Palm Treo 680 Review Part 1: Introduction
With the new Palm Treo 680 finally becoming available to buy (Cingular) and pre-order (Palm Unlocked GSM) yesterday hundreds of thousands of existing and future Treonauts will be rushing to upgrade or buy their first one.
For some Treonauts like me the buying decision will be a relative no brainer (I will be upgrading from my trusted GSM Treo 650 to an Unlocked Treo 680 – possibly getting one of each colour) while others will carefully review and balance all parameters to reach their decision. Overall everyone will have a slightly different reason for doing so (see Choosing Your Next Treo) with the design, colours, hardware, software, Unlocked GSM and/or carrier all playing a role in the decision process.
In my case the single most important upgrade consideration has been one of design with the new antenna-less, slimmer, lighter and slicker form-factor that I absolutely love. With my new Treo 680 I now truly have a pocketable smartphone that feels absolutely great in my hands and which makes me happy just by holding it – there’s no doubt that it is very much an iconic device. The Treo 680 is beautiful, a lot of fun, simple to use, affordable, extremely convenient, practical and powerful all in one device – plenty to continue to make me a delighted Treonaut.
Sure, the Treo 680 could have more or better features but they would all have jeopardized the particular balance – call it a ‘compromise’ – that it offers. You will hear about people complaining that the Treo does not for example offer WiFi when competing devices that do are either more expensive, bigger, heavier, uglier, don’t have a touchscreen, don’t have a keyboard, have a more complex and less intuitive operating system or another balancing factor.
The fact is that if there was a competing smartphone that I truly considered to be much better than the Treo then I would surely already have switched to it and started a blog for that device. In the end I don’t really care about what the Treo 680 does not offer but what I do care about is the fact that the Treo simply offers me just the “right balance” of design, hardware and software at a terrific price.
For those existing and future Treonauts who may not yet have firmly decided to buy a new Treo 680, over the coming days I will provide you with a three part review that will take a much closer and detailed look at the new 1) design, 2) hardware and 3) software that the Treo 680 offers.
In the meantime, wishing all Treonauts in the US a Very Happy Thanksgiving!
Treonauts are always happy…