The folks at XYZ Computing recently put palmOne’s latest PDA/Phone hybrid device through its paces. I’d seriously consider this for myself if my wireless provider carried it. This, and many more reviews from the Net can be found at our forums.
The Treo 650 is 4.4″ x 2.3″ x 0.9 and weighs 6.3 ounces. This means it is a good deal larger than your average cell phone and a bit bulkier than your average PDA. The Treo 650 also incorporates a VGA digital camera into the mix, a feature which many cell phones are beginning to adopt. The beauty of the 650 is that it is able to combine the attributes of all three into a single device. The problem here is that the smartphone becomes a proverbial “jack-of-all-trades” and we want to make sure it can do each task at least close to as well as a single-task unit, like the phone, camera, or PDA which you are giving up. Of course the smartphones cannot be expected to do each job as well as a product which was designed for that sole purpose, but if the sacrifice is too great the smartphone is just not going to be worth it.