Infosync has given the HP Glisten a good going over and are pretty unimpressed with the smartphone. Scoring the device only 69/100, they were happy with the hardware, battery life, and business features, but marked the smartphone down for not having good non-business features, calling the camera poor and lamenting the lack of a good media player of social networking features.
With the HP iPaq Glisten, we wonder if HP has been paying attention to the phone market for the last couple of years. The phone is the most basic, barebones Windows Mobile 6.5 device you could imagine, with almost no extra software or convenient tweaks to improve the user experience. Business users will enjoy the tight integration with Microsoft Exchange and the solid build quality. The phone also packs a large battery and can hold a charge through a busy day’s use. Plus, the keyboard is nice and large for easy typing, definitely a solid competitor to RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9700. But beyond the basic business features, the phone comes up short. As more business users rely on a single device for their work and personal lives, the HP iPaq Glisten performs poorly at Web browsing, multimedia functions, taking pictures and just about anything other than serious work. The interface is difficult to use by touch alone, which is why most manufacturers, like HTC with their Tilt 2 on AT&T, improve it with some sort of enhancements. But with the HP iPaq Glisten, all you get are the basics, and that might not be enough for many users. Release: December 2009. Price: $180.
Pros: Solid build quality. Great battery life. Large, easy full-QWERTY keyboard.
Cons: Barebones set of Windows Mobile features. Web browsing, multimedia and camera features all below average. Interface still not entirely touch friendly.
Read their full review here.