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    Handspring Treo 180
    Author: Drew Lanclos
    Date Posted: June 19th, 2002
    SLRating: SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: A thorough mix of genius and asinine design decisions if there ever were one. It's sleek and lightweight, but Kyocera owners don't have anything to worry about...yet.

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    Well, funny that we'd mention the size of said the Treo is simultaneously huge and tiny. From the comparison picture below, you can get an idea of the size of the Treo compared to other cellphones and organizers. It's easily the tiniest Palm, but this fact can also work against it. It has a flimsy feel to it at times, and at other times, it feels very solid.

    Of course, big things come in small packages. Let's take a look at the Treo's specifications.

    • Dual-band world phone
    • Integrated dialing from Phone Book
    • Instant Lookup-find any name in a few keystrokes
    • Speed dialing
    • 3-way calling
    • Personal speakerphone
    • Headset jack and included headset
    • Call history
    • Vibrating and system sound mute modes
    • External ringer switch
    • GPRS upgradeable upon availability

    As you can see here, it offers a pretty good feature set for a cellphone. Upgradeability to General Packet Radio Service is a nice feature, but I question its relevance, as GPRS is still quite some time away from market adoption, and the Treo 180 could be in the history books by the time it's out.

    Of course, the phone specifications are only half the story with the Treo. Let's take a look at some of its PDA features.

    • 33 MHz Motorola Dragonball VZ processor
    • 16 MB RAM
    • 3-4 weeks regular operation on battery without wireless features
    • Built-in iR transceiver
    • 160x160x16 grayscale display
    • Reverse backlighting
    • Weighs 5.2 ounces
    • Measures 10.8 cm by 7.1 cm by 2.1 cm
    • Jog dial
    • PalmOS 3.5.2H (Custom Handspring version)
    • Includes Handspring standard upgraded Palm software, including Phone Book+, Expense+, Date Book+, CityTime world clock, Advanced Calculator, and introducing Blazer and One-Touch Mail.

    The processor is a 33MHz Dragonball VZ, but it still felt significantly slower than both the Kyocera QCP-6035 and the HandEra 330. Otherwise, the Treo 180 positions itself pretty well as a Palm-based PDA, with a slightly thicker body than the Visor Edge. The Treo 180 also has twice as much RAM as the leading competing cellPDA, the Kyocera. The key here is to recognize how well the features of the phone side and the Palm side go together. Let's take a further look into this, starting with the hardware.

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    1. Introduction
    2. Features
    3. Keyboard
    4. Hardware
    5. Software
    6. Wireless Internet
    7. Pros & Cons/Conclusion

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