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    ?Here's a new Sony Clie PDA released in Japan and Europe. Replace the bluetooth radio with a CDMA (or GSM/GPRS) radio and voila, a phone! I checked the dimensions and they are identical (except thinner) to my Treo 300. It has 320 x 320 resolution with 65K colors, MP3, external storage, OS5/ARM, video software with sufficient processor, a qwerty keyboard, metal case, a rocker... Isn't this what we've been asking for in the new Treo? All for US $340.
    Last edited by scrinch; 03/06/2003 at 05:11 PM.
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    Originally posted by scrinch
    ?Here's a new Sony Clie PDA released in Japan and Europe. Replace the bluetooth radio with a CDMA (or GSM/GPRS) radio and voila, a phone! I checked the dimensions and they are identical (except thinner) to my Treo 300. It has 320 x 320 resolution with 65K colors, MP3, external storage, OS5/ARM, video software with sufficient processor, a qwerty keyboard, metal case, a rocker... Isn't this what we've been asking for in the new Treo? All for US $340.
    Not a bad idea, you've got to add a speaker that work with the mic as a phone though...
    How about battery usage.. Does GSM use more or less than BT?
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    Originally posted by ToolkiT

    How about battery usage.. Does GSM use more or less than BT?
    I'd imagine it would eat through quite a bit of battery, my Nokia transmits at half a watt. This is because the signal must reach much farther than 30 ft., more like miles.

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    The Treo uses a 1100 mAh battery, the Samsung an 830 mAh battery, and the Kyocera 7135 a 1300 mAh battery. I imagine 1200-1400 mAh is what a Clie would require. I'm sure a CDMA or GSM radio would use more power than a BT radio, but these other smartphones demonstrate that battery life wouldn't be an insurmountable problem.
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    Originally posted by scrinch
    ...demonstrate that battery life wouldn't be an insurmountable problem.
    yes, but power=size, so the battery would probably have to be a bit bigger and I would bet that the GSM radio would be a lot bigger than a BT radio. It also seems like Sony has a contract with Symbian for phone OS, but if they bought out PalmSource like they have been talking about I bet that would change quick.

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