Palm’s Treo 800w being received, hands-on pics to prove it

via Engadget by Darren Murph on 7/11/08

Last we knew, a 436-page Treo 800w manual popped up from deep within the confines of Sprint. Fast forward a few days, and a few diehards are already trumpeting the receipt of their precious new Palm. Yep, that handset you see above is indeed the 800w, and if you care to ask some early adopters how things are going, feel free to hit the read link and surf on over to the forums.

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Palm’s Vista-compatible Desktop 6.2 arrives woefully late

via Engadget by Darren Murph on 1/19/08

C’mon — hop in this nifty time machine here and float with us back to December of 2006. That month, friends, is when Palm initially stated that it was cooking up a Vista-savvy iteration of its Desktop synchronization software, and yet, here we are some 13 months later wondering what took so long. Nevertheless, a finalized version of Desktop 6.2 for Vista has finally been loosed (half a year after the beta was revealed, mind you), and even though it does play nice with 32-bit editions of Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate, 64-bit Vista / XP users are still left out in the cold. For Palm (and Vista) users out there willing to forgive the tardiness, go on and hit up the read link to get the 65.2MB file headed over.

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Palm Pulls the Plug on Treo 650

The long-in-the-tooth (but still our personal favorite) Treo 650 is now listed as “no longer available” on Palm’s website. If you try to select it, you’re prompted to have a look at Palm’s other smartphones, thank you very much.

Cingular, however, still lists the Treo 650 as being available, though still more expensive after rebates than its younger, stronger brother, the 680. So if you’ve been putting off that purchase, this is probably you’re last chance.

Or you could take your chances with a $50 Palm Trio 650, though the quality is questionable.

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Palm sez NTP patents are invalid, refuses to settle

Following yesterday’s surprising announcement that patent troll firm NTP is taking portable computing pioneer Palm to court over alleged IP infringement, the PDA and smartphone manufacturer has fired back with a statement detailing its position on the matter. While Palm corroborates NTP’s assertion that the latter company had previously approached it about licensing the patents in question, it points out that all seven of them are still undergoing re-examination by the US Patent and Trademark Office, and all signs point to them being ruled invalid once the inquiry is complete. Therefore, Milipitas-based Palm has promised to “defend itself vigorously against the attempted misuse of the patent and judicial systems,” which is the diplomatic way of saying that NTP won’t see one red cent unless they pry it from Palm’s cold, dead hands. Since the RIM / NTP fiasco took quite some time to wind its way through the courts, it seems that Palm is making the smart move here by stringing this along until the USPTO makes its final decision, but there’s one thing it needs to bear in mind: NTP’s got half a billion dollars to blow on legal fees, and since it doesn’t actually do anything besides sue people, it can focus all of its energy and resources on this amusing but unhealthy lawsuit addiction.

LEAKED? Treo 680/Cingular 8525 Pricing and Release

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Treo 680
November 5th (not firm)
$424.99 w/o contract
$349 one year
$274.99 two year
Unlimited data plans take about $100 off the price (rebate).

Cingular 8525
October 29th (tomorrow??)
$559.99 w/o contract
$484.99 one year
$409.99 two year
Unlimited data plans take $50 off the price (rebate).

Anyone out there who works at Cingular feel like confirming/denying?

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Palm’s Treo 680: The smartphone for soccer moms

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Always liked PDAs and BlackBerrys, but never thought you were part of the crowd who actually uses them? Has Palm got a smartphone for you. With much hullabaloo, the company today unveiled the Treo 680, a model that does all the cool smartphone tricks but has a few man-on-the-street convenience features to win over John Q. Most obvious is the crowd-pleasing startegy of being available in multiple colors, including crimson and white (check ’em after the jump). And then there’s the quick links to stuff like Google Maps, which can bring traffic data right to your phone’s screen. That screen clocks in at 320 x 320 pixels, by the way — not bad for watching any MPEG-4 or streamed videos. You may also have noticed that the Treo’s trademark external antenna is missing on the 680, but Palm promises the reception the new internal one is said to be just as good.

Now for what the latest Treo doesn’t have: It doesn’t have a lot of internal memory, just 64 MB, but you can crank that up to 2 GB or so with a separate SD card. And despite a decent communications set (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and Bluetooth), it doesn’t do Wi-Fi, unlike some other handhelds we know. No Windows Mobile support either. Still, it’s nice that it doesn’t have much of a profile — just 0.8 inches thick. In the end, whether the Treo 680 wins over any “mobile accomplishers” (Palm’s target demographic, in untranslated marketingspeak) depends on the price and provider, which is a mystery for now. But a kinda-fair comparison would be the Treo’s cousin, the Motorola Q, which you can get for $200 with a Verizon contract. Another contender: the BlackBerry Pearl, also selling for a couple of C notes from T-Mobile. Which is your money on? Comment below…

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