Summary: With a user-friendly interface, decent performance, and an affordable price point, the Palm Treo 680 is a good smart phone for the first-time buyer or for mobile users looking to be more productive on the road; we just wish it had a better camera and Wi-Fi support.
Pros: The Palm Treo 680 features a sleeker design; integrated Bluetooth with the ability to use it as a wireless modem; more user-accessible memory; and e-mail capabilities. It also offers a bright touch screen and productivity tools and is easy to use.
Cons: The smart phone doesn't have integrated Wi-Fi nor does it support Palm's Wi-Fi card or voice dialing. What's more, the VGA camera is disappointing, the QWERTY keyboard is a bit cramped, and the speakerphone quality is a bit scratchy.
Excerpt: The Palm OS is so widely used around the globe it’s in a class by itself. The loyal following that the Palm has, is akin to India’s population – growing. It’s versatility for adapting to the plethora of third party applications that are designed for it's OS is exactly what makes these phones one of the most used handsets the world over. Lets see how their latest edition, the Treo 680, fares.
Excerpt: Palm Treo 680: We have been discussing Palm Treo personal digital assistants in our reviews. The company never failed its customers in a single feature. With companies like Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and specially Sony Ericsson coming up with cell phone with 'all in one' multimedia capabilities, Palm Treo continues its trend to provide users the best for the minimum price.
Excerpt: I have own my Palm Treo 680 from AT&T for a few months now and I am totally satisfied with this smartphone. What may me decided to purchase this smartphone was the fact it uses the Palm OS, which I prefer over Windows Mobile.
Conclusion: The unlocked Treo 680 is available in four colors exclusively from Palm.com for $399 USD. It is available from Cingular for as low at $199. The $199 price applies after a two year contract agreement and a unlimited data plan. It will also be available for $279 with a one year agreement and $449 with no contract commitment.
Summary: The 680 has one of the most well-thought-out smartphone interfaces we've come across. The bright colours it's available in make it more attractive and all of the programs that would appeal to a mobile professional come preinstalled. Considering the time gap between the 680 and its predecessor, however, we would've at least expected built-in Wi-Fi and/or 3G.
Pros: Range of colours available, ergonomic shape, intuitive interface, well-rounded feature set, SD card slot
Cons: No Wi-Fi or 3G, lacklustre camera, cramped keyboard