Treo for Handspring
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Handspring’s newest device family is the Treo, which combines three functions into one compact unit: a GSM cellular phone, wireless access for messaging and web browsing, and a Palm OS personal organizer. Users can send and receive e-mail, make calls, browse the web, and organize their lives with one elegant and easy-to-use device.
Working side-by-side with Handspring’s in-house development group, IDEO’s multidisciplinary design team delivered the finished product in a highly compressed schedule, going from concept to completion in six months. This included packing a tremendous amount of technology into a case smaller than most current Handspring models.
Treo 180 includes a full QWERTY keyboard, which is replaced by the Graffiti area in Treo 180g. The pen tucks neatly away in a pocket next to the antenna. A jog rocker on the side allows for one-handed scrolling for the phone book, date book, text messages, or web pages. The clear, flip-up display cover protects the screen when stored while providing quick access to information such as e-mails, caller ID, and more. When flipped open, the speaker in the cover acts as the phone’s earpiece or a speakerphone for hands-free and conference calling.
The steel-blue colored Treo is easily pocketable at 4.3 x 2.7 x 0.7 inches, and weighs only 5.4 ounces. Treo features the Palm OS, an integrated dual-band GSM radio for both voice and data communications, 16 MB of memory, a rechargeable lithium ion battery, a travel charger with HotSync cable, and a headset for hands-free phone use.
Project date: 2000