TREO 650 – NOTES FROM THE FIELD

I’ve used a Treo 650 for a few months now. The Treo 650 is one of the most popular devices combining cell phone and organizer functions, and all of the major cell carriers are now offering their own versions of the Treo 650. Here’s a few notes for anyone considering them. […] continued

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TREO 650

Palm and PocketPC devices have been fading in the last couple of years. Sony dropped out of the market, Palm has had financial struggles, and there’s been no buzz for new features because almost no one uses the devices for anything except address book and calendar functions. There’s been increasing demand for devices that also display e-mail on the road; many PDAs began to incorporate 802.11 […] continued

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CELL PHONES AND THE “DO NOT CALL” LIST

The last few months have been slow for e-mail hoaxes. DId you get any of the messages last week about registering your cell phone numbers with the national “Do Not Call” list to avoid waves of telemarketers? I got a few from well-meaning friends. It was a hoax. No deadline, no telemarketers getting lists of cell phone numbers, no worries. […] continued

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CELL PHONE NUMBER PORTABILITY

You’re now able to retain your phone number when you switch cell phone providers. The FCC mandate went nationwide last week. Theoretically you can even move your landline number around – transfer it to your cell phone, for example.

It’s a decidedly mixed blessing. If you’re considering a switch, read this article about number portability. […] continued

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SONY DROPS DEVELOPMENT OF CLIE PDAs

Yesterday Sony unexpectedly announced that it was dropping development of its line of Clie handheld PDAs in the United States for the foreseeable future. It will continue to support existing customers and let existing stock sell out.

Analysts are warning that sales of conventional PDAs without built-in phones will nosedive soon, after being flat for the last two years. […] continued

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HANDHELD MARKET HEATS UP

The handheld market slumped this year. Prices are down, speed and usability are up, but not very many people are buying.

After a few buyouts and burnouts, Palm and Sony are the only companies still making handhelds based on the Palm operating system. Palm has sexy new models hitting the market. […] continued

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DELL AXIM HANDHELD

My new Dell Axim PocketPC looks just great. Although the $199 version would be just fine for everyday use, many people will appreciate the extra memory in the $299 version (64Mb instead of 32Mb) – and the $299 model includes the cradle to sit on the desk for syncing and recharging the battery. […] continued

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SPACE SHIFTING

A great new buzz word has turned up. You’ve heard about “time shifting,” in which you use a video-recording device – a VCR or a TIVO – to delay the viewing of live content, such as TV shows.

This year will see the introduction of a wealth of portable video devices. […] continued

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POCKET PCs FROM DELL

As expected, Dell announced two new Pocket PC handhelds, breaking new ground for low prices at $199 and $299. Each has comparatively generous amounts of memory, built-in slots for CompactFlash and Secure Digital/MMC cards, and all the usual features that go along with Pocket PC systems. Very appealing – I hope the reviews don’t uncover some weakness, because these could turn the handheld market around. […] continued

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PRICE DROPS SOON ON POCKET PCs

You may not realize it, but Palm is struggling for its life, and many analysts don’t expect it to be in the handheld market for much longer – perhaps a few years, no more.

I think the devices running Microsoft PocketPC software are far superior to Palms – significantly better displays, and I’ve had far more luck making them work reliably with applications on a desktop computer. […] continued

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TOSHIBA POCKET PC e310

I’ve been wrestling with more Palm devices than usual for the last few weeks. (Normally Palms are simple and troublefree, but they’re incredibly annoying when they go crazy and decide not to sync any more or whatever.) It’s left me wishing I could convince more clients to get Pocket PC devices – better displays, better connectivity with Outlook, and better onboard applications. […] continued

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YOUNGSTERS ARE ALL THUMBS

According to a new study (reported in the Guardian Unlimited Observer), the thumbs of people under 25 have become the hand’s most muscled and dextrous digits. Almost all people over 25 rely on their forefinger as their hand’s primary tools, but under-25s have grown up with handheld technologies – mobile phones, GameBoys, and computers – and they are more likely to instinctively use their thumbs. […] continued

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POCKET PCs

Pocket PCs are far more appealing than Palm devices, but prices have been high on the few models that have been available. On Thursday, Microsoft is releasing a new version of the Pocket PC operating system software, and thirteen companies are releasing new devices. Microsoft has insisted that the companies meet stringent hardware requirements, so all the devices should be quite nice, and when more players enter the field, it should cause prices to go down. […] continued

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HANDHELDS

There’s been an unpredictable development in the world of handheld devices. Palm is no longer the king of the hill.

In fact, Palm is struggling. Here’s an article with details of the various problems – an inventory glut, dwindling cash reserves, a depressed stock price, and more. It faces a tough competitor in Handspring, which is marketing a very attractive Palm-compatible device. […] continued

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