Palm Announces Budget Treo

But are there too many cuts?

I’m not really sure about Palm devices, to me they have always looked like knock-off Blackberrys and despite Sandra’s praise of the Treo 750v I never really bonded with it. The 680 looks more of the same, only cheaper and with less features.

For those who do dig Palm’s style however the 680 should be lust worthy for fan boys who previously found the handsets a tad on the expensive side.

That said the cuts to the 680 could be deal breakers for some since they are WiFi and HSDPA, both vitals in the smartphone world in my opinion. Still, if you ”do” like Palm and you ”do” like a smarphone ”without” WiFi and ”without” HSDPA then read on.

The GSM/GPRS/EDGE capable device runs on Palm OS 5.4.9, packs in 64MB of flash memory for user storage, runs on an Intel PXA270 312MHz processor and features a square 320 x 320, 65k colour touchscreen. Bluetooth scrambles onboard as does a slightly pants VGA digital camera with 2x digital zoom and support for just polyphonic MIDI and WAV ringtones.

A full QWERTY thumboard/thumbboard (depending on how you prefer to spell it) is clearly present along and there’s the ability to preview and edit World and Excel documents, Storage expansion is via either MMC or SD while the battery life is impressive at four hours talk time and 300 hours standby. The 680 is also a slinkier device than the 750v thanks to casting off some of its more luxurious features and is now 111.8 x 58.4 x 21.3mm and 157g.

Mac and Windows (2000 onwards) support is there and it will come in four colours: arctic, crimson, graphite and copper – or light grey, red, dark grey and orange as I see it. Price will dependent on contract but Palm crosses its heart and hopes to die that the 680 will be free on many mid-tier packages.

Only snag is you have to want one…

Palm UK

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