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Old 09-21-2007, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've had a treo(At&T) for a couple years now and am quiet happy with it. But as I travel more, I need push email which means changing to the corporate standard BB as they won't support it on Treo.

So I'm summarizing things I like in my treo into those that I know I'll loose and those I *hope* to find on a BB. <-- Hoping for comments on those features I really don't want to loose going to a blackberry!

Things I like & will loose on a BB
+ SD card is common media and mates with common card readers.
+ Palm OS: simple, familiar. Works with my current apps (for my checkbook, etc)
+ touch screen

Things I like and hope NOT to lose
+ Great call quality.
+ Tough. I've dropped many times and it's still working fine.
+ With a cable the treo can be used as a flash drive.
+ Ability to edit word/excel files on device (using docs to go) ESPECIALLY editing files added using device or SD card as a flash drive (no syncing req'd). This effectively let's me keep my personal docs on the card and access on desktop using flash drive app on trea or card reader and also access them any time through PDA.
+ "Open"... as in it is my personal device. As opposed to a work device that will lock me out every 15 minutes (corporate standard policy) and I can easily add/remove software on my own.
+ thumbpad (will get this with a Curve)
+ media player (photos and MP3s mostly)
+ Ability to synce to work PC and home PC for calender (not too important..)

Sorry for long post, I'm sure many have made this leap and just curious what people's experience has been. Have you found these functions on BB?

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Things I like & will loose on a BB
+ SD card is common media and mates with common card readers. available on BB
+ Palm OS: simple, familiar. Works with my current apps (for my checkbook, etc) You'll have some adjusting. Need new apps.
+ touch screen NEVER, we hope.

Things I like and hope NOT to lose
+ Great call quality. no prob, I read on here of some user complaints on call quality, but it is not universal
+ Tough. I've dropped many times and it's still working fine. ditto. I believe (my opinion) the more recent BBs are more sensitive (8300 model)
+ With a cable the treo can be used as a flash drive. Yes
+ Ability to edit word/excel files on device (using docs to go) ESPECIALLY editing files added using device or SD card as a flash drive (no syncing req'd). This effectively let's me keep my personal docs on the card and access on desktop using flash drive app on trea or card reader and also access them any time through PDA. BB is not so great here, but with certain third party apps, will work. Google on Dynoplex.
+ "Open"... as in it is my personal device. As opposed to a work device that will lock me out every 15 minutes (corporate standard policy) and I can easily add/remove software on my own. If you have a BES Security Policy on it, that is possible, it is up your employer if so. In my case, I have none, and I do what I wish.
+ thumbpad (will get this with a Curve)
+ media player (photos and MP3s mostly) Available, look at mediaPlayer by Dollars5 in our Aftermarket section
+ Ability to synce to work PC and home PC for calender (not too important..) Yes, very possible, just ask how later if needed.
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Thanks guys, that helps a bunch.

I've seen some of the document editing software available for word/excel. Having not used them on BB my initial conclusions is that I'm surprised that there are not more functional, less expensive options available. Especially given how buisness-centric the BB platform has been.


That seems like a functionality that would really let people leave the laptop behind when traveling. For instance, on the Treo using Documents To Go, I can drag and drop word files on my SD card using my work PC. On the road I can easily open them in native format, edit, re-save and even email them.
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the dynoplex / eOffice software does look like it supports all of what I'm looking for. I'm still suspicious that it is relying on some type of conversion but it actually looks much more promising than what I found on intial searches last week. Thanks!
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