The Treo 700p is hardly the first smartphone that Palm Inc. has released, but it is the first to
incorporate both EvDO
run the PalmOS
. Earlier EvDO-enabled entries in the Treo line (such as the 700w—clever naming, Palm) have run the Windows Mobile operating system. The 700p will usable as a modem for your laptop, connecting via USB or Bluetooth, and will be available with Verizon and Sprint networks.
One feature notably lacking on the Treo is Wi-Fi. Though the phone does have an SDIO card slot, for which Wi-Fi cards are available, they will
reportedly not work with the 700p. A Palm spokesperson has been quoted as saying that EvDO support negates the need for Wi-Fi. While EvDO is certainly fast and convenient, there are plenty of places that don’t have EvDO service where you
find a Wi-Fi hotspot. It would be nice to have the option is all I’m saying.
Someday, I’m sure I’ll have to get a smartphone. But I think I’ll hold out for the integrated bottle opener and corkscrew.