||[Mar. 9th, 2007|01:02 am]
Apparently, Bill Gates
uses a Treo 700w
. I find this really surprising, as I have a 700wx myself, which is a slightly updated 700w. It does email, web and calendar really well, and I couldn't live without these. The music player (WMP) and camera are passable. But it's terrible
as a phone, which is supposed to be it's primary function. Seriously, it's a horror of interface design. And I would have expected Gates to own something way more high end. I guess it's a dogfood
If the Man at the Top puts up with the irritations of the 700w, it goes a long way towards explaining why Microsoft's user interfaces lag far behind Apple and Google!
In other news involving Bill Gates, I think the privatization of K-12 education
is the best thing that can happen to America.
There. I said it. Go ahead and flame.
My father has one of them Treos. I don't know which model. It does suck as a phone. It has a bit of an echo that drives me nutty.
Considering that when pushed to pick a political leaning I tend to pick demacratic socialism I pretty much don't like the idea od K-12 privatization on principle. However I was up until three in the morning last night so I am much too tired to read the entire article through and argue the point.
The Treo 700w may be a a terrible phone, but is there really something significantly better out there? I thought that all smartphones sucked in one way or another.
Well, the 700w has windows mobile, and it's the first windows mobile on a palm, and so the software has lots of rough edges. I think the PalmOS palms are much smoother, and also have a 320x320 screen. Apparently windows mobile "doesn't support" screen sizes larger than 240x240. I don't even know what that means. How hard can it possibly be to support arbitrary screen sizes?!
Maybe it was hardcoded into the OS because "56K pixels ought to be enough for anybody"
I _love_ my palmOS Treo 650. Haven't had many problems with it as a phone. My only complaint is that I can't use it as a music player any more; dropped it too many times.
What is more high end in the smartphone market than a treo? I guess you could have a more recent treo or PPC-6700 or whatever, but you'd have to bother with moving over your contacts. Not a big cost, but maybe enough to stop someone from switching.
Dropping the device made the music player alone stop working? That's weird :)
"What is more high end in the smartphone market than a treo?"
That's a good point, actually. Hadn't thought of that. I'd assumed that there's a whole segment of the smartphone market for super-rich people that I simply wasn't familiar with, but maybe there isn't.
It's the little microphone/headphone jack - when I plug in my headphones, I get distorted, faint sound unless I turn the plug around and hold it just so. This happens consistently with different headphones. The plastic around it is slightly separated, so that's why I think it's due to dropping. Everything else works. I'm eligible for a full trade-in rebate in September, so I'll probably just upgrade then.
I'm a bit conflicted about whether to go for a Windows Treo or a PalmOS Treo. On the one hand, I haven't seen a good PDF solution for PalmOS, and the fact that random apps can cause my phone to enter a never ending reboot cycle sucks (AOL instant messenger client). On the other, I hate how cluttered the Windows Mobile UI is. I didn't know about the screen resolution limitation either, which is also a point against. I'll see what the scene is like in September; Windows Mobile 6 is out now, maybe by then it'll be on a Treo.
As for super-high end devices, I guess one could buy an OQO and hook it up to a GSM card or something. That way you could run XP (or maybe even Vista), have a bad phone, and pay over $2K. :)
Unless it's a presentation converted to PDF, I have trouble buying that you can read pdfs on a handheld, even at 320x320. Have you used a pdf reader successfully on a smartphone before?
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