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.
Excerpt: Palm views its new 680 as a cross-over smartphone device. It lacks some of the power that other Treos have but is available for much less money, opening them up to new segment of consumers. Brad tests it out and comes away impressed.
Summary: The device delivers good receiving quality. The default ringtones sound quite loud, so it’s next to impossible to miss a call even in a crowded and noisy room. The silent alert is average strength-wise.
Palm has set out to launch an entry-level solution aiming at the mass market. «We are offering a product at a price unseen before» - the company’s managers claim.
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
Excerpt: The latest Treo has a more-than-familiar feel about it, given that this model is once again is powered under the hood by the Palm OS rather than the Windows Mobile Operating System favoured by its direct predecssor, the 3G-equipped Treo 750v.