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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Palm Treo 700p

3. Final Thoughts

Overall Conclusions:

This is an amazing device. Is it perfect? No. Is it the best Smartphone you can get? Several key reviewers are saying that it is and I would have to tend to agree. The Palm OS is a bit stale, but it is familiar, stable and easy to use. The Treo 700p can run lots of older Palm apps.

With a boost in memory and with documents to go in ROM , there is plenty of room for programs and files.

The screen is gorgeous and the camera has certainly been improved. Music playback is easy with Pocket Tunes and sound quality through headphones or speakers was good.

The fit and finish is top notch in the 700p. It feels solid and well made. A screen protector and a case should be purchased to protect your investment, however. Using the new, wider keys was easy for me. The new button layout made sense and was a snap to get used to.

Call quality was very good, signal strength and battery life were terrific. Bluetooth 1.2 is an incremental plus over the older 1.1 found on the 650. The Treo still does not allow for voice dialing from a Bluetooth headset, nor does it support Bluetooth headphones for listening to music.

There is certainly room for improvement, but if you are looking for an easy to use Smartphone that can read and edit your Office documents, Sync all your contacts, utilize one handed operation for almost every task and be compatible with Bluetooth headsets and/or GPS units, then this is the phone for you.

Palm did listen to its users and bump up the memory, make Bluetooth a bit better, make the keys wider and offer EvDO support. The fact that you can now use the 700p as a dial up modem is just icing on the cake. This is a very sophisticated piece of hardware that deserves space in your pocket.

Is it worth upgrading to the 700p if you already own a Treo 650? That’s a tough one to answer. For me, the answer would be yes, the increase in memory and the High Speed Net Access make it a winner.

Pros: Great design, Easy to use, Fast EvDO connectivity, compatible with thousands of programs out of the box, stable OS, very cool.

Cons:  No included case, screen protector or car charger. Limited functionality Music Player, still no voice dialing via Bluetooth

You can order your Treo 700 from www.palm.com or www.sprintpcs.com or www.verizonwireless.com Prices seem to range from US$399.00 with a two year contract and incentives to upwards of US$650.00 with no contract.




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