One day with Nokia 7610, back to Treo 650

OK, one day is long enough with the Nokia 7610 as my only device. Browsing with Opera is very nice and the phone takes nice photos, however the lack of a good email client and the limited text input ability make me feel way too restricted. If you are a phone person, the this is a very nice smartphone with some great functionality and nice syncing with your desktop. I am too much of an email and browser person though for it to satisfy me.

As I stated I went back to trying to use the PDA2K as my only device for a couple days. There are some very nice applications for Windows Mobile devices that I missed on the Treo 650 (NewsBreak RSS reader, Brand-n-Go, and some very powerful GPS applications), but for functions like email and web browsing the Treo 650 is more than adequate. I will have to look around a bit and find a good RSS reader for Palm devices. Now that I have had a taste of Push email using Chatter on the Treo 650, it is like an addictive drug and I don’t think I can go back to regular email where I have to manually, or on a timed basis, ping the server. I can understand fully why business people like the BlackBerry devices. By the way, Marc just updated Chatter today and added some initial POP3 support so you really don’t need any other email application on your Treo 650.

So, I am going back to the Treo 650 and relegating my PDA2K to a review platform and GPS device. I tried the new Mapopolis NavCard in the Treo and it just kept resetting so there are issues with this application and the device. Other than a few applications resetting the Treo 650, mine has still been rock solid and I am very happy with it. Reading the complaints on TreoCentral would surely chase most potential buyers away, but you can rest assured there are some of us out here with solid devices. I would like to see the ROM update that Sprint users received this week for a fix of the memory allocation issues. Most users saw an increase of 3-5 MB of usable RAM just by palmOne fixing the way memory is handled. I am sure a GSM update is under development and look forward to receiving it soon.

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  1. #1 by Rafe on March 24, 2005 - 10:27

    You might want to check out Profimail as an alternative email client. Its interesting that email is an issue in the US market (more so than Europe I think) – shows the different I think… Plus I dont think true smartphones were ever meant for the power users like you.

  2. #2 by palmsolo on March 24, 2005 - 13:24

    Very true, I think a huge percentage of phone users would be thrilled with the feature set of a Nokia Series 60 device. If I wasn’t so attached to email then the 7610 may have been fine. It is a very nice improvement over the 3650 though and my wife has her eye on it.

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