Summary: Mine replaces a Treo 270 that finally gave up the ghost. Initially, being a Linux head I was sceptical about the Windows Mobile aspect of the phone, but after some searching was swayed by the generally favourable reviews. The lack of touch screen is slightly limiting, but after spending a short time getting used to the navigation system, this is not really an issue. The built in software includes a basic text editor.
Excerpt: I like the palm treo 500 - it looks good and provides plenty of features for users on the go, my favourite being the email feature - now I get emails delivered to my phone I can't imagine life without it. The Palm treo seems to have everything, but one problem remains - it just isn't hard wearing enough.
Pros: Nice looking phone, feature rich
Cons: screen scratches, not the most durable phone on the market .
Stylish, good range of features and fast internet, but poor build
20 August 2009
Excerpt: Having used Palm for several years in varying shape and form, when looking for a new mobile phone to replace a Nokia, given good experiences of Palm in the past, it seemed a good idea to give their new (as was then) smart phone a try. The first three or so months of owning the phone proved the 500 has plenty of features and is rather user friendly, it felt and looked great and build quality hadn't proven to be much of a problem, however after this time, things started to...
Pros: Good size, good features, easy to use, feels good, stylish, fast internet and good battery life .
Summary: The treo is a good all round organiser / phone. I put a 4gig memory card in it and it holds everything I need it to. It connect easily to bluetooth devices etc. If I was to grumble I would say the following; The camera is ok but only 2 megapixel. A 3 plus camera is obviously better. When the phone is locked and out of signal (factory floor for example) it goes to sleep and won't pick up a strong signal unless switched off and on again.
the Palm Treo 500 - a macintosh users perspective!
5 March 2009
Excerpt: I chose the Palm Treo 500 for the fact that it has a full keypad for typing, in the style of the blackberry and iphone design rather than having to rely on predictive text etc for email, and although the buttons are naturally small, this aspect of the phone is still very appealing. Caps lock typing can be very awkward however... As a macintosh user, I wasn't sure about using a windows based product, but the functionality is very good and simple to use.
Summary: I bought this phone as I liked the fact it had a QWERTY keyboard, a camera, mp3 player, PDA, email, large screen etc etc. And it does. What my phone, and my partner's version (Treo 500V) doesn't have is decent battery life. My phone - if I use the mp3 player to and from work, send an email, play a game etc - will not even last one day without a charge.
Summary: PROS: Like the keyboard, doesn't feel cheap. Menu system is not that complicated. Sturdy build. Nice screen. CONS: Takes it's time switching between some programs (shame it's got the MS virus). Powering ON/OFF is slow. Needs a headset as holding the phone to your ear makes listening hard.
Summary: This is my first ever Palm based phone. Living in the UK, i prefer to stick to the usual Nokia, Samsung, and occassionally, a Sony Ericcson. However, after reading the Gossip Girl series and finding out that all the 'cool' kids had a Palm Treo, i decided to look on the website to see what all the fuss was about. I immediatly fell in love with the pink Palm Centro- until i realised it was only avaliable in America- and wouldn't take my O2 sim card.
Windows Mobile - a long way to go to match Palm OS
Spry Crisp & Dry, Amazon
17 May 2008
Summary: I agree with other comments that this smartphone is fine if you've not used a Palm OS system before. I bought this as I wanted to carry one device instead of phone/pda, it does most of what I want it to do, but nowhere near as easily as my Palm PDA. Endless menu's will get you where you want, yes there is a scroll icon menu at the top of most frequently used programs/functions, but annoyingly this is not customisable.