PalmOne announced Treo 650, and the whole world has gone into a bit of a froth. Playing me pre-ordained role of the unofficial hype-buster, I will try to add some sense and sensibility to this madness. Treo 650, is not going to be in the market for another month, and even then only Sprint is going to be the only one carrying it. Slightly better keyboard, marginally better screen and well bluetooth. The bluetooth is going to be crippled, and functionality well is going to be limited. Having said that, I would like to point out that this is an incremental device. If you have just spend $600 buying the Treo 600, it is not something you want to splurge on, because the improvements are not worth it, despite what the gizmo-blogs say. Having used Treo 600 for a few months, and despite my initial enthusiasm, I can safely say, Treo is a PDA masquerading as a smartphone, not the other way around. Symbian-based Sony Ericsson P 910 is a much better option, and is easier to use as well.
I have often said that Silicon Valley is a hot house where everyone smokes the same crappy weed and participates in a constant feedback loop. Seven, JP Mobile, Visto Mobile, and Good Technology are some of the companies which sent me press released touting their Push Email/PIM products for Treo. What a bunch of nit-wits. Treo has 700,000 users and perhaps if the company executes really well (Not likely given the management history of constantly blowing it!) it could double its user base. I think in order to get five percent of the smart-phone market, the company would have to grow over 100% and execute without problems. I will bet a Treo 600 that it would falter and fall flat on its face. Symbian-based smart phones are selling by millions so why not focus your attention on something which is actually selling, versus a company that spends most of its time on PR. I think the way the Palm business is dwindling, it is not a smart business decision to support this platform and instead focus on things which are actually going to be around.