i-mate Ultimate 9502 in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Ultimate 9502 is encased in slimming black which doesn’t quite disguise its large and bulky dimensions or its weight.

 

Ease of Use

The miniature keyboard is a little squished, but the high resolution screen is a usability highlight.

 

Features

Wi-Fi and HSDPA are here, as is HSUPA for faster uploads as long as your network supports it. GPS and output to a TV are among the other highlights.

 

Performance

The processor ran a little slow for our liking and we found it irritating to wait for it to catch up with our screen taps at times.

 

Battery Life

Battery life was reasonable, though with GPS and Wi-Fi on board you are likely to work it hard.

 

 i-mate Ultimate 9502 Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:52:10 PM

6

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

6

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

The TV-out feature is fun and could be very useful.

Cons:

The 9502 is relatively large and heavy and the processor ran slow at times.

The Ultimate 9502 hides its miniature QWERTY keyboard under its sliding front fascia. Although, only part of the screen slides from left to right, leaving the top and bottom of the device in the same position. This means that the keyboard is more tightly packed than we would like, and may be more tricky to use for the larger thumbed.

 

When you slide the keyboard out, the screen pops into wide format, and the high-resolution 640x480-pixel screen is ideal for graphically intensive tasks like web browsing.

 

The 9502 also comes with a cable that you can plug into your TV to enable you to view the phone’s screen on the TV. We tried this on a large widescreen plasma TV and it worked a treat.

 

i-mate Ultimate 9502 – showing off

web browsing, photos taken with the three-megapixel main

camera and other data was no problem. In a working environment there is nothing to stop you giving presentations in this way.

 

i-mate Ultimate 9502 - feature packed

The 9502 packs in the features. It is quad-band with HSDPA and HSUPA (the latter allows for fast uploading but you won’t find it widely supported in the UK at present). There is also a front-facing camera for two-way video calling.

 

A jog-wheel on the left-hand side of the device provides an alternative to the touch-screen and front-mounted D-pad. Meanwhile, the built-in Wi-Fi is great for using your local network or a free wireless connection when out and about.

 

There is also a GPS antenna, so with additional navigation software, the 9502 becomes a sat nav device.

 

i-mate Ultimate 9502 – not all plain sailing

Despite being packed with features, it’s not all plain sailing with the 9502. There are some elements we find distinctly annoying. We aren’t happy about the 2.5mm audio jack for starters. No smartphone these days should fail to have a 3.5mm jack, since so many of us like to use our mobile phone as a music player.

 

More fundamentally perhaps, we found the processor ran a little slow at times. It wasn’t always quick to respond to screen taps, and in everyday use we think you could find this a little irritating.

 

Then there is the general bulk of the device. Sure, it is crammed with capabilities, but at 200g, it is heavier than any other smartphone or PDA of recent times that we can think of, and it is big and bulky too. You’re going to need a large pocket to carry it around.