Before there were iPhones and Droids, and before there were HTC sliders with Windows Mobile, the Palm Treo (running on the old Palm OS) was the elite smartphone that ruled the early and mid 2000s. The Treo line of devices offered a real PDA/phone combo form factor that won the hearts of many geeks that could finally stay connected AND keep their lives organized, all in one elegant device.
It was a big surprise (and I can’t emphasize the “big” enough here) when Palm announced that they’d be doing a Windows Mobile device called the Treo 700w. Wait a sec, if it’s a Palm device without Palm OS, is it still Palm? That was a question that I remember asking when I heard tell of this device. Nevertheless, the Windows Mobile devotees among us were excited to get the Treo form factor powering our beloved mobile operating system.
In this video we take a look back at the Palm Treo 700w. We talk about specs, form factor, and compare it to one of Palm’s latest and greatest, the Pixi. Palm has indeed come a very long way, both in hardware and software. If you want to get nostalgic, take a look at our review of the Treo 700w from 2006 by Chris Spera.
Also, for another look back at a classic Windows Mobile device, take a look at the legendary iPAQ H3650.