Trade-offs

by Volker Weber

Some of you mention that they could not live with the compromises in the Treo. I respectfully disagree.

Bluetooth was very important for me with the Tungsten, primarily because I used that to connect to the phone. As the PDA and the phone are now one device, that no longer matters. I also used BT to connect to my access point and pull mail from my server. Why? Because I could do it. :-) Once in a while I played with the web browser, but what can you expect at 320x480, let alone 160x160.

I never synced the Tungsten via BT for a simple reason: Too slow. For mobile backup purposes I use an SD card anyway.

On a slightly related note: I also tried to connect Ute's XDA2 via BT to an access point but this device does not support the required profile to connect via PPP/BT.

I believe the package is about right, even without BT and a better screen. The XDA2 does have a better screen, but it is also much larger. Usabiltiy is certainly way below the Treo. That is only in part due to Windows CE. Handspring has improved quite a few things in the Palm OS. You can use it very well with the application keys and he 5-way navigator key.

Just as an example let me mention the address book. You type any part of the name and it will narrow down the list to people who have that string as a part of their first or last name. The XDA2 can do the same thing, but you have to use two hands, while the Treo only needs one. The Tungsten would only find (last) names that start with the search string.

Comments

A few questions:

How is the screen in bright sunlight?

Do you have enough experience to comment on battery life yet?

Can you use the PDA without turning on the radio (e.g. working on a plane)?

Does the smaller screen/lower resolution significantly affect the ability to read documents (pdf, e-books) compared to Tungsten?

No reason why VersaMail won't run on it, is there (supports IMAP)?

David Richardson, 2004-05-05

David, you will have to wait a bit until I have more experience with the device. It has been here only for 24 hours. :-)

What I can say today is, yes you can turn off the radio and work on a plane. I have not tried to install VersaMail yet. And yes, it definitely will affect the ability to read documents. A Tungsten T3 has six times the pixels the Treo has.

Frankly, I don't really need that capability. What I need is a basic PDA with a phone and the ability to easily send and receive SMS messages. That works exceptionally well. The camera is a nice addition, but the screen is too bad to appreciate the pictures.

Volker Weber, 2004-05-05

160x160 - ist nicht wahr?

ueberall steht die cam resolution aber niergends die screen resolution

erstaunlich was da so ein Samsunghandy an Leistungsdaten offenbart

sind wir mal auf nexio gespannt

pierre

pierre, 2004-05-05

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