Full email and no business price premium

Full email and no business price premium


RIM’s BlackBerry revolutionised the way businesses communicate. With email being available outside the office it changed from an online-only to an everywhere model. But business isn’t the only place where email is widespread: people are starting to demand the same access to their personal inboxes.


Palm has targeted this group of users directly with the Treo 500v phone. A mid-priced Windows Mobile 6 handset the 500v is designed for personal use but with email and messaging as a primary goal. It sports a 320 x 240 pixel transflective display a full qwerty keyboard and MS Office (including Outlook) for email messaging. All this in a 120g parcel with claimed 4.5-hour talk time.

In our hands the Treo 500v was a mixed bag. The screen was outstanding and easy to read in bright light and outside. The keyboard though bubbly was easy enough to use. It does take a bit of pressure to hit a key though slowing typing down at first. The device felt a little underpowered with the phone sluggish to move through the menus.

All in all the Treo 500v absolutely hits its targets as a mid-priced everyman’s email handset. It’s not perfect and is best-suited to the more patient among us but it’s a great effort from Palm.