Vodafone New Zealand is introducing the Palm Treo 750v Smartphone into the market. The device is the first Palm Treo model running Windows Mobile to be available outside the U.S and the first Palm Treo Windows Mobile in New Zealand. While Vodafone is making the Treo 750v available from 1st November, Telecom New Zealand has announced the Palm Treo 700wx but did not provide a launch date yet.
The Vodafone Treo 750v seems small but it's very similar in size and weight to the Apache or Jamin Pocket PCs. It measures 111 x 58 x 22 mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 0.8") and weighs 154g (5.4 oz). The body is finished in a dark blue rubber coating, which makes it really good to grip - albeit a bit strange to start with when you are used with other Pocket PCs. The keys have a nice space between them and glow a white background when in the dark.
The Palm Treo 750v is a nicely done business device. It provides a great one handed functionality, which I had the pleasure of experience for a month. First it’s the directional pad with an independent action button in the middle. Then the small keyboard, which allows for easily hold and type with a single hand. I had the opportunity to try this every day during the last month, while pushing a baby pram around the mall and replying to e-mails with my free hand.
It takes a bit of time to get used to "thumb typing" but after a while it's easy to use. Also interesting to note is that the first instinct of a PDA user is to reach for the stylus, but in a day or so you will learn there's no much use for it and almost all the functions can be reached via the directional pad and the soft menu keys....