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Palm Treo 800w Review

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Palm Treo 800w Review

Running Windows Mobile 6.1, there isn’t a lot new with the interface. Though carriers have released new ROMs for current devices, and unlocked GSM devices have shipped with it, the 800w is the first carrier-available device to ship with WM 6.1 in the US. Changes from WM 6 are largely under the hood and the most notable upgrade is threaded text messaging, but Palm has had its own treading solution on their devices for years.

The 800w does not have a customized interface, like we have seen on HTC devices such as the Touch and Diamond. It runs a fairly standard WM homescreen, and of course it can be customized entirely by the user. The soft keys are Messaging on the left (which takes you to text messages) and Menu on the right. Menu brings up a context menu from which you can go to your contacts, the dialpad, preferences and a few more items.

Phonebook and Organizer:

As a WM Professional device the 800w is as full featured as it gets. It of course syncs with Outlook, so managing contacts and calendar is simple. There is nothing new with the 800w; it runs the standard Windows Mobile Calendar and Contacts application. Other PIM applications are also exactly the same as before, such as Notes, Tasks, Calculator and Clock.

Calendar - Palm Treo 800w Review
Calendar - Palm Treo 800w Review
Calendar - Palm Treo 800w Review


Notes - Palm Treo 800w Review
Tasks - Palm Treo 800w Review
Calculator - Palm Treo 800w Review




The dialpad and phone interface has been redone, and looks much better. There is little to no lag when using the onscreen dialer, a problem that has plagued many WM devices. The in-call screen is very minimal; it shows the number and name (if in your contact list) or state, the timer and has Mute and Speakerphone options. All other options are available from a context menu. Unfortunately the caller ID picture is still miniscule.

Contacts - Palm Treo 800w Review
Contacts - Palm Treo 800w Review


Palm Treo 800w Review
Dialpad - Palm Treo 800w Review


Out of the box the device doesn’t support voice dialing over Bluetooth, but Palm has already released an update to fix this issue on their support page.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. rbz275 (Posts: 37; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)

FYI, there's a little typo. Windows Mobile is by no means open-source. The source code of the OS is NOT freely available. But you can install any 3rd party application you want (even one that you create), and i assume that's what you meant.

posted on 31 Jul 2008, 09:31

6. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


posted on 30 Jul 2008, 23:40

2. (unregistered)

can you access Youtube on this?

posted on 31 Jul 2008, 02:28

3. (unregistered)

mobile only

posted on 31 Jul 2008, 07:56

4. Mario (unregistered)

I cant believe you didn't list battery life as a separate "con". If you have an exchange server you will not get more than 3 hours out of this thing.

posted on 31 Jul 2008, 09:22

5. (unregistered)

Ok so how can a plus be "Good size and professional looks" and then in the very next column it has listed as a con "It’s still on the big side, and the design language is dated " you really need to make up your mind.

posted on 31 Jul 2008, 09:31

7. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


posted on 13 Sep 2008, 11:01

8. (unregistered)

Will the Palm Treo 800 be available through The Verizon Network? How much different is this VS. The Palm Treo Centro

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Palm Treo 800w

Palm Treo 800w

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display320 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
333 MHz
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.41 x 2.28 x 0.73 inches
(112 x 58 x 18.5 mm)
5.00 oz  (142 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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