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PHOTOVIEW: The i-mate JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition aka HTC Magician
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 17.12.04 - 12:21:13 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 13217x
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Yesterday - with the delivery of the i-mate SP3i - also my latest gadget arrived: the i-mate JAM (better known as T-Mobile MDA compact aka HTC Magician). Unfortunately there arrived just one - to be reviewed here on PPCW.Net. The rest is still on backorder and not available through the PPCW.Net Shop yet. :-(

And if you watch the photos below, no wonder HTC is busy in manufacturing the device which causes supply delays.

But back to the device: The HTC Magician runs Microsoft latest Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition but unlike most other Pocket PCs, it has a 2.8" TFT display only (most other Pocket PCs have at least a 3.5" screen or more - the only exception is Motorola's MPx Pocket PC Phone Edition which includes a 2.8" screen also). Thanks to the smaller display, it was possible to reduce the overall size of the whole device and amazingly enough - it comes close to an Apple iPod mini 8O

The Magician is really the first Pocket PC which fits into your pocket. Unfortunately the reduced size also caused a reduced feature-set. While it has GSM and GPRS support (otherwise it wouldn't be a Phone Edition at all) for sure as well as Bluetooth, it excludes W-LAN support! :-( Not a big deal at all since it includes a SDIO compatible SD card slot on top which works well with the SanDisk SD Wi-Fi Card, however, it means you have to carry an additional card.

The keypad is reduced to the typical Pocket PC Phone Edition layout which includes the two call buttons, the Calendar and Contacts buttons as well as the 5-way navigation pad. In addition it has the on/off switch on the right and the recording and camera button on the left:


On the back, the Magician includes a 1.3 megapixel camera with digital zoom. Left from the camera is the mirror for self-portraits. Right or the mirror you have a small slot which features a second speaker.

An impressive device which fits most of my needs (except the missing Wi-Fi support and some other minor glitches). More to come soon!

Cheers ~ Arne