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Palm Treo 750 Smartphone
 

Palm Treo 750 Smartphone

Platform: Wireless Devices
Category: Hand Held
 
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Author: Murray G

The Fun Side of the Palm 750

Walk through any airport, subway station or office building today and you will see hoards of business people with smartphones glued to their ears. Smartphone’s are marketed mainly to the business world, after all they are quite the powerful and expensive little units. Some of these units exhibit more horsepower then some of my old PC’s for goodness sake.Anyhow, sorry I digressed. Smartphones and and PDA’s can be a lot more than an Email/Spreadsheet/Text messaging platform but they are marketed as such. Today’s cell phones are for marketed for the hip as they highlight MP3’s, videos and games. Smartphone’s on the other hand are marketed for the suits highlighting spreadsheets, memo’s and email functionality. That being said there are a lot of “hip” people in suits, myself included and with Smartphone’s with their larger screen, CPU and memory capabilities they are a natural for the “lighter side” of cell phone use. After all, all work and no play makes a Smartphone a dull toy.

There has to be more to these units then just the corporate 9 to 5 world. What happens after 5, or when you`re travelling or even when you having lunch? If you’re a gamer during these “down” times you would normally pull out your DS or PSP and twiddle away the time . Sure there have been games for cell phones but with their small screens gaming experiences have been limited to card games or puzzle games like bejewelled. Handhelds are the #1 gaming platform in the world. Many smart phones on the market today have screens that are close in size to a Nintendo DS and have a similar resolution. A DS screen resolution is 256 x 192 and the Palm Treo 750 is 240 x 240. Heck, a GBA screen is 240 x 160. So it’s not too much of a stretch to think you would see quality games on a Smartphone.

This brings me to the aforementioned Treo 750 from Palm. This is one of the more popular smart phones on the market today. The unit is a powerhouse of design and technology. The 750 comes with Windows Mobile 6, GSM, Broadband speed capabilities, a 1.3 digital camera, 128 MB of memory (upgradeable to 4 GB) and a host of other standard features. It also can act as an MP 3 player and Video player (See below Spec Sheet for further info). Palm is an appropriate word for this unit as it fits in your hand like a second skin. Kudos’s to the design team. The price for this unit ranges anywhere from $299 and up depending on which plan you subscribe to. It offers both power and performance that can be used for fun and business.

The big questions are “What’s out there for the fun side. “Where do you go to get games and entertainment software for your Treo 750?” The answer to the “where” question you can go to several places such as Palm.com or other 3rd party sites like Jamster (U.S only).
On the Palm site I found only 10 games and these games were mainly card and board games. Things like Poker, Battleship and Sudoku. I found more games on Jamster, 16 in total. Jamster had a little more variety with the addition of more action and strategy titles like Starship Troopers and Gone in 60 seconds.

So how did the phone perform overall?

Specs:

Display: 65K color transflective TFT color LCD. Screen size diagonally is approximately 2.6". Resolution: 240 x 240, supports both portrait and landscape modes.

Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is user replaceable. 1200 mA. Claimed talk time up to 4 hours, claimed standby 10 days.

Performance: 300 MHz Samsung SC32442A processor. 64 MB built-in RAM. 128 MB Flash ROM with 60 megs available for your use.

Size: 4.44 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches. Weight: 5.4 ounces.

Phone: GSM quad band world phone (850/900/1800/1900MHz) with EDGE and UMTS 3G for data (UMTS on the 850/1900/2100MHz bands). The Treo 750 is sold locked to Cingular.

Camera: 1.3MP with 2x digital zoom. Can take still photos and video with audio at 30fps.

Audio: Built in speaker, mic and standard 2.5mm standard stereo headphone jack (stereo headset included). 2.5mm to standard 3.5mm stereo headphone adapter sold separately. Voice Recorder and Windows Pocket Media Player 10 included for your MP3 pleasure.

Networking: Integrated Bluetooth 1.2 supporting headset, handsfree, A2DP stereo, DUN (dial up networking), serial port and file transfer profiles.

Software: Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone Edition operating system, AKU 3.2. Microsoft Mobile Office suite including Mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint (view only), Internet Explorer, and Outlook. Also, Terminal Services, MSN Mobile, Modem Link (use the phone as a modem over USB or IR), Windows Media Player 10, Solitaire, Bubble Breaker (game), Calculator, Voice Recorder as well as handwriting recognition. Additional applications: Threaded SMS client, Sounds Manager, Keyguard, Wired Car Kit application, MS Voice Command 1.5, Camera, Picsel PDF viewer, Wireless Manager, Handmark Express, Dynomite (game by Astraware), Avvenu (link to download), Sprite Backup, Bluetooth plugin for Windows Desktops and Good. ActiveSync 4.2 and Outlook 2002 for PCs included.

Expansion: 1 miniSD compatible with memory cards and miniSD WiFi cards.

In the Box: Treo 750, Lithium Ion battery, stylus, 1 screen protector, AC charger (110-240v), USB sync cable, getting started guide and software CD.


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