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Palm Treo 750
Let’s start with the compact design that the folks at Palm were really aggressive about. It stands short at 111mm x 59.3mm x 21.3mm, and weighs about 154g. The dimensions are quite appealing, especially since we're talking about a Windows Mobile device. For practical purposes, however, the phone is pretty bulky. You are going to have to get used to that bulge in your pocket.
The phone features a QWERTY keypad, which surprisingly doesn’t take up a lot of space. Even though the keys are closely bunched together, the surface is well rounded, so you don’t end up hitting the wrong keys. If you like to keep long nails, however, you may need to reconsider your fashion sense!
Just above the keypad you will find the start button, call and cancel keys, the five-way navigation pad and the open keys. The screen failed to excite me. True, it’s one of the most responsive touchscreens I have seen bundled with Windows Mobile. Yet it displays only up to 65k (16-bit color) at a resolution of 240 x 240.
If there's one thing I appreciate about this phone, it’s got to be the fact that you don’t really need to use the touch feature all the time; least of all when you are messaging or taking notes. All the functions can be accessed from the keypad alone.
This Treo is equipped with a 300MHz Intel processor with 128MB flash memory, which makes the phone kind of sluggish for all that it has to offer. I've always felt that a faster processor is mandatory when you're working with Windows Mobile.
Sadly, the kind of effort and strain it takes to run all those applications is too much for the existing processor to handle. To add to that, simple things like unlocking the phone seems to take an eternity, which is quite unacceptable.
Such niggles apart, the Treo 750 is feature-rich, and can be the perfect device to integrate your office needs. It offers dial by name and photo speed dialing directly from 'Today' (which is like the desktop on your computer) screen.
One thing about the dial by name feature is that you can choose to search by name or enter the number directly on the Today screen. Since the letters and numbers share numpad space, every time you type a letter, the corresponding number will be entered too. If you press another number it will let you keep typing numbers, and if you go beyond the numpad you can start typing a name. Cool or what?
Another unique feature of the phone is that whenever you get a call and you wish to ignore it, you have the option to ignore it with a text message. This is a polite way of ignoring the caller – you can simply choose from presets such as "busy in a meeting".
The phone also offers an easy one-touch voicemail management system, by means of which you can set up a speed dial that will allow you to access any compatible voicemail box. In the settings, you can define username and password so you don’t have to go through the hassle every time you access your voicemail.
Messaging is fun. Instead of listing messages sequentially in the inbox, the phone sorts them according to the person you're interacting with, in what the company calls 'chat-style' view. This is brilliant; exactly how I would love my messages to be displayed.
For incoming calls, ringtones have been further segregated to known caller, unknown caller, when on roaming etc. This is painful! Some may find it useful, but I like to keep my ringtones constant.
The Treo 750 comes with an application that allows you to use a foldable Bluetooth keyboard that makes taking notes, replying to mails, writing letters, etc. much easier. It cannot, however, be paired with other phones. This compact keyboard can be yours for Rs 5,500.
The usual assortment of features have been thrown in — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, even a Picsel PDF viewer. I shan't dwell too long on the media aspect. It uses Windows Media Player for music and is just average. Windows Mobile phones have always been very bad music players. Camera is below par. It’s a 1.3MP camera that churns out over-exposed pictures with maximum noise.
The Microsoft Direct Push technology enables you to receive office email, calendar, contacts etc through Exchange Server 2003. The device also supports Xpress Mail and POP/IMAP options.
The battery life is another thing that I think is brilliant. You don't have to worry that your smartphone will conk off before the end of the day. In fact, I tested this phone by charging it for just half an hour every 12 hours and using it to the max, and it still didn't die on me.
The phone is priced at Rs 22,000 and if you can deal with a slow machine, this Palm Treo should be a good buy. Just remember there are other Windows Mobile phones in the market (such as the Asus P535) that even offers Wi-Fi for the same price. To be fair, they wouldn't necessarily offer all the features included in this Treo. Ultimately it's you who must choose one over the other...
Palm Treo 750
|UMTS / GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|111 x 58 x 22 mm, 154g |
|TFT touchscreen, 65K colors (240 x 240 pixels)|
|60 MB built-in user available memory, miniSD (external memory)|
USB, Bluetooth with A2DP profile, GPRS, WAP
Up to 200 hrs standby, 4 h 30 mins talktime (according to product manual)
Approx. Rs 22,000