Woot sounds off on the Palm Treo 650 ~ did Palm mean for it to sound like "palm tree" or not?

20071026WootLogo Woot.com is a great little shopping site that features a cool, single, and highly discounted item each day. Woot offers mostly gadgets, but also has a wine site with good deals.

Yesterday they had a great little write up on the Palm Treo 650 that I wanted to share with you here. They gave me permission to include the whole post, and if you also want Treo specs, you can visit the blog here. Too bad we missed the sale.  Here it is:

20071026PalmTreo650 [S]o when Palm named their Treo line of phones, were they trying to make a “palm tree” reference, for some reason? Like this, see: Palm Treo 650. It’s sorta like “palm tree 650”, right? But why would they do that?

I mean, yeah, everybody loves palm trees, they’re living symbols of tropical languor and decadence, sure, whatever. Nothing says “you’re living the good life” like a palm tree in the front yard, even if that front yard is in a run-down trailer park 42 miles inland from Jacksonville. But what does that have to do with this compact mobile phone’s email, organizer, messaging and web access features? That palm tree/mojito/sunscreen vibe seems antithetical to hyperproductive features like Bluetooth technology, a built-in MP3 player, and a full QWERTY keyboard.

Maybe the freedom of the Palm Treo 650’s unlocked GSM (which lets you use it with any GSM 850 MHz, GSM 1800 MHz, GSM 900 MHz or GSM 1900 MHz service provider – ignore that Cingular logo) has some vague connection to the palm tree’s connotations of leisure and luxury, but that seems like a stretch. The first call we make on this thing will be directed to Palm’s marketing department. We just have to know: palm tree or not palm tree?

Well, Palm? Did you mean it that way?

[NOTE: Rapidsea was NOT paid to write this review. Woot generously gave their permission to include the full blog text here. Please visit them here.]

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Posted on October 26, 2007
Filed Under Gadgets, Palm Trees, Shopping | 1 Comment


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