Sprint is now offering the Treo 800w, a device that represents a significant step forward for Palm’s business-class smartphones. Among its other advances, this is the first Treo with Wi-Fi and GPS.
In addition, the 800w will be Palm’s first smartphone with EV-DO Rev. A, a faster version of Sprint’s 3G cellular-wireless data network.
It will also be one of the first devices running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system to have a 320-by-320-pixel touchscreen. Palm’s earlier ones had 240-by-240-pixel displays.
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This is the first smartphone from this company targeting business users since early last year.
An Overview of the Treo 800w
Palm’s latest runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro on a 333 MHz processor. This brings new features, like an improved version of Internet Explorer Mobile and a threaded SMS app.
It includes a suite of applications to allow users to edit Office files, as well as support for Exchange ActiveSync, a Push email system that’s widely used in the enterprise.
Like all Treos, this model has QWERTY keyboard. In addition, it has a microSD/SDHC memory card slot, a 2 MPx camera, Bluetooth, and an infrared port.
It is 4.4 inches by 2.3 inches by 0.7 inches (112mm x 58mm x 18.5mm), and weighs 4.9 ounces (140g). That makes it roughly the same size as Palm’s Treo 750.
Sprint’s EV-DO network has been in place for years, and there are a wide variety of models that support it. However, this carrier upgraded this network to Revision A in recent months, and there are still few models that — like the 800w — can take advantage of it.
With EV-DO Rev. A, Sprint reports that its average download speeds improved from 600 kbps to 1.4 mbps, and average upload speeds increase to 350-500 kbps.
The Treo 800w is Palm’s first smartphone with Wi-Fi. In addition to allow business users to securely connect to corporate wireless networks, this also allows users to make VoIP calls.
This is also Palm’s first model of any kind with GPS, and it offers offers maps, point-to-point directions and point-of-interest (POI) searches for locations such as restaurants or stores. POI search is available directly from the Today Screen, and is integrated with contacts.
It supports Sprint Navigation as well as other third-party location-based services and applications.
Pricing and Availability
The Treo 800w is available now at Sprint Stores, online at sprint.com, and through Sprint or Palm’s B2B sales organizations.
It sells for $250 after discounts and rebates with a two-year contract.
Customers can choose from a variety of service plans for individuals, including $70 per month for 450 voice minutes and unlimited data.