Thursday, August 21, 2008

Treo 680 PDA/Smartphone

I have just bought a used Palm Treo 680, to add mobile internet capability to my cell phone. Hopefully it will meet my expectations as to usefulness. If so, I will report my experiences. What sold me on it was that it is four devices I want, all in one package:
1. A GSM cellphone that accepts a simcard from a current plan, or one of the prepaid simcards that can be bought on Ebay; and has a port to plug in an external antenna for use in the hinterlands.
2. A small, portable device that can connect to the Internet to send and receive email, surf webpages, and update my website from wherever I happen to be.
3. A device that allows me to read from an entire library of eBooks, photofiles and textfiles, stored on standard SD cards.
4. A media player that allows me to watch videos and listen to music, likewise stored on SD.

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Treo 680

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Trēo 680
Manufacturer Palm
Type Smartphone
Retail availability since November 2006
Media MMC, SD
Operating system Palm OS 5.4.9
Input Keypad and touchscreen
Camera 640x480 VGA (0.3 Megapixel)
Power 1200 mAh battery
CPU Intel PXA272
Display 320x320 16-bit illuminated TFT LCD
Connectivity GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth
Touchpad WM9712 AC'97 digitizer
The Palm Treo 680 is a combination hybrid PDA/cellphone, or smartphone as the successor to the company's Treo 650.


  • Mobile phone, GSM/GPRS/EDGE model with 850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands.
  • XScale PXA272 312 MHz processor
  • 64 MB onboard NAND storage as user-available stored non-volatile memory
  • 64 MB onboard NOR Strataflash (part of the PXA CPU)
  • 32 MB onboard SDRAM split between system memory, dynamic memory and cache
  • Removable rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Palm OS Garnet version 5.4.9
  • 111.8mm H x 58.4mm W x 20.3mm D (4.4 inches H x 2.3 inches W x 0.8 inches D)
  • 158 grams (5.5 oz.)
  • 16-bit Color LCD 320 x 320 TFT touch-screen display
  • Supports SD, SDIO, SDHC and MultiMediaCards - 4 GB to 32 GB cards supported through SDHC
  • Built-In Bluetooth 1.2 Compliance
  • Battery 1200 mAh
  • 0.3 megapixel (640x480) VGA digital camera with 2x digital zoom and video camera capability
  • Palm Desktop version 4.1.4 for Windows and version 4.2 for Macintosh OS


AT&T and Rogers are currently the only carriers to offer the Treo 680 in North America; however for a more expensive price, you can get an unlocked GSM Treo that works with any GSM/GPRS/EDGE network worldwide.[1] The Treo 680 is also available from many carriers worldwide including Singtel, Vodafone in NZ & Aus, Globe, Orange France, Swisscom, Telcel MX, Cable & Wireless (Caribbean) and Claro in Brazil.

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