PalmOne Announces New Treo 650

PalmOne Announces New Treo 650

By: Christopher Meinck

Key features include:

  • Vibrant 320 x 320 display is easy to read
  • Non-volatile memory and user-replaceable battery
  • Integrated Bluetooth technology for communicating with headsets, car
    kits, computers and printers equipped with Bluetooth technology
  • Improved VGA camera for better low-light shots, with video-capture capabilities
  • Improved QWERTY backlit keyboard and new design for easier typing
  • For GSM, capability to access EDGE based networks, which deliver incredibly fast data speeds
  • Support for direct corporate email access to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 using palmOne’s VersaMail(TM) email software
  • MP3 player
  • Single inbox for text and picture messaging

With the Treo 650, users can do all of the following, and much more:

Stay connected with wireless email using VersaMail.

VersaMail makes it easy to access and manage email on the go. With the
Treo 650’s support for popular POP and IMAP email clients, users can
download mail wirelessly or by synchronizing with their desktops. And
for users whose organizations use Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, the
Treo 650’s built-in Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync(support will
enable direct corporate email and calendar synchronization (see palmOne
announcement dated Oct. 5). With VersaMail, users can view photos,
HTML, and even native Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint attachments.

Keep data safe.

With a new "non-volatile" file system, the Treo 650 keeps customers’
information safe, even if they forget to charge their phone. Users can
carry an extra battery (sold separately), and swap it out for
additional power on the fly.

Play music. Snap pictures. Capture video.

Optimized for multimedia with an Intel XScale(R) processor, the Treo
650 smartphone lets users take their favorite tunes with them, simply
by transferring MP3 files from the desktop.(3) And with the built-in
digital camera, users can snap pictures, capture video, and even create
digital photo albums to take with them on the road. The bright color
screen brings shots to life. Better yet, users can point, shoot and
share their moments via email or picture messaging.

Connect with Bluetooth wireless devices.

With the Treo 650 smartphone, connecting to compatible Bluetooth
wireless devices — such as headsets and car kits — is easy using the
setup wizard. Users can talk on a headset or synchronize with their
desktops without wires getting in the way.

In addition, palmOne and Audi of America is demonstrating the
capabilities of their complementary Bluetooth products at CTIA in San
Francisco, Oct. 25-27 (palmOne booth, No. 610).

Exchange thoughts and ideas on the fly.

The Treo 650 lets users send and receive text messages, photos or video
clips right away from one application with a single inbox. And with
text messages threaded in a chat-style view, users can see the entire

Access a world of websites on the go.

Users can get driving directions when they’re on the road or check the
latest news headlines and sports scores while waiting for a flight.
Ringtones and applications can be downloaded directly to the Treo 650,
and the full-featured web browser is optimized for fast, on-the-go web
access. The web browser features familiar functions such as Back and
Forward buttons, Home, History and Bookmarks, and also allows users to
save HTML pages to an expansion card (sold separately) from the desktop
for offline viewing later.

Access Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

Users can be more productive with the ability to view, edit and create
Word and Excel compatible documents on the go or pull up PowerPoint
presentations for en-route rehearsals. Dealing with email attachments
has never been easier.

Plug in an expansion card to do more.

The Treo 650 smartphone comes with a MultiMediaCard/SD Card expansion
slot, which supports industry-standard cards and input/output
capability. Thus you can expand the Treo’s memory, but palmOne said
there are no plans at the moment to support use of their SD WiFi card.

Discuss the Palm Treo 650 in our forums.

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