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Windows Mobile Treo 650 (Part III)

The rumour of a future Treo running Windows Mobile yesterday received another significant injection after Sniffer at newswireless.net reported that:

"[Recently at] the Landmark Hotel, London, where a Very Senior Orange Person produced his Treo 650, and switched it on, and carelessly allowed all others at the table to see that it was not running PalmOS, but Windows Mobile 2005

Several people eagerly produced camera-phones to record this, and the phone was hastily tucked away where the sun can't shine."

Were it not for the fact that the site reporting this is considered to be 'reputable' I would have promptly dismissed this latest rumour.  Naturally if 'someone, somewhere' has one of the pictures purportedly taken at this meeting I'd love to see them!  In the meantime we'll have to make do with a screenshot of Windows Mobile 2005 - aka 'Magneto' - on our Treo below...

            

Like most Treonauts, I still have a great many mixed feelings about this and don't immediately see how having Windows Mobile on my Treo would be considered to be a 'solution'...

So where actually is the new Orange Treo 650? Microsoft Treo?? [newswireless.net]

[Thanks Jonathan]

Treonauts are puzzled by certain rumours...


Posted by Andrew on April 6, 2005 at 09:29 AM

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by Antoine/d-roC | Apr 6, 2005 12:51:38 PM

I guess that the image that I did a few weeks ago was a bit too true. Wonder when it would come out; maybe fall. Then again, palmOne did do a summer release once. Interesting news.

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by Andrew | Apr 6, 2005 9:22:18 PM

Antoine,

To be honest, I wish that I hadn't written anything about this purported 'Windows Treo' as I cannot think of much positive to come out of this.

I love my Treo because of the existing combination of great hardware (palmOne) and great software (PalmSource). I don't at this stage believe that 'simply' adding Windows Mobile will do much if anything to enhance this experience.

Cheers, A.

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by bruce m | Apr 7, 2005 12:48:12 AM

For Palm to run Windows on their products at this point would be the same as for Apple to run Windows on their computers instead of Mac OSX ... what they gain in "compatibility" with the rest of the world they will give up ten times over in loss of OS simplicity, competitive advantage and "system integration" i.e. having hardware and software work together seamlessly.

IF Palm does in fact introduce a Windows Mobile powered Treo, I will take this more of a sign that Palm has gotten "cold feet" and is ready to ditch the whole Palm platform altogether. Given the glacial pace of Palm's innovation over the last few years, perhaps this may be the best course to follow -- leave the OS development to Microsoft and just focus on refining the Treo platform. The only downside is the Treo is not the only hardware player in town, and rivals are getting closer and closer to copying it's design and functionality.

I suppose it is inevitable that Palm will one day become just another smart phone maker. Consumers like cool features and functions, but more than that they like a good price. If Palm has to shoulder the burden of developing the Palm OS all by itself, it will never be able to recoup this expense from the market -- consumers will switch to cheaper Windows Mobile devices, especially as they become more and more refined on the hardware side.

The PDA as pioneered by Palm must evolve or die. And right now Palm is evolving pretty darn slowly.

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by joshua | Apr 7, 2005 3:09:30 PM

I saw a post on this at
http://mytreo.net/news/archives/000434.php#more

but read the editors note at the bottom.......very 'George Plimpton' of them. All that was missing was to post under the name S. Finch

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/01/sports/baseball/01finch.html?incamp=article_popular_1

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by Robert Neal | Apr 20, 2005 2:39:55 PM

Is a 650 with a 2 gig SD card a reasonable substituion for an iPod mini? I know it's half the capacity, but other than that?

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by Andrew | Apr 20, 2005 7:38:15 PM

Robert,

Personally and lately I feel that yes, very much so, your Treo can become a very good substitute for a dedicated MP3 player. Personally, my iPod is going to find its way on eBay soon... About 50% of Treonauts feel the same way while the other half disagrees - take your pick...

Cheers, A.

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by Chris | Apr 21, 2005 9:26:20 AM

Hi-
I was hoping you would considering adding my site to your list of links in the Blogroll - Gadgets & Tech.

Thank you for the consideration.

Chris

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by Shannon | Feb 25, 2008 10:17:24 PM

I just purchased a treo 650..I haven't even recieved it yet. I hope that it is a good PDA. I'm on the fence about having the Windows software on it. I've never used Palm so it will all be new to me. Using windows is pretty simple.

Shan

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