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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
> Fact Sheet & User Opinions
> Available
> $399


Michael: For those of you expecting a revolutionary upgrade to the Treo 650, the Treo 700p is a disappointment. Instead, Palm kept what works: a near identical form factor and software. Is the Treo 700p a great upgrade from the Treo 650? Not really. But, is the Treo 700p is an excellent device? Absolutely yes. I am completely satisfied with it as an industry-leading smartphone. It has fewer flaws than any previous Treo, and provides a compelling smartphone experience. Many of the software bugs and flaws are fixed, and the amount of memory available is a healthy expansion. The included software bundle is the best Palm has ever done.

The Treo 700p combines an excellent state-of-the art hardware platform with classic easy to use software. New users will love this device, though existing Treo owners should upgrade only if they really want EVDO. Palm needs to watch its back, as competition is finally catching up, and future Treos will need to innovate further in both hardware and software than the Treo 700p did over the Treo 650 to stay at top of the field.

Harv: In my view, it boils down to this: the single most compelling reason to upgrade from a 650 to a 700p is EVDO. Near DSL data speed is a joy. Bonuses are more than double the internal memory, better camera, a much more robust, expanded, and modernized software bundle in ROM, and a lot of little improvements here and there that take time to discover. Some subtle changes, some massive changes. The same form factor as the 650 for the most part, and your 650's accessories should all work with it, which is a very good thing. And yet, while it's the best Treo yet, the 700p has some quirks, some wonderful enhancements, some strange changes, and some letdowns. It's evolutionary, not revolutionary. A mixed bag. As a heavy 650 user for a year and a half, it'll take more time to get used to Palm's new flagship product.



Setup 5
Usability 5
Features 5
Cost/Benefit 4
(not an average)
*EVDO Connectivity
*Upgraded memory
*Improved software bundle
*Very little innovation over Treo 650
*Changed Button Layout

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