Monday, February 8, 2010

A Look Back in History: Handspring Treo

Only 9 years has past since the release of the world's first Smartphone Treo by Handspring. These line of phones were the pioneers of what we expect in mobile devices today (and then some). These devices have come a long way to the multi-touch devices supported on the 3G (soon to be 4G) network. It's interesting to see how technology has changed so much and so little... I'm curious to see what the next 9 years has in store for the mobile device market.

Read this 2001 article from
"The new Treo line will send and receive e-mail and instant messages, wirelessly browse the Web and, of course, make regular phone calls."
"It's a dramatic shift in the Handspring product line," said Greg Shirai, a Handspring executive. "We feel the game is changing and we can combine a cell phone, a pager and a PDA without compromising any of them."

Here is a section of the article describing the Treo phone:
"...The Treo will work on cell phone networks compatible with European and U.S. GSM phone standards. Handspring is still signing up carriers in Asia, Shirai said.

The Treo's built-in rechargeable battery will offer 2.5 hours of talk time and about 60 hours of standby.
The phones will have a clear cover to protect the touch screen. Users can check their calendars or address books while the cover is closed, or make phone calls with the built-in speakerphone or headset.
The Treo will have a jog dial on the side that aids one-handed operation and speeds tasks like looking up addresses in the phonebook..."
Read entire article here:  Wired

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