For users that think they may be using a GPS SDIO card with the device or a future type of SD card that wouldn’t fit completely in the device, this would be a drawback to the device. I noticed a number of people had trouble hearing me. Dave’s Score – 8. This doesn’t include the two buttons that are for phone pickup and hang-up. On the cell phone side for things, I have noticed the radio in the PDA2k is relatively strong compared to my phones and others those around me use as I was often able to get service where others phones may not be able to. It also includes one of the hottest new ideas on the market, a slide out thumb keyboard. I can be reached at dave davespda.

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Under the screen mzte a thumb keyboard and on the back of the unit is a VGA camera. Because of the large antenna on the SDIO card, you can’t slide open the device to reveal the keyboard.

i-mate PDA2k – Silver (Unlocked) Smartphone

But if you have the money, want power, and need connectivity, the i-mate PDA2k could be right device for you. The device has a slightly different hue to it than other devices, a little darker silver.

Bluetooth is quick an easy to enable with the included Wireless Manager software and you can always tell when Bluetooth is on because of the left light which will flash blue. Normally I run my devices at full or near full brightness. A number of users including me noticed some issues with the phones microphone, and poor voice pickup for calls. I do however like that the screen will turn off while you are on the phone, and you can of course leave the screen off and the phone will still ring if there is an incoming call.


It also includes one of the hottest new ideas on the market, a slide out pra2k keyboard. The camera is good for quick snapshots, but that is about it. Unlike other thumb keyboards, the buttons on this keyboard are slightly different, and I don’t like them as much. With WiFi, there is always some onboard application for connection information.

Review: i-mate PDA2k – Dave’s PDA Place

While I did some testing, I did not elusively test the Bluetooth due to time constrains. I like it better than using stylus input for writing. Now, on screen buttons don’t get pressed, but usually the screen will get smudged after using it. I also like having the contact and address buttons at the top of the front face, and since they are larger it makes them easier to press.

The SD slot is on the back half of the device, and the front half slides up or the back slides down. Some users have reported problems matee others have pdaa2k everything checks out. When you begin using the keyboard it becomes backlit, which is good for highlighting the keys.

Then my girlfriend noted it, and when I said I thought it was one of the two things I just mentioned, she said she just didn’t think it sounded as clear as other phones. It is very easy to hear calls and get the caller good and loud.

i-mate PDA2k

Most users likely won’t use this because Windows Mobile will take care of the connection and basic configuration, prompting you if a key is needed. I am not using a screen protector and think that something like a Clear Touch screen protector would help, but still it would have been nice to see some kind of special screen coating to prevent smudging. Having more buttons gives you more options for how to control your device.


A camera would be another option, though the device has that as well. Note, there has been some discussion on forums related to the PDA2k about Bluetooth stack problems.

Best waist trainer Feel free to email me about your own PDA, questions, comments, articles, rumors, and reviews. The device is a PDA, a phone, and a camera, all rolled into one, making it one extremely powerful device. To use it, all you have to do is press the camera button once to get the live feed on screen and a second time to capture a still image.

It is also immediately noticeable the number of buttons on the front. Data service is great for downloading mail headers and checking news feeds. The right side of the device is smooth while ,ate left side of the device has two more buttons, up down control which I don’t think works particularly easily and the IrDA port.

They are l flush against the device likely because of the slider mechanismand the actual button is not the full area that is drawn. One interesting thing to note is when using the camera, the devices k will turn up to full brightness, likely so you can see the live camera feed well.

Next on the list is WiFi. You can specify if you want better performance or the best possible battery life.

With the PDA2k I don’t have to sync news stories before I leave for class, or in the library before class starts over WiFibut can do it whenever I want to see what is new.