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Treo 650 User Review

January 27, 2005

I have been using the Treo 650 on and off for quite a while now, but
have seriously started using the device for the past few days.
Following are my impressions:

1. Excellent Screen! The screen of this device is the best I have ever
seen on a PDA-Phone, hands down. If you put the 650 beside the 600, the
600 looks, well, just kawawa! It is very bright and the resolution is
excellent! The best way to demonstrate this, however, is using the
camera. Unlike the 600, the 650 display in camera mode is extremely
sharp. Both devices have the same camera resolution so it is definitely
the screen that significantly enchnces the image.

2. The 650 is an EDGE device, and using Blazer you can really notice
the speed increase. Downloads are quick, and there is really nothing
like looking at the top portion of the screen while downloading the
page and watching the kb meter just zoom along. Watch out for your GPRS
bills! The screen resolution further enhances the image and makes
browsing a plain joy.

3. Keyboard layout and key size have improved significantly. While the
keys are still a tad cramped, the layout and the actual shape of the
keys make it much easier to type. In the 600, I had the problem of my
thumbs starting to get sore because of the size and shape of the keys.
No such issue with the 650. The white translucent keys are also great
since it is easier to work with especially at night.

4. Bluetooth is pretty good. I paired it with my Bluespoon AX (which I
reviewed in http://www.racingsailor.org) and it was quick, painless, and works
great. Audio is loud and clear. Unlike my BlackBerry 7290, the
Bluetooth connection to the headset terminates after some period of
inactivity so I can actually use both the 650 and my K700i on one
headset quite seamlessly. Its good for battery life of the headset too.

5. The OS was pretty snappy and seemed al lot quicker and more
responsive than the 600 as well. I havent used a Palm in a while so I
dont quite know if there were a lot of application level enhancements
but usability is pretty good.

6. As in the 600, the 650 makes one handed operation quick and easy.
Unlike the 600, the 650’s keyboard makes one handed texting much easier
as well.

7. Battery life is pretty comparable to the 600, which is pretty good
already. There may have been an improvement in battery life but I am
not quite sure.

8. I havent used the later Palms so I dont know if this is now an old
feature, but the Palm Desktop seemed to have gone through a rehash. It
looks much better now, particularly for installing new apps. You can
also install apps directly to an SD card. PocketMirror was also
integrated better so there is no need to setup that third party app to
sync to outlook.

9. I dont know how to sync a Palm to my Mac. I was able to
successfully pair the 650 with my Powerbook but when I fired up iSync,
I couldnt really do anything. However, that was a pre-production ROM so
I dont really know.

10. The handset is similar in weight to the 600 and, in my view, is
just a bit too heavy for comfort. But is generally acceptable.

11. My office PC doesnt have Bluetooth so I couldnt try out Bluetooth
hotsync. But there is a wizard on the device to set it up.

12. The 650 comes with a cool anodized aluminum looking stylus, which
looks and feels really cool. However, I hardly get to use it because of
the great one-handed usability.

13. Voice quality was great. No more buzzing and other related sounds
found on the 600. Speaker phone seemed to be a limitation, because it
almost seemed to sound like it was half duplex! But I havent tested
this on the new ROM since I use my Bluespoon AX with it all the time.

14. Dock connector is now totally different from the old 600. Charger
connector is also totally different.

Overall Rating: Highly Recommended bordering on Must Have!

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One comment

  1. Hey Chris, found out about your blog via PhilMUG. How did you go about getting a Treo 650? I’m very interested. If you don’t mind, could you get in touch with me at 0917-5183368?

    Much thanks!



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