Palm, Inc. has just taken the wraps off its latest Palm OS smartphone, the Treo 700p. Long time Treo users will be happy to hear that this device addresses the most significant complaints that people had with one of its predecessors, the Treo 650.
Specifically, it has far more internal storage, 60 MB, and can be used as a wireless modem for other devices, like laptops. The previous model had much less Storage capacity and many of the wireless service providers who sold the Treo 650 resisted the idea of allowing this smartphone to be used as a way to let other devices wirelessly connect to the Internet.
Still, in many ways the Treo 700p resembles the Treo 650. Both run the same operating system — Palm OS 5 — and both use the same general form factor, a 320-by-320-pixel screen above a miniature keyboard that makes writing emails easier.
Like its predecessor, this device includes an SD slot for Storage of music and video files and can run the thousands of Palm OS applications that have been created over the years..
But here have been some significant changes. This is the first Palm OS Treo to include a 1.3 megapixel camera, for example. And all its bundled software has been updated, so its suite of applications that let users access Microsoft Office files — Documents To Go — now supports Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files. Its other applications, like its web browser and its audio player, have been improved, too.
It also includes Bluetooth 1.2, so it will be able to handle wireless headphones and speakers.
But it doesn’t have what was one of the most-requested features in its predecessors, support for W-Fi wireless networking.
Palm Treo 700p with Calendar (view large image)
Palm Treo 700p with PocketTunes (view large image)
There’s good news and bad news about this smartphone. The good news is that it supports EV-DO high-speed wireless networks. The bad news is that, at least at its launch, it will be available only from Verizon and Sprint.
And, to make matters worse, at this point neither of these wireless service providers are saying when they will begin offering the Treo 700p, or what they will charge for it.
In addition, because the initial version of this device will be CDMA, potential European and Asian buyers will be left out in the cold, as virtually all the wireless service providers in those areas use a different cellular standard.