New handset from HP tested

22 December 2008 — 6:02 PM

A new handset from a company better known for its laptops and PCs could tempt consumers to trade-in their used mobile phones, if a new review is to be believed.

HP has followed up its first Windows-based handset, the 514 Voice Messenger, with a new model which may cost a lot more but is a "luxurious" and "sexy-looking" phone.

Trusted Reviews states this week that the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger is "much sleeker" than the company's previous efforts and its slim design makes it pleasant to handle as well as simple to use.

A half qwerty keypad, which offers two letters per key, makes text and email sending simpler and the review concludes that - although the optical control pad is slightly unreliable - it is a new handset that could tempt many.

"There's plenty to like about the Voice Messenger, style-wise it's right on the button and it's got a good range of features and speedy performance," it states.

In addition to the latest phones, HP offers a range of computers, laptops, printers and peripherals.

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