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Treo600 falls short :(

by testshootcom    Oct 6, 2004, 2:09 PM

Evil or Very Mad
The Treo LACKS these obvious features. I have two of these phones, (less than two weeks old) so believe me when I say, I liked the Kyocera's better for the UI. They effectively took all the useful functions out of the Palm OS, gave us a camera, and left us with a cool, but troublesome phone. Prepare to re-learn the Palm OS. Many of your 4.0 apps will lock it up.

Believe me I like bringout the phone and watching videos on it in a macho tool happy way, but the gadgets fauil to make up for when you actually start to use the phone.

Benefits over my old Kyocera 6035: Faster processor, more memory, color screen, size, everything else are drawbacks.

-Two hands for everything, no jog shuttle. Great when you are in the car and get an important call and swerve all over the road.

-No voice dial, do I need to say more?

-Call log is useless, it is not easily accessable, nor does it provide useful info, beyond the last few calls, not time, no call id on them either. Kyocera stores 20 of the last dialed, rec'd and missed calls, and id's the caller, and tells you what time they called, and it is easy to access.

-Address function is nearly useless. Kyocera provides an almost outlook like sorting and display of the contact info, you have to click click click click 4 times to get at any useful notes on a contact. This sucks in a business environment.

-Contacts function in the phone app displays emails numbers and blank spaces, it does not hide contacts witthout phone numbers.

-No Search function, forget about searching your entire phone (notes, calendar, contacts, avantgo) for useful info, you need to remember where you put all your info.

-Camera is awful, seriously, save your memory and get it without the phone, they are not even email quality images, the lense scratches too easily as well being exposed the whole time.

-Speaker blows out, they said this was fixed, and my brand new one (10 days old) blew a speaker already. Take a 1.5v speaker and feed it 4v and it does not take long.

-AvantGo has issues with "New Server" that is a function to create a server and is not a server by itself, but the OS will not allow me to delete it. So much for default installs.

-Dims at random, I am playing "Spy Hunter" on a dimmed redeye flight and it dims itself 10 seconds into the game so I have eye strain, I fire the guns and it goes back to bright "OUCH MY RETINAS!"

-Oily face prints on the screen from it being next to your face. Unless you travel with Oxypads and use them on the hour, your face produces oil, and you leave these greasy streaks all over the display because the headsets do not get enough power and sound really weak.

-Impossible to unlock on Verizon, and formerly you could dial #777 and get data on the Kyoceras, now you have manditory minumums like a 2.99 text message charge (But I don't use text messaging) and they offer data plans that are way too expensive. You can use it as a modem, but to get data to the phone it requires another service WTF?!? this is true for all cell provders screwing us consumers. They think thew phone is a luxury so they charge luxury rates, while some of us have it as a necessity and can't afford $200/month minimums for the priviledge at normal usage.

I had a 1000 anytime and 4000 night and weekend plan (on VZW), and just used my airtime and spent no more than $50 a month, now I get less airtime and have to get the txt msg plan(that I don't use), the data plan (which is very weak) and I am at $100, and more likely $225/mo for my typical usage.

I am debating keeping the phones now. I do need some of these functions, but overall we have passed a point where pda phones are just really bad computers and a laptop is more useful and productive.

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