Commonly called tempo paper handkerchiefs, and the epitome of PDAs is still Palm. We have tested whether the new Treo with full typewriter keyboard has the stuff to be a synonym for smart phones.
The Treo 600 is running late: a year ago, Handspring has unveiled the Smart phone.Then Palm PDA pioneer took the competitors, since then known as PalmOne and has left plenty of time with the first shoot.
In the United States, Palm OS Treo 600 with the classic PDA operating system is already a few months on the shelves. Just in time for the European launch, we could test the Treo. Whether the well-positioned Smart phone competition must now come in sweating, information on the following pages.
Cell Phone Features: Hidden Phone Book
Although hiding the extensive phone book after the telephone function and is not like Palm OS used in the main menu. But apart from this stain PalmOne has the mobile phone functions well integrated into the operating system.
PalmOne is limited to the bare necessities: profiles, as we know it by Nokia or Siemens appliances, offering the Treo 600 does not. With a simple switch up on the unit you choose for “Ring tone” or “Ring tone off”. The Treo 600 fully funct in the United States. You will have complete voice dialing, voice control, and a voice recorder. The Treo 600 does not know also group functions, for example, for the transmission of short messages.
Multi-page multimedia messages (MMS), SMS and emails with attachments can be quickly and easily to create, send and receive. The E-Mail client brings new messages from the server upon request. To and from a contact the device in your own list – comparable collects short messages with a chat. The Inbox even at high volume messages keep manageable. Even better it would have pleased us, if email, MMS and SMS in an Inbox would converge. The main menu provides an own point for each function.
The integrated camera with VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels) and polyphonic MIDI ringing tones are essential even in a Smartphone. But as a fun cell phone the Treo isn’t through safely, it is calibrated on the work.
In addition to the E-Mail client, the browser provides the connection to the Internet. He displays even ordinary Web pages. Data transmission via GPRS. What is missing: Bluetooth, HSCSD and UMTS support.
PDA Features: A Real Palm
The Treo 600 comes with the latest version of Palm OS (version 5.2.1).Appointments and addresses, notes, and tasks can organize themselves so easily and effectively as with a Palm PDA.
Synchronization with the computer worked reliably in the test. The Treo 600 was off all information from our Outlook. Even with Lotus Notes, Act! and especially with Mac OS applications, the Smartphone is to understand. Palm also provides with the Palm Desktop software is your own solution.
Also included: the demo version of DocumentsToGo open Word or Excel documents. To edit them, you must order the professional version but – or look for alternatives. Because that’s the charm of the Treo 600: for Palm OS is a mass of software in the vastness of the Internet. So you can pimp your Treo to the fun mobile phone with an MP3 player plus a SD or multimedia card (MMC), and games of lots of. On the Java engine you can so easily do without.
Practice: A Hand Is Sufficient
Touch screen and pen: The model of the PDA is the Notepad, and it can be operated with two hands. Unlike of the Treo 600: as in a conventional mobile phone deal you mostly with one hand.
Facts & figures
With 133 x 61 x 24 millimeters, the Treo is compared with the current Palm PDAs quite narrow, but something dickbäuchig. Through the rounded back, the Smartphone lies in the hand but comfortably. The display, you can see that the Smartphone is already in the starting blocks. 160 x 160 pixels not just highly resolving effect and the display is much smaller than that of the Tungsten E by PalmOne (54 x 54 mm) with a display area of 45 x 45 mm. But the series 60 smartphones by Nokia and Siemens have to get by with a much smaller display. And with 5:23 hours of talk time, the Treo is everything in the shadow that was ever in our GSM tester.Standby time indicates the manufacturer with 240 hours.
The manufacturer’s recommended price: 800 euro.
For a real Palm, the graffiti handwriting recognition is missing the Treo. With the stylus, you can tap only on the virtual keyboard. Or leave it to safely stored in the body and become friends with the keyboard. This is sufficiently illuminated, the keys respond reliably and to feel themselves well by the extreme curvature. However: The buttons have come already pretty damn small. In addition, PalmOne has squeezed a letter and a symbol or a number on each button. This works but badly cluttered and tired as you type. Faster than on a conventional mobile phone keypad it comes but once.
Also in the navigation you deal mostly with one hand. As with the five-way button you can, other than in the case of the Palm OS PDAs, through the menu. Pen that is faster, but not always have both hands free. Typical Palm OS: the applications can be spread across different views. You can choose which functions with the four quick start buttons are called. In combination with the option key, again four functions can be directly activate.
The Treo section unfortunately only mediocre in the acoustic test. A light noise went beyond the usual tingling. The integrated handsfree sounds amazingly strong, distorted however at full volume. And of interlocutors on the landline phone have to listen very carefully, if the Treo more than 40 centimeters from the speaker is located from Electronicsencyclopedia.
Bottom Line: Big Step Forward
Palm-OS-fans get a little thick PDA, towering over a conventional Palm to two centimeter Anntennen stub in the Treo 600.
At the Cell phone features shows gaps while the Treo. But there is a full-blown Palm OS PDAwith very easy access to the computer and comfortable news features. Also Mac users who often left left by mobile phone manufacturers will come at their expense at PalmOne.
Small beauty corrections such as a brilliant display and a built-in antenna until to the next Treo on the wishlist. The problem of the Data entry, the sticking point with many Smartphones, can still not satisfactorily solve also PalmOne. The mini buttons not everyone will want to engage safely.
What we liked: the Treo will start quickly, runs fast and our test really stable. And also here the competition can cut off a slice: the Treo for the first synchronization brings independently from the Internet the extensive settings for MMS, WAP or Internet access. That device is still not self-evident in a 800 euro.
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