I’ve been a PDA user for a while but I just used to keep my contacts in it. I used to carry separate PDA and phone and most of the time I just left the PDA at home, who wants to carry both after all? I’ve been using my Treo for almost 2 years and I can say right now that I totally don’t regret shelling out the money for it. Good example!
Right now I’m in the middle of trying to get a home loan because I’m going to be a home owner in the next month or so. There are tons and tons of people that I have to consult with because there are loan officers from various companies involved, title people, insurance people, my personal real estate broker, etc. that I have to deal with and keep straight. Well for this little venture I think I’ve added at least another 10 contact names and corresponding info to my Treo which has helped me a lot and saved me time hunting for names and titles. I also took the liberty of scanning everything into PDF’s and creating various excel spreadsheets that I’ve kept on my Treo and thats helped a ton too with keeping all the corresponding numbers together so I can evaluate everything.
The search feature is just awesome. I couldn’t remember the number for someone but of course I remembered the name. Just use the search command and presto, everything came up related to that contact including all my To Do items and memo’s that I’ve written. My contract is up in June of 07 but I’m not sure if I HAVE to renew it. If I don’t, I’ll probably end up keeping my PDA till it dies or I come into some sort of windfall of cash and the next Treo thats released just totally blows me away or something in terms of features. But I think I can safely say I’m going to keep using Smartphones. They’re just way too useful because of the PIM capabilities and also the internet is damn right useful with certain applications. How I lived this long without one sometimes astounds me.