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Palm Treo 500

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Expert Review

18 August 2008
  • Conclusion: This is a business phone poorly disguised as a business PDA. If you have to pick a Windows Mobile phone for work, though, you could do a lot worse.
  • Pros: It’s half the size of a typical PDA, it doesn’t have a touchscreen and it’s running Windows. So in what way exactly is this a Palm device? Well, the Treo 500 does comes laden with a bunch of business software, so you can tinker with PowerPoint and Excel files while you’re on the bus, and it syncs easily with XP and Vista desktops back in the office. The weight loss programme is welcome, as is nifty web browsing via IE and a 3G link. Stereo Bluetooth and microSD expans...
  • Cons: Tapping messages out on the annoyingly rigid QWERTY keyboard is marginally more pleasant than having your fingernails extracted by American Special Forces operatives, but probably not a lot quicker or more efficient. The media player and basic games all feel a bit forced, too.
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