Our search for the latest business-centric phones had led us to The House at Dempsey Road, Singapore, where the latest Treo 500v was officially unveiled. Without further ado, let us take you on a quick walkthrough of the new Palm handheld.
Mobile device designs have sort of reached a pinnacle in recent times, but it is still rare to find one that feels and fits perfectly well in your hands. Fortunately, the new Palm Treo 500v does provide you with such a feeling, and is not cumbersome to hold nor heavy at a weight of just 120 grams. Though it has truly gone mainstream with its choice of Windows Mobile 6 as its operating system, the Palm Treo 500v utilizes a unique Vodafone carousel-like interface that got us quite intrigued. From our brief use of the Treo 500v at the launch event, we were quite satisfied as it has a tint of the smooth and wavy feel of a TouchFlo or iPhone user interface (minus the touch screen aspect though).
Connectivity falls short on the Palm Treo 500v, with only a 3G GPRS connection available for data usage, not to mention slower text input due to a slightly cramped QWERTY keypad. Nonetheless, with a huge array of third party applications such as Google Maps, Windows Live Messenger and access to popular sites like Facebook, the Palm Treo 500v looks like an ideal mobile device for the mainstream crowd, if they can overlook the device's lack of Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity.
Meanwhile, stay tuned to www.hardwarezone.com for our full hands-on article of the Palm Treo 500v as soon as we get hold of a trial unit.