Pros easy to use, very stable, huge library of applications
Cons battery life, battery life, battery life
Summary I have used and tested nearly all of the smartphones released in the past 2 years. After moving from a blackberry to a treo 650 to a cingular 8125 then back to the 650, I was looking forwward to recieving the 680. I am a big microsoft fan. I work with Windows XP, Vista and Windows Server products all day, however I just dont like the windows Mobile PPC or SP OS.
My biggest complaint with the 650 was the small amount of memory and constant crashes. I have been using the 680 since Thanksgiving and my device has not crashed yet. The phone application has been improved and the keyboard is much nicer to type on. The newer version of the blazer web browser actually does cache now, and seems faster rendering pages.
The only negative thing about this device is the battery life. I work in IT and am a heavy user of my device. I use goodlink for my corporate email, have IM running on this device and make calls all day. a full charge on average lasts me until 9pm. Very dissapointing. I am looking forward to purchasing the siedio Extended battery when it gets release in the nest few weeks.
It doesnt have 3g, but im not downloading large files anyway. I have a broadband card in my laptop for high speed web browsing.
Other than the Battery life, this device is almost flawless.
Pros Crystal clear speaker (bye bye hissing noise); Loud speaker phone and ringer; Great integration with the PDA; Great signal quality; Nice keyboard
Cons Battery life; Short battery life; Very short battery life
Summary I had this phone for over 2 weeks now. As mentioned by others the battery has almost no life; however I found a couple of suggestions on http://www.treonauts.com/ to increase the over-all life. IF NOT FOR THE BATTERY I WOULD HAVE GIVEN IT A "10"Updated
I think one of the most important things to do is properly condition the battery before use (or even now, as I did) ie. FULLY discharge and recharge at least twice (without using it in between). My phone performance seemed to improve remarkably after this. Trust me after conditioning your battery you'll not REGRET.
Pros Quicker web browser, more customizable,no antenna, smaller and better feel to hold
Cons lousy camera, would like better ringtones, no blackberry connect, where's the BT 2.0?
Summary I bought this treo 680 last week to replace my 650. I notice many improvements over the 650. First, as this device was developed more for the everyday user, it seems more customizable, such as with the favorites buttons on the phone screen - love that. YOu can 'wake up' the device from the "home" "calendar" "mail" and "Home" buttons, and these are customizable, too. You can use your own pics as wallpaper on the Calendar page - I don't remember that on the 650. Some people complain about the size, but I don't find that a problem at all, in fact, I think it's quite comfortable in my hand, and as for the form factor -- well, if you've carried a Treo you know that you get lots of comments on how cool they look. But personally, functionality wins out over looks for me anytime. I just returned a Samsung Blackjack, which has to be the most gorgeous cell phone I've seen, but it's not fun to use --slow, slow,slow, and the keys are nearly impossible to use accurately (but that's another review.
I have Cingular MediaNet, so my experience is based on that service. I find the web browsing to be extremely improved over the 650. The Bookmark feature on the 680 is improved, with it's "preview" look and easy access - that's important to me because I don't like hunting around for web pages. VersaMail is a snap to set up and use - you won't need anything else for regular email. I use Yahoo and Gmail - no problems - just be sure to delete any old yahoo accounts you had set up on a previous phone or you may get some annoying text messages on the 680 - I was getting one every 30 minutes from "OZmail" and I learned it was because I hadn't disabled the yahoo alert function on my previous phone. It's fixed now.
Some complain of short battery life, but I don't notice much difference over the 650. I suggest buying a retractable combo USB/car charger for $15 at CompUsa - it's a snap to charge the Treo, and you can sync without a sync cable, no problem. It retracts to a very small thing to carry around. I noticed the sync experience on the 680 is improved - no loud sceech like on the 650 - thank goodness - and it seems smoother and quicker.
I have not sync'd to Outlook yet, so can't comment on that. I haven't used BT yet. The camera sucks, no lie there, but this isn't an issue when you can buy a 5 mp digital camera for under $200 these days. I like the fact that the 680 takes a 2g SD card, and the location seems more secure than on the 650. I like the sim card being inside the battery area - it's a snap to insert and seems more secure.
Have had no problems with the software yet, and only had to reset once - my fault for rushing a download on the web. No problems with my third party software, either, although not all of it is updated for the 680 yet. The phone sound quality is good, and I don't feel the need to install Volume Care like I did on my 650. Voice Dial works great, too.
So far, I believe the 680 deserves a better rating than the 7.0 CNet gave it. I do look forward to more 3rd party software, though, as many of my favorites aren't ready for 680 yet. Overall, I highly recomment the 680. One final remark: Cingular: PLEASE release the Blackberry Connect software for the 680!!!
"This is a great phone! The Phone app is soothing to the eye and who uses wifi on their phone anyway?"on by john_abraham
Pros Amazing UI, one click access to any feature, you can configure the side button to open any app. Pressing the Home button lists all recently opened apps.
Cons Nothing worth mentioning
Summary Palm has out done itself with this amazing new phone. The battery life is great (My friends complain about the Q going bathroom tile on them all the time). Bluetooth works awesome with my car kit. The UI is out of this world. They have kept the ringer switch from the 650 and it is a real life saver. The SD card slot has a nice cover and the phone feels great in the hand. Versa Mail and Blazer are remarkably faster and more stable than the previous editions. The 680 is a value for money phone thats worth every cent.
Pros Great one-handed use, slim, good call quality.
Cons Battery life is pretty weak.
Summary I had a Palm handheld several years ago, but didn't really care for the interface, so I bought a Dell Axim with Windows Mobile SE. I got tired of carrying a phone and a PDA (everyone said I looked like Batman with all the stuff on my belt), so I recently upgraded to a Cingular 8125 with WM5. It was a good device, but it was buggy and difficult to use one-handed. After returning two of them I went with the 680, and I've loved it ever since. It's got a great interface, it's easy to use, and the software bundled with it is does everything I need. I'm definitely sold on Palm now. The only downside is the battery life- I have to charge mine every other day (I could use the 8125 for about five days between charges). All in all, it's a great smartphone!