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UTStarcom Coupe More UT Starcom i-Mate 8502/9502 i-Mate 6150/8150  

These two smartphones are nearly identical. The only real difference is that the 8150 offers a 12-key numeric keypad for better text and data input, while the 6150 relies on screen-based input only. To fit in that extra keypad, the screen is also slightly reduced in size. Overall, though, that is all that sets them apart.

Both have the same jog dials located on the left sides of the phone as the 8502/9502, and similar button placement/configuration. These phones are made of solid metals and plastics, and are equally as heavy as the others, as well.

6150 / 8150  

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Using these phones, the 6150 was very buggy. The keys barely worked, and the processing power was very slow. There was a long, long wait between pressing buttons and having the phone respond in any way to let you know you had touched it. This was surprising since these phones are due out within a few weeks, but the models we were using still may have been early hardware.

The 8150 was better, and the numeric keypad offered more feedback than the 6150 and was easy enough to use. While it still left us wanting for a more definite “click”, you could at least tell that you had touched its buttons.

The joysticks used for navigating felt strong and worked well. There was very little stickiness and we didn't have any problems using them.

Both offered XGA output ports, and could be used with full-sized displays for a more desktop-like experience.

We have a short video preview tour of the 6150 and 8150. You can watch it here:

Or visit YouTube for more viewing and sharing options.

We also have a demo of the XGA video out from these devices. You can watch it here:

Or visit YouTube for more viewing and sharing options.

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