The device that's currently #1 in Expansys Sales chart is the new I-Mate K-JAM http://www.expansys.com/product.asp?code=125518
I've been using a variant of the device for about the last week so I thought it was about time I shared my experiences so far. If there are things I've missed - Feel free to post comments with questions and I'll answer them. The guys over at http://www.newmobile.nl have some excellent photos of the device with comparisons to other devices which I'm using in this overview.
Form Factor and Device Build
The Wizard device is in a similar form factor to the I-Mate JAM which was the HTC Magician device. The Magician has been hugely successful across the globe and is not too much bigger than a traditional phone yet runs the Pocket PC Phone Edition operating system - offering touch screen and a plethora of other capabilities. The Wizard device is 6mm thicker than the Magician (mainly due to the Keyboard) however it's still a very small device considering all that it offers! See the photos below for size comparison.
The major differences from the Magician device are:
Windows Mobile 5.0
1.3 Megapixel camera
The keyboard slides from the device and is wonderful, it's a huge improvement over the HTC Blue Angel keyboard. I've found myself using the keyboard extensively for IM, Email and browsing the Web. The keyboard has a very positive feel to it and the keys are much bigger than the Blue Angel so it makes it easy to type on with my big fingers 🙂
The device has a mini SD card slot which seems strange as the device is big enough for an SD Card slot. This is OK but does limit the range of additional peripherals that can be used in it 🙁
The device overall is an excellent size and is very similar in size to the Nokia 6600.
I've been using the Wizard since last Thursday as my primary device for email, text, phone calls and web browsing. I've yet to see the battery low error. I am charging every night during the week but it lasted over the weekend without a charge. Battery life is much better than the Magician device which I used to run down every day .... The addition of persistent storage in Windows Mobile 5.0 means I don't care if it does run down as I won't lose anything 🙂
WiFi, Phone & Bluetooth
The Bluetooth and Phone on the device are very reliable. I've been using a combination of BT Headset (Jabra) and also my cars Bluetooth Car Kit. One Fantastic point is that it supports Phonebook transfer to my BMW Car Kit!
WiFi connectivity is excellent and the range seems pretty good in my house. I've had a couple of issues getting IP addresses from my Router but I think that was my Router - after I gave that a power cycle - everything was fine.
Skype also seems to work well - the processor in the Wizard is only 200 Mhz so turning off echo cancellation is key.
So this all sounds very positive .... it is! I have to say the Wizard is the perfect mix of size and functionality for me. I love the Universal but it's just too large to be an everyday, all day device. The Wizard has some compromises (no 3G, no VGA screen) but it's size means you'll carry it everywhere!
The only minor issue I've seen is that with the slower processor (it's 200MHz) high quality video files play a bit slowly....
Otherwise - it's fantastic!!!
The device is available from I-Mate as the K-JAM, QTEK as the 9100 and it's US variant is the PPC 6700 from Sprint. I'm sure other European operators will follow 🙂