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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

O'Malik Factor: Fair and Balanced View of the Treo 650?

In a comment I left on Om's blog about his complete dismissal of everything or anyone having anything to do with the Treo, I mentioned that this was a shotgun approach to criticizing the latest Treo model. In a similar sweeping assumption, he incorrectly assumes that the way he uses a smartphone is the way everyone must, and that the Symbian OS is the panacea.

I've been using the Treo 600 since for over a year now (it even has the Handspring logo). I've never lost data, much less had to replace the unit. I've been able to download and use various medical reference texts as well as the wide choice of Palm OS medical software and utilities. I think you can't appreciate a device such as this if you don't really use it this way. If all you need is a cell phone, of course there are better options. Some folks don't care about a converged device, and would rather carry multiple devices and manage multiple batteries.

At the very least, he can't fault the design, and it's form factor remains a classic that other handhelds are trying to imitate, often unsuccessfully. With it's 5-way D-pad, it's offers real one-handed operation. It's rare that I ever need to pull out the stylus. This makes the operation of the Treo very fast.

With the Treo 650, the screen has been upgraded to a higher resolution, which will make reading even easier. And with the nonvolatile memory and removable battery, an extra level of comfort is added. This makes the Treo an even more desireable device, but it's important to point out that the 600 is still a better option than most Pocket PC handheld, even when using Microsoft Office apps.

I could understand someone thinking that his uses didn't warrant use of the Treo, but to categorically refer to it as "dumbness" reveals a very narrow view of the use of smartphones.

And while I'm in fisking mode, I have to point out the Mobile Health Data makes a major omission in their post:

The Treo 650 smart phone runs on GSM/GRPS technology over a variety of mobile phone networks. Pricing will vary among mobile phone service carriers.

Their editors should be aware that it also supports CDMA, in fact, you won't be able purchase a Treo 650 for the first few months except for the Sprint CDMA model. I'm eagerly awaiting delivery of my 650.

7:51:09 AM    

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