PCS Phone palmOne Treo 600 (Sprint)
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1. Small size-this is nice compared to older versions of PDA phones like my old Kyocera 6035.
2. MP3 is nice to have-however I haven't used it because the headset adapter is not included.
3. Keyboard is nice-takes a little practice to use, but so does graffiti.
1. Color screen is too low resolution--needs to be the clarity of aPocket PC devices. Viewing pictures on the Treo 600 is very fuzzy.
2. No voice speed dialing-I miss this from my Kyocera 6035 phone. The shortcut dialing feature is too limiting.
3. Some interfaces could be better, especially when on an active call.
My suggestions to Palm One:
1. Either eliminate the camera or make it higher quality-even using it for fun pictures is not good enough.
2. Include the headset adapter. Why make it so that you have to order the adapter before you can listen to mp3.
3. Needs a replaceable battery. Although the battery life is good, under heavy usage, it is not sufficient.
Would I buy it again? Yes, at a $300 price range. To me, it is not worth the retail price of $549.
The set up with Sprint PCS is very easy -- 10 minutes on the phone did it. Their Vision Package is a great deal -- you get unlimited web browsing for fifteen dollars a month. I've had Sprint PCS in NYC for many years and I've never had problems with voice clarity, and rarely any dropped calls. I don't know why people complain about Sprint PCS in NYC.
The keyboard is amazingly easy to use, and
text entry is fast. Your "finger aim" doesn't need to be as accurate as you think -- when entering a letter, you can "slur" over more than one letter, and it is smart enough to pick the first key you pressed.
5-Way naviation button:
This is very useful, although be warned that some third-party
apps don't fully exploit it (like Vindigo).
I can read my office outlook email via Sprint PCS Business Connect Personal Edition -- it was a breeze to set: simply install the software on your office desktop (this sends your email to a web site, and the Treo then grabs it from there), and download the app into your palm, and you're set.
To read my Yahoo mail (via POP3, with Yahoo Mail Plus),
I use SnapperMail, because you just pay for it once (around $30
I think), and there are no monthly charges (unlike Visto MessageExpress which charges a periodic fee).
SnapperMail was also very easy to set up.
Compare with other Phone/PDAs:
I considered getting the Samsung I500, but didn't get it because
it didn't have a keyboard.Read more ›
Great usable keyboard - very easy to use (even though I though the keys would be small but after a couple of hours practice I was a typing maniac
Stylus made obsolete - In two days, I have only used the stylus once and that was to play a game - nice design for one-handed-no-stylus operation
Long Battery Life - Although I have not tested standby completely, the talk time is pretty long - not sure how long though yet
Navigation made simple - plenty of ways to get to the hundreds of features on this phone. The center navigation button is just awesome...very well thought out so that it can access practically anything on the device
Included travel charger - Nice to be able to charge when I am out of the home - My Samsung I300 had a cradle with built in charger - very difficult to carry around.
Bright Screen - Not to be confused with resolution - the screen is very bright. I have not even taken off the protective cover yet so I am in for another pleasant suprise when that thing finally peels off :)
Fast Synching - phew, it is fast with USB and OK with IR.
Lots of others but I must also address the cons
No replaceable battery - Let me say, I hate this - not having the option to change batteries means that I have to be near a main if I run out of juice - also if the battery dies, does the unit become a $600 paper weight?Read more ›
My gripe about the Treo 600 is (which I hope Handspring fixes in the form of a software patch or something) the display remains lite the entire time that you use the phone. I would bet that the battery life would be much longer if the display would dim or turn off after being on the phone for a certain duration. Another problem (that Handsping should considering fixing in the next model) is that the phone has a built-in internal battery. I would much rather have the option to buy replacement batteries (an external battery is available, but it increases the size a lot . . . remember the old Motorola brick phones of the mid-90's?). One last thing is a "nice to have" design change. Presently, the SD slot is on the top of the phone. It should be moved somewhere else (maybe behind a compartment) so that the SD card is not easily popped out.
Overall, the Treo 600 is great. I have had it for 2 weeks now and have not had any problems. The Samsung i500 is also a very good, portable PDA phone, but does not have as many features as the Treo 600 (e.g. 16MB vs. 24MB and no SD slot). Until Handspring fixes the issues that I described above, I would have to say that both the Treo 600 and i500 are comparable (given the pros and cons of both). If you are considering either one of the phones, ask yourself which features are more important to you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If I had written this review shortly after the purchase of my phone, it would have been filled with accolades. This phone is fantastic...until it breaks. Read morePublished on May 31, 2006 by Amy R
I've had my Treo 600 over a year now, and haven't had any trouble, except for a couple lock-ups that cleared away easily w/ a soft reset. Read morePublished on September 11, 2005 by hubble15
O.k. so you want a treo 600? I have had mine for almost a year & after exploreing all it has to offer heres what i have to say! Read morePublished on August 19, 2005 by D. West
I recently bought the Treo 600 instead of the 650 because of the price difference. I have to say that I am surprised that the speakerphone volume is so low and with so much... Read morePublished on August 4, 2005 by bwilli
Phone has excellent features but has bad reception. Just after a month (right after the store exchange policy expired) the charger is not working. Some loose connection may be. Read morePublished on June 4, 2005 by TeaWalker
I am now on my THIRD Treo 600. The first two were replaced because the phone would turn itself off and back on again, go out of service when calls were being made or received, and... Read morePublished on June 1, 2005 by RageAnon
I got my Treo 600 (on Sprint) from my work. I always preferred the flip phones to these lareg PDA phones so my first thought was, "Well I can't complain... it's free". Read morePublished on May 11, 2005 by SRFireside
The Treo 650 I bought is ALWAYS two to three bars below other phones (at the same location) in signal strength. Read morePublished on May 9, 2005 by S. Lesak
The New-Age Treo's are the best smart devices ever made! I have used the T-Mobile Sidekick, the AT&T Motorola MPX, a Nextel Blackberry, a Samsung i600, and even an older style Treo... Read morePublished on April 18, 2005 by ..R..