that the Treo 270 and 300 models are replaced by
the Treo 600, introduced in late Fall
in the US May 28, 2002, the Treo Communicator
270 may turn out to be just what the doctor ordered: a COLOR
smartphone (Palm OS PDA + phone) with an embedded keyboard. The
300 model, introduced a few months later, is identical except
that it's a CDMA band phone that works with Sprint. The past
few months have been exciting times for wireless PDAs: the Treo
180 grayscale smartphone, the much rumored and anticipated Palm
i705 , and the Samsung I300 color Palm smartphone came out
with Sprint service last year and it's sucessor is rumored due
out for Verizon service this summer.
the Treo competes with the Kyocera
7135 and Samsung I330 Palm
OS smartphones. The Treo is a bit bigger than the 7135 and is
somewhat bigger than a Motorola Startac. Not bad! Two reasons
smartphones haven't had a higher adoption rate is price and their
large size. The Treo is definitely highly portable, and with
activation is competitive with the Palm
m515 and you get a cell phone built-in. It's also cheaper
than some Pocket PC phones arriving in stores. If you own a Visor
Phone, you can trade up to the Treo 270 and save $200 (thus even
without new activation, you'll pay $499).
Treo 270 works only on GSM networks such as Cingular,
T-Mobile and VoiceStream.
Treo 300 works on Sprint's CDMA network. Both are capable
of high-speed data access.
the Treo 180 and loved it. The 270 and 300 are the same size
(within a few tenths of an inch) and has the same features and
interface. The size is great, and the protective flip cover acts
as the earpiece when flipped up, making the phone just the right
size for comfy conversations (it functions like a clamshell/flip
phone, the earpiece is at the top inside edge of the flip cover.
For those of you who've used a VisorPhone or the Samsung I300,
you won't be getting many greasy face-prints on the screen, thanks
to the standard clamshell angle that keeps the phone away from
your skin. There is a clear door in the flip cover that protects
the screen while still allowing you to view screen-- nice!
folks at Handspring say this unit has been designed to be a cell
phone first and a PDA second. The form factor is indeed that
of a flip-phone and the phone-related software takes precedence.
Handspring figures everyone uses a cell phone these days, while
not as many use a PDA, therefore the cell phone functionality
is paramount. The 12 bit 4,000 color screen shows the standard
160 x 160 pixels. You have your choice of the increasingly popular
thumb keyboard or graffiti models (see picture above).
The 270 is
a dual-band GSM phone has speed dialing, dialing from Palm address
book entries, vibrating and auditory ringers, 3 way calling and
support for GPRS (general packet radio service, a wireless data
mode that's enjoyed popularity in Europe) where available in
the US. The Treo 300 runs at 1900 MHz and does CDMA and the new
PCS Vision high speed data network which should get you data
transfer rates of 60 to 70k. You'll also get the standard Palm
software and room for plenty of 3rd party software since this
unit has 16 megs of memory. There is no Springboard slot,
so you won't be able to expand the device. Handspring left the
expansion slot out to keep the unit small and again, because
they intended this to be a phone first, and a PDA second. Oddly,
the phone doesn't have a voice dial feature. A product rep at
Handspring claimed the processor isn't fast enough to do voice
dialing, but both the Kyocera and Samsung phones running at only
20 MHz compared to the Treo's 33 MHz do offer very functional
voice dialing. Hmmm...
and Processor: 16 megs RAM, 33MHz
Dragonball VZ processor.
size: 4.2" x
2.8" x 8.2"; (10.8cm x 7.1cm x 2.1cm). 5.4 oz (153g)
cradle. Serial cradle and cables optional
color STN. 12 bit, 4,096 colors.
the Palm OS built-in programs (contacts, datebook,
etc), Handspring's Date Book Plus, Blazer Internet
browser, One-Touch Mail, Pocket Mirror (sync
features: Built-in, backlit keyboard
, Protective flip lid, Personal speakerphone,
Rocker switch, Ringer switch with vibrate option,
Headset jack, speed dial. Comes with Palm Desktop
for Mac and PC.