To connect to the Internet and in turn get email access, the 500v offers 3G, which is acceptable for emails. We would prefer to see the next iteration feature Wi-Fi and HSDPA.
Other features include a lacklustre 2-megapixel camera that doesn't have autofocus or a flash, and an expandable microSD slot that supports up to 2GB and is tucked beneath the battery.Performance
Audio quality during calls and on loudspeaker was good with no noticeable distortions or muffling, an issue that many Treo users have reported in the past.
Picture quality from the 2-megapixel camera was acceptable and good for MMS messages or small prints but we're disappointed that there's no autofocus, LED photo light or flash.
Battery life was acceptable, lasting for over two days with intermittent use and about a day after heavy Web usage.
We're disappointed with the Treo 500v's underwhelming design and feel that the keys are far too squashed together. But it is simple to use, particularly for a Windows Mobile device and while we wouldn't recommend it to the large-thumbed, it is worth peeking at if you fancy some email on the go action.
If you're a seasoned pro though and you want something to take on the road then you might want to have a look at the HTC TyTN II, although beware, it's not for the faint hearted.
Alternatively, if you need a smaller Windows Mobile device but still want the Qwerty keypad then we recommend you check out the HTC S710, which doesn't pack much punch in the features department but it is relatively small and it will let you pick up work emails on the go.
Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Shannon Doubleday