Treo 500 In My Hands In London!
Following my post yesterday (see Treo 500 – The Thinnest Treo Yet), I have just returned from attending the official launch of the Treo 500 at a Palm press event in London earlier today and I can tell you from the start that I have been VERY impressed with this new Treo – it is beautifully designed, feels very solidly built and is extremely slim and light (only 120 grams).
Furthermore, to be honest even the best images of the Treo 500 that we have seen to date don’t really do this latest Palm smartphone any justice and you really need to be holding it in your hands to appreciate just how well built the device truly is. Even if these images much more clearly show that the Treo 500 isn’t quite the ugly duckling that many had thought it would be you’ll be even more impressed when you get a chance to play with one as I had the opportunity to do today…
It was actually very hard to leave the press event without a unit in my hands but Palm assured me that I will get mine delivered tomorrow when I’ll get the opportunity to share more of the very clean and appealing new user interface that Microsoft and Palm developed exclusively for Vodafone which plans to launch it at the beginning of October and will be FREE on many price plans.
Another few things that I can tell you is that the Treo 500 sports a completely new power and HotSync cable now via a mini USB connector (below right) which means that many new Treo accessories will be required. Also very strangely and very sadly there is no mute button at the top of the device… Then there’s the new 5Way navigator which works extremely well (smooth and fast) while all the flat buttons actually make the Treo 500 look even slicker since they extend smoothly from the screen.
The official Treo 500 specifications, features and benefits include:
- All-in-one smartphone with messaging, email and web
- Full keyboard for fast and easy typing
- Automatic delivery of Hotmail/MSN, Yahoo!, and Gmail, email as it arrives1
- Large, high-resolution screen (320 x 240)
- Internet Explorer Mobile full-featured browser
- Access to Google Maps and eBay
- Vodafone live! for news, sports, and entertainment on the go
- 3G/UMTS network
- Planner with address book, calendar, to-do lists, and more
- View Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files
- Windows Media Player Mobile for music and videos
- 2.0 megapixel camera with 2.5x digital zoom captures video too
- 150MB of memory (256MB total), expandable with microSD expansion card
- Windows Mobile 6 Standard software
- Microsoft Direct Push technology for delivery of Outlook® email1
- Bluetooth v2.0 wireless technology
- Device available in two colours: glacier white and charcoal grey
- 1200mAh battery (below) with 4.5 hours talk time and 10 days standby
Overall you will have gathered that I am extremely impressed by the Treo 500 – a smartphone that felt absolutely fantastic from the moment I laid my hands on it and is very cool indeed. I would have been even more overjoyed if it had been running PalmOS but at least this gives me even more high hopes that the forthcoming Palm Centro (due to be released by Sprint within the next two months) will manage to please the young crowds that this device is clearly targeted at.
Trio of white and grey Treo 500 images via Gizmodo
Treonauts are always ready for something new…