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Palm Treo 700p

Thu Jun 8, 2006 - 12:41 PM EDT - By Michael Ducker, Harv Laser

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Product Info
> Name Treo 700p
> Company Palm, Inc
> Size 2.3" W x 4.4" H (excluding antenna) x 0.9" D
> Camera 1.3 MP
> Bluetooth Version 1.2
> Wireless 800/1900 Mhz EVDO, 1xRTT
> Screen 320x320, 16 bit TFT Color
> Memory 128 MB (60 MB available)
> Processor Intel XScale 312 Mhz
> Operating System Palm OS Garnet 5.4.9
> Weight 6.4 Ounces
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> Available
> $399

First thoughts

Michael: After nearly two years of dedicated service, my Treo 650 is beginning to feel a bit old. Screws that used to be there have gone on to new lives on subway floors, keyboard keys that used to work have turned into small unmovable rocks. The once-solid feel that my 650 had is lost to a rickety, unstable, scratched device. To say the least I am ready for an upgrade. The Treo 700w, released in January, only whetted my appetite for the Palm OS powered Treo that we all knew would eventually come. Available from both Verizon and Sprint, the Treo 700p represents another evolutionary upgrade for the Treo brand. Courtesy of Palm and Sprint, I have had the chance to use a Treo 700p for the last week as my primary device. I have come away satisfied, but not blown away.

Harv: My Sprint Treo 650 gave me outstanding service, powered on 24/7 for nearly a year and a half, I racked up probably 20,000 cell minutes and God knows how many data minutes. Always protected by a case of some kind (leather, silicone rubber, metal), and a screen protector, treated with the TLC that a $600.00 handheld deserved, it's been my constant companion; it never failed me when I needed it and it's never been more than a foot away from me at home, in the car, or in my pocket.

Simply the coolest handheld anything I've ever owned, and I've owned plenty, I fell in love with it minutes after I took it out of its box in early 2005. But it had some kind of internal electronic failure and went berserk a month ago. Out of warranty, that $5.00 a month replacement insurance from Sprint saved my bacon and put a new one with the latest ROMs into my hands in one day with one phone call, so unlike Michael's, my 650 was pretty much pristine until the day it went nuts, and my replacement 650 with all my apps nicely restored by Blue Nomad's brilliant BackupBuddyVFS is basically brand new. Like most 650 addicts, I too drooled in anticipation of the 700p. I played with a loaner 700w for a few months and while I can see why businesses want them, for me, Windows Mobile just doesn't have the elegant, intuitive grace of PalmOS. Although the "w" IS a Treo, it didn't really feel like a Treo to me, if you know what I mean. So I've had my 700p for a week, and as I adjust to its new features and changes from the 650, I find myself carrying two Treos now and then.

Photographs on this and the following pages are by Jay Gross (Click to see fullsize photos - the 700p and the 650 side-by-side from every angle..).

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