Specs summary

Screen
No

The Palm Treo 680's screen is Unknown with 320 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
312 MHz

There is a Intel (PXA272) 312 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Palm OS 5.4.9 Garnet operating system (OS).

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, SD, MMC (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Palm's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time, 240 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



This affordable PDA phone features a sleeker design than past Treos, but relies on the same slow EDGE network for data access.

- Yardena Arar , PCWorld 

Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)


MobileBurn

As an entry-level smartphone, the phone delivers all the PIM functions required

from MobileBurn

I know people that swear by the Palm OS platform, but I have never been convinced. To be completely honest though, that is mainly because I have never really sat down and learned how to get the most out of it. I am not going to lie to you, I still think the Palm OS is ugly and old looking, but looks aren't everything, and the Palm Treo 680 delivers on many other levels...

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I know people that swear by the Palm OS platform, but I have never been convinced. To be completely honest though, that is mainly because I have never really sat down and learned how to get the most out of it. I am not going to lie to you, I still think the Palm OS is ugly and old looking, but looks aren't everything, and the Palm Treo 680 delivers on many other levels.

I love the Treo 680's keyboard, it is the best I have used in some time, and the Treo form factor really is great. The lack of 3G data and WiFi does disappoint me, but this is an entry-level smartphone, so I can't judge it purely on that. As an entry-level smartphone, the Treo 680 delivers all the PIM functions required.

Looking at it from the point of view of someone purchasing their first smartphone, which is the kind of market the 680 is targeted at, I think the Palm OS still lets it down. Things like hidden menus and the lack of soft keys hurt usability for someone stepping up from a non-smartphone, and for this, I am only awarding the Treo 680 a rating of Recommended, instead of the Highly Recommended I had been leaning toward. Should the user spend the time learning the nuances of the Palm OS, they will be happy with the Palm Treo 680 - at least until they are ready to step up to something with more power on the connectivity front.

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Cnet

User-friendly interface, decent performance, and an affordable price point

from Cnet

The Palm Treo 680 features a sleeker design; integrated Bluetooth with the ability to use it as a wireless modem; more user-accessible memory; and e-mail capabilities. It also offers a bright touch screen and productivity tools and is easy to use.

With a user-friendly interface, decent pe...More

The Palm Treo 680 features a sleeker design; integrated Bluetooth with the ability to use it as a wireless modem; more user-accessible memory; and e-mail capabilities. It also offers a bright touch screen and productivity tools and is easy to use.

With a user-friendly interface, decent performance, and an affordable price point, the Palm Treo 680 is a good smart phone for the first-time buyer or for mobile users looking to be more productive on the road; we just wish it had a better camera and Wi-Fi support.

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PCWorld

This affordable PDA phone features a sleeker design than past Treos

from PCWorld

With its distinctive candy-bar design and carefully crafted thumb keyboard, Palm's Treo has become an iconic PDA phone--but new models generally debut at prices that only serious mobile professionals can easily stomach. The Treo 680 arrives with a lower price tag, a sportier and slightly svelter...More

With its distinctive candy-bar design and carefully crafted thumb keyboard, Palm's Treo has become an iconic PDA phone--but new models generally debut at prices that only serious mobile professionals can easily stomach. The Treo 680 arrives with a lower price tag, a sportier and slightly svelter look, and features intended to attract a much wider audience. Unfortunately, this successor to the aging Treo 650 has some drawbacks that hobble that effort.

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Yahoo

Speakers are bad on the 680

from Yahoo
Pro: love the palms Con: person cannot hear u problem with speakers, know to palm to be a hardware problem but no fix yet. Buy at you own risk...love the phone but if the other party cannot hear from you then they are useless.
Amazon

STILL THE BEST PHONE OUT!!!

from Amazon
the treo 680 is still the best phone out. i've been a palm phone user for 6 yrs. dating back to the treo 270. palm was the innovator of the pda cell phone. taking their simple straight to the point user friendly pda concept. and combining it with a touch screen phone with a qwerty keyboard that you don...More
the treo 680 is still the best phone out. i've been a palm phone user for 6 yrs. dating back to the treo 270. palm was the innovator of the pda cell phone. taking their simple straight to the point user friendly pda concept. and combining it with a touch screen phone with a qwerty keyboard that you don't have to slide open to reveal. they also were one of the first to include threaded text messaging(chat style) which windows mobile still hasn't done yet. bottom line the treo is the model t ford-in a good way tho-of today. side bar once you go touch screen you will never want to go back and once you go palm you will never want to leave. i've had the i phone it's overrated and overpriced, cute but not a palm. i've also had the htc 8125 and 8525 both were horrible and not user friendly at all and i have a masters degree in mathematics. but the wm5 or 6 just hasn't got the intuitive part of the palm down yet with my 4gb sd card i have a bible with 6 translations, books, audio books, tons of songs, games i have over 1200 separate memos from notes i have taken. the list really is endless. Pro's user friendly A+ multi-tasking capabilities A+++++ web browsing speed A+ using the phone to link your laptop to the internet A+++++ email send/receive B- sms (chat style) A++++++ SD card expandable up to 8gb A+ blue tooth range is an A+++++ i currently use a jawbone. Con's battery life way too short D weird trying to a hard reset D soft resets are cumbersome btw i switched from treo 270, to 600 to 650 to htc-8125/8525 to i phone and back to treo 680 its just to bad that palm is slowing up competition and manufacturing-wise. Overall this phone will become your best friend if used properly. it has no learning curve. you wont even leave a room without it. i even take mine to the bathroom! Still after all these years palm is still the best out even though they've stopped competing. these other smart phone companies still don't have a clue yet. Less
Amazon

Palm has lost its way

from Amazon
This phone has many functions, but enough are poorly executed that if I had to choose again, I would get a different smartphone. The title of this review reflects my dismay with design bugs that should be obvious. For example, if you have protected yourself with a logon password, there's no way to get...More
This phone has many functions, but enough are poorly executed that if I had to choose again, I would get a different smartphone. The title of this review reflects my dismay with design bugs that should be obvious. For example, if you have protected yourself with a logon password, there's no way to get to your contact list when speaking on an incoming call. Instead, you need to hang up, logon, and call back to do this. If you enter a new appointment in your calendar on the phone, it automatically sets an alarm as a default that cannot be shut off. So you need to access the event details and shut off the alarm manually every time. When Palm introduced this phone, it also changed the Bluetooth settings so that some devices don't work on it, and the third-party companies that try to write compatible drivers apparently aren't able to get sufficient information from Palm to accommodate the Bluetooth changes. The best type of external keyboard for this phone, for instance, is not compatible. In the past, Palm offered a full-sized keyboard that was physically connected with the phone and much more responsive than Bluetooth, which seems a step backward into greater and unneeded complexity. With Bluetooth turned on, battery life is short. And Palm's desktop software can surprise you with a feature that automatically deletes most of your old calendar entries. This purge feature cannot be shut off. Then there's the built-in camera, which has such low resolution it's not worth using. The headphone jack is not the same size as you have with usual MP3 players, so you have to buy an adaptor that creates an imperfect and scratchy connection or buy Palm's version of stereo headphones. Finally, with AT&T's implementation, if you want e-mail access, you have to pay twice as much for that data plan with the Treo 680 as you would if you were using a less "smart" phone, like a Motorola Razr. Other than these few complaints, I'm delighted with this phone. When I'm due to upgrade, I'll check out Blackberry and Apple's IPhone and will finally give up on the Palm OS that I've used all these years. Less
Pricegrabber

Pros: Palm OS for PDA. Palm has compromised the...

from Pricegrabber
Strengths: It is an ok phone, and the PDA does very basic things adequately Weaknesses: Palm has destroyed much functionality that was in their OS. Using experience: 15 days Pros: Palm OS for PDA. Palm has compromised their PDA features ... (see revised comments below)The Phone seems generally q...More
Strengths: It is an ok phone, and the PDA does very basic things adequately Weaknesses: Palm has destroyed much functionality that was in their OS. Using experience: 15 days Pros: Palm OS for PDA. Palm has compromised their PDA features ... (see revised comments below)The Phone seems generally quite good. I have no use for the email or web browsing and I have no opinion on how well they work on this smartphone. There is no WiFi, even though Palm has it on their high end PDA.Specifics: Battery life is ok, but not nearly as good as some stand alone phones I have used, including really cheap Motorolas which have exceptionally long battery life. Palm needs to partner with some company that has already figured out how to build a phone that doesn't suck the battery dry so quickly. Screen is nice and is visible in bright light, but a notch below the best. PDA can be a tad slow sometimes, so you just can't go wild pushing buttons. The 5 way button did not work properly at first, but it seems to be fine now after some use. Tone quality of calls at Treo 680 end lacks higher frequencies which makes understanding callers more difficult than is desirable. There is no excuse for this and Palm should again be embarrassed that it didn't get this right. Documentation is not the best and does not even describe some features that are on the phone, such as the screen keyboard (different from the dial pad on the screen)UPDATED on 5/2/08Now that I have used the phone a short while I have a much different and worse opinion of this device.I knew how good the old Palm OS was. The OS now used by Palm in the 680, and possibly its newer smart phones, is a screwed up version of what they had years ago. Too bad I didn't know this before purchasing. I used to like the Palm OS. But now I see that Palm has worked hard to destroy the usefulness of their OS. For example, in Contacts, there is no longer a compact listing form, but you must view all phone numbers for each entry on separate lines in the main listing. No choice. Also, if you are not careful about entries, and put a word description with a phone number, you will just get a blank line, unless you put the description after the number. But even then you will not see any user entered descriptor. For example, if you have two home numbers, one for Dad and one for Mom, you can see that description information only if you go to the edit page. On the old OS if you selected a listing, you got to see every none empty cell of information. Now you have to go to the edit screen and scroll through all the blank lines to see, for example, anything in "custom" entries. Palm had the OS right, but then messed it up badly. Finally, if you press a letter, such as "J" to see all the last name listings that start with "J", in alphabetical order, you are out of luck. It finds every bloody listing entry with a "J", whether it is first name, last and gosh knows what, that you have to scroll through. The older OS did it sensibly and returned an alphabetical listing of last names starting with "J". But it looks like Palm has fired any developer with an IQ over 2 digits, and they have made the expected "improvements." You will also find similar stupid changes in the Calendar. For example, you could in the old OS hit an entry for 9am on a particular day and it would start an appointment with 9 am as the default entry for start time. Now it doesn't. But enough. You might as well use some other OS. Palm has ruined theirs. It is one thing to design a poor OS from the start, and then work to improve it, but when you have a good one to start with, it takes real stupidity to ruin it. Less

bad phone , don't buy it... gurantee you will be sorry

i bought this phone 4 months ago, i almost have to keep recalibrate the pen every week., as the screen keep losing the touch screen.., and need recalibiarte., also the phone keep accidentaly turn on., coz you have to manually shut off the phone all the time............... i am going to throw this away...More
i bought this phone 4 months ago, i almost have to keep recalibrate the pen every week., as the screen keep losing the touch screen.., and need recalibiarte., also the phone keep accidentaly turn on., coz you have to manually shut off the phone all the time............... i am going to throw this away and try the BB curve this time...... i heard they are a lot better.. also , becuase it's touch screen , you always need boh hand to operate this machine., unlike the rim. you use only one hand to roll the track ball.. it's a lot more easlier. Less
Amazon

Nice Palm OS Smartphone

from Amazon
I've had mine for about 6 days now. At first the battery drained very rapidly. Then I followed these suggested (by John from Monroe Township) preference settings: Go to Prefs > Power and: * Turn "Beam Receive" OFF * Set "Auto-off after" a 15 seconds * Set your "Screen Brightness" to a medium setting (...More
I've had mine for about 6 days now. At first the battery drained very rapidly. Then I followed these suggested (by John from Monroe Township) preference settings: Go to Prefs > Power and: * Turn "Beam Receive" OFF * Set "Auto-off after" a 15 seconds * Set your "Screen Brightness" to a medium setting (3 or 4 clicks under MAX or even less) * Set "Dim backlight after" to 30 seconds Other settings: * Turn Bluetooth OFF if/when you are not using a wireless headset or other BT device * Go to Prefs > Date & Time > Set "Automatically set" to "Nothing" (this makes a very significant difference in power usage After making those changes, the battery life is pretty reasonable. I didn't have any trouble getting it activated (via AT&T) after it was shipped from Amazon. This is my first smart phone. I had been a happy Palm Z22 user for about 1.5 years. So far, I'm very happy with the Treo 680. My favorite Palm applications are still KeySuite (Outlook sync program) by Chapura and Ultrasoft Money (syncs with MS Money). Less
eBay

good deal!!

from eBay
nice phone..i love it.. looks like brand new.. on time delivery will definitely recommend..i bought the palm treo 680.. works really well. the best
eBay

treo 680 smartphone

from eBay
For the price $250.00 the treo 680 is an excellant bargin. It has very thing I needed. I was using a cell phone and PDA, just too much to carry. I was able to put all medical software, plus contacts. The battery life is terrible, but I've learned to plug it in every night. Not the phone for you if you...More
For the price $250.00 the treo 680 is an excellant bargin. It has very thing I needed. I was using a cell phone and PDA, just too much to carry. I was able to put all medical software, plus contacts. The battery life is terrible, but I've learned to plug it in every night. Not the phone for you if you need excellent pictures. If you're using windows vista, think twice. Very hard to sync contacts. Less
eBay

Palm Treo 680

from eBay
I loved the features of this phone and it looked like it would be GREAT for work. Unfortunately, not sure if it is a model antenna flaw or just the phone I got, as the phone drops more than half of my calls and tells me I have no service where I always had service before...and this happens ALOT!!! I...More
I loved the features of this phone and it looked like it would be GREAT for work. Unfortunately, not sure if it is a model antenna flaw or just the phone I got, as the phone drops more than half of my calls and tells me I have no service where I always had service before...and this happens ALOT!!! I will have to go buy another phone, as this hurts work. Seller offered to try to fix phone...but I really cannot afford the time to send and wait and they couldn't promise anything anyway. I am just going to have to buy another phone. :( Less
eBay

PALM TREO 680

from eBay
I bought this phone for my boyfriend as a christmas present!!! Its great. It take wonderful pictures it is touch screen. I do not dislike anything about the phone. The only thing i can say is you need to read about the phone before you use it. Its suitable for a business person. But overall it is great phone!!
I bought this phone for my boyfriend as a christmas present!!! Its great. It take wonderful pictures it is touch screen. I do not dislike anything about the phone. The only thing i can say is you need to read about the phone before you use it. Its suitable for a business person. But overall it is great phone!! Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 21, 2006
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Palm OS 5.4.9 Garnet

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Processor Intel (PXA272) 312 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 MB
RAM 64 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Body: 0.67 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Car Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Software CD, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 240 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Arctic, Copper, Crimson, Graphite
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 5.9 x 2.1 cm (4.5 x 2.3 x 0.8 in)
Weight 157 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 320 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size No
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
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 No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD, MMC (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
CIF (352 x 288 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps Docs To Go Professional v8.0 for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF files, Pocket Tunes
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