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New Treo Cousin: Qool QDA-700

The Qool family (all are the same model) - here in three colors white, silver and black but it will also be available in others such as red, blue, green and more...


For the size, the Qool offers a fantastic screen resolution of 240x320 and fully supports landscape mode - currently running Palm OS 5.4.  You can see incoming calls through the transparent window of the flip cover.  Primary button setup is (from left to right): Home, Call Answer, 5 Way Navigation, Call End and (missed the last one...).  Having played around with it I can honestly say that it is a very intuitive setup and the form factor is very good.  Definitely an option for those people who do not absolutely require a keyboard.

Qool comes with a built-in MP3 player which is great with the SD card slot.  Back of the Qool with 1.3 megapixel camera and removeable battery (like the Treo 650 will have).  For some reason though the design maintains an external antenna which I know will limit its appeal.  Clamshell design is good but needs a little getting used to.

With our Treo...

A comparatively slim device which feels great in your hand and only weighs 139gm (versus Treo 600 at 168g).  In my view a much better execution than that of GSPDA to date and a very strong new entry in the Palm Powered space.

Qool also comes with MPEG4 capture and playback (in this case the movie was formatted for widescreen although it would have been better to make use of the full 320x240 screen).

Please note that these units were all 'handmade' and that production units will shortly become available - Treonauts will be first on the list to take the Qool QDA-700 for a full spin within the next couple of months... Also expect to see many more designs coming out next year...

Early verdict:

Design 9/10
Usability 8/10
Features 9/10
Cool Factor 9/10
Overall 9/10

Posted by Andrew on September 29, 2004 at 10:04 AM

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by Barry | Jun 5, 2005 3:02:32 AM

I purchased a QDA700 in Hong Kong in April2005. Using it in Vancouver, Canada... on Fido Network. Love the phone. This is what the Kyocera7135 pda/phone should have been.

by Chris | Jun 17, 2005 9:05:25 AM

I got one in June 2005. Using it here in the states
on TMobile. Works great. The battery life using the
MP3 is a little suspect, but lasts just long enough.
My only problem is finding accessories, like an
all-in-one headset/headphone like they have for Treo,
or even the handsfree headset by itself.
I give it an 8.5/10 overall

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