Palm to take the Pearl route – updated

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There’ve been reports about the Treo 680 circulating for a couple of weeks now, and we really had no reason to pay attention.  And as Red Herring reports… we still don’t, but thought we’d share anyway. 

Palm has decided to go the route that RIM has and introduce the 680 into the consumer marketplace, targeting the more social than business user.  What exactly differentiates the Treo 680 and one of it’s more business-oriented models? 

“The Sunnyvale, California-based handheld PDA maker is planning to debut the Treo 680, a lower-priced model of its line of smart phones… the latest Treo will include Palm’s usual organizer features, along with a QWERTY keypad, wirelesss email, and cell phone calling.”

So to conclude, nothing is different (not true, but until more info leaks, this is the stance I’m taking).  I’m anxiously awaiting the marketing attempts that Palm makes.  Who remembers T-Ball?  Remember the feeling you get when you would swing and miss the ball that was sitting RIGHT there?  I think Palm’s about to feel exactly that.  You can check out Engadget’s tale of the 680 here.

And straight from the horse’s mouth from Palm’s 12:30pm press conference (thanks again to Engadget).

“Support for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files, 64MB of RAM, VGA camera, Bluetooth and infrared. What’s unique? Brand new phone application and UI. Full user guide on the device. Includes wired car kit application [have to buy a kit, of course]. Hold launcher key to get “most recently used applications.” New five tab home screen. Simplified favorites view. Integrated contacts, built directly into the phone application. Active call thumbnails. Easy multiway conference calls. VersaMail 3.5, now includes Exchange contacts sync. Improved addressing. AutoSync any combo of mail, calendar, contacts. Includes Docs To Go Professional v8.0 for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files.

1:24PM: Multimedia: new pictures and videos applications, add music to slideshow, save a picture as contact directly from album. Pocket Tunes comes included. Voice memo application.

1:25PM: Streaming media: supports both audio and video, WMA and WMV support. Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, lacks antenna (finally). Moved SD memory card slot to the side (madness!).”

  • Thought

    Yawn…it’s basically a Treo 650 without the antenna.

    The only significance is that Palm will now compete in the price category staked out by the Pearl and the Q.

  • Thought

    Yawn…it’s basically a Treo 650 without the antenna.

    The only significance is that Palm will now compete in the price category staked out by the Pearl and the Q.

  • George

    Wow that thing is going to bomb.

    Palm needs to do it right or not bother at all, as in develop from scratch instead of some half-effort redesign.

  • George

    Wow that thing is going to bomb.

    Palm needs to do it right or not bother at all, as in develop from scratch instead of some half-effort redesign.