First Thoughts – Palm Treo 700w

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To some, a holy grail; to others, an unspeakable monster. The Palm Treo 700w is nothing if not excitement inducing. Now we’ve got one in hand, and can give you our first look at what’s sure to be the hottest new device on the market.

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The Palm versus PocketPC question aside, the 700w is definitely a Treo. The classic form-factor, imitated but never replicated, is present in all its style.

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Treo 700w in low light

A lot of initial reviews have been less than favorable, but I really don’t see why. For being Palm’s first Windows device, it’s really quite nice. Of course, they chose the right manufacturer–Taiwanese company HTC, maker of the Treo 650 and most of the Windows-based phones on the market. The overall experience has so far been great, more painless than the Sprint PPC-6700 I had.

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Thumboard backlight detail

The 240 x 240 screen is, surprisingly, not entirely bad. It’s small, yes, but it’s quite legible for most things, and more than adequately fulfills its basic tasks.

So far, I’ve been impressed by the 700w, and that’s not easy to do. I don’t usually take to converged devices, but the Treo is very well balanced, and doesn’t appear to let down its predecessors at all.

Don’t take my word for it, though–we’ll be back soon with the full review of the 700w including specifications, tests, benchmarks, breakdowns, and a whole lot more pictures. Stay tuned.

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