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Palm Treo 800w review

Patient Palm fans have some wishes fulfilled with the new Palm 800w, including WiFi and GPS, two items lacking in prior models and an often mentioned disappointment among Palm users.

The 800w shows that Palm is taking the challenge of playing catch-up seriously. While their new OS does not make an appearance in this model, it does include: Windows Mobile 6.1, EV-DO Rev A speeds, integrated WiFi radio, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP (allowing user to listen to music or make/receive calls), A-GPS receiver, microSD card slot, and more.

There is also a capable 2MP camera and a large, 1.7 inch 320 x 320 high resolution display. All this and weighing in at only 5 ounces (4.41 x 2.28 x 0.73 inches).

Keep in mind that Palm offers plenty of 3rd party software, too, so you can build on this fine device.

The Palm 800w is a sign that the company is moving in the right direction and producing quality products people want. If you are looking for a smart phone, you’d be smart to check this one out.

Operating system
Windows Mobile
333 MHz
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


As with previous units, the Palm Treo 800w from Sprint offers quite an extensive feature set for business users. The addition of a 2 megapixel camera, paired with the microSD card slot and A2DP make for a suitable multimedia performer, as well. However, both our test units had stability and related...

- Ricky Cadden, MobileBurn

At the end of the day, Palm has made a fiercely middle-of-the road device -- it's not attractive, its software isn't unique, and the phone does little to separate itself from the ever-growing pack.

- Joshua Topolsky, Engadget

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Common Questions

Palm released the Treo 800w on July 14, 2008.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Palm Treo 800w user manual here.

Palm backs up the Treo 800w with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Treo 800w 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

The Palm Treo 800w's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

333 MHz

There is a Intel XScale 333 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. An external, SD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Palm's performance ratings are 19 days standby time.

Treo 800w Specs

Release date July 14, 2008
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel XScale 333 MHz
Internal Storage 256 MB
RAM 128 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.43 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
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: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.2 x 5.8 x 1.8 cm (4.4 x 2.3 x 0.7 in)
Weight 142 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
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 Touchscreen
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, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
2x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps Windows Media Player Mobile, Microsoft Office Mobile
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