by Greg King on January 28, 2008 in Smartphones
Palm’s Treo 750 is one of two models offered with Windows Mobile – this one in particular using 6. Specs include a 2.5″ 240×240 touchscreen, 300MHz processor, miniSD support, 1.3MP camera with 2x zoom, 4-hour talk-time, GSM/UMTS support and more.
In the handful of months that we spent with the Palm Treo 750, we enjoyed our experience virtually the entire time. There were a few hiccups, mostly with Office Mobile but our overall time with the Treo 750 was an enjoyable one. There are a few reasons to consider this year old platform and a few might steer you in another direction. With everything in order, let’s start with the positives.
The 750 overall is a snappy smartphone with far more functionality than most users will need. I personally like the styling when compared to other shinier phones. Running Windows Mobile 5, the Treo 750 Exchange integration positions the device as a nice alternative to those Blackberries that litter corporate America from coast to coast. Another perk of the 750 is the 128MB of built in memory, of which 60 MB is free to the user. This is a fair amount for anyone not looking to use their Treo as a multimedia device. For those types of users, there is thankfully a mini SD slot that provides more than enough storage expandability.
With the positives out of the way, let’s look at the drawbacks. While I personally love the styling, there are those who will scoff at you when you pull it out of your pocket to answer a call, reply to an email or check your voice mail simply because it’s not as pretty as a Blackberry or the amazing iPhone.
I have always been one for functionality over design but when the two can find common ground you get a solid device. The other major downfall is Windows Office Mobile. Simply put, it’s a poor program suite at best and almost unusable at worst. While I didn’t exactly hate the app, I did find that the problems were sometimes more than I could handle, prompting me to simply turn the 750 off and pull out the notebook.
All in all, the Palm Treo 750 is a device that is still well suited to the business crowd even though it’s going on a year old. Wi-Fi is excluded so those of you who are looking for that functionality should inquire about a wireless mini SD adapter for your 750. Those of you not concerned with such functionality will more than likely be happy with your Treo 750 experience. Palm has been around for a while and the 750 appears to prove that they can still develop a solid product in the face of the ever growing smartphone market.
- Good battery life
- Intuitive keyboard
- Attractive design
- Plenty of memory
- A great BlackBerry alternative
- Not as svelte as some similar devices
- Windows Office Mobile is a liability
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