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Treo 750 ReviewFirst known by its internal codename 'Hollywood', the Treo 750 is Palm’s second Windows Mobile device. It was officially announced back in September '06 in collaboration with Vodafone, one of the world’s biggest and best-known carriers. The device broke new ground for the company on several different fronts: it was Palm’s first serious push to broaden its international install base, and was heavily marketed with contributions from both Microsoft and carrier partners. It was their first 3G UMTS device, filling a gap that creaky ol' Palm OS Garnet is technically incapable of covering. And it marked the debut of the Treo’s now-standard slimmer, antenna-free form factor. Premiering exclusively on networks across several European countries, you can now find the Treo 750 on 3G carriers worldwide, from the desert backwaters of Australia all the way through to the U.S. of A.

Alrighty then. History lesson over! Let’s get to work. Is it a decent smartphone or not? Grab a gun, develop a bad attitude and start the dramatically ticking clock as we go Jack Bauer on the Treo 750 with PIC's in-depth review...

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Re-Review

ggeoffre @ 9/17/2007 11:09:40 PM # Q
Has it really gotten to this. If so, then please re-review the Tungsten T3 again. I liked that one!
RE: Re-Review. re.
freakout @ 9/17/2007 11:29:47 PM # Q
It's not a re-review, silly. PIC never reviewed this model when it first came out.
RE: Re-Review
jca666us @ 9/18/2007 1:32:32 AM # Q
Why review it now - unless no one has anything else to do!

RE: Re-Review
hkklife @ 9/18/2007 2:46:04 AM # Q
Well, for one, Palm is refusing to grant Ryan (and everyone else outside of Europe) Treo 500v review units. And with that thing not being a quad-band GSMd device...the chances of it ever hitting the States in its current form are slim.

Besides, with the imminent relase of the WM6 upgrade for the 750 for "most" regions of the world, this is as good of a time as any to review it.

The Treo 500 apparently has the better whiz-bang multimedia type features but the 750 has the classic Treo traits--"smile" keyboard, ring/mute switch, Athena connector, IR port etc.

Really, if Palm starts shipping it with WM6 pre-installed and especially if they drop the price a bit for the fall, it still makes a reasonably nice WM device even today.



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

RE: Re-Review
freakout @ 9/18/2007 3:32:45 AM # Q
Besides, with the imminent relase of the WM6 upgrade for the 750 for "most" regions of the world, this is as good of a time as any to review it.

Exactly right, Kris. I'll be getting a WM6 unit in the next week or two and it's hard to comment on the upgrade if you haven't used the previous version. ;) Besides, the site had reviews of every single Treo except this one, so it's worth doing it just for completism's sake. (is 'completism' a word?)

RE: Re-Review
SeldomVisitor @ 9/18/2007 6:08:13 AM # Q
> ...Why review it now?...

As a "Goodbye and Good Luck" memoir for Michael Farese, now-ex-SVP of Engineering?

RE: Re-Review
InsGuy @ 9/18/2007 10:44:37 AM # Q
>As a "Goodbye and Good Luck" memoir for Michael Farese, now-ex-SVP of Engineering?...

That's the best reason / excuse I've heard so far for this review.

All good things...

RE: 750 Review
Ryan @ 9/18/2007 11:39:40 AM # Q
I asked Tim to do this review, because we had not published a Treo 750 review yet.

Why do you say Farese is gone? He's still on the management page:
http://www.palm.com/us/company/corporate/executive.html#farese

RE: Re-Review
SeldomVisitor @ 9/18/2007 12:56:31 PM # Q
PALM's web pages are now and historicaly have been WAY out of date.

This SEC filing:

-- http://tinyurl.com/276v79

was made late yesterday night. Note the "Explanation of Responses" down near the bottom left.

Great Heads Up method from PALM, eh?

RE: Re-Review
SeldomVisitor @ 9/18/2007 1:24:54 PM # Q
BTW - because he was a member of the executive according to PALM, his departure requires an SEC 8K filing - expect to see that done soon - like tonight.

RE: Re-Review
SeldomVisitor @ 9/19/2007 1:49:43 PM # Q
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Calendar add-on for WinMob?

iBjorn @ 9/18/2007 4:09:48 PM # Q
Is there a Calendar app or hack for WinMob that makes the Calendar work more like Palms traditional PIM? (minimal number of clicks to schedule an event). I tried WinMob earlier, but I couldn´t stand the PIMs on it.

The calender app is the killer app for me, and its the only thing that still making me keep my Treo - but Palm is dying rapidly and iPhone seems to be priced beyond belief in Europe, so WinMob seems like the only option for now...

RE: Calendar add-on for WinMob?
Ryan @ 9/18/2007 5:48:07 PM # Q
Not sure about exactly replicating the Palm OS look and feel, but there are a few robust PIM replacements that work well on the 750: PocketBreeze and Agenda One...

http://software.palminfocenter.com/product.asp?id=1025
http://software.palminfocenter.com/product.asp?id=8936

There could be better options I'm not aware of.

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Tibetan Independence?

freakout @ 10/19/2007 7:24:53 PM # Q
Call from the Dalai Lama? Careful Ryan, China might add PIC to the Great Firewall... ;) Nice review.
RE: Wrong Thread?
freakout @ 10/19/2007 7:25:52 PM # Q
(whoops. this should be over in the Centro review. are we awake yet?)
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Re Treo 680 crashing & 750 not...

m130fullbutcontent @ 11/24/2007 9:47:20 AM # Q
I just read this review again & noticed more so your comments about your Treo 680 crashing regularly - even daily ?

Well all I can say is that mine does not. It rarely crashes - as long as I am selective what 3rd party applications are loaded. (Which is just as it's always been with Palm OS is it not ?) I suppose it could be that your Aussie mobile phone network provider has not debugged the overall set up between it's network software etc and Treo handsets. Otherwise you either have corrupted databases that need sorting or incompatible software loaded. I suppose you might also simply have a faulty Treo 680 - but all the prior suggestions are the more likely causes of crashes.

I should add to that that my Treo is stable even though I didn't yet do a proper job of a 'fresh install' - accidentally syncing my TX app's & data straight over to my 680 unit without 'weeding out' incompatible files,data & app's etc. - which makes the stability all the more remarkable. I concede I can't get any card backup sofware to run yet - but I have no doubt this is down to my the failure to do a fresh install yet. Thankfully BackupBuddy on my desktop is working just fine until I get round to a fresh install at some point.

Rambling rant now ends :-D.

IIIe>IIIxe>m125>m130>T3>TE>T3>TX / Treo680

Jesus said : 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'
John's Gospel ch. 14 vs 6, NIV

RE: Re Treo 680 crashing & 750 not...
freakout @ 11/24/2007 12:29:09 PM # Q
None of the above, actually. Third-party applications are entirely the cause of my 680's crashes - namely, Softick Audio Gateway, Opera Mini and occasionally Coreplayer. While it's not Palm's fault that those apps crash, it is their fault that when they do, they bring the entire OS down with them.

I love my 680 and Palm OS to death, btw, and I personally find a lot of the online negativity about them to be ridiculously over-exaggerated. But the sad truth is that if you push Palm OS hard it falls over in a heap, whereas WinMob will just slow down to a pathetic crawl (which can be fixed by closing down running programs). At least, that's what I've found.

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question?

katbritt7 @ 12/2/2007 1:38:58 AM # Q
I am thinking about getting the Treo 750, but the only thing that is holding me back from getting it is this..Ok, I was wondering if you can set a different ringtone for everyone in your contact book for texting and calling..or if you just get to set one tone for each that goes for everyone?

Thanks,
Katherine

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WMPA 10 not working as it should

Gencad @ 6/8/2008 2:50:26 PM # Q
I got my Palm Treo 750 about two weekes now, and found out that the Media Player 10 does not work as I think it should. I can't figure out how to get the Player how to play more than one tune continuously. As it stands now, the Media Player plays one sound then stops. I've tried everything possible except for resetting the phone. Could it be a programm bug? Is there a way to re-install WMPA 10?

RE: WMPA 10 not working as it should
freakout @ 6/10/2008 12:11:48 AM # Q
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