Production i-mate K-JAM is here, full review almost done

The production i-mate K-JAM arrived a couple hours ago and I plugged it in to fully charge it up. At first glance the black background keyboard, black around the edges and brushed aluminum front around the display is nice. However, the dark gray on the QTEK 9100 is also quite attractive. Now that version of the Wizard that Engadget said is coming to T-Mobile is quite ugly in my opinion.

My full review is now 99% done and I just have to verify a few things on the production model, run a few more battery tests, and get my photos together so hopefully it will go live tomorrow.

The keyboard backlight actually does light up the numbers and punctuation on the K-JAM, but could definitely be brighter and there still is no known way to change the 5 second off switch. A few more applications are loaded on the K-JAM (Skype, Backgammon, eTrust antivirus), but I plan on removing them as soon as I can get my miniSD card out of the QTEK running battery tests.

I need to verify the RF strength in this model, which will have a significant impact on whether or not I go with the Wizard over the Treo. It sure is fun to have this kind of dilemna, don’t you think?

  1. #1 by Antoine on October 6, 2005 - 12:49

    Tis a nice dilema. I was just using that same word last night in trying to decide what PDA to carry today between the Treo 600 and QDA-700. Both are nearly the same, but the Treo is more data centric, and me thinking I was going into a meeting today wanted date and (silghtly) better device to play on. The QDA impresses though because its nice and light and feels every part like a good phone.

  2. #2 by Anonymous on October 6, 2005 - 13:10

    How is the keyboard slider with the production version?

  3. #3 by palmsolo on October 6, 2005 - 14:43

    The production i-mate keyboard has zero wiggle room unlike the pre production QTEK 9100. However, the display on the i-mate is more washed out and bright where the QTEK 9100 has deeper, richer colors. I now need to test out RF reception to see if the i-mate has a chance to take out my Treo 650.

  4. #4 by Anonymous on October 6, 2005 - 20:43

    keep up the good work palmsolo! I cant wait to read your full review on the K-Jam… I am currently looking for a new phone and am debating between the K-Jam and the SP5… hopefully your review will help me make up my mind!

  5. #5 by Anonymous on October 7, 2005 - 04:27

    Please let us know if you can listen to MP3/Windows Media via your Bluetooth Headset with the QTEK 9100

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