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  • The Greatest Smartphone that Got Hit with the Ugly Stick

    Posted on July 30th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Treo 800wOk, harsh title, I know…. Also, very harsh since I want to get this phone. I’m talking the NEW Palm Treo 800w…that’s right, Palm has something new. It’s been out a couple weeks, so it’s a bit of old news, but the folks are Palm Marketing as not the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree. They decided to release this INCREDIBLE smartphone (albeit not the coolest looking gadget) the same weekend that the iPhone dropped. I digress.

    Ok, why is this the “greatest smartphone”, and why do I call it “ugly”? Let’s get into it.

    Here are the specs and my opinions:

    Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
    Personal preference. I’m not currently a WinMo user, so can’t tell you if this is the best mobile OS or not, but as everyone will tell you, OS is a personal preference.

    EV-DO Rev. A CDMA network support
    Hands down, fastest “out-of-the-box” internet speeds of any phone on any carrier. Period.

    128MB RAM and 256MB flash ROM (about 170MB available to the user)
    Pretty common, no complaints.

    TI OMAP 2430 333 MHz processor
    Small processor, but what’s not advertised is the Palm “special sauce” that was put in to tweak the OS. EVERY review is saying that this phone is smoking fast, faster than iPhone 2, Tilt, etc etc….everything.

    110MB internal dynamic memory
    typical

    1.74 inch square 320×320 high resolution display
    Wonderful. I love high resolution. That’s a big reason why I’ve stuck with Palm OS. Now WinMo has caught up.

    Integrated 802.11 b/g WiFi radio
    In a word, SWEET!!

    Integrated Bluetooth 2.0 radio with A2DP
    In a word, SWEET!! Wired stereo headsets, buh-bye.

    Infrared port (Hmm, another device like the Nokia E71 with IR)
    Does nothing for me anymore, not gonna use it.

    Integrated A-GPS receiver
    In a word, SWEET!!

    1150 mAh Lithium ion battery with reported 4 hours of talk time
    I’ll be buying an extended battery that’s fo’ darn sure. BTW, try buying an extended battery for the iPhone.

    microSD card slot with microSDHC support
    Great, now I can get 8GB or 16GB of storage.

    2 megapixel camera
    No complaints.

    micro USB port for syncing/charging/wired headset
    Nice and simple, and standardized.

    Weight of 5 ounces
    lightweight.

    Size of 4.41 x 2.28 x 0.73 inches
    reasonable.

    Ok, WiFi, Bluetooh 2.0 with A2DP, and aGPS all on a device thinner than the Centro…..DUDE, Awesome. Plain and simple, the specs are freakin’ excellent. Yes, it’s touchscreen too….forgot to post that up top.

    Now, the “ugly” part. Not sure why, but Palm didn’t put in much of the pretty on this one. It looks like an updated Treo, as a Treo user would expect. What it doesn’t have is the “cool” look of the BB Bold, the iPhone, or the HTC Diamond series. The screen isn’t flush, it’s recessed, the color is blah-blue, the casing is typical Treo. Honestly, no complaints…..it just doesn’t say, “hey, I’m hot, check out my backside to see if the word JUICY is printed there.”

    I have been carrying around a Treo 700p brick with extended gigantic battery for over a year. So, I’m not so worried about the cool looking exterior. I need specs, and this baby has it. I really want it, and it’s super cheap (relatively) at $250 for new Sprint customers….which I would be a new Sprint customer (leaving Verizon). The only reason I don’t yet have it is work wants me to be a BlackBerry user, and I’m trying to convince them otherwise. Stay tuned for that saga…

    So, what about you? Are you down with the Treo 800w in all it’s spec’d out red-headed step-child glory, or are you moving on?

     

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    • Hmm…do we start the Phone Wars or just post a comment with thoughts….how bout a hybrid…

      (you know, we probably should be working)

      — Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
      I want to know what you think after 1 month of using it if you get this phone…I’ll leave it at that

      — EV-DO Rev. A CDMA network support
      Definitely true, however, I’m finding that as much as I thought I’d use 3G, I don’t. Any of the speed requiring stuff I usually do is when I’m around WiFi, which is what I think you’ll find. It’s nice on the go, but honestly, now that I have it, I see why people are fine with iPhone 1.0. Another thing you forgot to mention was said carrier’s name. Sprint’s customer service make’s used car dealerships look like IKEA’s.

      — 128MB RAM and 256MB flash ROM (about 170MB available to the user)
      I’m with you. Could care less…don’t even know what my phone has.

      — TI OMAP 2430 333 MHz processor
      No comment here either as I couldn’t speak intelligently. I will be curious to see how the special sauce works once you’re using it everday and not in controlled speed tests…

      — 110MB internal dynamic memory
      Could care less…again, I don’t even know what I have

      — 1.74 inch square 320×320 high resolution display
      Obviously the iPhone is sweet here, but I’ll be interested to see what the Bold and Thunder can do…not sure that the Treo is competing on this, but it’s probably not trying to either

      — Integrated 802.11 b/g WiFi radio
      Yes it is….

      — Integrated Bluetooth 2.0 radio with A2DP
      Definitely sweet for you, but keep in mind that Mr. Garnder has found and uses a $40 accessory for the iPhone that does this. Again, I could care less, but if this was a dealbreaker for you, this inelegant solution solves that.

      — Infrared port (Hmm, another device like the Nokia E71 with IR)
      “Does nothing for me anymore, not gonna use it.”
      Agreed.

      — Integrated A-GPS receiver
      Interested to see how this works. The iPhone’s implementation of this has been less than stellar and location specific apps are less than impressive right now which I don’t imagine will be any different on the Treo.

      1150 mAh Lithium ion battery with reported 4 hours of talk time
      “I’ll be buying an extended battery that’s fo’ darn sure. BTW, try buying an extended battery for the iPhone.”
      Please allow me to retort 😉
      Try finding a leather case that you can squeeze this phone into and somehow try and mask the mutation/growth, I mean extended battery, hanging off the back of your phone. You know, the battery that’ll give you like 2 more hours since you’ll forget that you left wifi, bluetooth, and said high speed CDMA antenna on without even thinking about it. Phew, yep, I feel better now 🙂

      J/k, in all honestly, not sure how this will perform, but I do know that nothing was like my BB’s. Those things lasted for 3-4 days at times. Of course that could be because I didn’t browse much internet, email, or have wifi on those models.

      — microSD card slot with microSDHC support
      Yes, you can, for the additional price of _______

      — 2 megapixel camera
      “No complaints.”
      Agreed

      — micro USB port for syncing/charging/wired headset
      Definitely jealous of this feature. I hate the proprietary crap I have now rendering all my other stuff useless…

      Overall, I’d say hold out and wait to play w/ the BB (whichever you want to try) for the 30 day trial period you get whenever you sign up w/ someone. Since the iPhone is out for your needs, I’d hate for you to miss out on a BB I think you’d potentially like a little more, all because your nostalgic w/ the Treo which spawned this amazing website.

      Plus the thing looks like a glorified Centro. 🙂

    • LMAO!!!!

      “Please allow me to retort 😉
      Try finding a leather case that you can squeeze this phone into and somehow try and mask the mutation/growth, I mean extended battery, hanging off the back of your phone. You know, the battery that’ll give you like 2 more hours since you’ll forget that you left wifi, bluetooth, and said high speed CDMA antenna on without even thinking about it. Phew, yep, I feel better now :)”

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