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Treo 750v: In My Hand! First Impressions

I’ve just spent the last 30 minutes in heaven playing with the new Vodafone Treo 750v and I have to admit that one of the hardest things that I’ve had to do in a long time was leaving the Palm interview room without ‘accidentally’ putting it in my pocket…  I will be updating this post regularly over the coming hour with more pictures and first impressions but for now all I can tell you is that this latest Treo is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous.

It may not look (above) much smaller than the existing Treo 700 series or Treo 650 but there is no doubt that once you hold the Treo 750v in your hands you can immediately feel the weight difference (about 15% less than previous ones) and the removal of the antenna really makes it much more comfortable and appealing.

At last, I was also able to categorically confirm that the Treo 750v shares the same “rubberized paint’ coating that the Limited Edition Black Tie Treo 650 has – in this case it’s simply blue instead of black.  The tactile feel of it as well as the look make it a much more ‘modern’ looking smartphone than previous editions.  Additionally, a small detail is that Palm really did a beautiful work on the detailing of the Vodafone logo at the back by not simply printing it but providing a 3D element – very classy.

  
  

The Treo 750v feels very much like the “slicker” version that had been described to me previously.  I found it incredibly exciting to see this latest model which has lost some weight and become considerably more fit.

   

Since it has no antenna, is 1mm thinner, 2mm narrower and 24 grams lighter than its predecessor it’s obvious that there will be a need for new cases to be designed to fit.  Above is the Treo 750v in my new P5 UltraSlim Pocket Leather Pouch (which is now finally available to pre-order).

A new and elegant silver tipped stylus as well as a much slimmer and smaller capacity battery (1200 vs 1800mAh) and the GSM SIM tray now hidden below the battery.  The more I write about this the less I can wait for Cingular to release its own GSM version of this fantastic device in the US with PalmOS please!

The new miniSD slot pictured above (which I found just a little to difficult to open) to the right side of the smartphone as well as the IR port which have both moved away from the top where now only the fabulous Ringer Switch remains.  I guess that I will have to find a new use for my 20+GB worth of SD cards now…  Also, the new slim battery versus the standard one from my Treo 700p below…

  

As many other PalmOS Treonauts will undoubtedly agree, I am feeling increasingly disappointed to see that all of the latest first launches of new hardware form factors (such as the Treo 700w previously) are being released under Windows Mobile first.  I have no doubt that this is not Palm’s fault but that of the carriers who for one reason or another find themselves motivated to promote WM ahead of PalmOS.  At the same time I fail to understand why Cingular are taking sooooo long to release their own version of the Treo 750 (hopefully with _both_ PalmOS and WM5 versions). 

Having said all this, at least now I know that it’s certainly worth the wait – every moment of it…

Treonauts always demand to have the most beautiful things


Posted by Andrew on September 12, 2006 at 03:32 PM

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1
by Rome | Sep 12, 2006 4:13:12 PM

All we need now is the Palm OS....

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by James | Sep 12, 2006 4:42:32 PM

so.. any clue on when the Cingular version will come out?

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by Brian | Sep 12, 2006 4:43:23 PM

I don't like that they're taking a step backwards on talk and standby time. The new footprint means accessories have to be replaced.

They should consider redesigning the connector to be standard mini-usb. We should not have to be subjected to proprietary connectors.

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by Jim Washok | Sep 12, 2006 5:05:47 PM

While you're talking with Palm, would you mind virtually slapping them upside the head and tell them to STOP putting the speaker on the back of the phone!!! With all the multimedia features the phone is now capable of, especially TV and movies, it doesn't make much sense to point the speaker AWAY from the viewer...and no, I don't always want to wear headphones. Of course, what would be really cool is a swivel speaker that can be turned in either direction...oh, and they could add a kickstand too for propping the phone up!

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by Malatesta | Sep 12, 2006 5:24:48 PM

So it's been confirmed on Palm's website that this is the FIRST WM5 device to have the legendary *Threaded SMS* app:
http://euro.palm.com/uk/en/products/treo750v/messaging.html

Anyword on if and when this will be coming over for the 700w/wx? Afterall, it seems it was listed on brochure materials (prematurely?).

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by andrew | Sep 12, 2006 5:43:06 PM

Malatesta - Palm confirmed this morning to me that the Treo 700w|wx will indeed soon have the upgraded 'threaded SMS' application - just no timing yet for this release...

Cheers, A.

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by Malatesta | Sep 12, 2006 5:47:06 PM

That's what I like to hear! Thanks.

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by Cal | Sep 12, 2006 8:35:04 PM

They wouldnt let you turn it on?

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by Craigdts | Sep 12, 2006 9:38:06 PM

Jim,

Regarding speaker phone on front. My ear still hurts from the treo 300 having the speaker on the front. Nothing like an alarm going off when its up to your ear, or worse forgetting you have it in speaker phone mode. Yikes! I remember how happy I was when they moved the speaker to the back of the treo 600!

Man that 750v looks awesome!

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by jonjonjon | Sep 12, 2006 11:15:12 PM

WHAT would happen if i, not being able to wait a month more, went ahead and picked up the Vodafone model and plugged my Cingular SIM card into it??? I'm perfectly serious! Thank you my fellow Treonauts.

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by tcs | Sep 12, 2006 11:56:46 PM

Since there is no buit-in WiFi, does it support external wifi card like 700wx? I am glad tat it support A2DP flawlessly :)

Looking foward your excellent review soon!

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by andrew | Sep 13, 2006 2:34:55 AM

Carl - I did turn it on but there isn't much to say on this front yet...

jonjonjon - I already know of many Treonauts who are trying to get their hands on a Vodafone Treo 750v imported from the UK. As long as the phone has been properly 'unlocked' there would not be any problem at all inserting a US SIM card and using it.

tcs - it will support a miniSD WiFi card.

Cheers, A.

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by Justin | Sep 13, 2006 8:35:37 AM

What about navigation? Will they have a mini SD version out or coming out?

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by Justin | Sep 13, 2006 8:51:24 AM

When are they going to upgrade to Bluetooth 2.0?

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by Joni | Sep 13, 2006 9:16:27 AM

Exciting to see what we have to look forward to.. Any word on Sprint? Not too excited, however, about the battery.. I've become very spoiled with the Seidio 2400mAh battery. Why do we want to go backward?

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by macmick | Sep 13, 2006 9:23:20 AM

A bit disappointed that Palm could not get the 750v any slimmer. That new battery is so much slimmer, so what has taken up the rest of the space ????
Honestly it it were significantly slimmer it would be a no-brainer to upgrade. I guess I will be happy with my trusty 650 for a while longer.

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by femaad | Sep 13, 2006 9:29:56 AM

i agree with you, andrew...when will a PALM OS version come out?

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by Matt | Sep 13, 2006 10:58:34 AM

I have to say that I'm really disappointed about the mini-SD card slot rather than the regular SD slot. Especially since Palm just launched the new GPS pack that comes with all the maps on an SD card. So now the brand new GPS is already outdated if we plan on upgrading our 650 to the 750. I second the opinions about the disappointing battery life as well. It seems as though Palm is taking several steps backward in key areas.

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by Taras | Sep 13, 2006 12:47:17 PM

I wonder, when treo 750 will be gsm unlocked, becouse i live in lithuania and there is no vodafone.

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by dmm | Sep 13, 2006 2:14:39 PM

On that P5 case--any word on whether there's a second version for the 750v (or, ahem, another Treo with that form factor!)? Or is the best bet to use the same one and just expect it to have a little more give?

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by Jnetty | Sep 13, 2006 3:20:21 PM

Is this model consider the Palm Nitro? that is expected in October? Or is that another model?
I been holding off on replacing my Treo 650.

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by TazUk | Sep 13, 2006 5:45:55 PM

@Justin, Windows Mobile 5.x doesn't support Bluetooth 2.0 ;o)

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by John | Sep 13, 2006 6:27:44 PM

As for GPS, a 1GB mini-SD card costs $32 from Buy.com. Can't you just copy the maps/app over?

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by joebob | Sep 13, 2006 7:17:00 PM

I know you are all fans of the palm os, that's why your treo fans, but don't you think that the os is basically dead? At the rate that the smarpthone market is moving and the fact that there hasn't been a major update for years and it doesn't look like there will be one for quite awhile don't you think it's just over?

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by dave | Sep 13, 2006 8:42:26 PM

miniSD card, smaller battery life, no Wifi. what's up with that ?

i dunno .. i really hope that the new GSM PalmOS is going to improve on all these.

i love my Treo650 and have been waiting too long for this, only to be dissapointd by the fact that it doesn't have wifi !!

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