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Palm Treo 680We have put together a gallery of live shots of the Treo 680 in action, while we work on our upcoming full review. Palm today announced it is finally taking pre-orders on the colored, unlocked 680's, while Cingular announced it will have the Treo 680 in stock for black Friday at $199 with a two year plan and data service.

Read on for the Treo 680 pictures...

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Hello gorgeous...

freakout @ 11/22/2006 4:49:07 AM # Q
...want to get into my pockets? /sleaze
RE: Hello gorgeous...
Docta G @ 11/22/2006 5:00:52 AM # Q
Hey! I saw her first! Get your grubby mits off her.

She's on her way to the *other* side of the Tasman.


RE: Hello gorgeous...
freakout @ 11/22/2006 6:51:28 AM # Q
(freakout takes off his chain-mail glove and backhand-slaps Docta G across the face)

This can only be settled one way! I challenge thee to a duel! Treos at two paces. First beam wins. You should probably notify your spouse or significant Ovis of your impending demise...

RE: Hello gorgeous...
Docta G @ 11/27/2006 3:37:19 PM # Q
Hey perhaps we can still be friends, as there may be enough treos for all.

I see that http://www.expansys.co.nz/p.aspx?i=137488&tab=price has the 680 for A$665, which granted is US$520, but nonetheless not toooo bad.

The only problem is that I've been stung by Expansys before with serious import duty. Plus I prefer to buy from some where I can return things to easily.

Still we may be able to settle our differences without me whipping out my aging 600 to fry you with....

RE: Hello gorgeous...
freakout @ 11/27/2006 6:38:44 PM # Q
^^ It may almost be worth your while to set up a USAbox, Docta. The unlocked Treo 680, with the music bundle, is $399 USD. Add $70 USD for the cost of setting up the address and the shipping fee, for a total of $469 USD = $697 NZD. So you get the music bundle and a purty colour for not much more cost. Win-win!

Sheesh, I'm becoming a shill for them. I'll stop now.

Tim
I apologise for any and all emoticons that appear in my posts. You may shoot them on sight.
Treo 270 ---> Treo 650

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FAT32

freakout @ 11/22/2006 5:20:25 AM # Q
Ryan, can you check and see if the 680 has the FAT32 driver? A few reviews I've read have said it only goes to 2GB. It can't be true. It can't, or I may go crazy...
RE: FAT32
bcombee @ 11/22/2006 9:25:24 AM # Q
There is a FAT32 driver in the Treo 680 ROM.

RE: FAT32
freakout @ 11/22/2006 3:18:27 PM # Q
Thanks.
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treo 680 battery same as treo650's ??

bltian @ 11/22/2006 6:31:06 AM # Q
treo 680 battery same as treo650's ??

I donot want to waste my two batteries for my current treo650, any idea ?

RE: treo 680 battery same as treo650's ??
freakout @ 11/22/2006 6:48:33 AM # Q
You're out of luck, dude. The 680 and the 750 use a new, smaller battery. Apparently you can put a 650/700 battery in it and it'll work, but then you won't be able to put the battery cover back on. ;)
RE: treo 680 battery same as treo650's ??
LiveFaith @ 11/22/2006 9:06:18 AM # Q
What do you guys expect for such a razor thin phone? :-o

Pat Horne
RE: treo 680 battery same as treo650's ??
t3h @ 11/22/2006 8:03:50 PM # Q
That's what duct tape is for :)

Palm TX + 1GB SD + Motorola v3x = awesomeness
RE: treo 680 battery same as treo650's ??
Ryan @ 11/22/2006 8:33:18 PM # Q
The 650 uses a 17000mAh battery, while the 680 and 750 have a 1200 mAh battery.

So far the Treo 650 definitely beats out the 680 in battery life and stamina.

RE: treo 680 battery same as treo650's ??
joad @ 11/23/2006 12:20:48 AM # Q
Even *LESS* battery life than the present units?!!? Now we know where they banished the guys who decided that 16MB or so of usable "RAM" in the Treo 650 was plenty...

Maybe they figure that just barely making it through most days with the present battery life was too generous, sheesh. Prepare to leave your backlight just a notch above off if you don't want to leave it plugged in at lunchtime...

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Comparison between 680 and 700p

APS @ 11/22/2006 10:31:13 AM # Q
Has anyone done a comparison between the 680 and 700p. I would be like to see a side by side of the two. That would help in determing which one to purchase. Thanks in advance.

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First review

hkklife @ 11/22/2006 11:46:06 AM # Q
First review is up for the 680:

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/palm-treo-680

Unfortunately, it lags...I wonder if it's AS bad as the 700p??



Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

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DBCache/DBHeap...?

hkklife @ 11/23/2006 10:00:32 AM # Q
Anyone have any idea if it's as ample as it is on the 700p?

I'd assume this is one area where Palm cut corners to save some $ (alongside the camera, battery, and missing reset button).



Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

RE: DBCache/DBHeap...?
bcombee @ 11/23/2006 10:52:13 AM # Q
Actually, the 680 has a slightly larger DBHeap than the 700p. The size of the DBCache is almost identical between the two devices.

RE: DBCache/DBHeap...?
hkklife @ 11/23/2006 12:07:19 PM # Q
Impressive! So the 680 indeed walks all over the 700p in nearly every spec other than battery capacity?!?

No 3g data is an inherent FrankenGarnet limitation and I'd prefer a clear VGA camera over a murky 1.3mp one. Basically, unless you need Verizon/Sprint's coverage & EVDO, there's no reason NOT to go with a 680 over the 700p. Cheaper, smaller, sleeker, better phone app/UI, more available RAM, newer bundled apps, supposedly less lag, and more cache.

Palm has made the 680 too good for the money, much like how the TX stole what little momentum the LifeDrive ever had. Palm may as well stick a fork in the 700p now and/or slash its price down to near-680 levels.


Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

Yes, the Treo 700p is overpriced JUNK
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 11/23/2006 6:26:28 PM # Q
Basically, you're paying a $250 premium for the "honor" of being able to use EVDO with the Treo 700p. Given the fact that I have a FREE Sprint cellphone that also has EVDO, it sounds like Palm really screwed early adopters with the pricing of the Treo 700p. Good job, Palm! Put the squeeze on the few loyal customers you still have left. Smart! It's nice to see Palm appears to also have absolutely no desire to release a ROM update to patch all of the bugs on the 700p. (Even more incentive for people to shell out for Palm's hardware.)

Unless there is a COMPLETE change in the way Palm does business from now on, the Treo 700p is the last Palm-branded device I'll ever purchase.

TVoR

RE: DBCache/DBHeap...?
retrospooty @ 11/24/2006 10:22:14 AM # Q
"Unless there is a COMPLETE change in the way Palm does business from now on, the Treo 700p is the last Palm-branded device I'll ever purchase."

Cool... how long until you stop posting your negative spin on every article here at PIC? ;-)

Wow - another TVoR basher? What a surprise!
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 11/25/2006 1:23:08 PM # Q
Cool... how long until you stop posting your [honest] spin on every article here at PIC? ;-)

Until Palm starts building high quality, well-specced, fairly-priced devices and Palm/PalmSource Astroturfers stop spewing outright misinformation here. When that fateful day comes, there will be no more need for TVoR to keep posting the truth on behalf of the Palm Faithful.

Have a nice day.


TVoR

RE: DBCache/DBHeap...?
retrospooty @ 11/25/2006 2:31:00 PM # Q
Until Palm starts building high quality, well-specced, fairly-priced devices

Well thats not going to happen to your satisfaction, ever... So, good luck complaining about the next product you buy...

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Good comparison in bundled app versions with 700p

hkklife @ 11/23/2006 10:01:42 AM # Q
http://mytreo.net/archives/2006/11/in-depth-review-of-treo-680.html

There is some very good info on this site's review.

Pics/Video, VersaMail, and a number of the other bundled & PIM apps have received minor version updates on the 680. Blazer, PTunes, Hotsync, and Voice Memo are completely unchanged.

I wonder IF the 700p ROM update is ever released if it'll update the phone/contacts app to bring it in line with the 680's? Probably not.

Are the 700p's VersaMail bugs fixed on the 680? Probably.

Does Palm even care about the 700p anymore? Definitely not!


Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

RE: Good comparison in bundled app versions with 700p
SeldomVisitor @ 11/23/2006 6:57:53 PM # Q
And if you paid full retail for the TREO 680 you'd be pissed about the (current) Amazon pricing of the "750 lennon"...

RE: Good comparison in bundled app versions with 700p
matt_laughs @ 11/23/2006 7:41:10 PM # Q
900 bucks without a data plan, and it has a lower res screen, why get pissed, that sounds outrageous.

thats what she said!
RE: Good comparison in bundled app versions with 700p
Tuckermaclain @ 11/27/2006 11:26:53 AM # Q
Cingular want $40/month for unlimited data. This would be on top of your normal plan. 1/2 grand a year for data (on a slower platform) in addition to the phone plan is just too much. My mobile phone bill will start to look like a car payment.

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Hard Reset?

jfme @ 11/30/2006 11:41:01 PM # Q
With the removing of the reset button I am curious now. How do you perform a hard reset on the Treo 680?
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