Impressive handheld

This unit combines an organiser with Palm influences, a mobile phone, a keyboard, and a camera in a sleek, silvery 167g package that isn’t much bulkier than less capable competitors. I looked at a preproduction GSM/GPRS model — a CDMA version is available, too.

Although the device uses Palm OS 5, it doesn’t take advantage of support for higher-resolution displays, but its bright and crisp 1.75in square screen is so small that the old 160x160 resolution looks fine. Also missing is built-in support for Graffiti or other handwritten input. The Treo does have a slot for SD/MMC memory and hardware cards, and captures so-so 640x480 images.

Although usable, the small keyboard feels rather cramped. An automatic keyboard lock prevents you from inadvertently making phone calls or otherwise using the device, but I sometimes had to press the unlock key several times before it worked.

The Treo 600 fit well in my hand, both as a phone and as a PDA. The battery life is terrific for this kind of device — three or four days between charges after moderate phone and heavy Palm use. I’d like a removable rechargeable battery, but the Treo 600 does so much right, I can forgive its minor flaws. In all, a powerful, attractive Palm PDA and mobile phone with good battery life and many extras.

Palm Handspring Treo 600
Price: $1299
Distributor: Brightpoint Technology
Phone: 1300 300 213
URL: www.brightpoint.com.au

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