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Old 08-09-2007, 10:04 AM
Marts
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Default Palm Treo 750. Thoughts on the Product

Just got a Palm Treo 750 (sourced off Ebay). So far, so good. I've been
used to using a Palm Zire 71 PDA for the past 3 or so years and a Palm
IIIxe before that. So, PDA-wise there are a few things that I have to get
used to, including using Outlook for its contacts and calendar functions,
and its email, as opposed to using Eudora, my email client of choice since
1996 or thereabouts.

I've got to learn or understand what happens when a continual data
connection is present. Does this rack up data charges even though I don't
have a browser open and am not sending or receiving email through the
wireless component.

Screen quality is OK, touchscreen reasonably sensitive with the plastic
protective coating on it.

As a phone it's not as straightforward as a dedicated phone to use. But
then, it's something to get used to, I s'pose. My preference for phones
has been Nokia, but when my retired a 2280 CDMA for a Samsung A501 NextG
last year, it didn' take long to work out how to operate it. Just have to
do the same for the Palm.

Ergonomics-wise, the keyboard seems easy enough to use, and again,
something to get used to before I can fire off rapid fire text messages,
etc. using it.

Its size isn't too bad as far as holding it for a call, etc. goes. It's
footprint is a bit smaller than the Palm Zire, and that also means that it
has a smaller screen, but not by much. The quality of the display makes up
for it, compared to the Zire.

The camera's reasonably good, but I didn't buy it for that reason.

Is it worth the $1,199 retail. No. I wouldn't buy one for retail, nor
would I get into a $80 plan in order to get one "for free", either. Not
when I don't make that many calls a month from the mobile as it is. I
prefer to use VOIP on the landline.

But for a PDA which I needed, and with a phone thrown in, for under $600
purchase price it ain't too shabby.

I've yet to test its phone reception capabilities, or its performance when
accessing the 'net. But that'll come in due course.

There are probably better smartphones out there. But I chose this because
of the ability to sync with Outlook and because of the brand name, I
s'pose.

Time will tell whether I've wasted my dough or not. Whatever, what I can
claim back on tax next year will offset most of the cost, anyway.

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Old 08-09-2007, 11:50 AM
Graeme Willox
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Default Re: Palm Treo 750. Thoughts on the Product

Marts wrote:
> Just got a Palm Treo 750 (sourced off Ebay). So far, so good. I've been
> used to using a Palm Zire 71 PDA for the past 3 or so years and a Palm
> IIIxe before that. So, PDA-wise there are a few things that I have to get
> used to, including using Outlook for its contacts and calendar functions,
> and its email, as opposed to using Eudora, my email client of choice since
> 1996 or thereabouts.
>
> I've got to learn or understand what happens when a continual data
> connection is present. Does this rack up data charges even though I don't
> have a browser open and am not sending or receiving email through the
> wireless component.
>
> Screen quality is OK, touchscreen reasonably sensitive with the plastic
> protective coating on it.
>
> As a phone it's not as straightforward as a dedicated phone to use. But
> then, it's something to get used to, I s'pose. My preference for phones
> has been Nokia, but when my retired a 2280 CDMA for a Samsung A501 NextG
> last year, it didn' take long to work out how to operate it. Just have to
> do the same for the Palm.
>
> Ergonomics-wise, the keyboard seems easy enough to use, and again,
> something to get used to before I can fire off rapid fire text messages,
> etc. using it.
>
> Its size isn't too bad as far as holding it for a call, etc. goes. It's
> footprint is a bit smaller than the Palm Zire, and that also means that it
> has a smaller screen, but not by much. The quality of the display makes up
> for it, compared to the Zire.
>
> The camera's reasonably good, but I didn't buy it for that reason.
>
> Is it worth the $1,199 retail. No. I wouldn't buy one for retail, nor
> would I get into a $80 plan in order to get one "for free", either. Not
> when I don't make that many calls a month from the mobile as it is. I
> prefer to use VOIP on the landline.
>
> But for a PDA which I needed, and with a phone thrown in, for under $600
> purchase price it ain't too shabby.
>
> I've yet to test its phone reception capabilities, or its performance when
> accessing the 'net. But that'll come in due course.
>
> There are probably better smartphones out there. But I chose this because
> of the ability to sync with Outlook and because of the brand name, I
> s'pose.
>
> Time will tell whether I've wasted my dough or not. Whatever, what I can
> claim back on tax next year will offset most of the cost, anyway.
>


I thought about getting one. The only thing that put me off is the
screen resolution. They're apparently different from a standard Pocket
PC resolution, which can upset some programmes. That was the only thing
that put me off.

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