Treo 700 Begins Shipping Today! Reviews Hit on Treo 650 vs. Treo 700w (and Why I’m Not Planning to Buy the Treo 700)

The Treo 700w has now hit the market, one day after my post on no reviews being available. The good folks at TreoCentral have offered up a complete review with the pros and cons.

As expected, there is some tweaking yet to come to make it a dream machine — and it’s not being marketed as a Treo 650 replacement, but is rather trying to attract the Microsoft loyalists, according to the article.

The article is a whopper with a great amount of detail and particulars. I recommend it for anyone seriously considering which product to buy.

For instance, the author explains that the new Treo 700w is equipped to handle the faster Verizon connection speeds (something I really wanted to see) but sacrifices screen resolution (something I didn’t expect, but according to Ducker is a requirement of the Windows specs).To read the entire review, visit:

Happy reading and thanks to Michael Ducker of TreoCentral for the info.

I look forward to a few more reviews for my browsing, but if I had to base my own decision on this one review, I must say I’m going to wait for the next generation of Treo before replacing my 650. Since I don’t live in a major market, and can’t take advantage of the Verizon super-fast wireless broadband (with reported DSL-like speeds), all I see are first attempt drawbacks to making the change (and there are always drawbacks and bumps with a first release — so I hope many of these are worked out by the next model’s release.)

I would like to have more seamless sync with my core apps. The idea of a more easily handled version of Word and Excel is extremely exciting — and the rave review on the PDF viewer solves a major complaint I’ve had with ever Treo I’ve had — I want, I NEED a PDF viewer in a mobile device in my business.

But, the idea of a slower launch is not something I care to endure. I like my Treo because it’s QUICK to respond and let me get the info I need in a flash.

I don’t like the interface and skinless graphics options I saw displayed in the article — one of the sweetest things about the way my hubby’s new Christmas IPOD Video is how easy it is to use with one hand, and how well the interface works while it looks good too. That’s not the case with the Treo. I do like the improvements on the notepad option. I’d prefer a OneNote version for the Treo — THAT would be really sweet.

What do I want? I want improvements in all areas. I want a quick-booting, thinner and sexier Treo with high quality skins and improved graphics (not lower definition ones). I want a higher quality camera with more than the 1.3 megapixels of the 650 and the 700 w even thought the 700 offers larger photos). I want video now (not later, as is promised on the 700). I have that now on my Treo 650 — and I’m not willing to give it up.

I want an included bluetooth headset that has mic and works to keep my music and movies sounding good when I’m not on a call. And I want excellent 5-way navigation integration — I use my Treo with one hand as much as possible — and I’d like to do it more.

The promise of this new machine is exciting — but I still want more, and I’ll probably wait for the next version to see what gets ironed out.

Now, this is from a single, although rather extensive, review. But, it did answer many of the questions I had about what would improve and what would remain the same. I didn’t expect any backslide — that caught me off guard.