Why did I wait so long? | Palm 755p Phone, Burgundy (Sprint)
Palm 755p Phone, Burgundy (Sprint)
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Great phone...AWESOME PDA...exceptional value (IMO)
I've owned a rather extensive collection of
OS-based products, and while I believe that the
really IS a great smart
, it COULD be better. Let me explain: This is my 3rd Treo (previously I've owned the 650 and 700p) and while there are some significant advances over the 650, in my opinion, if you still own a 650 and it still works great for you, I'd wait before spending the extra to upgrade. Why? The differences between the 650 and the 755p, while on the surface may seem to be rather significant, after all is said and done, aren't really that significant at all.
The MAJOR differences...let's examine them:
#1. The body. Okay, BIG difference here, I have to admit. No antenna nub at all (A very cool advance if you ask me). The 755p is thinner (but not by a HUGE margin) and lighter (this one really IS noticeable). The skin of the 755p is a HUGE difference to be sure. The rubberized coating really DOES sit well in the hand and is incredibly easy to hold. BIG improvement.
#2. More memory...again, a significant jump up to 128mb (although you'll only get to use 62.8 of them--something about rounding UP that tech folks apparently don't get) but this isn't anything that cannot be handeled without an expansion card--which is also different with the 755p--we jump from the standard SD card to the mini SD card, smaller but with the same abilities.
#3. EVDO service...again, pretty big difference...but to be fair, the 700p had it, too. This is the single BIGGEST reason to upgrade in my opinion if you still have the 650--but ONLY if your current provider has this feature in your area, if it doesn't, your 755p won't upload and view web pages any faster than the 650. WORTH checking out before you purchase I assure you. Once you have determined you have the service however, it really IS incredible how a tiny phone can surf the 'net faster than my DSL home computer can.
That's about it. Really.
The 650 may seem antiquaited by today's standards--and that wouldn't be entirely an untrue statement, but think about what the phone is capable of doing. You can upload Word Documents, edit, save and RE-e-mail them! Use the unit as a phone, play games, organize your life, take photos and video, text your family and friends and so much more. The only MAJOR worthwhile upgrade REALLY worth getting is EVDO, otherwise, the rest of the so-called fancy upgrades aren't much worth bragging about.
Now that I've almost turned you off to the 755p, I absolutely LOVE my phone. The Sound is quite impressive, and plenty louder than the 650 (or the 700p for that matter). The speakerphone is MUCH improved and the camera, while exactly the same (as on the 700p), I have discovered a 3rd party download which even allows me to upgrade my camera--which is rather significant when you consider what the phone could do right out of the box.
The PIM software hasn't much changed since I bought my first Palm years ago--the one without color if you can remember that far back. Sure there are a FEW new things they've added, but shamefully not nearly the advances that Windows Mobile has done with their system (which by most accounts really suffers by comparison as a whole). At the very least Palm could have added new color-schemes to the main page to at least allow you to sort-of make it look different. I'm not asking them to re-invent the wheel mind you--mostly because the Palm OS is so ridiculously simple to use changing it up TOO much would be simply stupid. I'm just asking for a few cosmetic upgrades...is that asking too much?
On a side note, I've handled the new Palm Centro, which is very nice and quite small--especially considering all it can do (as far as I am aware it doesn't do any more than the 700p or the 755p) but to be honest, for what I use it for, I honestly think it's actually TOO small. I realize that smaller is more cool these days, but seriously, if it is TOO small, doesn't that make it less user-friendly rather than convenient? I suppose if you have really small hands and especially fingers, using the keyboard may be fine for you, but while I am far from a big man, and my fingers are rather skinny actually, I still found the Centro a bit too small for my tastes--your experience may differ.
Overall, I love the convenience and reliability of the Palm's I have owned and find the 755p to be a capable smartphone that does almost everything I want with ease and simplicity. Every now and then I read or hear about someone's unit failing and getting poor service and/or response from Palm--while this has never happened to me I cannot comment on that, my experience has been wonderful and I will probably upgrade to the newest model shortly after it comes out, too (course that'll depend on my wife a bit...she's already not happy I upgraded to this model without consulting her first...oh well--it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission, right?).
Let me share with you what I think SHOULD come in the next upgrade for Palm smartphones: A minimum 1 gig internal memory--honestly, it OUGHT to be 8 gig or more, but I suppose I won't be greedy here. A faster processor, which WAS available before they manufactured the 700p, but shockingly wasn't added, and something that will allow you to view video's at YouTube (currently unavailable to Treo users) along with other online video sites, and MOST importantly: let's upgrade the Operating System even to just make it LOOK reasonably new compared with my old Palm from 9 YEARS ago. Seriously, I compare the latest Palm OS with what my old m125 looked like almost a DECADE ago and initially the difference looks to be virtually non-existent. You can either buy, or get for FREE many 3rd party programs that will have your Palm OS look almost exactly like a Windows Mobile Today screen or even a fake version of an Apple IPhone, and yet Palm continues to stagnate with amazingly OUTDATED looking software. Even though its tried and true and is way more stable than almost ANY program you can get with Windows Mobile, leaving it LOOKING stale is tantamount to telling your loyal customers that you simply don't care. I honestly believe that if you make these changes, people will FLOCK once again to the Palm platform. Also, Palm can only ignore buyer's suggestions and complaints for so long before everyone will eventually stop buying these products altogether. I have noticed a HUGE number of loyal Palm users intentionally switch to Windows Mobile simply because they have felt betrayed and ignored by Palm. Have they truly been treated this way? I can't say, but there are enough complaints that it cannot all be just sheer coincidence if you ask me.
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I purchased 2 of the
for myself (4/8/08) in
& blue for my husband (5/5/08). I had to update the software on my
but not my husbands. My 755p was a upgrade from my 700p and I upgraded my husband from a Sanyo flip phone. We both enjoy our toys with the exception of a few some what tolerable glitches. Both of us despise the fact that the phone gets really hot after use. So, if it weren't for our headsets we'd be fried! We're both mad at
for producing those flimsy stylus'!! For him, his phone stopped notifying him of voicemails (unless he's on a call) & from time to time his incoming calls/texts (some texts show up much later) don't come thru on the phone but that the network not the phone. For me, I've had the 650p (several swapped out) and the 700p. I was excited to get a new toy. Once I got my 755p, I simply synced over my info from my previous phone as I was told that it will transfer with no problem like with my other models. OH DA HORROR!! In doing so, I immediately noticed that all of the contact, calendar & task entries were duplicated! Also, in the contacts, there were blocks of people that had the same ringtone that was only for a particular person. It seemed that anyone listed right after that person had that ringtone, bday & anniversary until the next person that was assigned a ringtone the same thing happened & so on. Sadly, this also applied to birthdays & anniversaries (I helped a friend move from a 700p to a 755p, synced his info for him and got the same exact issues). I simply DO NOT have the patience to go in and correct each and every entry! It is SO frustrating! Lastly, the only downside for me in opting for the Palm OS over Windows is that you cannot choose to ONLY sync/access your Outlook Exchange mail ONLY like with the Windows OS. With the Palm OS you must sync everything; calendar, contact, task. I made the mistake of trying to do it and lost ALL of the info I had stored under Palm OS. I had completely erased my personal info and it was replaced with my work info! MAN, was I pissed off to the highest point of pisstivity! I had to go back and work magic to get the info back that I had from my last hot sync which sadly was like a week ago. Since that mishap, I sync daily at a specific time. I simply DO NOT care for Windows as its not as reliable to me as Palm OS. I just wish that Palm would upgrade their OS very SOON to incorporate the option of what to sync and what not to sync as Windows does. Then I'll be much more sassified. Not really digging the Centro, it feels cheap. Well, thats my 2 cents. I hope my lengthy review was helpful to you.
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Why did I wait so long?
I had an earlier Samsung flip smart
(sph-500) that I really liked, but declining battery life led me to research new options. The Treo
has exceeded my expectations on ease of use and the ability to accomodate a variety of downloaded apps. And since it is first and foremost a phone, the excellent sound quality is much appreciated.
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise has been the speed of web browsing - much faster on
's network than the AT&T network for my work phone. Speaking of Sprint, I've actually had no trouble and the new CEO is making significant investment in upgrading the customer experience so I don't expect any issues of the type others experienced.
I like the solid, ergonomic feel of the phone, and that it can be used conveniently one handed (with the option to flip for left handed users!). My last bit of advice would be to read the owners manual since I found several gems of infomation about features I didn't realize existed.
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I've been a user of the Treo
for over a year. This
has never let me down. Very few signal drops, if any. I've taken it all over the US including Hawaii. I use the phone, email, Pocket Tunes and a couple of games. I upgraded to a 2GB mini SD memory card and I have about 300 songs with room for growth. I have Sony noise reducing headphones (about $40) and the sound is terrific and great on airplanes. I can also listen to the stored music via my car stereo using a USB patch cord.
The data transfer rate accessing the web is phenomenal - better than my broadband PC at home. I can bring up pictures, video, and other web sites in a matter of seconds. Receiving and sending email is a snap. Great for traveling. The ED VO (or whatever it's called) for fast web access is only $15/month, so I'm not sure where some reviewers are saying $40/month - that might be the Verizon plan, but this is a Sprint phone review site!
With all the average and negative reviews, I just had to share my experience with this phone. I'm an experienced user, but not a tech weanie at all. The Sprint support was very helpful in getting all the apps and web functional.
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