PalmOne Treo 650 (Cingular,
we made our wish list for the successor to the well-received
Treo 600, it was to keep the great design but add several
missing features. Fortunately, that's precisely what PalmOne did
with its new Treo 650. This model offers a high-resolution
display, a faster processor, Bluetooth wireless, Palm OS 5.4,
and a removable battery--all notable additions. But the
honeymoon ends with some shortcomings, specifically the stingy
memory, the limited Bluetooth implementation, and the lack of
Wi-Fi. How you feel about these issues depends on your needs,
but for our money, the Treo remains the best all-in-one
communicator available. Sprint PCS was the first to introduce
the new Treo in October of last year, but now after three months
of waiting fervently, Cingular customers have a version of their
own. At $549, the price is hefty, but you should be able to find
it for less with service.
Improved display and keyboard; integrated
Bluetooth speakerphone; 312MHz processor; Palm OS 5.4;
multimedia e-mail support; world phone.
Meager integrated memory; no built-in
Wi-Fi; low-resolution camera; headphone jack isn't
standard size; can't use Bluetooth as a wireless modem.
What's it for:
Making calls and doing almost everything
Who's it for:
On-the-go execs, smart phone fanatics,
and anyone who wants the most use out of one device.
Corporate types will find much to like
with the business-friendly Treo 650.
Case; belt clip; USB cable; cradle kit;
travel kit; memory cards; Wi-Fi card; Bluetooth headset;
device protector; software.
The bottom line:
Though it has its shortcomings, the
PalmOne Treo 650 offers solid performance and adds some
key features to maintain its reign as smart phone