Hewlett-Packard joins advanced smartphone race


Hewlett-Packard joins advanced smartphone race

Antony Savvas

Hewlett-Packard is joining the race to carve out a valuable slice of the advanced smartphone market with two new devices sold via Vodafone in the UK.

HP's iPAQ Data Messenger and Voice Messenger phones will do battle against the likes of Apple's iPhone and the Blackberry Storm handset equipped with its "clickable" touchscreen.

The HP iPAQ Data Messenger has a full sliding QWERTY keyboard and a 2.8in touchsceen. The iPAQ Voice messenger also has a 2.4in screen but no touchscreen.

As the latter's name suggests, this device is aimed at users who still tend to rely on voice comms more than data services like composing mobile e-mail and texting.

Both devices are equipped with HSPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth data services and are powered by Windows Mobile 6.1.

They are also equipped with a decent 3.1 megapixel camera.

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