The Treo Takes Off
In 2003, PalmOne and Handspring announced merger plans, and the spin-off of a new company, PalmSource, with ownership of the Palm OS. In October of that year, Handspring bowed out with a bang, releasing the groundbreaking [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/113087/impressive_treo_600.html|Treo 600|Impressive Treo 600]].
A candybar-style phone with a camera and a surprisingly usable--albeit narrow--QWERTY keyboard, the Treo 600 felt more like a phone than a PDA. Despite its $500 (with contract) price tag, the Treo 600 quickly became the hot gadget of the day--a status that its successor, the PalmOne [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/25240/review/treo_650_smartphone.html|Treo 650|Palm Treo 650 Smartphone]], retained when it appeared a year later.
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