New Treo Gets It Right

 
 
By Marge Brown  |  Posted 2003-10-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Designed for serious handheld users, the Handspring Treo 600 packs all the features into a very portable solution.

PDA/phone combo units seem to be getting better by the month, and the new best-of-breed in this class is the Handspring Treo 600 ($500 street, with service contract). Offered by Sprint, T-Mobile, and other major GSM and CDMA carriers, the Treo 600 packs a Palm OS PDA, phone, camera, and keyboard into a unit thats noticeably trimmer than previous Treos.

The 5.8-ounce Treo 600 measures 4.3 by 2.3 by 0.8 inches (HWD). Gone is the wide girth and see-through flip cover that made the Treo 270 a little too bulky to be used as a phone without looking geeky. The 144-mhz ARM CPU is paired with 32MB of ram, of which 24MB is available for user applications and files. Thats more than enough processing power for todays typical Palm OS applications. The display measures 1.8 inches square, which we found a nice size for normal operation.

The thumb-style QWERTY keyboard is smaller than on previous models (or, say, on a RIM Blackberry). But the domed keys made typing surprisingly easy; used in combination with the five-way navigation button, we hardly used the PDAs stylus. The new battery is rated for 5 hours of talk time and 10 hours of phone standby mode.

To read the full review, go to PC Magazine.
 
 
 
 

Marge Brown, a PC Magazine Contributing Editor, has worked in the technology field for twenty years, as Director of Technology at The Travelers Companies, as an independent Managed Health Care technology consultant, and as owner of Brown Consulting Associates, the family's freelance technology writing business.

Since 1998, Marge has worked on a full-time basis with her husband, Bruce Brown, also a PC Magazine Contributing Editor, writing reviews for PC Magazine and analytical articles for ExtremeTech.com.

Marge is the mother of Rich Brown, freelance writer, Liz Brown, employee of Text100, a technology public relations firm, and Pete Brown, freelance writer and aspiring Web site designer.

In her spare time Marge enjoys reading, swimming, boating, and taking walks with Bruce and their two Giant Schnauzers, Katama and Pepper, who are about to launch their own brand of salsa and hot sauce.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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