Treo 600 Preview
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Web, Messaging, and Software Handspring renamed Blazer 3 to just Web. In fact, you will not find the word Blazer anywhere. I will however continue to call it Blazer 3. Blazer 3 is a complete proxy-less rewrite of the Blazer web browser. Using Sprint Vision, pages were downloaded and rendered web pages insanely fast, with the only slowness the latency of requesting for a page. The bookmark system has stayed the same, but Handspring has redone their mobile portal and made it much better. On the Sprint device the sprint portal was also available (with ring-tones and software and more to buy). Blazer 3 finally can download applications directly now, and Sprint exploits this with their mobile Handango powered software store. Handspring also added a new feature that allows the saving of web pages for offline viewing. It works very well.
Saved Pages, treo.treocentral.com, column view of The New York Times and wide view of the New York Times.
The Sprint Treo 600 and the GSM Treo 600 differ most on messaging. The GSM Treo 600 comes with a built in email app, and full two way SMS. The Sprint Treo 600 that I tested came with a one way SMS app and a link to download Business Connect (Their subscription email program). Two way SMS is coming soon to the Treo 600 as shown by the dialog at right. I did get a chance to try Handsprings email app; when they learned that I had a Treo 600 they immediately sent over about 15 MB of programs to try out, including their email program. (Thank you very much Brian Jaquet for being at work late on Friday!) Handsprings mail app works with POP3 only, has a good interface, and overall seems like a good beginner email program. I also was able to test a 5 way navigator version of SnapperMail which absolutely rocked, and the same can be said about VeriChat.
Handspring renamed Datebook to Calendar and Blazer 3 to web. Everything has new icons. All the main apps were updated to support the 5 way navigator. Because Handspring sent me the large package of apps, I was able to test many games and other things. I did not have time to go download other third party OS 5 software. I did discover that the Treo will come with Docs-To-Go Viewer, and versions of SplashMoney, SplashID, and SplashShopper. Handspring will also make available for free a Handspring edition of Pocket-Tunes. I was able to confirm that Real Player for Palm will work on the Treo 600.
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