05-25-2010, 08:51 PM
Latino Hasta La Muerte
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Denville, NJ.
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Palm Treo 650. After the 600, which was good but grew old in the tooth, I jumped on the successor, the 650. Palm screwed the pooch on this one, severely limiting the internal memory to the point that performance suffered. And once the instability crept into the device due to conflicts between the gazillion third-party apps out there, you could never really get rid of it.
Mine would often freeze up and I'd have no warning other than the lack of calls or email. If it was in a holster there was no way to know it was frozen without taking it out and checking. It would also reboot spontaneously at the worst times, like when I pushed the button to answer an important call. Yeah, that's fun. Not!
My 650 actually cost me some design features when we did an addition to our house. I was at work in NYC (live in New Jersey) and the contractor had a problem with the plans. We made some late changes that didn't get properly carrier over from the contractor's first set of blueprints to the new ones, and he needed to ask me which way to proceed. My wife was away with the kids and he couldn't reach her, so he called me. He also texted me and emailed me, all of which I assured him would reach me. Naturally, with my Treo frozen in my belt holster it did not reach me. The choice was to delay the masons, which would mean a 1-month delay before they could get back. And that delay would have a ripple effect throughout the project, messing up the schedule for the plumber, electrician, and inspections of their rough-ins. So the contractor finally had to make a call on his own, which was not disastrous but eliminated a design feature I wanted.
That was the moment I began looking for a real communications device rather then an unreliable toy. My odyssey took me into the world of Nokia, back to more modern Treo phones, and finally to BlackBerrys. I'm not so blindly loyal to any platform that I refuse to look at alternatives. I tried the Palm Pre, but in the end I came running back to BlackBerry with my tail between my legs. I will continue to look for the best solution for me, but so far nothing has come close to my BlackBerry experience.