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    check it out:

    http://yahoo.businessweek.com/techno...1274_tc081.htm

    and the text:

    A Smart Phone That's Easy to Use
    by Stephen H. Wildstrom

    A PC-style interface lets you operate the Treo 600 one-handed. It's just one of the things that make Handspring's latest model a winner


    Smart phones require a lot of compromises. These devices, which combine the functions of a voice phone, a PDA, and a wireless-data device, have been too big to be the perfect phone and too cramped to be ideal for e-mail or Web browsing. But the Handspring (HAND ) Treo 600, available from Sprint PCS (PCS ) in October (and later, from Orange in Europe) improves the trade-offs dramatically.

    Until now, the Treo 300, introduced last year, was the best of the breed. The Treo 600, armed with a bright color display, a fast processor, and the latest operating software from PalmSource, leaves it in the dust. The 600, which eliminates the 300's flip-phone cover, is about the same length (4 in., plus antenna) and thickness (1 in.) as its predecessor. But it is a vital half-inch narrower, meaning it fits comfortably even in relatively small hands. At first glance, the tiny keyboard looks too small to use, but I found it the equal of the bigger versions on the 300 and Research in Motion (RIMM ) BlackBerry.

    I think, however, that the secret of the new Treo's usability is something more subtle. We expect to use a phone one-handed, and the new Treo is the first smart phone that doesn't require two hands for anything but entering text.

    POST-STYLUS EASE. The most important change, oddly enough, is that the Treo works more like a PC. When you see an icon or menu item highlighted on a Macintosh or in Windows, you know it will be executed if you hit "enter." Treo brings this intuitive notion to a handheld. Instead of tapping a button or menu item with a stylus, you use the directional buttons of a five-way control to select an item, then click the center button to activate it. This all but eliminates the need for a stylus, and it makes a big difference.

    In contrast to many of the smart phones I have tried, the Treo 600, which will sell for about $500 with Sprint service, is first and foremost a good phone. Battery life, an issue on earlier Treos, is rated at a respectable four hours of talk and 240 hours of standby. You can dial a call by tapping an on-screen dial pad with a finger, by using the 10-key number pad built into the keyboard, or by pressing and holding any key assigned to a speed-dial number. You also can select from a list of "favorites," which can be links to Web pages or programs as well as phone numbers. Finally, you can start typing a name, and matching address book entries pop up. Select the number you want, and the Treo will dial it.

    Like most high-end phones, the Treo includes a camera. The quality of the 640x480 pixel pictures is no match for a good digital camera, but they're not bad for a phone. The pictures can be e-mailed easily, although multimedia message services popular in Europe and Asia for phone-to-phone picture sharing are not available on the Sprint network, which doesn't yet offer even a text-only short-message service.

    MOBILE MAIL. The Treo gets wireless data at speeds equivalent to a fast dial-up connection on a PC, and Sprint offers unlimited data use for a $10 monthly surcharge on a voice plan. Web pages load quickly, though the small display limits the usefulness of browsing. You'll be able to download games, other applications, and ring tones over the air from Sprint's PCS Vision service.

    For most people, the main data use of the Treo will be e-mail. Sprint offers its $5-a-month Business Connection service, which can forward e-mail from corporate accounts to wireless devices and fetch mail from standard Internet accounts. Unfortunately, the Treo 600 version of the software was not ready in time to test the service.

    I did, however, get to see the full potential of the new Treo by running Good Technology's GoodLink. It requires corporations to install special server software as an add-on to Microsoft Exchange, but it makes new mail, and contact and calendar changes, along with any other Outlook folders you use, available on the Treo. It's like having your desktop in a handheld.

    I don't think the smart phone is likely to replace standard handsets. Most folks use phones primarily for voice calls and, increasingly, for text messaging and picture sharing. For them, a smart phone adds bulk and cost for limited benefit. But for those who want more, especially business users, the Treo 600 sets a new standard.


    Wildstrom is Technology & You columnist for BusinessWeek. Follow his Flash Product Reviews, only on BusinessWeek Online
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    Isn't that what we've been saying since we first used it. I was blown away by the size and the ability to use it one-handed and not have to twist my hand till it hurt.
  3.    #3  
    an interesting comparison to the G1000, from the same author:

    http://yahoo.businessweek.com/techno...0753_tc072.htm
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    remember that i said there was a major complaint about that brick in the Sprint forum? size and fact that have to keep pulling out the stylus (time-wasting).

    Nice links buddy.
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    Wow. Chalk another one up for Handspring. With nearly universally positive reviews, this should be interesting. I'm still having trouble believing it's going to be as sweet as reviewers say....
  6. #6  
    please put this up on homepage next to mossberg. This better catches another amazing feature of the treo 600: One-handed usage, no stylus necessary.

    Thanks.
  7. #7  
    I'm collecting a bunch of Treo 600 news, and making a mailbag article with all the little tidbits.
    -Michael Ducker
    TreoCentral Staff
  8. #8  
    In the articles it says....

    I think, however, that the secret of the new Treo's usability is something more subtle. We expect to use a phone one-handed, and the new Treo is the first smart phone that doesn't require two hands for anything but entering text.


    Um...I can use my Kyocera 6035 one handed as a phone quite nicely. And althought I haven't used one, I believe the same is true for the Kyocera 7135.

    I'm still eagerly awaiting the Treo600...but lets keep the facts straight...
  9. #9  
    Originally posted by miradu
    I'm collecting a bunch of Treo 600 news, and making a mailbag article with all the little tidbits.
    I don't think you should have lumped this in to a mailbag, it should be its own headline:

    Business Week loves the 600

    with a sub heading of:

    and hates the hibachi g1000


    you should also have a sub heading for Mossberg:


    Blackberry no threat.
    Felipe
    On the road to 5,000 posts
    Life is what happens between Firmware releases.
  10. #10  
    Originally posted by Atif
    Um...I can use my Kyocera 6035 one handed as a phone quite nicely. And althought I haven't used one, I believe the same is true for the Kyocera 7135.
    It isn't so much that you can use the phone one handed, but you can use all the other functions of the PDA one handed as well.

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