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PalmOne Treo 650
By Justin Ong
Category : PDA
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 11th May, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


New and Improved Treo

A good variety of choices are available to anyone scouring for a competent smartphone and depending on your specific requirements, these highly versatile devices can vary greatly in user interface, multimedia capabilities, expansion scope, software integration, connectivity, telephony implementation and functionalities. The single most important driving force behind the explosive growth of smartphones has got to be the seamless synthesis of telephony, data and information management, which was never before seen or had until these devices came into existence. Comprehensively brimmed with data-communication functionality, superb computing capabilities and a list of supportive applications, this relatively young breed of convergence advocating handhelds has ushered in a new age in mobile computing and telecommunication in which office anywhere and anytime have been made possible for today's demanding mobile warriors.

Contenders battling to woo you over with their operating systems include players such as Linux, Microsoft, PalmOne and Symbian. Of these, PalmOne is the most recent of the four to let loose an updated smartphone under its massively successful Treo series, the Treo 650. Successor to the older but still very much relevant and sought after Treo 600, the new and improved Treo has been treated to more than just a simple facelift and a few trivial upgrades in features and functionalities. The Treo 650, like most models designed to replace aging products, has been carefully conceived to include new features lacking in the old model as well as addressing known knotty issues plaguing the Treo 600. Comforting to know however is the operating system powering the new Treo 650 is still as easy to use as the older version found in the Treo 600.

Palm Treo 650

PalmOne Treo 650 Technical Specifications
Processor
  • Intel PXA270 312MHz processor
Operating System
  • Palm OS 5.4
Wireless Connectivity
  • Integrated Bluetooth
  • Infrared
Memory
  • 22MB user-available non-volatile memory
Display
  • Colour TFT touch-screen
  • 320 x 320 resolution
  • 16-bit colour (displays over 65,000 colours)
Control and Lights
  • 5-way Navigation button
  • Scroll Dial - Up, Down, Action
  • 4 Program Buttons: Calendar, Contacts, Inbox, Home
  • Voice Record Button
  • Reset Button
  • Wireless On/Off
  • Backlit Power Button
  • Event Notification
  • Charge Status
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x SDIO slot (supports SD, SDIO and MultiMediaCards)
Ports and Connectors
  • Multi-Connector
Dimensions
  • Length 113 mm
  • Width 59 mm
  • Height 23 mm
  • Weight: 178 grams
Audio
  • RealPlayer included – requires SD memory card, sold separately
  • Stereo audio headset compatible – requires a stereo headset adapter, sold separately, for use with standard stereo headphones
Software
  • Phone
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • VersaMail
  • Messaging
  • Media
  • Camera
  • Camcorder
  • Web browser
  • RealPlayer
  • Tasks
  • Memos
  • Calculator
  • World Clock
  • HotSync Manager
  • PalmOne Installation Software
  • link to Microsoft Outlook (Windows only)
  • DataViz Documents To Go 7
  • AudiblePlayer
  • Palm eReader
  • Handmark PocketExpress (trial version)
  • Zap! 2016
  • Handmark Solitaire
Contents
  • Treo 650 smartphone
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • AC charger
  • USB HotSync cable
  • Headset
  • Software Installation CD
  • User guide

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