Treo 700w: One Step Back

Palm's first device to run Windows also operates on the speediest mobile network. Too bad it's not as elegant as its predecessor

The Palm Treo 700w made headlines a few months ago as the first Palm device to chuck the company's own operating system and embrace Microsoft's Windows. From a business point of view, the decision made eminent sense. Corporations are quickly adopting wireless e-mail and other applications. By moving to Windows, Palm was able to strengthen its appeal by reducing costs and giving corporate IT managers a familiar technology platform.

And consumers seem to agree. I spend a fair amount of time in the New York subway riding to and from work. Over the last few months, I've noticed that the 700w and its cousin the 650 have become increasingly popular commuter toys. They're hardly as common as the iPod, but they're catching on. And I'm not surprised.

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