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  • The MUST HAVE Smartphone….aka my Treo 650 replacement

    Posted on January 24th, 2007 Shawn No comments

    My comparison list is in. This is the list of potential PDA/Smartphones that I am looking at to replace my Treo 650. Along with each device, is the updated (and better organized) list of criteria. So far, based on my research….it looks like the Treo 700p is the winner by a hair. I expected the Treo 750 to take the lead, but it just missed the mark. I think the 2GB limitation for Windows Mobile kept it from taking the lead. To give Apple some street-cred, there are still too many unknowns on that iPhone. I wasn’t able to honestly score the iPhone. Currently, it’s disqualified….but maybe it will make a return once people get their hands on it.

    1st place = Treo 700p 23.5 points (out of a possible 25)
    2nd place = Treo 680 and Treo 750 (tie, what a shock…the old technology 680 ties the new ‘it’ phone. It’s only because I allowed EDGE to count as pseudo high-speed)
    3rd place = iPhone (disqualified due to too many unknowns)

    Treo 700p Treo 680 Treo 750 iPhone
    PHONE 2/3 2/3 3/3 ?/3
    Bluetooth voice dialing X ?
    Speakerphone X X X X
    Custom ringtones X X X ?
    INTERNET 3/3 2.5/3 3/3
    High-speed data (EVDO, EDGE) X X- X X-
    Browser X X X X
    Bluetooth DUN X X X
    PDA 9.5/10 9.5/10 8/10 ?/10
    Bluetooth 1.2 or 2.0 1.2 1.2 1.2 2
    Internal/card storage 4GB + X X X
    Touchscreen X X X X
    QWERTY keyboard X X X
    320 x 320 resolution minimum X X X X
    Camera X X X X
    File Browser X X X ?
    Google Maps X X X
    Bluetooth sync X X X ?
    Removable battery X X X
    EMAIL 2.5/3 2.5/3 3/3 1.5/3
    Outlook sync (calendar, contacts, tasks, mail) X X X
    Push mail (Exchange, IMAP) X** X** X X-
    POP mail X X X X
    AUDIO 5.5/6 5.5/6 6/6 ?/6
    Internet Radio (mp3, AAC+, wma) MP3,
    AAC+
    MP3,
    AAC+
    WMV,
    MPEG-4, MP3, AAC+, and WMA
    ?
    A2DP (Stereo Bluetooth) X* X* X ?
    AVRCP (Bluetooth Remote Control) X* X* X ?
    Background audio player X X X X
    Internal speaker X X X X
    Album Art X X X X
    TOTAL SCORE 23.5/25 23/25 23/25 ?/25

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