Treo 650 back in my hands again

After bouncing around with trying to use two devices since I sold off my PDA2K and Treo 650, I found a deal and bought another Treo 650. It arrived yesterday and I loaded up a custom ROM that go rid of Versamail and RealPlayer. I prefer Chatter Email and Pocket Tunes and may build a custom ROM that puts those apps and Agendus into the ROM. I love that Shadowmite from TreoCentral came up with a tool that lets you customize the ROM similiar to what XDA Developers people do for HTC Phone Edition devices.

The package I bought included a cradle, which is very cool since an extra battery stores and charges in a hidden flip down pocket of the cradle. I also received a RhinoSkin Aluminum hard case with a plastic window on it that I am using now. The seller included the Treo Bluetooth headset that I am going to try out soon too.

Oh yeah, another major reason I went with the 650 instead of the TORQ was the EDGE capability. I ran the speed test at home last night and only received 40 kbps, but at work in Seattle I saw 122 kbps so EDGE appears to be on in some areas!

It is nice being back with the Treo since palmOne, now Palm Inc., did such a great job at implementing the keyboard into the OS. I can do most everything with the directional pad and am very happy with the Treo. I also found the speakerphone volume to be decent with the new ROM, but will try the VolumeCare application out as well.

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  1. #1 by Antoine on September 7, 2005 - 08:44

    Sounds great, and like you probably wated the 650 more than you said 😉

    I have a 600 and am liking it as well, though the RAM needs and low res screen are noticable issues that I would hope are solved in the next Treo (the 650 is missing “something” for me).

    Thanks also for the posting at PDAGeek. Slowly things are getting back on line.

  2. #2 by Mike on September 7, 2005 - 15:13

    Hey, good for you. I’ve been using mostly the core app’s that came with the 650 and it has been very stable (at least after their last patch). Is chatter email something that would push the palm os past its limits? I don’t program network I/O, but that type of application seems ambitious (you don’t know what kind of rules they needed to break in order to hack that functionality) – as neat as it is. Let us know!

  3. #3 by palmsolo on September 7, 2005 - 17:14

    Mike,
    You know I was a huge fan of Chatter due to the push email functionality, but I don’t know how important that really is and actually it seems to distract me more than anything. My 650 just did a soft reset when using Chatter this afternoon and I may go back to a ROM with Versamail and use that as my email application. Then again Agendus Mail works well for me and integrates nicely with Agendus. I’ll have to check them both out and see which I prefer.

    Chatter push is great, but the interface is definitely not as pleasing as Versamail or Agendus Mail.

  4. #4 by Anonymous on September 12, 2005 - 11:32

    As a nouveau novice to the world of personal digital assistants, explain the rationale behind Bluetooth connectivity in layperson terminology.

    Apparently, Bluetooth connectivity entails that you are able to access the Web wirelessly without paying for a wireless Web service provider.

    Also, are you recommending the procurement of a Treo 650 over similar PDAs such as a BlackBerry, LifeDrive or earlier Treo models?

    A friend of mine currently uses a device called a “Tapwave” and he incessantly espouses the sentiment that he is upgrading his PDA to that of a BlackBerry unit.

    A comparative assessment of every major PDA on the consumer market using rudimentary language would be helpful.

  5. #5 by palmsolo on September 12, 2005 - 12:11

    Bluetooth is essentially designed as a cable replacement wireless technology. It is not a service like you see with cell phones (GSM/GPRS/CDMA/EDGE, etc) or with WiFi, 802.11b/g networks (T-Mobile, your own home network, etc). Bluetooth allows you to connect your PDA with a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone that has a data service running on it and Bluetooth is just the conduit from your PDA to your phone. I used to connect my phone to my Palm devices with a cable and Bluetooth simply replaces that.

    Bluetooth is also used extensively for wireless headsets, GPS, syncing to your desktop/laptop computer, or connecting and transferring files to other Bluetooth mobile devices.

    I have never used a BlackBerry device, but for me personally the Treo is a better choice since I use the web surfing and huge application collection found in the Palm Powered world. My company also does not have Exchange servers and will not support BlackBerry devices so corporate functionality is quite limited for me and thus I won’t even consider a BlackBerry.

    I do still have a Tungsten T3, but I only use it to review software and like the converged Treo solution better. I haven’t personally tried a LifeDrive either so I can’t directly comment on that device.

    The Tapwave Zodiac has now been discontinued and I would not recommend anyone purchase one at this time. They have a proprietary application signing scheme for many of their games and the support for this is now quite limited.

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