Treo 800w - First Real Picture!
After months of blurry spy shots we finally get to see the first “real” Treo 800w picture below – one which actually closely resembles the very first image leaked back in October last year with a smartphone apparently smaller than previous Windows Mobile Treo models and slightly larger than the current Palm Centro.
At first sight, I have to admit that the looks of this new Treo 800w are somewhat underwhelming and certainly not indicative of a (much needed and highly anticipated) complete shell design overhaul by Palm – I was expecting something completely new and now discover that up to 80% of the shell is actually more of the same. Everybody agrees that the Treo line needs to “grow up” quickly but Palm appears to only have taken baby steps in this direction.
Sure, the Treo 800w offers minor improvements over the previous Windows Mobile Treo 750 (above) with a slightly smaller form factor, flat instead of raised navigation keys, a repositioned front microphone and a few other minor details such as a USB port (which will likely mean the need for new Treo accessories). However, for a device destined to become a high-end business smartphone the looks of the Treo 800w are decidedly “childish” and somewhat outdated. I keep looking at this Treo 800w picture wondering “Is that it?!”…
For example, this week RIM announced the release of its impressively designed and aptly named BlackBerry Bold smartphone (above) – a device that the Treo 800w will be coming up head-on against in the highly competitive corporate market. Here again, based on looks alone at this stage I have to admit that I would much rather be walking around with a Bold in my pocket than an 800w.
Having said this, balancing an uninspiring shell design, the saving grace for Palm and the Treo 800w is the fact that the company has at least intently focused on significantly improving what’s inside this smartphone with a number of high-end specifications including among others: built-in 802.11g WiFi, an autonomous GPS, a 2 megapixel camera, an EvDO Rev. A radio and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR as well as being powered by the latest version 6.1 of Windows Mobile.
Overall, without having had the opportunity to actually hold the Treo 800w in my hands it’s still hard to categorically bash the shell design. Therefore, at this stage I would simply say that I am disappointed by its looks while remaining very excited by the high-end specifications that it will offer. We’ll just have to wait and see if the combination is enough to win the hearts and wallets of the millions of Windows Mobile fans out there…
It is anticipated that Sprint will be the first carrier to launch the Treo 800w on July 22.
[Image via Shadowmite]
Treonauts always stay real…