iMate shrinks the Wi-Fi mobile

We love Wi-Fi phones, which is why we also have something of a pash for i-Mate. Not content with bringing us the wonderful K-JAM – the smallest Wi-Fi

We love Wi-Fi phones, which is why we also have something of a pash for i-Mate.

Not content with bringing us the wonderful K-JAM – the smallest Wi-Fi mobile we’d seen previously – it’s just gone and launched the SP5. As gadget spotters will have gathered from the photo above, it runs the smartphone version of Windows Mobile instead of the touchscreen-and-stylus edition.

The operating system under the hood isn’t ol’ Smartphone 2003, though. No, no. This is also the first smartphone to sport Windows Mobile 5.0, meaning Blackberry-style push email and - finally – photo address book syncing between your PC’s Outlook and the phone’s. Adding gormless snaps of your mates just got a little easier.

i-Mate’s also done as proud with the design, honing a handsome black case to a mere 17mm thick and making its Nokia smartphone rivals looking positively fat. It’s not the lightest out there at 106g, but it’s pretty damn portable.

Other specs include a Mini SD slot, hi-res 240 x 320 screen, all the usual pocket Outlook and Windows Media stuff, a standard USB mini jack (good) and a 1.3MP cam. Bizarrely, it even has infrared, a feature we thought had disappeared from phones back in the Jurassic era.

You can grab an SP5 for a very reasonable £305 from Expansys.

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