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Handspring Treo 180 review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Handspring Treo 180 currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Palm OS
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
No


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Amazon

The Treo also comes with a slew of features that you’d expect from a cell phone in this price range, including three-way calling, call history, and a speakerphone function.

- Steve O'Neil and Agen Schmitz, Amazon


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Palm released the Handspring Treo 180 on December 9, 2002.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Handspring Treo 180 user manual here.


Palm backs up the Handspring Treo 180 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Handspring Treo 180 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Palm support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Palm's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
Unknown

The Handspring Treo 180's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
No

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Palm's performance ratings are 2.5 days standby time.

Handspring Treo 180 Specs

Overview
Release date December 9, 2002
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
900/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor
Internal Storage No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 2.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Steel Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.0 x 6.9 x 1.8 cm (4.3 x 2.7 x 0.7 in)
Weight 147 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Stub
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics -
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry -
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 100
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
-
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Downloadable Ringtones No
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Features [Palm OS® organizer] with 16MB of memory, built-in QWERTY keyboard, USB HotSync® cable, Des
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Amazon

A powerful PDA and a slick cell phone into an elegant, compact package

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Handspring has always helped push the boundaries of PDAs that run the Palm operating system. They were the first to offer USB connectivity to the PC and created the Springboard expansion slot for adding modules such as a digital camera or a GPS receiver. With the Treo 180, Handspring has developed a communications device coupled with a powerful computing platform that just might be the perfect PDA....

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Handspring has always helped push the boundaries of PDAs that run the Palm operating system. They were the first to offer USB connectivity to the PC and created the Springboard expansion slot for adding modules such as a digital camera or a GPS receiver. With the Treo 180, Handspring has developed a communications device coupled with a powerful computing platform that just might be the perfect PDA.

The Treo features all of the basic organization applications from the Handspring arsenal, as well as a few twists--including a Web browser and e-mail application. To access the Web browser, you’ll need an Internet Service Provider in addition to a VoiceStream service plan. We found the ISP setup to be extremely simple, but it is an extra step that you have to take.

Where the Treo 180 diverges from other Palm OS devices is in its method of input. Instead of using Graffiti, the shorthand alphabet that you write on the screen, and which then gets translated into letters, the Treo 180 offers a thumb-board akin to the RIM Blackberry. A handy scroll wheel on the upper-left-hand side of the unit offers a quick, easy way to zip through menu options or contact lists.

If you're a tried-and-true fan of Graffiti, the small keyboard buttons might be a slight hurdle. But with practice, you'll be able to jump and leap with ease. One of the distinguishing aspects of the Treo is that it lets you send and receive e-mails and text messages. We found that dashing off quick notes with this thumb-board is actually a breeze and much faster than trying to write in Graffiti. You wouldn’t want to use the Treo to critique someone’s business plan, but we found it quite handy to compose short messages that we could follow up on later when back in the office.

Where the Treo really breaks away from the pack is as a cell phone. The included PhoneBook software is fully integrated, so you can dial directly from your contact list. The phone defaults to the speed-dial page when you flip open the transparent cover, immediately giving you one-click access to your most frequently dialed contacts. Simply tap on a contact name and the number is dialed. We also found it easy to locate anyone not on our speed-dial list by typing in the first few letters of a person’s name. If you already own a PDA with a Palm operating system, you can transfer your existing contacts within a few seconds. A large, easy-to-read virtual keyboard makes dialing new numbers a snap.

The Treo also comes with a slew of features that you’d expect from a cell phone in this price range, including three-way calling, call history, and a speakerphone function.

Synchronization with Outlook (on Windows) is a breeze, and brought in all our contact and calendar data, enabling us to place calls almost immediately by choosing numbers from our address book.

The Treo 180 is much less bulky than we had imagined--and lighter and easier to carry, by far, than other PDA-cell phone hybrids. Slightly larger than a deck of cards (4.3 by 2.7 by 0.7 inches), it slid perfectly in the front pocket of our khakis during our travels about town and across the country. It's slightly larger than other cell phones, and we thought it might feel a bit awkward. To our delight, the flip-phone design is quite comfortable, and we felt we could hear conversations better with its cupped speaker. A separate headset comes with the piece, so if you prefer, you can have hands-free conversations.

While the Web browser is a nice addition, don't go into it expecting what you see on your PC. Most images are not downloaded (by design), to keep the download times to a minimum, and layout on the Treo 180's small screen means additional scrolling. Also, we found that some sites that use some wild JavaScripting froze the browser, and it took us some time to get it back in working order. That said, we could access many sites quickly, including news and entertainment sites. While riding in a cab through downtown Seattle, for instance, the Treo helped us impress a dinner date by downloading movie times.

Handspring delivers on its claim of 2.5 hours of talk time and 60 hours of standby time. But if you're a power cell phone user, you'll want to charge the Treo just about every night to make sure you’ve got enough juice to last through the day.

There’s no way to add more memory to the Treo, but that shouldn’t be a problem because the phone comes with a whopping 16 MB of memory. We immediately added many of our favorite Palm OS games and applications and didn’t come close to filling up the memory.

Overall, the Treo is a well-designed convergence product that really delivers on its promise of rolling a powerful PDA and a slick cell phone into an elegant, compact package.

--Steve O'Neil and Agen Schmitz

Pros:

E-mail access and Web browsing ability Built-in keyboard Fully integrated PhoneBook with GSM, dual-band world phone Slim size and lightweight One-touch calling

Cons:

Web connection requires your own ISP Battery life is relatively short

How We Tested Battery Talk/Standby Time

When reading our reviews, you should view the test results of mobile-phone battery talk time and standby time as relative information only. Many variables, including carrier signal strength at your location, signal consistency (including incoming and outgoing calls), display and ringer settings, and battery charging methods and history, will affect performance. When handset manufacturers and mobile phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings, they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer to the times they publish as maximum times. Some quote expected battery life ranges, and in this case you're probably safe to assume you'll experience at least the minimum rated range. Note that manufacturers of dual-mode digital and analog handsets publish battery-life rates for both digital and analog modes, as analog mode consumes much more power than digital mode.

Our Tests:We tested digital-mode talk and standby times with each phone. Prior to each test, we fully charged the phone's battery according to the manufacturer's directions. To test digital-phone talk time, we turned the phone on, established a digital carrier signal, dialed a number in our test lab, and, when the call rang through, took the receiving phone's handset off the hook. When all went well, we didn't do anything else except record the time when the phone died. In a couple of cases, the phones lost the signal and dropped the calls. If we were right there and could redial, we did so immediately and continued running the test. Otherwise, we halted the test, recharged the battery, and started the test over. Assuming consistent carrier-signal strength, this test should represent best-case talk time. And it's worth noting that several phones' talk-time performance significantly exceeded the manufacturers' ratings.

To test digital-phone standby time, we turned the phone on, established a carrier signal, and left the phone in standby mode. We checked the phone every few hours (for what was often days on end) until the phone finally cut out. Since no outgoing or incoming calls occurred during testing and because the phone was not moved, this method should represent best-case standby time, again assuming consistent carrier signal strength.

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User Reviews


Amazon

LIke it

from Amazon
I needed a low cost PDA/phone for my high school freshman son (who loses things a lot) and this did the trick.
Amazon

Stellar-But Buy the Warranty

from Amazon
I think I have had one of every Handspring product except the Treo 270 at this point. Color was not a big need. I purchased my first 180 in Feb 02, and picked up the extended warranty. I was very glad that I did. The Treo has everything that I could want in a unified form factor. My Calendar/Phone/Add...More
I think I have had one of every Handspring product except the Treo 270 at this point. Color was not a big need. I purchased my first 180 in Feb 02, and picked up the extended warranty. I was very glad that I did. The Treo has everything that I could want in a unified form factor. My Calendar/Phone/AddressBook/Work Files are all included in the one machine. Now that I have the Targus Universal Keyboard, this thing is practically self-sufficient. Despite the marvelous features and form factor, reliability has been an issue with me, and many others apparently. Check the comments at TreoCentral.com regarding periodic problems. After I purchased the extended warranty, the sent me a new Treo within the first 90 days (in basic warranty). Since I need the phone constantly, the new Treo is sent with a return box for 29.00. After 90 days, the story changes unless you have Extended warranty. They have replaced my Treo 5 or 6 times since I bought it, and speed/courtesy are part of the warranty. The product is not perfect, but their quick and courteous treatment of the extended warranty provisions is excellent. I am waiting for the Treo 600, which is hinted to be the perfect PDA/Phone. But I will buy the Extended Warranty. Less
Yahoo

Great tool - and I only carry one device

from Yahoo
Pro: Con: Phone and PDA is one is the way to go! My only concern is the flip open lid and its ruggedness. I intend to purchase the extended warranty just in case.
Yahoo

A Great Idea, but product and service is

from Yahoo
Pro: Con: I was very happy with my Treo for the first month or so after I bought it. Unusual for hybrid products, all of the features seemed to function fine. The only issue I had with the product was the short battery life - but that seemed a minor issue when compared to the convenience of having...More
Pro: Con: I was very happy with my Treo for the first month or so after I bought it. Unusual for hybrid products, all of the features seemed to function fine. The only issue I had with the product was the short battery life - but that seemed a minor issue when compared to the convenience of having both a PDA and phone combined so I wouldn't have to carry around two devices. Unfortunately, after about six weeks, the speaker on the phone stopped functioning during a call and the unit had to be replaced. The replacement unit never properly functioned. I spent more time hard resetting and synchronizing than actually using the machine. I removed any non-standard software that I loaded onto the unit, but still couldn't get the unit to work more than 1 maybe 2 days at a time without having to reset. The battery also stopped charging so I decided that I needed another replacement. Sadly, my 90-day service grace period had expired. I had already paid $25 for my first replacement, was looking at $25 for the second replacement + $19.95 for a service call. The Treo is sufficiently durable, and the lack of durability becomes costly rather quickly. Less
Yahoo

Bought it, Used it, Sold it

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Pro: Con: I was one of the first one to get the Treo when it went on sale on the Handspring's website, initially I was very excited about the product, but after a week when you have to carry that big phone around with you then you get tired. But overall it's a good phone if size doesn
Yahoo

I think it great!

from Yahoo
Pro: Con: I have the 180 for two weeks now and really enjoy the convenience of the phone and PDA. I have several gripes but really enjoy it. If you can afford the color version I'm sure it will be easier to see. The fold down cover is great, wish the caller ID was larger (LARGE), speaker phone is...More
Pro: Con: I have the 180 for two weeks now and really enjoy the convenience of the phone and PDA. I have several gripes but really enjoy it. If you can afford the color version I'm sure it will be easier to see. The fold down cover is great, wish the caller ID was larger (LARGE), speaker phone is great, Blazer internet works well and enjoy using SMS text messaging .... just my thoughts ....bob Less
Yahoo

Can I edit word/excel/powerpoint doc wit

from Yahoo
Pro: Con: I am really interested in Treo but simply want to make sure I can use it to edit my documents. Can anybody help?
Yahoo

The best gadget I've purchased, BUT (rea

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Pro: Con: What a great conversation piece for gadget types! PRO's A great combination of Palm and GSM phone. Seamless GSM coverage in Europe. Speakerphone capability. 16MB of memory is a real plus. QWERTY keyboard increased my input speed 3 times. Good bye Grafitti! CON's Expensive, especially...More
Pro: Con: What a great conversation piece for gadget types! PRO's A great combination of Palm and GSM phone. Seamless GSM coverage in Europe. Speakerphone capability. 16MB of memory is a real plus. QWERTY keyboard increased my input speed 3 times. Good bye Grafitti! CON's Expensive, especially if you want to keep your existing phone number. Where's GPRS? Short battery life. Paying $50 for a cradle (don't these come free with other PDA's?) and other expensive accessories. No voice dial mode. Phone reception inferior to my old phone. NOTE: -Don't buy an aftermarket hands-free with mini pin. They don't work with Treo. -Is there a third-party software which allows Graffitti input directly on the screen? Less
Yahoo

The Treo is a winner!

from Yahoo
Pro: Con: Just got my Treo and I must say it is a very nice device. Handspring nailed it with this one. The Treo fits nicely in your hand, it has plenty of power, huge amounts of memory (16MB) and it really is a capable phone. Goodbye Nokia. Goodbye Palm. Hello Treo!
Pricegrabber

Very easy to use. Easy to get on web and to send e...

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Strengths: size Weaknesses: getting used to small keyboard, and special keys Using experience: 30 Days Very easy to use. Easy to get on web and to send e-mail.Small size fits into any pocket without bulk. New pc software is easy to use and looks great.
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