Palm has recently released its first Windows based (non Palm) operating system the Treo 700w, supported by Verizon. The older Treo the Treo 650 is Palm based and supported by Cingular. There’s been a lot of back and forth over which one is better. The main differences are hardware specifications (memory for example) but also the interface – Palm vs Windows.
PC World has reviewed both of them (as has the Wall Street Journal) and writes First of all, remember that you aren’t making this purchase in a vacuum: You’ll be taking on a network along with the device. Part of the Treo 700w’s appeal is that it supports one of the fastest data networks available, Verizon Wireless’s EvDO BroadbandAccess service. If you’re in an area where Verizon Wireless offers its 3G service, the 700w will download Web pages and e-mail faster than any other cellular carrier’s handheld as of this writing.
The fastest Treo 650 is carried by Cingular. It supports Cingular’s EDGE service, which typically performs like very good dial-up. The Sprint and Verizon versions of the Treo 650 support these carriers’ 1xRTT data networks, which are somewhat slower than EDGE.
Overall, that about sums up my feeling about the Treo 700w. It’s fast; it’s got a few nice phone features; and if I have to use a Windows Mobile hybrid, I’d rather have a Treo than any of the other Windows Mobile smart phones I’ve seen. But do I feel any desire to surrender my Palm OS-based Treo? No. I’ll just upgrade when a faster version comes along. The best things about the Treo 700w have little or nothing to do with Windows Mobile.
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