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Treo Killer? BenQ P50 (Part II)

After almost a year in buzz kingdom, BenQ has finally announced the forthcoming availability of their P50 as of next month.  However, aside from the fact that it costs a whopping $800, there is as of yet not a single US carrier that has committed to releasing it (Cingular or T-Mobile would be the only choices as BenQ have only developed a GSM model).

As I reported back in October, there are a few things to like about the P50 such as the fact that it offers a full Qwerty keyboard, has no protruding antenna, a 2.8 inch high-res 240x320 LCD screen, WiFi + Bluetooth and a 1.3 megapixel camera all combined in a package roughly equal in size and weight to our Treo (see image below via PalmInfocenter). 

Sadly the BenQ P50 runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC instead of the PalmOS...  Also, overall the P50 feels a lot more like a PDA than a mobile phone and I'm not sure that I'd want to hold something that looks like a paddle to my ear.  All in all, while I consider the BenQ P50 to be a worthwhile smartphone effort, I believe that it takes a lot more than cramming all kinds of features into a cool body to be considered a potential Treo killer.

Treonauts will lock up all killers...

Posted by Andrew on January 7, 2005 at 07:54 AM

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by kwramsaNOerSPAM@sbcglobal.net | Jan 7, 2005 11:15:04 AM

I have yet to hold one, but it appears the increased length of the BenQ might be a problem. If they used a square screen (can windows mobile do this yet?) it would be great. The proportions just seem all out of whack to me.

by Bryan T. | Jan 8, 2005 1:27:10 PM

I'm in agreeance with the previous poster. It doesn't appear to be in the same league as the Treos. The form factor is atrocious, the cost is ridiculous, and it doesn't run the palm OS. IMHO, any "treo killer" would have to be a palm os device.

by Stanley Tse | Aug 24, 2005 2:07:53 AM

I'm using the P50 now and found it very good in holding and stable in operation - both PDA and phone operation.

Actually, I used Treo b4 I have P50. The reason I need to have PPC because I need it to hotSync all my meeting schedule from my laptop in office - using Outlook 2003 - and I don't want it to mess up my private calendar in my Treo 650 (!).

B4 I have the P50, I really hate PPC - only bulky like XDA IIs with keyboard and tiny like XDA II mini have no built-in keyboard. It's hard to find a "balance" machine - PPC/WM with built-in keyboard, as well as reasonable size.

Now, P50 from BenQ is a good one - not the best, as some keys, like 5-way key is a bit sticky - you can have.

by Suresh Rivera | Sep 1, 2005 8:15:23 AM

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