上海老外天堂:TREO PRO

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Problems:

  • Screen is too small: Why hardware buttons for Send, End, Windows, Calendar, OK, Mail and the “5 way” button? Could have easily put a scroll wheel plus the other buttons on the left and right edges of the phone and expanded the screen at least to 320×480, possibly even larger. (Note iPhone is only a 320×480 display!)
  • iPhone/HTC Diamond “Multi-touch” interface – support for the stylus is a great way to support handwriting input, but for menu selection/navigation Multi-touch is clearly superior to the stylus. (especially for zooming and scrolling… which brings up why still no “zoom” in WM6?)
  • BlackBerry is still THE FASTEST and MOST RELIABLE email service on the planet. BlackBerry Push is significantly faster than Windows Mobile’s “ActiveSync Push” via AirSync, and if you go direct over IMAP you can only check for new messages every 5 minutes.

It would also be great to have the iPhone’s 3-dimensional accelerometer, improved battery life, and a flash for the camera, but none of these issues is a deal breaker for me.

The Benefits:

  • Built-in WiFi, GPRS and 3G — toggle wifi support with a hardware button (though why a button instead of a switch?)
  • PlecoDict 2.0 – the ultimate chinese dictionary (newest version add 350,000+ new words in addition to the huge base)
  • Plum-SIP Chinese Input Method (input chinese as quickly on your mobile as your laptop!)
  • MSN/Windows Live Messenger – full version – mobile!
  • Plaxo for Windows Mobile – Contact/Calendar synchronization – alternative to ActiveSync – if you’re on a Mac and don’t use Exchange, this is your answer for OTA (over the air) calendar/contact synchronization
  • Skype for Windows Mobile (not even on the iPhone yet! but it does require a wifi connection)
  • Pocket Outlook – Great IMAP support! Great HTML/CSS Email Support! Great for MMS and SMS too! (still can’t MMS on the iPhone!)
  • Opera 9.5 Beta – Renders almost as good as Safari for the iPhone. Would be even better of the Treo Pro had a bigger screen, but it is a great app. Web is totally usable on Opera 9.5!
  • Pocket Putty – SSH/Telnet from your Mobile (great alternative to Idokorro Mobile SSH for Blackberry)
  • Office Mobile – Word, Excel, Powerpoint – the real deal
  • Built in GPS – Route 66 for Windows Mobile has Chinese Maps and Driving Directions
  • Hardware Keyboard… not as good as the BlackBerry’s, but so much more usable than the crashy iPhone touch keyboard.
  • STABLE, STABLE, STABLE

The biggest surprise is just how STABLE Windows Mobile has become over the years. I used CE years ago and it crashed constantly, but Windows Mobile 6.1 is amazing. It multi-tasks very well (much better than the iPhone) and allows you to manually close any program(s) if you choose. But Windows Mobile’s built in memory manager is always running in the background and will normally just keep is going smooth fro you.

BOTTOM LINE: If your a BlackBerry or iPhone user that needs Chinese Support, then the Treo Pro is likely the one device that you can finally settle on!



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