Palm Treo 750

GCN Lab review

One of the most surprising experiences I had during this review involved navigating around Windows Mobile 6 Professional on a Palm Treo 750. Such a sophisticated operating system represents a departure from Palm's old philosophy of keeping the operating system as simple as possible, which leaves Research in Motion the only handheld company exclusively embracing this philosophy.

Palm still offers its old operating system in other models, but this diversity brings a breath of fresh air to what was beginning to feel like a stale product. And the Treo 750 is a good example of how a little change can make a big difference. Measuring 4.4 inches by 2.3 inches by 0.8 inches, the 750 is a great size for someone on the go. But at 5.8 ounces, it's heavier than its direct competitors, RIM's Black- Berry 8820 and Curve.

And that difference is noticeable. I took two long trips, carrying the Curve on my first trip and Treo on the second. The Treo felt like a small brick in my pocket, but I hardly remember even feeling the Curve.

Much of the weight is because Palm jammed a lot into a small space. But it missed one important feature: Wi-Fi. This form of wireless communication is so ubiquitous nowadays that every device should have it standard. For some reason, it's a sure bet you'll get a cheesy, useless camera on practically every device, but not 802.11 wireless capability.

Despite these two drawbacks, the Treo includes a lot of important features such as email, Web browsing, messaging, and the ability to view, edit and create Excel and Word Mobile files. You can also view PowerPoint presentations and PDF files. Palm now includes the latest updates from Microsoft to support Office 2007 file formats.

Another cool feature is its ability to connect to your PC and act as a modem, allowing you to surf the Internet anywhere and any time the Treo gets service.

Palm designed the $529 Treo 750 with a powerful 300 MHz Samsung processor and 128M NV flash memory, and 43M user storage is available. The processor and RAM power a 240 x 240 color TFT touch screen capable of 16-bit color displays, or about 65,000 colors.

This is far from the nicest screen in the review, but it is easy to navigate. That said, if your office is an airport more often than a boardroom, stick with the BlackBerrys and your pockets will thank you.


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