I owned a long list of PDA’s and ultra portable devices before they were mainstream. It never worked for me. No matter how small these devices are, I just couldn’t carry one around with me all the time. The only thing that carry with me at all times is — yes, my cellphone. I don’t even carry my wallet with me at all times. But cell phone? Yes. It tell times (see the much quoted NYT article), it keeps me connected (by voice), I have to carry it.
Now that I have my Treo 700p for a month, I can honestly say that, because it is a cellphone, I carry it with me everywhere. As a result, I have my PDA with me at all times! Contact list, emails, calendar, isn’t it great? I put my driver license, a credit card and an ATM card into my Treo carrying case, and I have everything that I need with me at all times.
I love my Treo 700p. It’s the first time I have my PDA with me all the time, because it’s also my phone, and my link to the internet. I also like PalmOS. I often think of it as the Mac of Smartphone. However, I hate the HotSync process. It is a way to backup your data, yes. But if I want to drag a little article onto my TREO for reading later, must I go thru four steps and 3 minutes to sync my phone? No!! Where is the “quick sync” mode? Why do I have to buy third party apps to access my SD card on the treo so that I can drag and drop? Arrgghh.
On a related note, Palm OS UI is great. It’s good, but it’s dated. Their new Access Linux Platform does not sound so good. What company in the world design great, usable, simple UI for small devices? Apple, did I hear? Where is the TREO killer? Surely Steve is thinking about this, a lot more seriously if you believe this news…
Many Palm OS programs “ships” in a zip file. You unzip the zip archive, and click on the PRC file to send it to the Palm via HotSync. Simple, right? I wish more authors / publishers will make sure that their zip archive are setup so that it unzips into its own directory. The Mundu Instant Messenger application does that. It unzips by default to a “MunduInteroperableMessengerV3.0.6″ directory. Makes organizing all the application install files easier on the PC.
Since I got my Treo 700p, I started lots of research on the web for reviews, tips and tricks, and products. After a while I notice some thing strange. A lot of the online retailers are related or backed by the same company. I dug deeper. What I found is pretty “interesting”.
TreoCentral. It is owned by Palm. From their website’s disclaimer at the page bottom:
TREO and TreoCentral are trademarks or registered trademarks of palm, Inc. in the United States and other countries; the TreoCentral mark and domain name are used under license from palm, Inc. The views expressed on this website are solely those of the proprietor, or contributors to the site, and do not necessarily reflect the views of palm, Inc.
Look under their “about” page, it confirmed what I thought — the Smartphone Experts brand of products are behind the store front as well:
Today, the infrastructure created for the TreoCentral stores powers a wide variety of Smartphone stores under the umbrella organization Smartphone Experts.
Checking on the Smartphone Experts website confirms that they powered the store part of most of the treo sites out there:
- TreoCentral Store
- Treonauts Store
- Everything Treo Store
- Treo Addicts Store
- and BlueShop for bluetooth stuff.
So when these Treo sites review products, are they truly independent of the Smartphone Expert brand? You thought it matters which site to buy stuff from, but it really doesn’t since they are all the same store? What do you think?