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    Handspring Treo 270 PDA Review
    Author: Renz
    Date Posted: May 5th, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: The Treo 270 is a useful gadget, but would it be a good replacement for your phone and dedicated PDA. If you need a lot of memory for multimedia applications then maybe its not for you. Read on to find out what we thought and how the 270 compares with the earlier 180 in our official review....

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    Hardware Comparison - Treo 270 vs 180

     

    Treo 180

    Treo 270

    Technical

    Network

    GSM/GPRS 900/1900 MHz   world phone

    GSM/GPRS 900/1900 MHz   world phone

    SRP

    $249 with service activation   $449 without service activation

    $499 $399 after T-Mobile mail-in rebate with service activation   $699 without service

    Processor

    33 MHz Motorola Dragonball VZ

    33 MHz Motorola Dragonball VZ

    Memory

    16 MB

    16 MB

    Battery

    Rechargeable Lithium Ion (internal)

    Rechargeable Lithium Ion

    Up to 2.5 hours talk time

    Up to 3 hours talk time

    Up to 100 hours standby time

    150 hours standby time

    IR

    Yes

    Yes

    Features

    Screen

    Monochrome (16 shades of gray)

    Over 4000 colors (12-bit )

    Weight

    5.2 oz

    5.4 oz

    Size (LxWxH)

    4.2" x 2.8" x 0.82"

    4.2" x 2.8" x 0.82"

    Volume (smaller is better)

    9.64 in3

    9.64 in3

    Memory

    16 MB

    16 MB

    Data input method

    QWERTY keyboard or stylus

    QWERTY keyboard or stylus

    Screen protection lid

    Yes

    Yes

    Touchscreen

    Yes

    Yes

    Backlit keyboard

    No

    Yes

    Rocker Switch

    Yes

    Yes

    Available Color

    Steel Blue

    Steel Gray

    Phone Functions

    Speakerphone

    Yes

    Yes

    Speed dialing

    Yes

    Yes

    3-Way calling

    Yes

    Yes

    Call history log

    Yes—stores up to 1,000 calls made/received

    Yes—stores up to 1,000 calls made/received

    Vibration Alarms

    Yes

    Yes, including alarms

    Included headset

    Yes

    Yes

    Packet data network ready (GPRS or 1xRTT)

    Yes, upgradeable

    Yes, upgradeable

    International roaming

    Yes (uses GSM worldwide network)

    Yes (uses GSM worldwide network)

    Organizer Functions

    Operating system

    Palm OS 3.5.2H

    Palm OS 3.5.2H

    Included organizer applications

      PhoneBook

      PhoneBook

      Instant Lookup

      Instant Lookup

      Date Book Plus

      Date Book Plus

      SMS Messages

      SMS Messages

      Blazer web browser

      Blazer web browser

      To Do List

      To Do List

      Memo Pad

      Memo Pad

      Advanced Calculator

      Advanced Calculator

      CityTime world clock

      CityTime world clock

      Expense1

      Expense1

      Wireless setup & desktop synchronization

      Wireless setup & desktop synchronization

      software (for both Windows & Macintosh):

      software (for both Windows & Macintosh):

        - Wireless setup/installer

        - Wireless setup/installer

        - One-Touch™ Mail (POP3)

        - One-Touch™ Mail (POP3)

        - Palm™ Desktop

        - Palm™ Desktop

        - HotSync® Manager

        - HotSync® Manager

        - Link to Microsoft Outlook2 (Windows only)

        - Link to Microsoft Outlook2 (Windows only)

    Available 3rd party applications

    11,000

    11,000

    Easily exchange and backup data on your PC

    Yes

    Yes, both Windows and Mac

    Wireless Messaging

    SMS

    Yes

    Yes

    Internet Email

    Yes

    Yes

    Automatic email delivery

    Yes

    Yes

    Wireless Internet

    Access any website with graphics and text

    Yes

    Yes

    Pages compressed for faster access

    Yes

    Yes

     

    As you can see they are almost identical sans the battery life, stand by time and color screen.

     

    Treo 270

    (images from Handspring site)

     



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