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Treo 700w Specifications

One of the things that had been bugging me is that nobody had yet released a full spec sheet for the forthcoming Treo 700w running Windows Mobile and even I wasn’t completely sure about everything that it contained.

Aside from the fact that it’s running Windows Mobile, the most noticeable differences with our Treo 650 are:

  1. 240x240 screen instead of 320x320
  2. Processor has same MHz (312) but chipset is PXA272 instead of 270
  3. Microphone has been moved next to multi-connector at the back (like on the Treo 600) instead of at the front on the Treo 650
  4. There is 88MB of total memory with about 65MB available
  5. Bluetooth v1.2
  6. Built-in high-speed EV-DO data support

 1 Antenna
 2 Infrared Port
    For 'beaming' information and software between devices.
 3 Ringer On/Off Switch
 4 Expansion Card Slot
    For SD/MultiMediaCards.
 6 1.3MP Digital Camera & Camcorder
 7 Stylus
 8 Removable Battery
 9 Volume Button
10 Customizable Button
     Set your own functionality.
11 Phone Speaker
12 240x240 Color Display
13 Function Button
     Quick access to all programs & functions.
14 Phone/Send Button
15 Windows Button
     Quick access to programs & settings.
16 Menu Button
     Quick access to program menus.
17 Power/End Button
18 OK Button
19 5-Way Navigator
     For one-handed navigation.
20 QWERTY Keyboard
21 Phone Dial Pad
22 Headset Jack
23 Multi-Connector
     For charger and accessories.
24 Microphone
25 Status Indicator
26 Speaker

Treo 700w Specifications List

wireless radio
• CDMA model: 800/1900 MHz nationwide digital phone

• Intel™ PXA272 312 MHz processor

memory (88MB Total)
• Program Memory: 24.45MB
• Storage Memory: 62.94MB

• Removable rechargeable lithium ion battery
• CDMA model: Up to 5 hours talk time and up to 2 weeks standby time (Estimated)

operating system
• Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone Edition Software (My current version is 5.1.170)
Packed with business and personal productivity tools and entertainment features, the new platform enhances access to wireless email, digital media, corporate applications, and personalization options. New Microsoft® Office software for Windows Mobile™-based devices includes Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® Mobile™ application for viewing presentations while on-the-go, and Microsoft® Office Excel® Mobile™ with chart support for an improved email attachment viewing experience.

size (Estimated)
• 4.4 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches
• 11.3 x 5.9 x 2.3 cm

weight (Estimated)
• 6.3 oz. / 178 grams

• Color TFT touch-screen
• 240 x 240 resolution
• 16-bit color (displays over 65,000 colors) (Estimated)

• Supports SD, SDIO and MultiMediaCards (I haven’t yet had any luck with SDIO WiFi connections but I am waiting for a new card)

• Windows Media Player 10 Mobile included – requires SD memory card, sold separately
• 3.5mm Stereo audio headset compatible – requires a stereo headset adapter, sold separately, for use with standard stereo headphones

Bluetooth v1.2 wireless technology
• Easily connect with Bluetooth headsets, GPS Navigation and car kits
• Wirelessly synchronize with your desktop or laptop computer

digital camera and camcorder
• XVGA with 1280x1024 (1.3 megapixels) resolution and automatic + manual light balancing
• 2x zoom
• Self-portrait mirror
• Captures video: Built-in camcorder lets you record videos; play them on the LCD screen and easily save them right on the device.

additional features
• Full backlit QWERTY keyboard with number pad
• 5-way navigation button
• Built-In Speakerphone  Hands-free phone operation is made easy with the built-in speakerphone, allowing you to conference call virtually anywhere.
• Polyphonic MIDI ringtones
• Infrared port
• External ringer on/silence switch
• Vibrate mode
• Stylus
• Keyguard
• 2.5 mm headset jack supports stereo audio
• customizable side button

Includes versions of familiar applications such as Microsoft Outlook®, Pocket Internet Explorer 4.0, and Windows Media™ Player 10.

Microsoft ActiveSync® (version 4.1) allows for fast and easy synchronization of email, contacts, calendar, tasks, and documents.

Pocket MSN® offers a fully integrated smart data service offering universal sign-in; MSN Hotmail® and Inbox integration; MSN® Messenger alerts and presence; and MSN content services for maps and directions, weather, news, money, entertainment and yellow pages.
Built-In Email  Includes full access to Microsoft Outlook®, in addition to POP3 and IMAP email clients. Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® allows for wireless integration with Exchange Server 2003.

Customizable Photo Caller ID  Assign photos to specific numbers in your phone book to quickly identify your caller. Reminisce about a special person or meaningful moment every time the phone rings.

in the box
• Treo 700w smartphone
• Lithium-ion battery
• AC charger
• USB HotSync® cable
• Headset
• Software Installation CD
• User guide

Treonauts are always looking for the right specs

Posted by Andrew on December 15, 2005 at 12:55 PM

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by Dave P | Dec 15, 2005 1:47:01 PM

I can't help think of the drawbacks to Pocket PC's when I look at this phone... remember it doesn't backup automatically on sync like our beloved Palm... Ever have to re-install all your programs after a crash? It isn't pretty. The other Msoft based "smart phones" have had problems with speed issues too. The system hasn't been fast enough to display caller ID info well - has that been corrected with the Palm version of the Windows operating system?

by JamesM | Dec 15, 2005 6:34:10 PM

Automatic backup? Um, in ActiveSync: Tools -> Backup/Restore -> Check "Automatically back up each time the device connects". Been there for years, dude.

Also, if you do experience a hard reset (which I've also had on my Treo 600 btw) you can either restore from your automatic backup (okay, it's 3 mouse clicks more difficult than a Palm), or go to ActiveSync: Tools -> Add/Remove Programs. Check off the ones you'd like to reinstall and click OK. Done.

by ppcmd | Dec 15, 2005 6:56:56 PM

Also with WM5 we have persistent memory so if you do hard reset its not lost, its still in there.

by Dave P | Dec 15, 2005 7:37:02 PM

Didn't know that... I have a friend with an HP Pocket PC of some sort and he moans about this all the time... I guess I'll have to send him your post!

by Bill Wood | Dec 15, 2005 9:27:41 PM

Hi Andrew, I'm dying to know - how much faster is the Treo 700w at web browsing than the 650? The 650 Blazer browser seems to be CPU bound a lot of the time. Is this true of the IE browser on the 700w too? Or is it fast enough to really take advantage of the EVDO? Also, how does the IE browser compare to Blazer in other areas? Thanks!

- Bill

by Rick | Dec 15, 2005 11:37:10 PM

I must admit I'm a little disappointed with the lack of review on this phone. It seems they have had the phone for over a week and all I've seen is a camera comparision. Don't get me wrong I appreciate the feedback but I would love to hear about the important things. OS stability/speed, web browsing speed, speed of applications, call quality/loudness/clarity, speakerphone quality, etc. Please, hook a brother up...I'm dying over here! :)

by jordan | Dec 15, 2005 11:56:49 PM

gonna have to agree...been waiting to hear about this phone for six months and...i dunno...it's kinda of a let down to just not hear a full review on it. Love that you guys have it and are showing it off but I really wasn't worried about the camera... =)

by raoul | Dec 18, 2005 9:04:26 AM

wm5 on a palm?
to be honest: I just couldn't care less.

the news of interest to me would be about the 700p.
cause I'd love to see 3G and wifi on a *palm*-based handheld.

by Dirk Spiers | Dec 19, 2005 3:52:47 AM

This story is high on spec's but low on opinion.

Like always Treo phones are hardly cutting edge. Why do they still have Bluetooth 1.2 for instance? How difficult would it have been to put a BT 2.0 in there?

As I said, as much as I like Treo, I feel they keep slipping back. Slowly but surely. Shouldn't the 700 platform not be a major step forward compared to the 650 platform?

Processor is the same, screen is less (for SW reason I understand) but still.....

by Antoine | Dec 19, 2005 9:51:55 AM

If one wants a review per say, give it a few weeks of usage. To get a full feel of any device, its always ebst to take a few weeks and get it in. And as one who has had to review a few items in days, and not weeks, I can always ways that people appreciate a solid review, and not a rushed one.

Treonauts has always given great reviews in time past, and these appitizers keep folks a bit on edge, but I am sure that when we get the full review, it will be just fine for all of us (those who are looking and those who are wondering).

by gtom | Dec 19, 2005 11:57:30 AM

Actually, the processor is different from the 650. Same family, but if you research the PXA 270 line on intel's website, the 272 includes an on-chip memory cache, while the 270 does not. This leads me to believe the 272 (700) will have a comparatively higher performance vs. the 270 (650).

by nightmare | Dec 20, 2005 11:27:29 AM

Next Treokiller:
and it can kill 700w with M$ or PalmOS onboard... imho

by Ed | Dec 20, 2005 2:19:55 PM

I have to question the speed on the specs.. please reply how you know its 312MHz since it dosnt show you the speed in the OS....a screen shot would be nice...

by Ted | Dec 27, 2005 8:57:48 AM

I'm on the edge of buying a 650. I have a G4 powerbook but have read about lots of issues with syncing with Entourage and the system crahses alot. Also has sprint really corrected the DUN problem. Any insight would be great. I don't mind investing the money if I'm getting a good tool.



by RJ | Dec 27, 2005 1:14:15 PM

Any word on whether the Treo 700 will work with Acura Handsfreelink?

by Steve in Seattle | Dec 30, 2005 1:24:45 AM

Hi all.
There is one feature which I consider a *killer* feature that the new 700w will have. I'm surprised that no one has talked about it in any of the forums I have visited.

How many times has your 650 established a data connection, and you received an important call that went directly to voice mail? I have Chatter email, and sometimes the data connection seems to persist for a few minutes after all of my new email has arrived. This is very typical for the 650 (and for most smartphone with data capabilities).

The new 700w will allow calls to get through, even when you are actively on a data connection, whether browsing the web, receiving email, etc.! In order to achieve this, Verizon had to upgrade their network, and manufacturers had to build this capability into their phones. So far as I know, the only other phone that can do this is the new Blackberry, the 7130e, which is only available on the Verizon network.

I can't wait to get my hands on one of these puppies in the beginning of January.

- Steve

by Sheldon | Jan 7, 2006 3:00:08 PM

I am thinking buying 700w vs 650? But, first time user. I currently want to include my palm with my phone. Any PRO's and Con's? Please advise..

by Sheldon | Jan 7, 2006 3:01:04 PM

I am thinking buying 700w vs 650? But, first time user. I currently want to include my palm with my phone. Any PRO's and Con's? Please advise..

by peter | Jan 7, 2006 10:50:58 PM

I just got the 700w. Big problem is the voice memo use of "side button". Documentation says user can press and hold side button like on 650 to record voice memo. It ain't so!!!Documentation for this 700w is VERY weak.

by George | Jan 13, 2006 8:25:24 PM

I switched from Nextel for the Treo and I keep having the worst signal problems with the Treo. I never had these problems with Nextel. Verizon also replaced the phone 2x and now I dial numbers and I can hear them and they can't hear me. Is anyone else having these problems or just me?

by David | Jan 18, 2006 12:30:46 AM

I just got the 700 and you can set it up to push the button on the side to use the voice stuff. I'm very happy with it overall.

by Robert | Jan 28, 2006 11:32:54 PM

Peter, I am having the same problem with 700w. It seems like if I haven't made a call for a while, then I either receive a call, or dial one myself, the person on the other end can't hear me. If I call right back, they can hear me fine. I'm glad to see that someone else has had this problem, I'll probably try to go in and see if I can get the phone replaced.

by Lance | Feb 8, 2006 6:05:23 AM

Overall I am very happy with my 700w there are a few things that really bug me despite all of its cool features. CONS; 1: No built in WIFI? smart on verizons part it forces one to use their wireless broadband network for an internet connection. This can be fixed with an SDIO (SD WIFI adapter) for around 90 bucks. I already caved and bought one. 2: the video capture quality sucks, But maybe there are some options I havent found yet. To be more specific the frame rate is so slow a replay looks like slow motion video of a strobe light effect. 3: my worst complaint and bigest pet peeve of my new phone is, NO voice activated dialling. Whats up with that? You can have it talk to you with a stephen hawking voice synth to alert you of calls and read you things, but you can't talk to it for hands free use in the car. This is extremely inconvienient not to mention rediculous to not include such a standard feature in a phone as high end as this. At least one can answer a call hands free with bud or bluetooth.
4: doesnt support A2DP bluetooth stereo audio sound transmission. I have a blue tooth stereo headset but I can't listen to mp3s with it unless I use two adapters mini jack to headphones then bluetooth transmitter to headset. The headset also doesn't work properly with voice calls. I mainly use the headset now as wireless headphones for my computer or other mp3 players/walkmans.
PROS: 1 very fast internet on broadband wireless network, even faster on wifi. I dont know specific data rates though and have no prior experience with PDAs/smartphones to compare it to. 2 Sync is flawless with windows XP PRO and outlook and media player 10(with sd card). 3 If you have an MSN passport or hotmail acount your email is retrieved directly to messages without having to use internet explorer. This is great. 4 Voicemail retrieval is awesome, on screen comand icons to delete save or skip messages. Configure it to dial your password automatically.
5 I can play a game while listening to MP3s and hear both, with three volume control settings one for the treo one for the game(depends on game) and one for the media player. Then if my phone rings I can answer imediately and both pause in the background while I talk and schedule apointments or enter contact info. Then I can go back to playing and listening without missing a beat. 6 Surf the internet too while listening to the media player. 7 The external speaker is mono but very good quality sound and functions very well with speakerphone although I find the speaker facing away from one a little cumbersome. I used to flip it over and over during a speakerphone call if i need to access contacts or the calendar but I discovered you can cup your hand to direct the sound forward. 8 Tasks are very useful reminders.
I havent tried the voice memo feature yet.
9 Mono standard blue tooth headsets seem to work great although I have only tried 1.
10 mp3 ringtones are awesome put any mp3 from your computer or download it on your phone and set it as a ring tone or any alert. a little quiet though if your phone is in a pocket but with vibrate on too its hard to miss a call.
11 instantly silent your phone to vibrate with the switch on top to minimize embarassment or remember the instant you walk into a meeting or movie. It does not beep either when you turn this on and off.
12 Word, excel, powerpoint (speak forthemselves)
13 Lots of peripheral software to intall and use from games and fitness tracking and gps, to full calculators and DVD players. I would buy it again if I could go back in time. I just wish it had voice activated dialing and I am kicking myself for asuming that it had that feature. over all I am very pleased with all the capabilities of the treo 700w. sorry my spelling sucks.

by Lance | Feb 11, 2006 1:27:40 PM

Wow Ok I figured Out how to use the voice command feature of my treo 700w and I can dial using a voice command. I just had to set the button so I could activate it. Once I setr the button it worked like a charm. Boy do I feel like and idiot. This makes me very happy now. The documentation sent with my phone sucks. I had to figure most things out on my own.

by Renee | Jul 6, 2006 1:40:14 PM

I have a Treo 600 and use the vibrate mode all the time. I also miss calls all the time when the phone sits in my slacks. Does anyone know whether or not the 700 has a stronger vibrate? Sanyo 8100, phone prior to the Treo 600, had a strong vibrate mode. It's the biggest thing I miss about the Sanyo. Otherwise, the Treo works great. I'm just trying to decide whether or not to upgrade.

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