When the unlocked Treo 650 went on sale last February, Palm was selling it for $600. That price very, very quickly jumped up to $700.
Today, the price for this version of Palm’s latest smartphone was cut by $50, bringing it down to $650.
On the other hand, this price is higher than what carriers are charging those who are willing to sign a service contract when buying a Treo 650.
Still, those who buy this version of this smartphone shouldn’t feel like they are going to be abandoned by Palm. A major system update was released just for this version in June.
Because this phone isn’t locked to any carrier, it can be used with most GSM wireless service providers worldwide by plugging in a SIM card.
An Overview of the Treo 650
The Treo 650 is Palm’s latest smartphone, and the company’s new flagship model. As a smartphone, this device has been designed to be both a handheld and a mobile phone in one.
Most users agree that viewing web pages on the Treo 650 is much more satisfying than on typical smartphones because it includes a 320-by-320 pixel display, a much higher resolution than most of its competition.
To make writing email and SMS messages easier, this model has a small QWERTY keyboard below the screen.
In addition, the Treo 650 includes Bluetooth wireless networking, so it works with wireless headsets.
This smartphone runs Palm OS Garnet (5.4) on a 312 MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor.
The Treo 650 has only 23 MB of built-in Storage capacity, so the device’s SD card slot is an important feature.
Also, it has an 1,800 mAh swappable battery, which Palm says is good for up to 6 hours talk time and up to 300 hours standby time.
The Treo 650 is 4.4 inches tall, 2.3 inches wide, and 0.9 inches thick (113 by 59 by 23 mm) and weighs 6.3 ounces (178 grams).
This model’s built-in camera is capable of taking both still images and video. Maximum resolution is 640 by 480 pixels for photos or 352 by 288 pixels for videos.
The unlocked version of this device is a GSM/GPRS quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) phone, which means that it can be used by most carriers around the world, but not all. It won’t work with Sprint PCS, for example.
The Treo 650 supports EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution), so its average data transfer speed –when used with carriers with an EDGE network — is around 135 kilobits per second (kbps), noticeably faster than regular GSM/GPRS networks.
More information is available on the Palm web site.
Thanks to Palm Infocenter for the tip.