HP enters smartphone market

HP wants a piece of the smartphone market. No, not a tiny sliver, but a massive slice that other people at the party think is probably a little too much for one person.

The release of the iPaq Voice Messenger and the iPaq Data Messenger handsets are there to do just that.

It's not targeting this one at consumers, that's too negative. Nor does it want to get bogged down with pro users, either, because they're too niche and boring. So step up the ProSumer (intercaps added for effect), the man / woman on the street who wants a bit of everything.

Well, if they pick up one of these two handsets they'll be getting a fair whack of tech to play with: 3.1MP cameras, Windows Mobile 6.1, and the Data Messenger packs a 2.8in QVGA touchscreen to boot.


The Data Messenger also comes with Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and 3.5G HSDPA connectivity, which measures up nicely against the rest of the smartphone competition.

Oh, and did we mention about the QWERTY keyboard that's hidden underneath? We didn't? Well, you're in for a surprise... it's got a QWERTY keyboard that slides out from under the screen.

But what of the Voice Messenger? Is it the little brother that would be OK emotionally if it didn't have an over-bearing, over-achieving brother to compete with?

Yes, yes it is. It's got no touchscreen, so will not feel the warm push of fingers over its face. It's got no slide out QWERTY keypad, so won't ever be able to wrap itself up in a cocoon of letters.

And not only that, it's only £60 cheaper than the Data Messenger. Both are due out in November, with the larger handset coming in at £399 SIM-free, and the Voice Messenger wobbling along at £333.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.