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Palm Treo 650 PDA Phone (AT&T)

by Palm
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.41 inches, 2.36 inches, 0.87 inches
  • Weight: 6.24 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 150 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 60 hours
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Product Description

To keep your smartphone's applications up to date, and to optimize the performance of your device, you may need to perform firmware and/or software updates just as you would on your PC. To learn more about updates for your device, please visit Palm's support site. Note that by clicking this link you will be leaving
The PalmOne Treo 650 boasts all the legendary features of the venerable Treo 600, plus a whole lot more. Now with Bluetooth, a higher resolution screen, a removable battery, and an improved keyboard, the Treo 650 is once again on the cutting edge of Smartphone technology. It offers all the functionality of a high-end Palm OS-powered PDA, a cell phone and a VGA camera. Simply put, it's the ultimate mobile office companion.


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Under the hood, the Treo 650 features Palm OS 5.4, 32MB of RAM (23MB available for end user storage), and an Intel PXA270 312 MHz processor. The design retains the same popular form factor as the Treo 600 with a few subtle, yet significant, changes. The unit's screen has been dramatically enhanced to support 320 x 320 resolution and the full QWERTY keypad has been redesigned for greater ease of use. The top of the unit features an expansion card slot for SD and MMC-based memory and expansion cards. There's also an infrared port here for line of sight data transfers, as well as a handy switch for turning off the phone's ringer. A five-way navigator controls most of the phone's menus and operating system functions, while quick application buttons on either side of the navigator get you to your favorite applications in a snap. The left side of the unit features a volume up/down toggle plus a handy user-customizable button that can be assigned to any phone or PDA function. The rear of the Treo 650 houses a loudspeaker, as well as the VGA (640x480) camera unit. A touchscreen stylus can be tucked away on the right side of the phone. Meanwhile, a combined charging, data, and accessory attachment port is housed on the bottom of the unit, as is a standard 2.5 mm stereo headset jack.

Calling and PDA Features
All the of the Treo 650's phone and PDA functions are designed to provide an integrated, seamless experience. For instance, you can type in the name or initials of a contact on the keypad to dial them. Or, use the touchscreen and stylus to copy information from an email and quickly paste it into another email or text message. All of the latest phone features folks expect are built-in, too, like a handsfree speakerphone, polyphonic ringtones, a vibrate mode and picture caller ID. The capacity of the unit's address book is only limited by the amount of internal and expansion memory available. Use the Treo 650's Bluetooth capability to wirelessly sync your contacts with your PC or Mac (yes, Mac!). Headsets, car kits and other wireless peripherals can also be paired with the unit via Bluetooth.

The Treo 650 is also a fully functional Palm OS device. That means that a huge library of applications, from spreadsheets to word processors to games, can be added to the Treo 650. It's easy to perform multiple tasks like checking your calendar while talking on the phone or dialing calls directly from your contacts list. Familiar Palm OS software ships with the handset including calendar, calculator, clock, contacts, memo, and task management applications. Real Player for video and MP3 playback, VersaMail email client, and DataViz Documents to Go for mobile access to spreadsheets and text documents, are also included.

The unit's memory expansion slot allows you to transfer music, photos, and video from your desktop. Or, use it to load additional games and applications.

Messaging and Internet
The device fully supports SMS and MMS messaging for rapid exchange of pictures, text and video via Cingular's instant messaging system. Other Cingular services are also supported, such as mobile email and web browsing. The Treo 650's web browser supports full-size web pages, and you can enter secure pages with 128-bit SSL encryption. POP3 email accounts provided by SBC, BellSouth, Yahoo, Earthlink, Comcast and AT&T Worldnet are all compatible with the 650's email client application. IMAP and Exchange-based email systems are also supported, and you can view photos, HTML, Word, Excel and PowerPoint attachments.

Vital Statistics
The PalmOne Treo 650 weighs 6.30 ounces and measures 4.40 x 2.30 x .90 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6 hours of digital talk time, and up to 300 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 800/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Treo 650 handset, lithium-ion battery, USB HotSync cable, headset, AC charger, user manual, software CD-ROM.

Product Details

Product Manual [2.73mb PDF]| Data Sheet [1.21mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches ; 6.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B0007NP8PW
  • Item model number: 650
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,726 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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394 of 399 people found the following review helpful By Computer User on June 11, 2005
I've had my Treo 650 for a little over a month now and love it. I did a lot of research on the different options for a PDA/phone, and decided that the Treo 650 was the best choice right now.

First a general comment. Any PDA/phone is a more complicated device than a PDA alone or a phone alone, and as far as I can tell nobody has yet manufactured the "perfect" PDA/phone combo (maybe in the next couple of years?). There will always be little glitches to work out, but the benefits of the combination are great. If you're not feeling a little adventurous, you may want to stick with using separate devices until the PDA/phone combo is truly "perfected."

Another comment on soft resets. I've owned Palms since they first came out (the Treo 650 is my sixth Palm device). A Palm device is a computer, and like all computers it sometimes crashes. When a Palm crashes, it usually does a soft reset and then automatically comes back up, usually working fine, in about 10 seconds. I've maintained other people's Windows PDA devices - when they crash they really crash. I've sometimes had to completely remove all power sources (open device up, remove the batteries and then remove the penny-sized backup batteries) before these things would start back up. The Palm response to crashes is much better and much quicker. Note that when a Palm soft resets, it usually means that there is a software conflict (which is common, since there are a huge number of third-party apps out there, and some of the amateur-written ones aren't written to the same standards a professional programmer would use). In the instruction book (buried toward the end, so probably not a lot of people read it) there is a useful procedure for isolating and removing the app that is causing the conflict.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By W. H. Walker on March 19, 2005
I got this Treo 650 (Cingular) about a month ago. I love this device and Amazon's price is great, too. I already had a Palm device so I was familiar with all the applications. The only 3rd party software I use was AvantGo. I love it and the latest version works well with the Treo after I got the install kinks resolved. The Treo 650 seems to have good reception, even at my house which sits in a small valley where Sprint reception was always a problem. The buttons are easier to use than I expected, but I still make a few mistakes keying in data. It is strange that the operating system on this Treo sometimes make you use a combination of the keyboard buttons and buttons on the screen. That's unnecessary fumbling around. I have run in to that several times. If I am not going to be given the option of Grafitti, then I should be able to do everything through the keyboard or Grafitti, but not both.

Unfortunately I had a few problems right out of the gate.
Number 1. Amazon's website didn't prompt me to indicate that I wanted to port my cell number from my old carrier Sprint to Cingular. Then, when I got an email from Amazon indicating the unit had shipped, Cingular followed up a couple of hours later saying my phone had been shipped already activated and assigned me a number. I would up having to go to a Cingular retail store to get a new SIM card if I wanted to keep my Sprint number. Fortuntely there is one 5 minutes from my house and Brandi, the employee, was super nice and helpful. I was done in about 20 minutes, questions and all, but I still had to go in. Not as good as it could have been but not awful.
Number 2: Amazon's box did not include the slip cover like the website promised. I contacted Amazon customer service and they shipped me one.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By PDAPhoneTryer on October 15, 2005
First of all I want to mention a few details that I think are important for any review of a Treo 650. A lot of the problems seen in previous reviews may have already been fixed by new firmware, or they are caused by unstable 3rd party software or user error:
- The Firmware Version - 1.31 the latest as of Oct 15, 2005
- User (me) level - Expert.. I am a software programmer by trade.
- This is a Cingular Treo 650 (big difference from a Verizon Treo 650)
- I have not installed ANY software on the phone. All default software, so I know that problems are not caused by 3rd party software.

I tried out the phone for about a week and returned it today. Here's why:
- Reception is terrible - I tested this along a 100-mile stretch of the 101 & 405 highways in Southern California. My wife carpools with me and she has a Cingular Motorola V551 so we used to compare the signal strengths when placed side by side. The Treo 650 was ALWAYS 2 bars less. I would never get a signal in many places I used to earlier with my old Siemens S46 phone. Interestingly, the Cingular rep I spoke to when cancelling said this is a known problem with this phone !!! No wonder Palm is being sued.
- Voice quality - Unacceptable.. Not only is there a lot of static, but the sound level is REALLY low. Its very hard to hear in the car when driving and I have a very quiet car. You have to get a software called VolumeCare to bump up the volume (thats $15 over an above a $400+ phone.. amazing). And even then the voice becomes distorted.
- Phone turning off randomly - Well it turns out that this is due to a defect in the little plastic tray that holds the SIM card. It causes the SIM card to loose contact with the phone connectors. This is a known problem on the web.
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