Palm Treo 700w Review Highlights
Reviews are starting to pour in on the new Windows Mobile Treo 700w. Most long time Palm OS users are not giving the model high marks for ease of use and are recomending that most stick with the Treo 650. Read on for some of the highlights from David Pogue of the NY Times, Walt Mossberg of the WSJ and others. More...
Walt Mossberg - Wall Street Journal
A New Palm Treo Uses Microsoft's Software, But It Doesn't Beat 650
Despite some nice new features, the Windows Mobile software is still inferior to the Palm software for one-handed use on the go. Its crucial email and phone functions are also weaker. And there's a serious bug in its email software that affects individuals, though not corporate users. So the Treo 700w is neither as easy to use nor as powerful as the Treo 650. In addition, the screen on the 700w offers significantly lower resolution than the screen on the 650, and the new model costs twice as much -- $400 versus $200.
David Pouge - New York Times
A Marriage Not Made in Heaven
The Treo 700W is a Frankensteinian mishmash. Some of its features are so inspired and well executed, you can't help grinning, while others are so clumsy, you smack your forehead.
But considering that Palm's designers once worshipped at the altar of interface excellence, it's a shame that Microsoft's convoluted software has produced such an awkward marriage with the hardware. Longtime Treo fans, in particular, will be absolutely baffled by the new software layout.
Then again, the 700W wasn't built for longtime Treo fans (who, in any case, can still buy the older 650 model). It was built for corporate buyers, whose top priorities may not include providing the most pleasurable experience possible for the worker bees.
Treo Central - Michael Ducker
Treo 700w Review
The Treo 700w represents two step forwards, and one large step back. That said, it is clear to me that net net, the Treo 700w offers significant hardware (EVDO) and software improvements (Today Screen, Email, Multimedia) over the Treo 650. It is an excellent Windows Mobile device, perhaps the best that has ever been produced. Windows Mobile users will love it, IT departments who only use Windows will love it, but Palm users may want to stick to their current Treo 650.
Treonauts has 3 parts of its review up now. They are taking a close look at the software of the device and how it stacks up against the Treo 650.
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