials from my belt. That happens so often, I now call myself after every call, so that when it does redial, it isn't annoying a prospective client. When the battery dies, there is NO warning, and it shuts itself off at approx 30% power. So, why call it 30%? Call it what it is - 0%! I didn't mind the wide format, because I was going to use a blue tooth earpiece, but there is a bug in the firmware and it will NOT work with Blue Tooth 2.0. Also, about once or twice a week, I need to pull the battery to force a hard reset, because it has gone into some sort of loop on the interface.
The buttons are WAY TOO small for an average man's fingers. So, this phone requires TWO hands to operate. Since I can't bring my self to sell it and pass these troubles onto someone else, I am tempted to put a large nail through the screen, take a picture, and put it on eBay at double retail price with a full list of issues. Hopefully HP will buy it from me to get it off eBay.
5 Stars out of 5

Great Phone so far

Reviewed on Tuesday September 11, 2007 by , Toronto, Canada
I had previous models if HP, and many blackberries old and new.

The reason I got HW-6955 is because it yields the best synchronization with the outlook as compared to other smart phones including Nokia , Blackberry etc. Phones, addresses and many other contact information including groups calendar and tasks finally work exactly as they appear in Outlook.

WiFi is a great option and definitely provides potential for money savings.

GPS works great with Streets and Trips 2005 that I had for over 2 years now.

Reception is good so far, I know I can get signal when in the elevator, and Blackberry or Nokia would drop calls.

Battery sucks. It depends on the usage and settings, but it is possible to drain the battery in about 2-2.5 hours from full to empty.

Well I did not pay for it, but I think it is fairly priced if bough on the contract, it is only 350 from [service provider] as compared to 399 for blackberry that does not have Camera, and WiFi.
1 Star out of 5

Horrible Phone !!!!!

Reviewed on Wednesday August 1, 2007 by , Toronto, Canada
This phone sucked so bad I had it replaced 4 times and they all did the same thing, if someone called it would freeze so you couldent answer the phone,
when you switched in between menues it would freeze.
It was slow over all.
Bad recepetion at all time.

please dont waste your time or money on this phone.

2 Stars out of 5

Not quite useable

Reviewed on Saturday May 19, 2007 by , Ottawa
Sorry, but this device does not meet expectations. The WiFi is dropped by Mymail after 10 minutes to use GPRS. It is slow, often lagging 10-30 seconds when just dialing a phone number.

Email opening takes way too long. Maybe it is Windows Mobile 5, but this is sluggish to the point where you say "what's the point"?

Windows takes a lot of work to get something simple. My old Palm Pilot was a lot more efficient. Maybe I need a Treo?

Camera can't take a good picture.

Mymail sends seem to stay in the outbox inexplicably when you don't want them to.

Battery life is disappointing. Less than a day when trying to use a few simple functions. The HP navigation trial with the GPS was at least 7 years out of date and did not have my street.

I am missing the reliability of my Blackberry 7290.
4 Stars out of 5

Big features packed into one small device!

Reviewed on Wednesday January 24, 2007 by , Dartmouth
I have had previous HP IPaq devices, but never with this many features! I hated carrying several devices (pda, cell, mp3 player) and this device truly merges everything into one.

Size/Weight = it's a bit wider than the average cell phone user would be used to, but definately not too large to hold in hand while talking, even for a woman with small hands like myself. It's suprisingly light, and not bulky considering the 4 radios inside. There are no ugly external antennas either (ala treo)

WiFi = Yes Rogers has released a device with WiFi! So you can now go to Starbucks and surf the net for free, reserving your precious (and expensive) GPRS data for emergencies. WiFi is a bit more power hungry though so expect your battery to drop faster.

GPS = This device has 'assisted' gps which means you need to download a data packet every few days that will help accuracy in aquiring satellites. You can do it while in the cradle to save data (or use WiFi) Turning on the GPS is a bit wierd though, you need to turn on your Bluetooth radio! I guess both gps/bt use the same receiver?? Anyway I had no trouble getting sat signal inside my apartment, and using the included HP navigation software (which btw is only a 60 day trial... it's 129.00 to buy :( ) GPS built in... awesome!

Reception = I had no problems, in fact I still had signal down inside a submarine (where cell signal is almost nil usually)

Qwerty Keyboard = I actually liked the keys better on the previous version (Ipaq 6515) because they were a little more domed and easier to feel when pressing. These are flatter, but nonetheless still provide ample tactile feedback. They are spaced further apart than Treo's keys, making it easier to hit the right key. Backlit in bright white... typing in the dark is no problem!

Square Screen = The 240 x 240 screen has less real estate than a typical pda which is 320 x 240, however, it was necessary to fit the qwerty keyboard without having a massive device. Actually, I don't miss the screen space so much, and it makes me more choosey about the today plugins I want to have, so my screen looks much neater. The square resolution used to be a problem when the 6515 came out because not too many pocket PC authors made software to fit it. Now, with more devices using the square screen, finding third party software is no problem.

Sound Quality = I find that overall the sound quality is great, both through the ear piece and through the included wired headphones. Ocassionally though, sound cuts in and out, and it took me a bit to realize that it was the WiFi radio doing it. Usually when WiFi is on, you wont be talking on the cell, and vice versa, and it doesnt do it every time WiFi is on, so its not much of a problem. Part of the price you pay to have so many radios crammed into such small space I guess.

Windows Mobile 5 OS = The new pocket PC operating system WM5, is pretty much the same as pocket pc 2003 SE, but you gain two soft keys at the bottom. In programs, where there used to be a bottom menu bar, you now have the two keys, so the menus are broken up inside these two keys instead. It takes a bit of getting used to finding where all your menu options went to, but it's not difficult and after playing with it for a few days I kind of like it better since I can navigate using the soft keys and 5 way joystick without needing to use the stylus. The system runs faster with WM5, and seems less buggy (fewer soft resets) though this Ipaq does NOT come with the Ipaq Backup utility that came with previous Ipaq's, so you will need to buy one. (highly recommended since a hard reset will result in you needing to reinstall ALL of your programs and info :( not fun! )

Camera = its only 1.3 MP (a bit dissapointing since thats the same as the 6515 was). I would have thought they'd upgrade to a 2 MP. But anyway, its still great for clicking quick pics to send as MMS or in email.

All in all this is a great device for business or personal use! Play Mp3s, play games, surf the net, download emails, navigate with gps, share photos, talk on the phone, organize your personal information and much more in one small, celever looking device!