The HP iPaq hw6515 rocks a bright 3-inch, 320x240-pixel screen that displays text and images in 64,000 colors. To protect the TFT QVGA screen from scratches, HP throws in a plastic flip cover that's easily attachable. Just below the screen are two shortcut keys to your Contacts and Inbox, Talk and End keys, and a five-way joystick. And like the Palm Treo and the Samsung SCH-i730, the iPaq hw6515 boasts its own full QWERTY keyboard. The rounded backlit keys are tiny but well spaced and responsive, if a bit slippery.
On the right side of the smart phone, there's an SD expansion slot and a Mini SD card slot just below it. On the left spine, you'll find an infrared port, a volume rocker, and an image-capture/voice-record button. The HP iPaq hw6515 features a 1.3-megapixel camera--the hw6510 doesn't come equipped with a camera--and you can find the lens on the back of the device, along with a flash and a self-portrait mirror. The only thing missing is a camera lens cover.
Aside from the aforementioned belt case and flip cover, HP packages the hw6500 series with a desktop-synchronization cradle, a pair of earbud-style headsets, and an AC adapter. A variety of optional accessories are also available, such as HP's Bluetooth stereo headphones for $100 and a digital FM transmitter for $60.Modestly equipped with a midrange 312MHz Intel PXA272 processor, the HP iPaq hw6515 has a total of 128MB of memory, but only 55MB of that is user-accessible. Fortunately, as mentioned earlier, the phone features both SD and Mini SD expansion slots for extra storage. As a Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition device, the iPaq hw6515 gives you the typical pocket versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer. We would have, however, liked to see the phone running Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5 operating system, which comes with an improved Mobile Office Suite, including PowerPoint Mobile. That said, you get a couple of extra utilities with the hw6515, such as iPaq Backup and Pocket Panel Lite for one-touch access to device status--battery memory, backlight settings, and so forth.