- Sliding backlit keyboard, Screen flips into landscape mode automatically, HSDPA capable, Generous features list, microSD card slot
- Bluetooth only 1.2, Proprietary USB and headphone jack, Slider isn't smooth, Sluggish performance
The JASJAM is a fair device with a generous features list, but a slow processor and chunky size dampen its appeal.
Price$ 1,299.00 (AUD)
Exclusively available on Telstra's Next-G network, the i-mate JASJAM is an HSDPA capable smart phone that features a slide-out keyboard, built in Wi-Fi, a 2 megapixel camera and memory expansion via a microSD card slot. A somewhat similar unit to the K-Jam with updated features, the JASJAM packs in plenty, buts its bulky size may be a hindrance to some.
The JASJAM performs well for voice calls, but like most smart phones it doesn't sound as good as regular handsets do, and the ring tone volume is a little too soft. That being said, the hands free speakerphone works well. Being a quad-band GSM, 3G, and HSDPA smart phone, there is a front mounted VGA camera for video calls.
Running the Windows Mobile 5 OS, the JASJAM naturally includes Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger and document viewers for opening Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, as well as PDFs. Both 3G/HSDPA connectivity and Wi-Fi (not to mention the convenient slide out keyboard) make the unit an excellent push email device. It's easy to configure for mail servers that run Microsoft Exchange 2003, while you can also use standard POP3 email accounts including Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! Mail.
Bluetooth and infrared are both included, but we were disappointed to see that Bluetooth is only the 1.2 protocol and not the newer 2.0 - there's no support for Bluetooth Stereo A2DP either. Thankfully, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/a is present.
Photos taken with the included 2 megapixel camera are decent, but far from sharp or vibrant. Despite a light, night time photography isn't the best. Photos can be taken at resolutions from 160x120 up to 1600x1200 and the camera has a range of options including sepia and negative effects, a two or 10 second self-timer and the ability to adjust white balance. There is also a video camera, which captures clips at resolutions up to 352x288, but the quality is below average.
The JASJAM supports a wide range of file formats, most playable through Windows Media player. These include MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC and AMR files. Users can also assign most files for use as ring tones. Unfortunately, the media support is let down by a proprietary USB headphone jack instead of the standard 3.5mm, so you'll need an adapter for standard headphones. The included headphones offer low quality audio and the external speakers aren't really adequate for music playback either
The JASJAM is powered by a 400MHz Samsung processor, 128MB of flash ROM, and 64MB of RAM - specifications which aren't really up to speed of some newer devices. We experienced sluggish performance, especially when running multiple applications, and general speeds were a little slow.
The best feature of the JASJAM is undoubtedly the keyboard. It's an excellent size and the keys are large enough to type comfortably on. The only negative is the fact that sliding it out isn't as smooth as we would have liked, as the slider isn't spring operated. In low light conditions, the keyboard also has an attractive blue backlight, so we had no issues typing messages in the dark. Although the slide out keyboard layout is certainly enticing for heavy email users, it also makes the JASJAM a pretty bulky unit, measuring 112.5mm x 58mm x 21.95mm and weighing a hefty 176 g.
The JASJAM's 2.8in, 240x320 pixel display conveniently flips into landscape mode when the keyboard is slid out, and is bright and clear. Its viewing angle isn't the best, and the screen suffers in direct sunlight, but it's adequate for most uses. The stylus sits in a strange place in the bottom right corner and extends when it's removed. For general use, the JASJAM's side-mounted scroll wheel is certainly an excellent help.
Battery life is reasonable, but definitely not outstanding. The JASJAM offers up to five hours of talk time and up to 200 hours of standby time. We found ourselves charging the unit every second night, although if you use multimedia features like the camera, or music playback, then you'll most likely have to power up every night.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Google releases Android 7.1.1 images for Pixel and Nexus devices
- Lenovo promises 12 new Moto Mod add-ons per year
- The Samsung Galaxy Note7's extreme thinness may be behind battery explosions
- Random iPhone 6s shutdowns due to faulty battery component, Apple says
- The mysteries of the GPU in Apple's iPhone 7 are unlocked
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCOBIEE/ Oracle BI Analyst- Informatica & DACNSW
- CCSenior Front End DeveloperVIC
- CCMid-level .NET Developer/Programmer - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCVideo Conferencing - PABX , Cisco, Polycom and Nortel/AvaNSW
- CCAPI DeveloperVIC
- TPiOS DeveloperNSW
- CCBusiness Systems AnalystVIC
- CCSenior Automation TesterQLD
- FTMarketing Automation DeveloperVIC
- FTSecurity ConsultantQLD
- FTEnterprise Account ManagerNSW
- CCProcess Analysts, Wealth ManagementNSW
- FTICT Manager - DefenceACT
- CCSenior Front End DeveloperNSW
- FTJunior Data Centre Support Technician - Sydney CBDACT
- CCChange ManagerNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystACT
- FTServer Infrastructure Team LeaderACT
- FTITIL Service ManagerVIC
- FTSenior Technical LeadNSW
- CCProject Coordinator / Specialist / Analyst - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- FTLevel 1/2 Service Desk AnalystWA
- CCPSCD/ CRM Business/Financial AnalystsACT
- FTDesktop Deployment EngineerWA
- CCMainframe Developer (with ASP.NET)VIC