Palm Treo 700p (Sprint)
Author: Keith Hamilton
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 10-23-2006
First Look

Here we have a look at the main screen.

Operating System

The Palm OS 5.4.9 is a cleaned up version of their older OS. Palm has tweaked a few graphic features such as menus, having the Bluetooth icon actually changing to show connection and the alert notification bell at the top left that will show any items that need addressing, just to name a few.


The 700p comes with plenty of memory to start you out. 128 MB of onboard memory (60 MB available to the end user) allowed me to install all of the applications that I wanted, including some games. I still had roughly 45 MB or so left over. This leaves enough room to store a fair amount of music or tons of pictures and videos without even touching the expansion card.

Speaking of expansion, the expansion port supports SD and SDIO cards. I purchased a 2 GB card to store MP3s and videos for playback while I'm out and about. The SDIO cards are a new type of card that uses the SD slot to add different options to your phone. Some things that are in development include GPS, fingerprint recognition and an 802.11 card. This will make the 700p even more versatile in the near future.


The Intel processor in the 700p operates at 312 MHz. I noticed a bit of bogging while trying to run the media player and do other things such as checking email or text messaging. I also noticed that some of the higher end games I installed show signs of lag, but nothing serious. When not "multi-tasking" however, the processor is able to keep things running very smoothly.


The 320 x 320 touchscreen is a highlight for the phone as well as the support for 65k colors. I love being able to check out high resolution images and videos without pixelation. The touchscreen makes browsing the web very simple; just tap where you want to go. The 700p comes with an optional clear screen protector to help prevent damage to the screen.

The viewing angle is pretty good as well. As for brightness, the 700p performs very well, with the option to adjust the brightness from no backlight to full backlight. Turning the brightness to max transforms the phone into a "flashlight", which is a feature that Palm didn't mention. This high brightness does help with viewing under direct sunlight.

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