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No Surprise: Treo 700p Tops PC World PDA/Phones

Considering that pretty much every single top technology journalist has given the Treo 700p nothing but accolades it should not come as a surprise that PC World’s latest “Top Cell Phone-PDAs” chart should also place it atop all others.

The article notes that: “The Treo 700p replaces its predecessor, the Treo 650, atop the chart.  Despite a steep price ($650 with a two-year contract from Sprint) and unimpressive battery performance, the 700p wowed us with its thoughtful design and lightning-fast speed.  Like the Windows Mobile-based Treo 700w (number four on our chart), the 700p includes support for high-speed EvDO networks, which makes surfing the Web using its Blazer Web browser a real pleasure.  The unit also features a speedy 312-MHz Intel XScale processor and 128MB of total on-board memory, making the device feel noticeably faster than the 650 at most tasks. But, as noted, the 700p offers mediocre battery life: It lasted just under 5 hours in our battery tests.”

On the one hand I find it funny that the only thing that PC World find to pick on is the Treo battery life – something which is quite possibly the least contentious issue raised by Treonauts.  In fact most owners have repeatedly praised the ‘fabulous’ battery life – particularly those who like me have upgraded to a high-capacity battery.

The other thing is that Palm (and all Treonauts at large) can be proud to see both of its Treo 700 models within the Top 5 with the Treo 700w at number 4 in the list – clearly the company is doing something right even though the financial markets are still rather less than appreciative of its success.

Finally, with two T-Mobile devices in the list the question once again rises as to why a carrier who so evidently pushes smartphones has decided not to distribute the Treo either in the US or Europe.  I would have thought that it makes sense for T-Mobile’s leadership aspirations to include the leading smartphone in the world…

Treo 700p, Sidekick 3 Tops Among PDA/Phones [PC World]

Treonauts always like to be leaders

Posted by Andrew on July 26, 2006 at 08:24 PM

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by RichC | Jul 26, 2006 11:00:45 PM

I can't see questioning the battery life on the Treo 700p. It is a non-issue and last all but the heaviest work day. Having a spare is good ... having a high capacity spare is better ... having a USB plug to charge it from your computer is best. (besides tethering it for EDVO speeds on the notebook is something not to be without)

by Jnetty | Jul 26, 2006 11:03:18 PM

How come Cingular never picked up the 700p? I hope they support that new "Nitro" version.

by TazUk | Jul 27, 2006 3:22:12 AM

As I understand it Cingular are a GSM carrier and so far there is no GSM version of the 700P ;o)

by zoltan | Jul 27, 2006 4:43:29 AM

I am surprised that RIM is not even included in the list. Of course I prefer Palm, but still..

by Andrew | Jul 27, 2006 6:58:34 AM

zoltan - perhaps none of RIM's BlackBerry devices are on the list because they're not really PDA/Phones (smartphones)... ;-))

Cheers, A.

by Shocksjunk | Jul 27, 2006 8:24:04 AM

How is it that the 700p gets a "superior" design when the 700w gets a "very good." Aren't these the exact same phones with different operating systems (Okay maybe screen resolution). This discrepancy among others makes me question PC World's ratings. I might wait for PC Mag or Consumer Reports to see how they rate things (although, 700p will still top that list as well).

by Andrew | Jul 27, 2006 8:43:39 AM

Shocksjunk - main and CRUCIAL difference between the 700p and 700w for me is the operating system. In my view the PalmOS still delivers a far superior experience and this is what PCWorld and all other reviews have raved about.

Cheers, A.

by JJ Beh | Jul 27, 2006 10:29:48 AM

It seems that T-Mobile USA hasn't been able to keep up with its competition. They are still dabbling with introducing the 650 and will not confirm if this is definate. Perhaps this is consistently inconsistent - as we can see from their business model. TMO USA has had fractured execution and delivery that among others, is probably a residual effect of the Omnipoint-Voicestream-TMO evolution. Overdone pricing complexity, sporadic handset deployment, inconsistent policies, et. al have really hampered their ability to negotiate and adapt to the communications' changing landscape. It seems they hop and skip through what looks like various growth strategies and haven't been able to stay on track on one. This year is smartphone leader, last year it was fully-dextered pricing, the year before was hot on bundled pricing.

The only thing that tmobile has exceled in is customer service excellence and perhaps their GPRS/internet pricing.

What do you see in the future for TMO USA? Any hopes in streamlining operations, etc. to delivery superior products and service while being the customer advocate or is it a pipe dream?


by Sean Straus | Jul 27, 2006 11:15:08 AM

It gets better reviews, it sells more, yet Palm has decided to make the WM devices appear first. How stupid are they? Why don't they give me a decent GSM phone based on PalmOS instead of WM? Don't they know I'm not going to buy a WM version? Bastards!

by no really | Jul 27, 2006 12:11:39 PM

Sidekick 3 is the new Treo

by CSmith | Jul 28, 2006 11:05:33 AM

Any update on when Sprint might make the 700w available?

by Smileyboy | Jul 29, 2006 12:14:34 AM

Where are the comparisons to Symbian? Like the Nokia E61 or SE M600i? Being that Nokia sells phones 6:1 versus all other cell makers, kind of lame to leave out the biggest player in the game

by GD Rothenberg | Aug 1, 2006 9:06:38 AM

Agree with CSmith. The Nokia E61 arguably outspecs any of the Treos: 16MM color screen, built-in WiFi, superior phone. And there are other GSM phones that also compare favorably to Treo that are not reviewed.

by Smokie | Aug 1, 2006 6:14:41 PM

Maybe if Palm OS had better support for Unicode, Treo would be more successive on markets worldwide, and its WM flavour would be no primer. At least, default web and e-mail clients must handle it good, I think..

by eVader | Aug 2, 2006 12:45:18 AM

I read their Treo 700p review, I lost faith in PC Mags technical knowledge.

Their battery test may have been skewed if the are in a poor Sprint coverage area because CDMA devices will boost their power (i.e. eat more battery) to maintain a signal. This is a good thing (signal vs no signal is good) but bad as battery goes flat sooner.

Secondly, my battery is just as good or better than my GSM Treo650

While I had a 600, GSM 650 & Sprint 650, VZW 700w and now a Sprint 700p, the 700p is my favorite.

by eVader | Aug 2, 2006 12:48:56 AM

Jnetty - I understand Cingular has a Treo on the way and the reason they havent released a 700p or 700w is because the CDMA versions debut first and secondly they will pass on a GSM\EDGE only device instead waiting for HSDPA which is now coming out in PCMCIA WWAN cards now and handsets later this year.

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