I mentioned in my previous post that I spent some impromptu time with the 700p. That came about when upon purchase of the Sanyo MotoRAZR knockoff (my wife is home most of the time and got flaky reception on the 700p, thus the need for experiment and expenditure) I called Sprint customer service to get my wife’s number transferred from the PalmOS Treo to the new “Ultraslim Mobile Phone” (actual cheesy inscription on the front of an otherwise quite sexy handset).

Except that poor “Stephanie” mistakenly assumed I wanted to transfer the number from the WM Treo and did so before I could stop her. Of course, I was calling from the 700wx so that meant I had to hang up and call back from the 700p (because its number wasn’t being transferred I guess?). To Stephanie’s credit she was profusely apologetic and then “Tiffany” was also nice to work with until the flaky 700p lost its signal at pecisely the moment after I had recited its ESN. Fearing that Tiffany had already disconnected my wife’s number from the 700p’s ESN, I hurriedly called Sprint customer service a 3rd time expecting the worst, but indeed I got through and this time “George” patiently listened to my saga, and then confidently went about fixing the mess. On a whim I asked him to switch my number (now on the Katana) to the 700p instead of the wx and thus 4 days of trials and tribulations ensued until finally I broke down and called Sprint CS a 4th time (surely they hate me by now and by the time I call to switch again will certainly waive my early termination fee if only I will return to a GSM provider where clearly a cell phone junkie such as myself belongs) and had them switch my number back to the Treo 700wx….for now anyway.


still no A2dp, but p is on e

September 27, 2006

So, after much wrangling, registry experimentation, and even some impromptu time (a story that deserves a follow up post) spent with the 700p as my main phone, I’m back with the new 700wx. Despite the lack of a2dp, it is overall a fantastic device for these reasons: it is snappier than the 700p (which is no slouch itself); push email works flawlessly (but scheduled push on the 700p was fine too, however OTA task sync is something I truly missed while I used this phone); the build quality on the 700wx seems slightly better than the 700p to me but that could be purely subjective on my part. In fact here was my recent post in the Mobility Today 700wx forum:

“I have been switching back and forth between the two devices over the last 2 weeks and it isn’t an easy call. The 2 biggest reasons being that Blazer has caught up and surpassed PIE and the 320×320 screen resolution on the p is definitely noticed after tolerating 240×240 on the wx. Versamail also syncs gmail without wiping already downloaded mail (has anyone ever figured out why the heck WM5 does this with gmail?) That being said the wx is likely the most stable and responsive WM device in existence now. It is a rock solid experience compared to the crashability of the 700p, and the difference in the responsiveness of WM5 on this device say compared to the initial ROM on the JASJAR is freaking light years. In fact as snappy as the 700p is, the 700wx is I think snappier. One handed usage is almost equivalent on the two devices with one big exception being some of the remaining dpad barriers in poutlook. However, the biggest reasons that I will either be transferring my number back to the 700wx or returning to my trusty but ugly 6700 are these deal breakers: loading 3rd party apps on the 700p is hit or miss in terms of whether they will ultimately lead to a crash, but here’s the worst stability issue I’ve had on the p. I have downloaded the last 2 Mobility Today podcasts, and the most recent Engadget podcast, synced them to my device via my Mac Mini, and upon attempting to open the files crashed the 700p over and over again. That’s unfortunate and unacceptable and therefore, the Palm OS really is dead, for me anyway.”

My last statement sort of says it all. I even deleted all of the Palm apps I have because I simply will never need them again. I’m a Windows Mobile user, period (that is until the Nokia 95 becomes available!) The 700p is available on ebay by the way

v for A2DP

September 14, 2006

Jason Landridge has posted a sterling review of the Treo 750v he’s been using the past two months. Other than the slimmer form factor and miniSD on the right side of the device, the other difference between this and previous Treos we didn’t already know is the presence of the stereo bluetooth profile (dammit). So why the exclusion of this feature on the just last week released 700wx occurred is baffling and maddening. Surely hacking, ala what occurred with the Wizard devices earlier this year relative to A2DP is imminent (one would hope). A vendetta for registry recklessness is bubbling up within me…..

She’s Really Responsive!

September 12, 2006

I can’t get over how snappy the Palm folks have made the Windows Mobile experience. If any of you used a JASJAR with the initial ROM you can fully appreciate my amazement with the 700wx. To be fair even on the 6700 things had really progressed nicely since the early devices with WM5. Multitasking ( I would argue beng one of the key reasons for Palm to devise a WM device in the first place) is ridiculously possible on the wx. Of course this was notoriously not the case on the w. It was as if they wanted to completely mimic the PalmOS experience on WM.
Anyway, the one thing I’m a little disappointed with so far is the typing experience. I guess I didn’t realize how freely I was typing on the spacious Apache keyboard on a regular basis. It’s not like I didn’t experiment with my wife’s 700p regularly before I pulled the credit card trigger last week, but nothing can replace real live experience when a colleague is looking for an immediate answer from you, and you while waiting for your ginormous sandwich at Jason’s Deli (remind me to mention a side story about my trip to the T-Mobile store after ginormous sandwich consumption was complete by the way) start banging away on a complicated answer made possible by your pushed knowledge of the question in the first place and the convienient proximity of that famous sexy thumboard begging for you to try her out. Typing for a long time on the Treo thumbboard though is taxing and as I mentioned in my previous post, editing mistakes requires the stylus. Maybe I’m overeacting based on too little experience with it, but time will tell….

She’s here!

September 12, 2006

My destiny with the Treo 700wx has finally come to it’s fruition. I received the unit Thursday evening and have plenty of unboxing pR0n to share. In 4 days of use what are my initial impressions? In specific order of pertinence they are:

1. As a phone it is very similar to the PalmOS Treo experience and probably better given the Today screen applet Palm devised. It is simply amazing the way Palm tweaked Windows Mobile to capture the “Zen of the Palm” experience. It is like no other WM device I have ever used.

1a. The phone signal is poor in my location, or at least that’s the story the signal strength indicator is telling. I made and received only a few calls from my house over the weekend, so no way to really make a good judgement yet, but all 3 calls sounded clear and progressed flawlessly.

1b. The data speed, however, might be the better indicator of signal strength. I’ve only gotten as high as 268 kbps at my house with literally no bars of service (actually impressive in a way). My wife’s 700p by comparison typically has a few bars but the PalmOS displays up to 6 bars whereas WM I think only goes to 4 (or 5? But I don’t think I’ve ever had 5 bars on a WM device though even if possible). At work with 2-3 bars of service I’ve gotten as high as 460 kbps….not as good as the 6700.

3. The snappiness of WM on the Treo as already widely reported on the 700w the past several months is likely even better on the wx. Add to that the amazing memory management and the extra 32 MGs of RAM (which are seemingly always available no matter how many programs I have open). 61 MGs of Storage upon first boot of the device too! Not since the Blue Angel has memory been so plentiful on a WM device. There is not a device on the market now that compares.

4. The most annoying thing so far is the lack of D pad functionality in Pocket Outlook (the most important application in the OS). You can’t go up one line in an email your composing! You either have to scroll right to left with the D pad until you get to the spot you need to correct or you have to pull out the stylus. Also, pulling out the stylus is still required to look at a different folder within poutlook. Surely Palm could have tweaked this too but I wonder if Microsoft kept this code close to the vest?

5. Bluetooth audio gateway opening such that listening to podcasts through a bluetooth headset is made possible, apparently is not possible on the 700wx. I’ve attempted using BlueCast (which worked on the Wizard/8125), BT Audio Toggle (which worked on the Apache/6700) and both of these devices had the HTC developed “Voice Speed Dial” program. The supposedly much superior Microsoft Voice Command software is present on the 700wx, but I guess it works differently such that this hack isn’t as easily accomplished. Palm used a company call BSQUARE, to quickly develop the kind of audio management in the WM environment they would need prior to the launch of the 700w on Verizon, and I guess this works quite differently on the Treo than it does on other HTC devices. BSQUARE was by the way suggested to the Palm folks by Microsoft….the last people Palm should have been asking for a Bluetooth implementation recommendation. If only they had gone with the Widcomm BT stack but I’m sure I must be simplifying the complexity of the task. As sour consolation, Softick Audio Gateway which makes Stereo (or Mono I assume) Audio through bluetooth possible on the Treo 650, is not yet supported on the Treo 700p either.

6. The form factor/”caressability” of the Treo is everything I expected it to be. It is somehow both geeky and sexy at the same time.

7. The lack of embedded Wifi is only an issue because of the aforementioned signal strength issue, although I’d be lying if I said I don’t miss it, and I’d also be lying if I told you I hadn’t picked up my 6700 frequently whilst at home in close proximity to my beloved Belkin router. It’s funny how a device looks more attractive the closer you get to parting with it, and that will be the case whatever I decide…….stay tuned!

She awaits my taking her over the threshold

Anticipation is building
Free storage space gets me excited

Can’t wait to take her remaining clothes off
Get your boot on

Ahh, Today is the day

Money Shot

Order Received Shipped

September 6, 2006

So, I placed my order for “the one” last night at 9:36pm. As a part of that order I received free overnight shipping as well as a free 1GB SD card for being a loyal Palm customer (I already own the 700p). Having previously purchased a t/x for my brother from the Palm site I was aware of their free overnight shipping offer and that prompted me to buy from them as opposed to buying from the Sprint website which is charging $12 for shipping. Taking advantage of the memory card benefit merely required me to remove the battery from the p (it needed a soft reset anyway) and retrieve the serial number. I discovered the 1GB memory card deal as a result of being signed up for the Palm newsletter and I launched my purchase from that email and finished the transaction in maybe 2 minutes (if that). There was a very Zen-like quality too the whole process and quite frankly all purchasing experiences online should be made so easy.
Imminently pleased already, I really didn’t expect the order to process quickly enough that I would actually receive the device today. However, consistent communication from Palm about the progress of my order has been reaching my inbox all day and my persistence at checking the order status on the Palm site revealed this cause for giddiness as I ponder shutting things down here at the office and making a speed limit violation riddled commute home.

Update: Okay, I misinterpreted the Palm Customer Care/Order Status site lingo. Instead of going the final step forward, (I was convinced my wife, oblivious to my restrained glee, was holding out on me when I came through the door expecting my new toy to be present) my order went a step backwards. It stated earlier today (7:54a) that the order had been shipped when in fact I guess it hadn’t. Clearly it went back to the “Order Received” status and now this is what I see when I continually ping the page for an update….at least it’s a step back in the right direction!

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wx is the one

September 5, 2006

So based on several reviews I’ve read there is no engineering trickery thereby leading to the enhanced 64 MG of RAM in the Treo 700wx. In fact it now stands as the WM5 device with best memory capacity and managment on the market. Over the weekend, the Nokia E61 caught my attention again based on consistently rave reviews, and though this lead to some wavering, it didn’t deter me from my destiny with the Treo, especially now that the real WM Treo we all expected in the first place is finally a reality. Unboxing ritual obligation fulfillment is imminent………