During my visit to the Cingular store earlier in the week, I was also able to experiment with the new Cingular 8525 which I described last week. It did “feel” slightly more refined than the T-Mobile MDA including the addition of two new keys on the front of the device—the home key and the ok key. These sound like minor improvements, but if you have used a Windows Mobile device that does have these keys (such as the T-Mobile MDA), you would know that it can be “disorienting” not to have these designated shortcuts to get to the home screen, the menus, or accept a selection.
How about the Treo 680
At that time (Tuesday November 28) the Treo 680 was not in stock yet. Even though it was already released on November 24th, it seems that it didn’t reach the Cingular stores. However, I got a call from the Cingular store today (Dec 1st) indicating that they have the Treo 680 in stock now.
For those who are curious about the Treo 680 from Cingular and haven’t researched it yet, it is the newer Treo that Cingular is offering (this means it supports the GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks, and is pretty much the successor of the Treo 650). The Treo 680 offers many refinements and enhancements including a more stylish look.
The Treo 680 also comes unlocked and in additional colors. When you buy the unlocked device, you can use it with any GSM/GPRS/EDGE network provider worldwide. Here are the details from Palm.
And what is happening with the Treo 750w
The Treo 750w is still not available yet and the word seems to be that it might still become available in December. The Treo 750w is a Winows Mobile device, and unlike the Treo 680, the Treo 750w will be a 3G phone with data transmission speed ranging from 400-700 kbps.