Antoine’s comment about my needs and desires got me thinking a bit more about my device usage so I went through and compared what applications I have loaded on my Treo 650. Here is what I have loaded on top of the Palm OS apps/utilities; Agendus Pro 10, Agendus Mail SSL 4, a couple PDAmill and Smart Box Design games, Handmark Express, SplashBlog, PocketTunes, SplashPhoto, Laridian MyBible, Daily Reader, and Memorize, Documents to Go, ProWord dictionary, RepliGo, Screenshot, PowerRun, KeyCaps600, ListPro, Resco Backup, TealMover, TideTool, and VolumeCare. Equivalents for Windows Mobile are Pocket Informant or Agenda Fusion, WebIS Mail, PDAmill and Smart Box Design games, Handmark Express, SplashBlog, Windows Media Player, Resco Photo Viewer or Spb Imageer, Laridian PocketBible, Daily Reader, and Memorize, Pocket Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Oxford DIctionary, RepliGo, Screen Capture, File Explorer, ListPro, Backup on device, and File Explorer. I haven’t found an equivalent tide program and VolumeCare is not needed at all.
So as you can see, the Treo 650 really does meet my needs as far as everyday applications go and there really is no compelling reason to switch to the HTC Wizard. I do like the seamless way Windows Mobile handles files placed anywhere on the device and I do like the reliability and integration of Outlook. Native PDF viewing is coming to Palm devices this fall/winter so I won’t knock it now for that lack of support. I do still find the Treo 650 to be zippier than the Wizard, although the Wizard is not bad at all. Windows Mobile 5.0 does significantly improve the one-handed experience, but they are missing a couple of important functions like the OK/close button and Start menu. I had to remap a couple of hardware buttons for these functions, but with the buttons located all over the place on the device you have to do some finger gymnastics to really use it one handed. The Treo 650 on the other hand has all the buttons right down above the keyboard and is a one-handed wonder.
The OK/close and Start menu buttons are found on the keyboard in landscape mode, but you are really only in landscape mode when entering text and this isn’t the normal operating mode.
The keyboard is pretty well designed on the Wizard with good key spacing and good tactile feedback. The backlight is pretty weak compared to the amazing Treo 650 backlight. I do not like the placement of the numbers along the top row and prefer the keypad placement that the Treo 650 uses. The Treo keyboard is made even more useful with the free KeyCaps600 utility that allows you to customize how to make capital letters and punctuation/numbers easily with a single longer key press or quick double tap. I understand the K-JAM keyboard backlights the punctuation and numbers while the QTEK 9100 does not.
I have to honestly say I probably am trying too hard to convince myself that I should move to the Wizard. It is one of the best Phone Edition devices I have ever used and Windows Mobile 5 is a nice improvement, but the Treo 650 hardware is just very tough to beat. WiFi is nice, but not essential when you have EDGE running well on the road and use a Tablet PC for real surfing at home.
We’ll see if my mind is changed when the production i-mate K-JAM arrives soon and I finalize my review.