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Review: Palm Treo 750

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Although it is not normally available on Pocket PCs, Palm has added a feature that lets you start typing in a name from the home screen to search through the contact list and dial a number. If you want to do anything other than call that person, you can either take out the stylus and tap and hold (the Pocket PC version of right click) on the contact or just skip it and go to the contacts applications.

Once you enter the contacts application from the right soft key on the home screen, you can again start typing to filter through your contacts. Each contact displays a name picture and phone number or other current contact method in the contact list. Selecting a contact opens up a summary that can include all the data an Outlook contact card can hold including 3 address, more than 10 phone numbers, 3 email address and many other fields. Information can easily be added or changed, and both Photo caller ID and ringtones can be set from the contact card as well.

Pressing the Send key when on a contact with a phone number selected will switch to the home and populate the dialer widget with that phone number. The Send key must be pressed again for the call to be dialed.

If you hit the call key from the home screen, a list pops up with recently dialed contacts as well as shortcuts to the call list and phone dial pad. Unlike other Pocket PC phones, the Treo doesn't treat the phone as its own application so much as an accessory to other applications. Even with the shortcut, it's difficult to find the phone dialer, making it tough to dial numbers that aren't in your phone book.

Furthermore the Treo 750 ditches the standard PocketPC in-call screen (with large on-screen controls for functions) in favor of a more Smartphone-like screen that displays the caller's name and hides all functions in the options menu. This change is shocking considering Microsoft originally copied the on-screen buttons from Palm when it launched Windows Mobile 5.


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