For all of you visiting us from CNET – welcome! However, this IS NOT a new phone for VodaFone – this is a 500v for non-Vodafone carriers and over-the-counter sales!

Palm’s first Windows Mobile Smartphone(the 500v for Vodafone) has been reviewed all over the internet. However, the company has recently released an unlocked version of the device called Treo 500 – and TamsWMS is proud to be the first news service to present you the beginning of a Treo 500 review…by unpacking the box:

Not surprisingly, the 500′s box was stripped off all Vodafone branding – Palm’s design team did a great job at making the package look cool:
0a Treo 500 review   package contents, unboxing video

Immediately after opening the package, you are presented with a multilingual “read-this-first” manual:
1a Treo 500 review   package contents, unboxing video 1b Treo 500 review   package contents, unboxing video

After having read the manual(which I, of course, didn’t do icon smile Treo 500 review   package contents, unboxing video ), the box reveals a driver CD and a “Quickstart guide”:
2a Treo 500 review   package contents, unboxing video 2b Treo 500 review   package contents, unboxing video

Once this is done, you can finally get your paws onto a blister containing your precious Treo 500 and a battery(did I mention that it looks cool?):
3a Treo 500 review   package contents, unboxing video

Both the 500v and the battery are in small PVC bags – Palm additionally glued blue protective foil over the screen and the camera lens of the device:
4a Treo 500 review   package contents, unboxing video 4b Treo 500 review   package contents, unboxing video

Below this blister, one can find a MiniUSB cable, a power supply with international plugs and – a wired headset. As usual, Palm did not include a MicroSD memory card – while I personally feel that this is a rather bad idea(limits users), the widespread availability of cheap memory cards makes this less of a problem than it once used to be:
5a Treo 500 review   package contents, unboxing video 5b Treo 500 review   package contents, unboxing video

Last but not least, here is a small video showing the unpacking process:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7068658954178327278&hl=en

In the end, the Palm Treo 500 ships with the same (well-done) hardware bundle found in the 500v’s box. However, Palm significantly beefed up the presentation, packaging the stuff in a fashion similar to the one that debuted along the Treo 680. While this probably won’t make much of a difference for a seasoned mobile device addict, having a “quickstart” manual handy can be a great way to mitigate initial frustrations for the average user….

P.S. – Stay tuned for benchmarks, a detailed screen comparison and much more – in the next parts of our Treo 500 review!


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  6 Responses to “Treo 500 review – package contents, unboxing video”

  1. Is this the same hardware platform sold in the USA as the “Centro”? Looks like it, with the rectangular keyboard.

  2. …no, Centro (PalmOS) and Treo 500(v) (Windows Mobile) are two different devices.

    Cheers
    Knower

  3. Hi,
    yep: this is NOT a Centro…but something entirely else.

    As for the Centro review…we’ll have a review of the upcoming GSM model next month when Palm finally has samples ready…but not on this web page, but rather at our sister site, TamsPalm!

    Please stay tuned!

    Best regards
    Tam Hanna

  4. bonjour auriez vous les parametres wap et mms pour un palm treo 500 MERCI

  5. BONJOUR AURIEZ VOUS LES PARAMETRES POUR MON PALM TREO 500 SFR

  6. Hi,
    please contact Palm!

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

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