Monday, May 28, 2007

Palm Treo 700wx Review

The first thing you may notice when you first hold this Palm Treo 700wx smart phone is its heft. This phone feels good in your hand: sturdy and solid. Your previous phone may have been a very small LG flip phone that has to be held quite delicately so that certain buttons aren't pushed. At 6.4 ounces, this phone is a bit bigger, but still fits in the palm of your hand nicely.

The Palm Treo 700wx comes with Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0. This means that the main screen of the phone basically looks and works like the Windows Operating System often seen in computers. A “Start” button lists the phone’s available programs and Microsoft’s default blue and white/ grey color scheme is a familiar sight. Some people prefer the original Palm platform found in the Treo 700p, but you may find that you'll enjoy having Microsoft Office Mobile (Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile) on your phone when you want to view documents on the go. The editing capabilities of these programs are very limited, but it is very useful when you want to read various email attachments while away from the computer. In addition, transferring Office files between your computer and phone via Microsoft’s ActiveSync program is relatively hassle-free.

The Palm Treo 700wx also comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera. The lens is at the back of the phone next to the speaker and also includes a very small self-portrait mirror. Having a data package with your phone, you can send and receive pictures through email. The quality of the pictures is what you would expect from a 1.3 megapixel camera: slightly grainy and not very detailed. I don’t think the Treo’s picture quality is one of the selling points of this phone, but I will admit that it is nice to have the ability to take pictures with your phone at the spur of the moment.

The battery life of this phone is supposed to be relatively decent (“up to 5 hours of continuous digital talk time”). You'll likely not run out of battery despite constant web surfing and an entire day’s worth of personal and business calls. This phone’s memory is also a talking point. The Treo 700wx is supposed to have twice as much memory as its predecessor, the Treo 700w. The benefit of this increase in memory can be seen when running programs and surfing the web..... as there is no noticeable lag or delay in my phone’s level of responsiveness. For people who require significant memory for their phones, this Treo also comes with an additional SD slot for memory expansion.

Although you'll love your Treo 700wx, it is not without its problems. First, there is a very small selection of pre-loaded ring tones to choose from. This is a minor pet peeve, but a pet peeve all the same. Also, the phone does freeze occasionally for no good reason. The solution is simple, however, and typically involves taking out the phone’s battery and restarting the phone. In addition, the phone’s keyboard is comprised of very small keys that may irritate people with large hands. Lastly, there is no integrated Wi-Fi on this phone though future Palm phones may have this feature. Those are all of the problems most folks have encountered so far.... and I hope that others don’t encounter more in the future.

Overall, you'll enjoy your Treo 700wx smartphone tremendously. The primary reason many purchase it is because they are interested in becoming more “connected” Internet-wise. This phone will surpass your expectations for both web and email access. Web surfing is a breeze, although looking at the Treo’s 2 inch screen is no permanent substitute for a computer monitor, and checking email is very easy with minimal set-up issues. One-handed navigation is also super simple..... and the convenience of being able to take a quick peek at your upcoming appointments without having to use two hands to flip open your phone is wonderful. This phone will fulfill your needs and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an all-in-one phone/pda combination.

Treo 700wx Pros:

- Sturdy phone construction / Solid Feel
- Windows Mobile 5.0
- Easy ability to view, edit, and save documents while on the go with Office Mobile
- Smooth syncing experience with PC
- Built-in easy to use camera with self-portrait mirror
- Good battery life
- Significant memory upgrade from the Treo 700w
- Additional SD slot for even more memory capability
- Excellent email and web surfing capability
- Quick phone responsiveness to commands

Treo 700wx Cons:

- Extremely limited pre-loaded ring tones
- Phone sometimes freezes for no good reason and has to be reset
- Qwerty Keyboard is made up of very small keys
- No WiFi
- Slightly bigger than most typical phones

For a little help finding a Palm Treo 700wx that includes the best provider plan in your area visit:

Palm Treo 700wx


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