The Good The Palm Treo 700wx offers more available memory than Verizon's version, the 700w. The Windows Mobile smart phone also has integrated Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and EV-DO support.
The Bad The Palm Treo 700wx lacks integrated Wi-Fi and retains the low-resolution 240x240-pixel display.
The Bottom Line The Palm Treo 700wx brings some needed improvements to the Windows Mobile smart phone, such as more memory, but it's still far from perfect.
Palm Treo 700
We're not sure if you've heard, but Sprint is getting its own version of the Palm Treo 700w. OK, we say this with a bit of sarcasm as the specs, the images, heck, even the user manual were leaked all over the Web. But now we can say officially that the Palm Treo 700wx for Sprint is here. The Windows Mobile-based Treo offers a couple of advantages over its Verizon variant, among them increased memory and thus improved performance. In addition, it comes with push e-mail capabilities right out of the box, and you can use it as a modem for your laptop. That said, this leaves Sprint customers in a bit of a quandary. Do you go with the 700wx or the Palm-based Treo 700p? And just to make things even more confusing, what about the Sprint PPC-6700? Well, here's how we see it. The 700wx is outsmarted by the two smart phones for different reasons. First, the 700p holds the edge with its high-resolution screen and intuitive OS, and the PPC-6700 has integrated Wi-Fi, so if these features are important to you, the 700wx may not be the best choice. Still, if you favor the Windows environment and form factor of the Treo, the 700wx is a solid device. The Treo 700wx is available for $499.99 with a two-year contract or $549.99 with a one-year contract.
From a design standpoint, there is no major physical difference between the Palm Treo 700wx and the 700w, other than the Sprint branding. It sports the same dimensions (5.1 by 2.3 by 0.9 inches; 6.4 ounces) and full QWERTY keyboard of the 700w, and though we've always had high praise for the Treo's form factor, the arrival of such sleek smart phones as the Motorola Q and the RIM BlackBerry 7130c, makes the Treo seem almost seems gargantuan now. Of course, those devices don't have advantage of the 700wx's touch screen. A number of Moto Qs have been returned because of the lack of this feature, and admittedly, once you experience the convenience of a touch screen, it's hard to go back. That said, we're still disappointed with the 240x240-pixel resolution since, particularly since many Windows Mobile apps are written for 320x240 screens. What's more, text, images, and colors just aren't as sharp or vibrant compared to those of other smart phones we've tested.