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Palm Treo 750v unveiled in the UK

The Treo 750v, launched today, is the first Treo in the UK to run Windows Mobile. We like its predictive dialling facility, but aren't so keen on its camera...

Three months ago we heard news that Microsoft, Palm and Vodafone were going to launch a Windows Mobile Palm device in the UK. Today it finally happened, when they announced the Treo 750v.

The Treo 750v features a 240mm by 240mm colour touchscreen, voice dialling, Bluetooth, infrared and 3G connectivity, as well as a 1.3-megapixel camera.

The device runs Windows Mobile 5.0 with some Palm enhancements, such as a dialling box on the top of the start page that gives you fast access to your contact list. The dialling box works like predictive text messaging -- every time you touch another key, it searches through the contact list for the phone number or name that matches your selection. There's also an Internet search box at the bottom of the start page, so you can search for information over the Internet without first opening the Web-browsing application.

Since the Treo 750v runs on Windows Mobile, you can access Word, PowerPoint and PDF files from the comfort of your palm. You can also synchronise it with your computer and receive emails on the go. It can play all multimedia formats supported by Windows Media Player 10 and has 60MB of internal memory along with an expandable miniSD slot.

The 750v will work anywhere in the world that supports GSM and with the 3G connectivity you can browse the Web much faster than with GPRS. However, we're disappointed that there's no Wi-Fi connectivity and can't understand why there's only a 1.3-megapixel camera. Aside from these niggles, the Treo could be something we fall in love with.

The 750v will be available from Vodafone in October and will cost from free to £150 on a monthly contract. Expect a full review soon. -AL