Excerpt: HP hasn’t done much in the smartphone market to date. In 2008, they came out with three devices, the iPAQ 910, the Data Messenger and the Voice Messenger, none of which were successful. These devices, while good for the mobile professional, didn’t really have a mass market appeal.
Excerpt: The HP iPAQ Glisten is a business-oriented Windows phone available from AT&T. It is HP's first with an AM-OLED touchscreen, and also sports a thumb-size keyboard, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, and[...]
Pros: Gorgeous AMOLED display, Snappy performance, Good battery life
Cons: Relatively poor speakerphone performance, most notably low speaker volume, Occasionally stuttery music playback, Annoying five-way navigator
Conclusion: The HP Glisten is literally a solid Windows Mobile QWERTY bar phone. It's well-made, sturdy and not bad looking as business phones go. But we can't say it adds anything new or enticing to the mix, and there's little that's changed since the HP 910c (which was a decent smartphone).
Pros: QWERTY messaging phone that's well-suited to business.
Cons: Small, low resolution display, not a multimedia demon.
Summary: At $179, the HP iPAQ Glisten is somewhat overpriced for what you get. Power users looking for a work and play device are much better off with a less expensive BlackBerry such as the Bold 9700 ($129), and mainstream consumers are better off with an OS and user interface that feels friendlier.
Conclusion: Being away from the US mobile market for some time, HP definitely has one good looking Windows Mobile smartphone that gives other similar handsets a run for their money – like the Palm Treo Pro , Samsung Intrepid and HTC Snap .
Pros: Well-sized QWERTY, Great phone call quality, Solid construction
Cons: Untouched interface, Bluish color to display