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Old 11-14-2006, 07:29 PM
Dave
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Default Any new Treos coming to Cingular?

The web site still has the old 650 which has been out almost two years.
I have a 600 which I got right before the 650 came out. Sprint and
Verizon have the 700p but note Cingular. Any guesses why?

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Old 11-14-2006, 08:13 PM
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Default Re: Any new Treos coming to Cingular?

On Tue, 14 Nov 2006 20:29:48 GMT, Dave <daves1955@verizon.net> wrote in
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>The web site still has the old 650 which has been out almost two years.
>I have a 600 which I got right before the 650 came out. Sprint and
>Verizon have the 700p but note Cingular. Any guesses why?


Rumor is that Cingular will carry the new 680.

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Old 11-15-2006, 12:55 AM
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Default Re: Any new Treos coming to Cingular?

It is alleged that Dave claimed:

> The web site still has the old 650 which has been out almost two years.
> I have a 600 which I got right before the 650 came out. Sprint and
> Verizon have the 700p but note Cingular. Any guesses why?


My guess is because the 700p is a CDMA only phone. Look for the Treo
680 on Cingular within the next month or so.

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Old 11-15-2006, 10:44 PM
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Default Re: Any new Treos coming to Cingular?

Samsung Blackjack came out today, and is probably a much better option...

Jeffrey Kaplan wrote:
> It is alleged that Dave claimed:
>
>> The web site still has the old 650 which has been out almost two years.
>> I have a 600 which I got right before the 650 came out. Sprint and
>> Verizon have the 700p but note Cingular. Any guesses why?

>
> My guess is because the 700p is a CDMA only phone. Look for the Treo
> 680 on Cingular within the next month or so.
>


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Old 11-15-2006, 11:01 PM
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Default Re: Any new Treos coming to Cingular?

On Wed, 15 Nov 2006 23:44:08 GMT, Mike M <mikasn@swbell.net> wrote in
<cDN6h.10938$9v5.7355@newssvr29.news.prodigy.net >:

>Samsung Blackjack came out today, and is probably a much better option...


Because ... ?

I've yet to see a Windows Mobile device that matches the polish and
usability of Palm and Symbian devices. Most aren't even ready for prime
time.

Reviews:
<http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/samsung_blackjack>
<http://laptopmag.com/Review/Samsung-BlackJack.htm>

>Jeffrey Kaplan wrote:
>> It is alleged that Dave claimed:
>>
>>> The web site still has the old 650 which has been out almost two years.
>>> I have a 600 which I got right before the 650 came out. Sprint and
>>> Verizon have the 700p but note Cingular. Any guesses why?

>>
>> My guess is because the 700p is a CDMA only phone. Look for the Treo
>> 680 on Cingular within the next month or so.


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Old 11-15-2006, 11:04 PM
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Default Re: Any new Treos coming to Cingular?

3G, smartphone $20 data plan, we'll see...
John Navas wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Nov 2006 23:44:08 GMT, Mike M <mikasn@swbell.net> wrote in
> <cDN6h.10938$9v5.7355@newssvr29.news.prodigy.net >:
>
>> Samsung Blackjack came out today, and is probably a much better option...

>
> Because ... ?
>
> I've yet to see a Windows Mobile device that matches the polish and
> usability of Palm and Symbian devices. Most aren't even ready for prime
> time.
>
> Reviews:
> <http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/samsung_blackjack>
> <http://laptopmag.com/Review/Samsung-BlackJack.htm>
>
>> Jeffrey Kaplan wrote:
>>> It is alleged that Dave claimed:
>>>
>>>> The web site still has the old 650 which has been out almost two years.
>>>> I have a 600 which I got right before the 650 came out. Sprint and
>>>> Verizon have the 700p but note Cingular. Any guesses why?
>>> My guess is because the 700p is a CDMA only phone. Look for the Treo
>>> 680 on Cingular within the next month or so.

>


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Old 11-15-2006, 11:47 PM
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At 16 Nov 2006 00:01:51 +0000 John Navas wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Nov 2006 23:44:08 GMT, Mike M <mikasn@swbell.net> wrote in
> <cDN6h.10938$9v5.7355@newssvr29.news.prodigy.net >:
>
> >Samsung Blackjack came out today, and is probably a much better

option...
>
> Because ... ?
>
> I've yet to see a Windows Mobile device that matches the polish and
> usability of Palm and Symbian devices. Most aren't even ready for prime
> time.


It's about the apps... Out of the box a WM phone is less than stellar,
but the useable software base for WM coupled with true multitasking make
the devices capable of almost anything.

I had a Symbian device (a Nokia 3650) and liked it a lot, but it wasn't
anywhere close to a laptop replacement like my T-Mo MDA (Cingular 8125,
HTC Wizard, etc.) is.

I can't remember the last time I used a PC to check my e-mail or even to
browse these newsgroups. Other than a few overly Java'd websites I need
to access for work, I wouldn't ever need a laptop.

I agree WM5 isn't quite ready for primetime, and needs a lot of "geek
love" to get it to work like you want. However, no other convergence
device has come as close to getting it right.

Sure, a WM5 PPC phone combines a mediocre phone, a mediocre iPod, a
mediocre navigation system, a flakey PIM, and sub-Windows 3.1 capable
laptop all in one akward, hard-to-use package, but the fact that it pulls
it off at all, in a package only a little larger than a deck of cards is
a feat in itself.

Or, to put it crudely, sure it sucks, but it sucks that much less than
the rest of the options out there!



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Old 11-16-2006, 05:47 AM
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It is alleged that Todd Allcock claimed:

> Sure, a WM5 PPC phone combines a mediocre phone, a mediocre iPod, a
> mediocre navigation system, a flakey PIM, and sub-Windows 3.1 capable
> laptop all in one akward, hard-to-use package, but the fact that it pulls
> it off at all, in a package only a little larger than a deck of cards is
> a feat in itself.


I fail to understand how something that does everything poorly can be
considered to "pull it off at all".

The PalmOS Treo has a good to excellent phone (the only phone I've
owned that does it better was a Kyocera on VZW), I don't care about
it's media playback capabilities but with the headphone jack size issue
aside it's decent at that, and it's got a great PIM. It also doesn't
even pretend to multitask so there is no problems there, either. What
needs to run in the background does, and what doesn't, doesn't. IOW, I
don't need my calendar running in the background to be notified of
appointments, the built-in alarm system handles notifying the calendar
app to wake up and make noise at me.

The only real weak spot is probably the included email app. But +for
me+, that's not an issue since I don't do email on my Treo. The
screen's too small for that. IMO, no PDA has a screen large enough to
do any real work on.

> Or, to put it crudely, sure it sucks, but it sucks that much less than
> the rest of the options out there!


You darn it with faint praise.

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Old 11-16-2006, 06:39 AM
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At 16 Nov 2006 01:47:01 -0500 Jeffrey Kaplan wrote:
> It is alleged that Todd Allcock claimed:
>
> > Sure, a WM5 PPC phone combines a mediocre phone, a mediocre iPod, a
> > mediocre navigation system, a flakey PIM, and sub-Windows 3.1 capable
> > laptop all in one akward, hard-to-use package, but the fact that it

pulls
> > it off at all, in a package only a little larger than a deck of cards

is
> > a feat in itself.

>
> I fail to understand how something that does everything poorly...


I said "mediocre," not "poorly," meaning I don't expect a PPC phone to be
as good a media player as a dedicated device like an iPod, nor as good a
navigation system as a Hertz Neverlost.


> ... can be
> considered to "pull it off at all".


A good analogy is a Swiss Army knife. Ever use the scissors, nail file or
screwdriver on one? Would they be the scissors or screwdriver of my
choice in the comfort of my house? Of course not, but having the knife
on me means not having to carry scissors or a screwdriver everywhere I go.
>
> The PalmOS Treo has a good to excellent phone (the only phone I've
> owned that does it better was a Kyocera on VZW), I don't care about
> it's media playback capabilities but with the headphone jack size issue
> aside it's decent at that, and it's got a great PIM.


The MDA is lousy as a phone (IMHO) for the reason it works well as other
things- the touchscreen. Pecking a picture of a dialpad without tactile
feedback to make a call is simply too counter-intuitive.

> It also doesn't
> even pretend to multitask so there is no problems there, either.


Because it lacks a feature is somehow an advantage? ;-)

> What
> needs to run in the background does, and what doesn't, doesn't. IOW, I
> don't need my calendar running in the background to be notified of
> appointments, the built-in alarm system handles notifying the calendar
> app to wake up and make noise at me.


The multi-tasking is what makes a WM device a Swiss Army knife. At one
time I can have (and have had) my MDA running navigation software
(connected to a BT GPS), playing MP3s through my car radio, and checking
for traffic jams via the internet. And, although I don't recall receiving
any e-mail at the time, it would've come through if there was any.

> The only real weak spot is probably the included email app. But +for
> me+, that's not an issue since I don't do email on my Treo. The
> screen's too small for that.


How much of a screen do you need for e-mail? It's just text! But, to be
fair to your Palm, I'm sure you could've found better 3rd party e-mail
apps if necessary. I'm composing this post on the MDA now, but certainly
not with any included app.

> IMO, no PDA has a screen large enough to
> do any real work on.


I find that complaint amusing, particularly from my generation (over 40),
since we all probably worked on 320x240 screens (albeit TV sized) just a
generation ago. My PPC can display just as much information on screen as
my first TRS80 or an Apple II did. But obviously to each his own. I
edit spreadsheets on mine without any real problems, but then again, I
used to work with Multiplan on a CGA screen!

> > Or, to put it crudely, sure it sucks, but it sucks that much less than
> > the rest of the options out there!

>
> You darn it with faint praise.


Perhaps- admittedly I have a love/hate relationship with my MDA because I
personally find WM5 to be inferior in many ways to WM2003- the mobile OS
MS finally, IMO, got right (leave it to them to replace it with an
inferior one!) So I have a bit of the "love the hardware/hate the OS"
thing going on. My last PPC (a Dell Axim running WM2003) was a better
PPC in many respects than this one, but having it all in a single device
is an advantage that allows me to overlook it's shortcomings.

Maybe growing up in the 70's as a kid watching Star Trek has
subconciously led me on a search for Mr. Spock's Tricorder- I want to
carry one smallish device that is everything I need or want to lug around-
it's my phone, my map, my paperback book, my walkman, my address book,
my wallet (sure it can't hold money but it carries the pictures of my
kids!), a low-quality camera and camcorder (like a Polaroid Instamatic
for the 21st century!) and thanks to accuweather.com it's a thermometer
and barometer. Come to think of it, if it could detect life forms it
_would_ be a tricorder!

Having said that, I still believe it's more of a harbinger of successful
devices to come than a successful device in it's own right. A "proof of
concept" perhaps... ;-)



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Old 11-16-2006, 02:53 PM
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It is alleged that Todd Allcock claimed:

> > I fail to understand how something that does everything poorly...
> > ... can be
> > considered to "pull it off at all".

> A good analogy is a Swiss Army knife. Ever use the scissors, nail file or
> screwdriver on one? Would they be the scissors or screwdriver of my


I've owned several over the years. I no longer carry one with me, but
I still have it. I found a multitool that does things better.

> > The PalmOS Treo has a good to excellent phone (the only phone I've
> > owned that does it better was a Kyocera on VZW), I don't care about
> > it's media playback capabilities but with the headphone jack size issue
> > aside it's decent at that, and it's got a great PIM.

>
> The MDA is lousy as a phone (IMHO) for the reason it works well as other
> things- the touchscreen. Pecking a picture of a dialpad without tactile
> feedback to make a call is simply too counter-intuitive.


I don't find it counter-intuitive. It's just a touch screen.

> > It also doesn't
> > even pretend to multitask so there is no problems there, either.

> Because it lacks a feature is somehow an advantage? ;-)


Because it doesn't have a "feature" that doesn't work right anyway.
Apps open and close instantly, unless they're loaded from the storage
card. With everything running full-screen, multitasking is a feature
looking for a problem to solve, rather than a feature addressing a real
need. What happens if you neglect to actually close your programs when
you switch to another app? Your WinMob slows down after not closing
only a few programs. And it eats up your battery life.

The PalmOS does not have the problem. When you open a new program, the
old one is automatically closed. And if you want to switch back, there
are application switchers you can get to allow you to swap back and
forth.

> The multi-tasking is what makes a WM device a Swiss Army knife. At one
> time I can have (and have had) my MDA running navigation software
> (connected to a BT GPS), playing MP3s through my car radio, and checking
> for traffic jams via the internet. And, although I don't recall receiving
> any e-mail at the time, it would've come through if there was any.


The Treo can do the GPS, music and listen for new email at the same
time, too. Though why you'd want to check for email while actually
driving is beyond me... The checking for traffic though, I'd prefer to
leave that up to the GPS, by using a system with a traffic service.

> How much of a screen do you need for e-mail? It's just text! But, to be


Irrelevant. The small screen screws up the formatting. Even plain
text. I suppose that if I needed mobile access to my email that I'd
view it differently, but I don't so I can afford to be picky about it.


> I find that complaint amusing, particularly from my generation (over 40),
> since we all probably worked on 320x240 screens (albeit TV sized) just a
> generation ago. My PPC can display just as much information on screen as
> my first TRS80 or an Apple II did. But obviously to each his own. I


I am just 40. In high school, the computer club was using Apple IIc
setups. The mainframe used to teach the Fortran and Cobol classes used
80x24 character monitors and 120 character line printers.

My desktop has a dual-head graphics card driving two monitors at
1280x1024 pixel resolution and I often wish I could afford to upgrade
to a triple-head setup.

> Having said that, I still believe it's more of a harbinger of successful
> devices to come than a successful device in it's own right. A "proof of
> concept" perhaps... ;-)


Why why not use one that gets it right-er? The worst thing about my
Treo (the 650) is its paucity of memory/storage, only 24M available.
But the 700 has 60M available and the 680 has 64. That said, the 650
still out performs my first home computer, and possibly my second one,
too.

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absence of any evidence that future events can be predicted by
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:42 PM
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At 16 Nov 2006 10:53:22 -0500 Jeffrey Kaplan wrote:

> Because it doesn't have a "feature" that doesn't work right anyway.
> Apps open and close instantly, unless they're loaded from the storage
> card. With everything running full-screen, multitasking is a feature
> looking for a problem to solve, rather than a feature addressing a real
> need. What happens if you neglect to actually close your programs when
> you switch to another app? Your WinMob slows down after not closing
> only a few programs. And it eats up your battery life.


I findthe WinMobile memory manager works quite well with most apps,
shutting them down if not being used, but a few errant 3rd party apps
foul it up pretty good, so I use a freeware task manager to close them.
>
> The PalmOS does not have the problem. When you open a new program, the
> old one is automatically closed. And if you want to switch back, there
> are application switchers you can get to allow you to swap back and
> forth.


So how does a program that needs to stay running, like a navigation
program, stay running in the background without true multitasking? Can
you still run the nav software then switch to contacts to look up a
number to dial?


> > The multi-tasking is what makes a WM device a Swiss Army knife. At

one
> > time I can have (and have had) my MDA running navigation software
> > (connected to a BT GPS), playing MP3s through my car radio, and

checking
> > for traffic jams via the internet. And, although I don't recall

receiving
> > any e-mail at the time, it would've come through if there was any.

>
> The Treo can do the GPS, music and listen for new email at the same
> time, too. Though why you'd want to check for email while actually
> driving is beyond me...


I don't want to READ it while driving, but on long trips in rural areas,
you download it where/when you can.

> The checking for traffic though, I'd prefer to
> leave that up to the GPS, by using a system with a traffic service.


Does any Palm nav app offer that functionality? Pharos and a few other
on WM do.
>


> Why why not use one that gets it right-er?


I will, as soon as a better one exists! (I guess that's where we'll have
to "agree to disagree," as they say...) ;-)


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Old 11-16-2006, 05:22 PM
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On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 10:42:25 -0700, Todd Allcock
<ElecConnec@AmericaOnLine.com> wrote in
<455c99a0$0$21188$88260bb3@free.teranews.com>:

>At 16 Nov 2006 10:53:22 -0500 Jeffrey Kaplan wrote:


>> The checking for traffic though, I'd prefer to
>> leave that up to the GPS, by using a system with a traffic service.

>
>Does any Palm nav app offer that functionality? Pharos and a few other
>on WM do.


Google Maps for Mobile. <http://www.google.com/gmm> Now available for
Treo. Works so well on my Motorola V551 that I no longer bother with my
GPS.

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Old 11-16-2006, 05:30 PM
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It is alleged that Todd Allcock claimed:

> > The PalmOS does not have the problem. When you open a new program, the
> > old one is automatically closed. And if you want to switch back, there
> > are application switchers you can get to allow you to swap back and
> > forth.

>
> So how does a program that needs to stay running, like a navigation
> program, stay running in the background without true multitasking? Can
> you still run the nav software then switch to contacts to look up a
> number to dial?


I haven't used any nav software, so I don't know. But in any case,
there is NAV software that lets you do that from within the program.
One such was just reviewed at Treocentral within the past couple days.

> > The checking for traffic though, I'd prefer to
> > leave that up to the GPS, by using a system with a traffic service.

>
> Does any Palm nav app offer that functionality? Pharos and a few other
> on WM do.


I don't know. And I'm still trying to decide whether I want to get a
dedicated GPS unit or one that integrates with my Treo. Since I can't
really afford either at the moment, I have plenty of time to decide.

> > Why why not use one that gets it right-er?

> I will, as soon as a better one exists! (I guess that's where we'll have
> to "agree to disagree," as they say...) ;-)


I guess so!

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Old 11-16-2006, 05:31 PM
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It is alleged that John Navas claimed:

> On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 10:42:25 -0700, Todd Allcock
> <ElecConnec@AmericaOnLine.com> wrote in
> <455c99a0$0$21188$88260bb3@free.teranews.com>:
>
> >At 16 Nov 2006 10:53:22 -0500 Jeffrey Kaplan wrote:

>
> >> The checking for traffic though, I'd prefer to
> >> leave that up to the GPS, by using a system with a traffic service.

> >
> >Does any Palm nav app offer that functionality? Pharos and a few other
> >on WM do.

>
> Google Maps for Mobile. <http://www.google.com/gmm> Now available for
> Treo. Works so well on my Motorola V551 that I no longer bother with my
> GPS.


But it's not GPS enabled. At least, not on the Treo.

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Old 11-16-2006, 05:58 PM
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At 16 Nov 2006 18:22:27 +0000 John Navas wrote:
> On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 10:42:25 -0700, Todd Allcock
> <ElecConnec@AmericaOnLine.com> wrote in
> <455c99a0$0$21188$88260bb3@free.teranews.com>:
>
> >At 16 Nov 2006 10:53:22 -0500 Jeffrey Kaplan wrote:

>
> >> The checking for traffic though, I'd prefer to
> >> leave that up to the GPS, by using a system with a traffic service.

> >
> >Does any Palm nav app offer that functionality? Pharos and a few other
> >on WM do.

>
> Google Maps for Mobile. <http://www.google.com/gmm> Now available for
> Treo. Works so well on my Motorola V551 that I no longer bother with my
> GPS.


Perhaps I'm missing something, but other than displaying a map (or
satellite image) what does GMM do? It doesn't support GPS or routing,
does it? I see it can display driving directions, but so can Mapquest
mobile.

Seems like a cute mobile app, but hardly a replacement for "real"
navigation software...


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Old 11-16-2006, 06:03 PM
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On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 13:31:00 -0500, Jeffrey Kaplan <nomail@gordol.org>
wrote in <fibpl2t28v7bttjan01vo9pmf7e6p6ujtc@gordol.org>:

>It is alleged that John Navas claimed:
>
>> On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 10:42:25 -0700, Todd Allcock
>> <ElecConnec@AmericaOnLine.com> wrote in
>> <455c99a0$0$21188$88260bb3@free.teranews.com>:
>>
>> >At 16 Nov 2006 10:53:22 -0500 Jeffrey Kaplan wrote:

>>
>> >> The checking for traffic though, I'd prefer to
>> >> leave that up to the GPS, by using a system with a traffic service.
>> >
>> >Does any Palm nav app offer that functionality? Pharos and a few other
>> >on WM do.

>>
>> Google Maps for Mobile. <http://www.google.com/gmm> Now available for
>> Treo. Works so well on my Motorola V551 that I no longer bother with my
>> GPS.

>
>But it's not GPS enabled. At least, not on the Treo.


[shrug] I've never had a problem figuring out where I am.

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On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 11:58:03 -0700, Todd Allcock
<ElecConnec@AmericaOnLine.com> wrote in
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>At 16 Nov 2006 18:22:27 +0000 John Navas wrote:
>> On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 10:42:25 -0700, Todd Allcock
>> <ElecConnec@AmericaOnLine.com> wrote in
>> <455c99a0$0$21188$88260bb3@free.teranews.com>:
>>
>> >At 16 Nov 2006 10:53:22 -0500 Jeffrey Kaplan wrote:

>>
>> >> The checking for traffic though, I'd prefer to
>> >> leave that up to the GPS, by using a system with a traffic service.
>> >
>> >Does any Palm nav app offer that functionality? Pharos and a few other
>> >on WM do.

>>
>> Google Maps for Mobile. <http://www.google.com/gmm> Now available for
>> Treo. Works so well on my Motorola V551 that I no longer bother with my
>> GPS.

>
>Perhaps I'm missing something, but other than displaying a map (or
>satellite image) what does GMM do? It doesn't support GPS or routing,
>does it? I see it can display driving directions, but so can Mapquest
>mobile.


* Free
* Accurate
* Excellent display and performance
* Interactive
* Both Map and Satellite views
* Good turn-by-turn routing
* Real-time traffic
* Local business search
* Contact information, with auto dialing

>Seems like a cute mobile app, but hardly a replacement for "real"
>navigation software...


Works so well for me that I now leave my GPS at home. I could input GPS
coordinates into GMM, but I've never felt the need to do that -- I have
no trouble figuring out where I am -- I just want to know where to go.


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Old 11-16-2006, 07:58 PM
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At 16 Nov 2006 19:03:36 +0000 John Navas wrote:

> >But it's not GPS enabled. At least, not on the Treo.

>
> [shrug] I've never had a problem figuring out where I am.


One of the major benefits of a GPS Nav system is getting you somewhere
when you're lost, or in a strange city (for example, good luck entering
"Peachtree" as the "starting from" street in Atlanta!). A current GPS
position saves you from having to enter the "from" location when querying
directions!


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Old 11-16-2006, 08:23 PM
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It is alleged that John Navas claimed:

> >> Google Maps for Mobile. <http://www.google.com/gmm> Now available for
> >> Treo. Works so well on my Motorola V551 that I no longer bother with my
> >> GPS.

> >
> >But it's not GPS enabled. At least, not on the Treo.

>
> [shrug] I've never had a problem figuring out where I am.


I have. Plus, without being BT enabled, if you use it to chart a route
it has no way of knowing if you missed a turn and thus no way to alert
you that you missed a turn, and also no automatic route recalculation.

GMM is better than nothing, and it's good for what it does, but it
needs to be able to connect to a GPS receiver to be truly great.

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It is alleged that Todd Allcock claimed:

> > Google Maps for Mobile. <http://www.google.com/gmm> Now available for
> > Treo. Works so well on my Motorola V551 that I no longer bother with my
> > GPS.

>
> Perhaps I'm missing something, but other than displaying a map (or
> satellite image) what does GMM do? It doesn't support GPS or routing,
> does it? I see it can display driving directions, but so can Mapquest
> mobile.


Well, I for one, prefer Google's maps to Mapquest's maps. Google's are
easier to read, and in my initial testing when Google Maps was first
released on the web, its directions were also better.

> Seems like a cute mobile app, but hardly a replacement for "real"
> navigation software...


Rumor has it that GPS is in the works for GMM, it's just not here yet.

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It is alleged that John Navas claimed:

> coordinates into GMM, but I've never felt the need to do that -- I have
> no trouble figuring out where I am -- I just want to know where to go.
>


Hey John... you do realize that there are many people around here who
would be very happy to tell you where to go, right?

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Old 11-16-2006, 10:55 PM
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On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 13:58:17 -0700, Todd Allcock
<ElecConnec@AmericaOnLine.com> wrote in
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>At 16 Nov 2006 19:03:36 +0000 John Navas wrote:
>
>> >But it's not GPS enabled. At least, not on the Treo.

>>
>> [shrug] I've never had a problem figuring out where I am.

>
>One of the major benefits of a GPS Nav system is getting you somewhere
>when you're lost, or in a strange city (for example, good luck entering
>"Peachtree" as the "starting from" street in Atlanta!).


Addresses like:
"215 peachtree st, atlanta ga"
and
"peachtree st and ellis, atlanta, ga"
actually work fine in GMM -- just a matter of reading street signs.

>A current GPS
>position saves you from having to enter the "from" location when querying
>directions!


True, but it actually takes me less time to punch my location into my
cell phone than it does to fire up my GPS and wait for it to acquire
satellites and fix my position.

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Old 11-16-2006, 11:00 PM
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On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 16:23:56 -0500, Jeffrey Kaplan <nomail@gordol.org>
wrote in <1hlpl2le93afejkr77niaic2pdm63ifr6v@gordol.org>:

>It is alleged that John Navas claimed:
>
>> >> Google Maps for Mobile. <http://www.google.com/gmm> Now available for
>> >> Treo. Works so well on my Motorola V551 that I no longer bother with my
>> >> GPS.
>> >
>> >But it's not GPS enabled. At least, not on the Treo.

>>
>> [shrug] I've never had a problem figuring out where I am.

>
>I have. Plus, without being BT enabled, if you use it to chart a route
>it has no way of knowing if you missed a turn and thus no way to alert
>you that you missed a turn, and also no automatic route recalculation.


Different strokes, and all that sort of thing -- I've had more problems
with my Magellan GPS getting the route confused and sending me in the
wrong direction than I've had with GMM. A big advantage to GMM is that
it has the latest data, instead of something that might be a year or
more old (and that I don't have to spend money to keep it updated). Not
to mention local search and contact capabilities, which are miles ahead
of any GPS system I've used.

>GMM is better than nothing, and it's good for what it does, but it
>needs to be able to connect to a GPS receiver to be truly great.


For me it's truly great, better than my GPS. GPS input would be a nice
fringe benefit, but no more than that.

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Old 11-16-2006, 11:02 PM
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On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 16:28:05 -0500, Jeffrey Kaplan <nomail@gordol.org>
wrote in <3tlpl2tja690rgjr9m10ld7eq1f5au50tc@gordol.org>:

>It is alleged that John Navas claimed:
>
>> coordinates into GMM, but I've never felt the need to do that -- I have
>> no trouble figuring out where I am -- I just want to know where to go.
>>

>
>Hey John... you do realize that there are many people around here who
>would be very happy to tell you where to go, right?


Really? Hmmm ... missed that somehow. Cell phone numbers please!

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Old 11-16-2006, 11:05 PM
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On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 16:26:22 -0500, Jeffrey Kaplan <nomail@gordol.org>
wrote in <lnlpl2pdmg83bs70om49jisoofn2gl61ps@gordol.org>:

>It is alleged that Todd Allcock claimed:


>> Seems like a cute mobile app, but hardly a replacement for "real"
>> navigation software...

>
>Rumor has it that GPS is in the works for GMM, it's just not here yet.


A likely problem is that Google will need the cooperation of the
carriers to get location information, who aren't likely to do that
without a big piece of the action, so there would seem to be some
obvious issues.

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John Navas <spamfilter0@navasgroup.com> wrote:
> "215 peachtree st, atlanta ga"


That gives 10 "Did you mean" entries in maps.google.com.
If you got the one that you wanted in GMM, it would be coincidence, to the
exclusion of the other 9.

In gmm, it returns "1-9: more results". you might be able to select which
of those 9 you want, maybe not. Your location might have been #10, which
doesn't show up. gmm only lists 10. remove the "st", and it still shows
1-9, but starts with Ave.

Garmin CitySelect lists 100 potential variants for "Peachtree" in Atlanta,
and I think it might just stop at 100. It has 50 entries under a search
for "215 Peachtree St", but some of that is fuzzy logic, there are
actually only 3. the rest are avenues, ct, circle, place, etc.

"Peachtree" and "Atlanta" is a source of endless humor for visitors. ;-(

> True, but it actually takes me less time to punch my location into my
> cell phone than it does to fire up my GPS and wait for it to acquire
> satellites and fix my position.


That suggests that you have some clue of where you are.

Last year, I found myself with a non-mapping handheld GPS and a v551
cellphone, and not a clue of where I was. (not fully true... I knew
within 10 or 15 miles.) I turned on the GPS, let it get a location for me,
keyed that into Google Maps on the phone. Voila! I was very close to
where I wanted to be, but the "huge" place I was looking for wasn't visible
from the main street.

This year, with my mapping GPS at home because I wasn't going anywhere
unfamiliar, I found myself someplace in the abyss between Newark, CA and
Fremont. I thought I knew where I was, but I couldn't find my present
location on Google Maps, even after typing my little thumbs tired.
I even tried searching for a couple of businesses that I saw, with no
success.

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Old 11-17-2006, 12:52 AM
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It is alleged that John Navas claimed:

> >Rumor has it that GPS is in the works for GMM, it's just not here yet.

> A likely problem is that Google will need the cooperation of the
> carriers to get location information, who aren't likely to do that


Why? On a device with a built-in GPS locator, all it would have to do
is query the device. For an external GPS antenna, the carrier is also
not involved. All it has to do is query the antenna for the current
position as use that as the "start here" location.

Same was TomTom, etc, do it now for Palm and WinMob smartphones and
PDAs.

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Old 11-17-2006, 12:58 AM
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On Fri, 17 Nov 2006 01:33:21 +0000 (UTC), dold@XReXXAnyXn.usenet.us.com
wrote in <ejj3h1$1q7$1@blue.rahul.net>:

>John Navas <spamfilter0@navasgroup.com> wrote:


>> True, but it actually takes me less time to punch my location into my
>> cell phone than it does to fire up my GPS and wait for it to acquire
>> satellites and fix my position.

>
>That suggests that you have some clue of where you are.


I do.

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Old 11-17-2006, 12:59 AM
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On Thu, 16 Nov 2006 20:52:02 -0500, Jeffrey Kaplan <nomail@gordol.org>
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>It is alleged that John Navas claimed:
>
>> >Rumor has it that GPS is in the works for GMM, it's just not here yet.

>> A likely problem is that Google will need the cooperation of the
>> carriers to get location information, who aren't likely to do that

>
>Why? On a device with a built-in GPS locator, all it would have to do
>is query the device.


Easily blocked by the carrier.

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At 17 Nov 2006 01:33:21 +0000 dold@XReXXAnyXn.usenet.us.com wrote:
> John Navas <spamfilter0@navasgroup.com> wrote:
> > "215 peachtree st, atlanta ga"

>
> That gives 10 "Did you mean" entries in maps.google.com.
> If you got the one that you wanted in GMM, it would be coincidence,

to the
> exclusion of the other 9.
>
> Garmin CitySelect lists 100 potential variants for "Peachtree" in

Atlanta,
> and I think it might just stop at 100. It has 50 entries under a

search
> for "215 Peachtree St", but some of that is fuzzy logic, there are
> actually only 3. the rest are avenues, ct, circle, place, etc.
>
> "Peachtree" and "Atlanta" is a source of endless humor for

visitors. ;-(

You didn't think I picked that example for John by accident, did you?
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