World fails to end as Palm ships Treo smartphone with Wi-Fi
Palm's smartphone family has finally joined the Wi-Fi era. The company last night introduced the Windows Mobile 6.1-based Treo 800w, which has EV-DO Rev. A 3G on board too.
Initially shipping on US carrier Sprint's network, the 800w sports a Centro-like look, complete with a 320 x 320, 65,536-colour screen. Round the back is a two-megapixel, 2x zoom camera.
Palm's Treo 800w: Wi-Fi on board at last
The 800w has 128MB of ROM and 256MB of Flash storage, of which 170MB is available for the user's data, content and apps. There's a Micro SDHC slot that can take 8GB cards.
At the base is a micro USB slot - the death knell for Palm's many, many different cradle connections, we imagine.
The handset's Wi-Fi adaptor runs to the 802.11b and g standards, and it has Bluetooth 2.0+EDR on board too. A button on the top of the phone calls up the Wi-Fi setup screen.
Another first for a Treo: an integrated GPS pick-up.
As per previous Windows Mobile Treo's, the 800w presents a tweaked, more useful version of Microsoft's standard Today screen, and there are the usual array of push email and Office apps on board.
Sprint wants $250 for the 800w, but that's after unspecified "discounts and rebates" and on the take-up of a two-year airtime contract. Palm's selling the 800w as an upgrade for $599, again tied to the Sprint network.
Next page: Palm Treo 800w Photo Gallery
Guess this is another "me too"
OK, so I'm not the first, but my first reaction was "Hmm, looks like a nice combination of features", then I saw it was running Windoze. I'm the lone Palm user at work, all the rest have Windows devices - and seem to be resetting them all the time when they crash.
Oh well, the wait goes on - the Treo 650 will have to do for a bit longer.
As mentioned, this is totally redundant. Want Palm buyers want is a PalmOS phone. My 680 is my heart and soul (but ROW firmware is a must).
I recently asked my mate who also owns a 680 what we would do when they die. Our immediate response was "buy another". PalmOS isn't perfect, neither is Windows, but in my eyes its pros completely eclipse it's cons.
I've had WM4 phones and used WM5 models. For what really matters, PalmOS is the daddy.
Where's the PalmOS version?
Call me a bigot, but I won't buy anything for myself running any type of MS Windows unless I have no option. And I'll think long and hard about it even then.
Roll on the Linux version with a PalmOS frontend and a Dragonball or ARM emulator, but hurry, my 650 is beginning to go west.