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After the Treo 610 (Ace) will it be Treo Zen?

After reading a very good review from TwelveBlackCodeMonkeys and another from CNET comparing PalmOne's Treo 600 vs. Danger's Hiptop I and II respectively , I stopped to think about what it was that I really wanted out of my future Treo beyond the forthcoming Ace.

Treo Zen: Coming to you in 200X?

  • 4 GB Internal Hard Drive
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 480x480 pixels screen
  • Bluetooth Headset as standard in the box
  • Bluetooth Headphones as standard in the box (or priced at $30 max)
  • Bluetooth Pocket Dialer & Remote (possibly with a 4 line grayscale LCD display to quickly access numbers stored on your Treo) - priced at not more than $30
  • Bluetooth Portable Keyboard
  • Plug-and-play drive on any PC or Apple Mac via Bluetooth or USB2
  • 288MHz ARM Processor + 64MB RAM
  • 12 Hours Battery Life with continuous MP3 Playback, 5 Hours with continuous Movie Playback and 72 Hours Standby
  • No external antenna (built into the phone)
  • 2.1 Megapixel Camera & Video Recorder
  • Price: $499

The above only takes care of the hardware front but I would also like to see significant improvements on the software, content and services side...

What would your Treo Zen be like?

[UPDATE] TREONAUTS FEEDBACK: WE WANT MORE!  Better, Faster, Cheaper... Get it Done PalmOne!

  • More Speed: 566MHz? No, I hear 600-800MHz! Even more, 1GHz multithreading!
  • Higher Res. Screen: 2.6" VGA LCD 640x480
  • palmOne persona case as standard for Treo Zen
  • Don't like Zen? Others came up with Excel, Nirvana, Utopia...
  • World phone
  • Allow voice and data simultaneously
  • VoIP
  • Built in MP3 support
  • MUCH better standard PIM application
  • FM Tuner & FM Modulator
  • BT to watch function. Lets say you get a call and you look at your watch to see who it is before you answer. Then the music starts back up but that track blows so you hit the next button.
  • Stronger vibrate
  • Louder ringers
  • GPS
  • Optical and digital zoom on the camera
  • Cobalt OS6
  • GPS built-in
  • EV-DO (broadband connectivity support)
  • Kazaa lite mobile - download tunes directly to the treo
  • Voice command

Keep it coming... Your Treo Zen is beginning to rock! + I'm having too much fun...


Posted by Andrew on August 16, 2004 at 07:02 AM

Treo Zen Preview

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Comments

1
by Peter Brown | Aug 18, 2004 11:22:00 AM

How about a fuel cell instead of a battery? Hitatchi have made one powered by lighter fuel I think.

2
by Andrew Carton | Aug 18, 2004 10:16:23 PM

Thanks for the tip Peter,

Excellent! Now we'll be able to listen to music for over one week non-stop with that ;-)

Cheers, A.

3
by ZZ | Aug 19, 2004 5:58:41 PM

This is a fun blog but you're undermining your technical credibility posting useless things like you want 480x480 resolution on a 2" display. Why? What would be the point?

Keeping it vaguely realistic would make it a much more interesting read.

4
by Andrew Carton | Aug 19, 2004 6:27:09 PM

ZZ,

I suggest that you start by buying yourself a Treo and experience a 160x160 resolution on a 2" screen before making uninformed comments... The Treo Ace's 320x320 will be a much welcome improvement but I would not in the least mind seeing this resolution increased to 480x480 in the future... For your purposes though perhaps we should all switch back to greyscale!

Cheers, A.

5
by zz | Aug 20, 2004 3:38:42 PM

Howdy there Andrew,

What about my remark made you think I don't have a Treo? Of course, I do have a treo, which I like quite a bit. I hope you're enjoying yours, too.

Now, what does that have to do with my commenting on the evident futility of 480x480 resolution on a 2" screen? I could make the same comment about a hypothetical IPaq with a 2" screen, even without owning one. Do you follow?

I'll welcome 320x320 on the Treo Ace, assuming the 4x power consumption is somehow offset by a more capable battery or a more efficient display. Again, what does does that have to do with my opinion about higher resolutions?

Finally, your comment about grayscale is similarly, indeed -- even more, confused. But I'm sure people of all abilities and backgrounds are welcome to post here, so no hard feelings of course.

6
by Andrew Carton | Aug 20, 2004 7:25:34 PM

ZZ,

Everyone is indeed entitled to their opinion.

Cheers, A.

7
by Alejandro Moya(argentina) | Sep 16, 2004 3:02:18 PM

It would be excellent to be able to see the another person while you talk, videophone!!!

8
by Mark O'Connor | Oct 4, 2004 12:56:52 PM

How about an always-on LCD clock above the screen? That way you don't have to press any buttons to see the date/time.

9
by Patrick Nonez | Oct 16, 2004 10:37:09 AM

I love this thread.
I wish I had a blue tooth ear piece but the kicker is that there needs to be a small slot where I can securely attach the ear piece to my Treo and not detracting from the sleek design. Similar concept to the slot for the Treo stylus.

10
by Steve Solomon | Nov 4, 2004 9:37:09 PM

Greetings! As a longtime Visor/Treo owner, I am hopeful that the upcoming Treo 650 addresses the 600's penchant for dropped calls, speaker echo, etc. I don't relish spending the money for a new 650 only to experience these same issues.
Please advise as to whether the new 650 has an improved Radio!
Thank you in advance your your expertise.
Steve
steve@totalqualityphoto.com

11
by Potakas | Apr 7, 2005 11:30:34 AM

The only thing that i want from my next treo is 3G support(with 2 cameras,one 2.1 megapixel in the back of the phone and one smaller in the front-something like motorolla a1000.
I will be really sad if i have to abandom my treo in a year to replace it with any 3G phone.

12
by justin | May 11, 2005 1:00:15 AM

what about a hot beep function from nextel now that they are with sprint

13
by Denis | Jun 24, 2005 12:58:34 PM

How about NFC in the next Treo? Have a look at http://www.nfcforum.org for details on this revolutionary contactless technology.

14
by Luis | Jan 4, 2006 6:22:43 PM

how about built in wi-fi? i have a WLAN at home and that would be nice, also, a built in GPS, one that not only tells you directions but also your position and the things around you.

15
by vn198x | Apr 15, 2006 2:21:54 PM

Loud speakers nowadays become more important on the phone. These days users not only enjoy the music and ringtones alone but also sharing the rhythms with friends around at the same time. A loud, stereo speaker which supports surround is no longer a dream. SonyErricson and Nokia have made some model with great sound in which u even enjoy the sound effect moving from left to right speaker of the phone. I would like to have something like that in the Treo also. That's would be great. No thing would show off your phone better than playing the latest song by your phone with surround supported.

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by DHUB93 | Jan 18, 2007 8:42:28 AM

It is interesting to see these specs in light of current Windows mobile devices and the forthcoming iPhone. This wish list is 2 1/2 years old, and Palm has yet to bring all of these things together in one device.

Maybe now they will get the message...

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