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Two Challengers Enter Smartphone Wars

Monty Solomon (
Sat, 15 Apr 2006 12:14:01 -0400

April 12, 2006
Two Challengers Enter Smartphone Wars

When it comes to smartphones that have a full keyboard and good email
capability, Palm's fast-selling Treo is the best. New devices are
constantly being announced in hopes of becoming the "Treo killer."
Most of these challengers use Microsoft's Windows Mobile software,
formerly called Pocket PC, which was designed to evoke the Windows
computer experience on a hand-held device.

None of these Microsoft-based devices has gained much traction,
however. The most notable entry so far has been a hybrid gadget -- a
Treo that uses the Windows Mobile software, the 700w. But this model
is mostly aimed at the computing staffs of big companies, who rigidly
favor Microsoft products. For individual users, Palm still offers the
Treo 650, which uses the Palm operating system and will soon be
replaced by a newer Palm-based model capable of running on faster

This week, we tested two of the latest Microsoft-based, would-be Treo
killers: T-Mobile USA's $400 MDA and Sprint Nextel Corp.'s $600
PPC-6700. (Both cost less when purchased with service plans.)

These new email phones have some very nice hardware features. But they
suffer when compared with the Treo because of their Windows Mobile
software, which often requires more clicks and greater menu navigation
to get simple things done than the Palm-based Treo does.

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