Treo Data Usage

October 16th, 2006

Many of us Treo owners would definitely call ourselves “Power Users” – we use every capability of our Treo, and sometimes more. We go above and beyond what Palm designed the Treo for, and we do it every day. No challenge is too great.

One of the measures of a power user is how much data they use – and there’s an easy way to find out. On the phone screen, simply type ##786 enter. The resulting screen will show you a number of things, but the thing we’re interested in is the second line – Life Data. This will show you how much you’ve downloaded, in kilobytes, since your Treo was born.

How much data are you at? If you have a crazy number, please post a screen shot so we can all admire. I’m at 6,826,020. That’s 6.8 GIGABYTES. This is on my Treo 700p that I got when it came out, so it’s a fairly new device. Does anyone have me beat?

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E-TEN M600+ vs E-TEN G500+

October 10th, 2006

g500-vs-m600.jpgPDAGold has an awesome comparision review of the E-TEN M600+ vs the E-TEN G500+.  They write – ‘The G500+’s parameters are absolutely the same as those of the M600+. The processor is a Samsung S3C2440 running at 400 MHz. The data and application memory (NAND-type FlashROM) is now 256 MB instead of 128 MB in the M600. After a hard reset, the user can access 30 MB of RAM and 193 MB of FlashROM. Those nearly 200 MB of free storage memory is good news. If you load maps of just a few countries you really need instead of, say, the whole Europe, your navigation application should be able to go without a memory card. The G500+, too, is easy to return to the factory defaults using the Default Settings utility, which is the same as in the M600+.’

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Treo 750v Review

October 2nd, 2006

treo-750v.jpgThe Treo 750v is a device destined for just about every market except the US. Since I’m American, that is a bit of a disappointment to me, but there are many Treo fans worldwide who will welcome this device with stylus in hand. The most noticeable difference between the 750v and the 650 before it is the lack of an antenna. It is also ~1mm thinner and 26g lighter than the US 700w/wx. Along the way, the SD card slot has shrunk to a mini-SD slot, and had to be moved to the side of the device, rather than it’s normal spot up top. Overall, the Treo 750v is definitely the smallest, sleekest, most stylish Treo we’ve seen yet.

Treo 750v Specs

Treo 750v Reviews

Trusted Reviews reviews the Treo 750v and writes – ‘The absence of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 1.2 and lack of front facing camera and the need for a separate charger all annoy. These aside, Palm has done something quite special with the Treo 750v. The company has enhanced a widely used operating system with clever tweaks that reflect how users (or at least how this user) wants to work, making it easier to perform a lot of standard tasks. In doing so, Palm has added value to Windows Mobile in ways others have not managed and produced hardware that is neat, tidy and ergonomic.’

ZDNet UK reviews the Treo 750v and writes – ‘The obvious comparison is with the BlackBerry Pearl 8100, launched last week. But whereas RIM is shrinking the BlackBerry and adding ‘phone’ features to appeal to consumers, Palm is sticking with a bulkier device and appealing to business users with its emphasis on Microsoft’s push email functionality. Having said that, the Treo 750v does also have a camera and a media player, so it could have wider appeal when it becomes available on the Vodafone network at the beginning of October.’

Treo Central reviews the Treo 750v and expresses their concern about Palm’s choice of manufacturer’s – ‘Surprisingly, the Treo 750v is manufactured by HTC, and not another manufacturer such as Inventec that would help diversify Palm’s portfolio of manufactures. While HTC does a terrific job of building quality products, because they have recently started to market and create devices themselves they are in direct competition to Palm and their devices.’

Treonauts reviews the Treo 750v and writes – ‘As many other PalmOS Treonauts will undoubtedly agree, I am feeling increasingly disappointed to see that all of the latest first launches of new hardware form factors (such as the Treo 700w previously) are being released under Windows Mobile first. I have no doubt that this is not Palm’s fault but that of the carriers who for one reason or another find themselves motivated to promote WM ahead of PalmOS.’

Jason Langridge reviews the Treo 750v and writes – ‘One of the areas Palm has spent a huge amount of time on is ensuring the device can be used one handed. I did post an article last week on this and got a huge amount of comments on this very topic! With the Treo 750v I never ever pull out the stylus to operate the device. Pretty much everything can be achieved through the soft keys and on the device with the 5 way navigator. There is only one exception I’ve found – that is that you can’t align the screen ;)’

The Treo 750v looks like it will be a huge success – it has more of a Euro-type look and feel. Hopefully we can see the next generation Treo’s here in the States follow suit, and slim down just a tad.

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Interview with Marc Blank – MTDN

September 29th, 2006

Mytreo.net ( or mtdn for short ) recently interviewed Marc Blank, the developer of the wildly popular and amazingly powerful ChatterEmail application for the Treo smartphone.  In the interview, Marc discusses both the history and future of ChatterEmail, and his thoughts on the future of the Palm OS.  Check it out now!

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E-TEN G500 Review – PDAgold

September 24th, 2006

PDAgold reviews the E-TEN G500 and writes: “The E-TEN G500 is a good device for a reasonable price, whose parameters will satisfy a wide range of users. The integration of mobile navigation and mobile phone into a single, compact device is an attractive solution for those who are looking for a work tool rather than an interesting toy, and those who prefer to carry around one gadget for all purposes. Before you decide to buy, consider carefully if the parameters do match your requirements. For instance, GPRS will suffice for e-mail and browsing of (optimized) web pages, but may fail if you need to send a large attachment. This is just one example and there are many more, due to the small size and the large number of integrated modules.”

Read more about the E-TEN G500.

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How to use your Treo as a flashlight

September 21st, 2006

Treo Flashlight Every Treo user has done it – some do it more than others.  Admit it – you’re guilty too!  If you haven’t been using your Treo as a flashlight, then you’re missing out.  Treonauts attempts to bring us all out of the closet, complete with this picture of a Treo being used to read a menu in a dimly lit restaurant.  If you’re one of the unlucky few who hasn’t figured out the secret yet, don’t worry.  You don’t need to install any fancy software or hacks.  Simply press option + menu on your Treo 700p and watch the screen light up to the max.  Now you won’t have to worry about stumbling blindly into the bathroom at night because you don’t want to wake up your wife.   Treo to the rescue, again!

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Chatter Email and the Flurry of Betas

September 18th, 2006

All Palm OS Treo owners ( Treo 600, Treo 650, Treo 700p ) should be very familiar with Chatter Email. In fact, every single one of them should own it. The interface and capabilities of Chatter far surpass any other Treo email client on the market. I’ve used Versamail and Snapper mail, and there is simply no comparison in any way.

One of the things you’ll notice about Chatter Email is the constant flurry of betas. If you are subscribed to the beta updates, you’ll receive about an email a day – sometimes 2 or even 3 – alerting you to an updated version. To some this may be disturbing, but I am always ready to install the next update. There is no question in my mind that Chatter Email was a smart purchase – the developer is fantastic, and is constantly working to add new features and dig out and fix any lingering bugs or flaws in the program. I say – keep them coming, and keep up the good work.

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Sprint Treo 700wx review – Cnet

September 10th, 2006

Cnet reviews the Sprint Treo 700wx and writes – ‘As we mentioned earlier, we experienced improved performance with the 700wx over the Treo 700w. The device was responsive as we performed various tasks, even with multiple applications open. We had no problems transferring, viewing, or editing Office documents, and music and video playback were also smooth.’

Read more about the Treo 700wx.

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Shorter antenna for your Treo 650

September 10th, 2006

Are you tired of the large, ugly, bulky antenna sticking out of your Treo 650 smartphone? Well, you’re not alone. Treoantenna.com has solved your problem – they are soon going to release to the public a shorter antenna for your Treo.

Installation should take about 5 minutes, and sounds very simple. All the needed tools are included for the $35 you pay for the antenna – a bargain to make your Treo look much more stylish.

Via Treo Today.

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HTC Tytn review at Mtekk

September 8th, 2006

MTekk reviews the HTC Tytn and writes – ‘Small, light weight, stylish, feature packed with 3G, hardware keyboard and more buttons then any user ever dreamed, the HTC TyTN is certainly a dangerous rival in the marketplace. It could be called the Atom of 3G devices, and certainly offers users a viable pocket pc entrance into the 3G realm. ‘

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Motorola Q Review at ZDnet

September 8th, 2006

ZDNet reviews the Motorola Q and likes it, but sees vast need for improvement just the same – ‘As neat as this phone is, I was quite surprised by the fact that this was let out of the lab with so very much room for improvement. Obvious user interface stuff (at least to me, it’s obvious) that’s really detracts from this SCP’s potential.’

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Treo 700wx Review at Treo Central

September 7th, 2006

Treo Central completed their full review of the Sprint Treo 700wx and is 100% in love with it – ‘The burning question, I suppose, is whether it’s the best smartphone currently on the market. Not to put too fine a point on it: is it better than the 700p? Here’s my take: the 700wx is more powerful and has more functionality but WM5 is still less intuitive and easy-to-use then the 700p’s PalmOS. Nevertheless, for me, the 700wx is better.’

The best smartphone on the market? I’m impressed. Read more about the Sprint Treo 700wx.

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Sprint Treo 700wx Review at Treo Central

September 5th, 2006

Treo Central has a first look type of review for the Sprint Treo 700wx and has apparently fallen in love – ‘The 700wx is fast. EvDO is fast. The device itself is very responsive – especially compared to the 700w.’, ‘Yes, it works as a dial-up modem. Windows only (so far as I can tell – it requires software be installed on the desktop), and it works. Works great

The more I read about the Treo 700wx, the more I want one. I’ve been using the Palm OS for so long though, I don’t know if I could make the switch. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these magnificent smartphones and try it out for myself.

Read more about the Treo 700wx.

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HTC Excalibur

September 4th, 2006

The HTC Excalibur is one of HTC’s most exciting upcoming products. It is, for the time being, fairly mysterious. All that we know so far is that it will run Windows Mobile for Smartphones, and will lack a touchscreen. A full Treo-style Qwerty keyboard dominates the front of the device.

The HTC Excalibur is clearly aimed directly at the Motorola Q, and it should appear on Sprint’s network, to take advantage of their EV-DO network. Oh, the best part? The HTC Excalibur has Wi-Fi. Link.

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T-Mobile Sidekick 3 Review at Smartphone Today

September 4th, 2006

Smartphone Today reviews the T-Mobile Sidekick 3 and writes – ‘The Sidekick now works with Bluetooth, although only with mono Bluetooth earpieces. The phone doesn’t support stereo Bluetooth, which shows a lack of commitment to the music market, and you can’t use Bluetooth to transfer files to and from a PC. You’ll need to use the included online account to transfer information to your Sidekick, which is a hassle.
The Sidekick 3’s battery is rated for 4.5 hours of talk or 3 days of standby. Use the various communications features frequently, as we did during testing, and jack up the backlight and those numbers fall. We had to charge the phone every day or two while testing. ‘

Read more about the T-Mobile Sidekick 3.

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