February 2007 Archives
When I was handed a Treo 680 review unit with the screen protector applied so poorly that it rendered the touchscreen useless, I still managed to use the 680’s phone and SMS functions and many other Palm OS applications quite normally for a day, using only the hardware buttons.
It’s this exceptional level of integration of phone and PDA, hardware and software, that has kept Palm in the smartphone game, despite an aging operating system and a hardware system that has evolved relatively slowly
The most obvious feature is the new form factor, which is only marginally smaller than the Treo 650 if you go only by the specs. Because the antenna has been lopped off and more curves and beveled edges added, the 680 feels a lot smaller once you actually use it. It’s also lighter than the 650, and has more than doubled the available memory of the Treo 650.
Most of the other changes are really in the software, especially in the phone, messaging, browser, and picture and video applications. The most noteworthy change is the integration of the phone, contacts, favorites, and To Do screens into a single application that is much easier to use and navigate.
...And the bad? Read it on our December 2006 - January 2007 issue!