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i500 vs. Treo 650 vs. i550


Dec 19, 2004, 12:09 PM
Last night I compared the i500 to the new Treo 650. I am hooked on the clamshell design (I HATED the way the 650 felt up to my ear), but could not justify it once I saw how awesome the 650's new Palm OS and graphics were. A rep just told me about the i550 yesterday. It would be the ultimate combo of both worlds if it will ever come out! I am willing to try waiting for a few more months... Are there any major features the Treo 650 has that the i550 doesn't?

Dec 19, 2004, 5:23 PM
I'm with you John. I did the same thing today and I'm very curious about the the i550.
The sales man I spoke with at Sprint told me it was due out in less then a month, but who knows if he's right.
I also want to know, if it does hit the streets, will it be Blue tooth compatible?

Dec 20, 2004, 2:59 AM
The salesman at Sprint you talked with must work for a third party retailer or just not know his stuff. I spoke with the regional Samsung rep about the I550 and the outlook is grim. Sprint wants to sell out the stock on the I-500's before they start selling the newer version. This is unlikely unless they dramatically drop the price on the I-500's, and with the stiff competition from the Treo 650, it seems as though the I-550 may just be a pipe dream as far as Sprint is concerned.

Jan 24, 2005, 7:32 PM
Have you checked retail on the I500 lately? I think you'll be pleasantly suprised...

http://www1.sprintpcs.com/explore/PhonesAccessories/ ... »

...$450 sounds like a lot for a phone they're discontinuing, but that's a price drop of $150 from retail. With activation, the thing's only $300 (and still worth every penny). Check it soon, you'll see that I550 before you know it.

Jan 25, 2005, 12:07 AM
Absolutely true. At the present time, if you buy the i500 over the internet the price is only $269.99.

I'm hoping this is a precursor to the i550 being released in the not too distant future.

Jan 25, 2005, 6:06 AM
That would be nice. The last report, which was eons ago, stated that the I550 would be released Q1 2005. I will try and wait until mid Feb. before jumping on the treo band wagon. I really need the analog capabilities though.

Feb 4, 2005, 12:36 PM
Don't bother with the Treo 650 unless you just HAVE to have Bluetooth. As far as I can see, 99% of people buying the 650 are using the Bluetooth simply for wireless headset capabilities, and very little for sync. Be forewarned- Bluetooth was never designed with audio in mind. You'll find that quality and reception will be issues with a Bluetooth headset, and even an inexpensive wired headset will sound a million times better.

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