This past week I upgraded my phone to a new Treo 700WX. I used to own a Treo 650 (actually its sitting right next to my 700WX on my desk) and I must say that I’m definitely going to miss it. There were quite a few things that I liked about my older Treo like all the short cuts I could put on the front of the screen, the higher resolution screen so I could read things better, and all the free applications that I was able to get.
Since my contract was up, I decided to get a Windows Mobile phone this time around. It’s quite different from the Palm OS and I’m still deciding whether or not I like it. I haven’t had a chance to play with a lot of the functions like Excel and Word but I will say that as a personal info device and email client it kinda stinks. The Calendar function is not as good, the tasks are about the same, and the notes are alright, nothing stellar to report there either. The email function is where it is totally lacking. Normally the built in functions would be fine like they were on the Treo 650, but Pocket Outlook is missing some things that I needed to have like a BCC copy of all my outgoing mail, a different reply to address, and of course custom filtering for all my email messages. I’ll admit that I probably should have tried the phone out more in the store or something but not that many stores had one for me to mess around with and you’ll never know if something fits your needs until you actually own it sometimes.
I did buy (yes I actually purchased software for my phone) a new email application called FlexMail 2007 which does everything I need it to do and then some. I can get my Hotmail email on there as well as my Gmail and if I really really wanted to, my work mail too but I don’t think I’ll go that far. I’ve been testing out the software and for $20.00 its doing a pretty good job, almost as good as having real Outlook that resides on my PC. All I need now is some good application to replace my Calendar and I think I’ll be all set.
The verdict is still out but I can’t go back to Palm OS since most of the corporate world is using Windows Mobile or Blackberry at this point. Well thats not true, there’s supposed to be a new version (finally) of Palm OS thats being developed using a Linux kernel thats supposed to be bad ass but we’ll see if anyone actually adopts it. Hopefully I’ll be out on an assignment in the next week or so.