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Motorola Q vs. Palm Treo 700W: These Smartphones Are Packed with Features, but Not Everything Is Included

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Motorola Q vs. Palm Treo 700W: These Smartphones Are Packed with Features, but Not Everything Is Included

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Now that smartphones are jam-packed with features such as MP3 players, QWERTY keypads, video and still cameras, and e-mail, it's tough to imagine what they could be lacking. And yet, any missing feature can become a distinguishing factor when choosing the smartphone that's right for you.

Take, for example, the Motorola Q and the Palm Treo 700W. Since its release this summer, the Q has received rave reviews for its sleek design, light weight, and bright screen. For those who love viewing video or playing multimedia games, the Q is the phone for you. The Q is available at a competitive price of $199, compared to the Treo, priced at $399.

Both phones offer Bluetooth wireless capability, high-speed wireless access, e-mail functionality, and the ability to run on the Windows Mobile platform. Both of these phones feature EVDO, or Evolution Data Optimized, a newer wireless technology that provides fast Web access for viewing video clips or playing multiple 3-D media games. If you are traveling in fringe areas of EVDO, however, coverage becomes spotty, similar to when you travel outside of your cellular provider's network and you're roaming. These phones "have high-speed wireless support, but if you aren't in a covered area, you will drop down to a lower-speed wireless network, which means they aren't performing as they were designed to perform," says Joel Evans, chief geek at Geek.com, an online source for tech-related news and reviews.

But when viewing e-mails and attachments, there are noticeable differences between the two. …

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