Sheldon Brown's Palm Treo 700p PDA/Cel Phone

Treo 700p with Wikipedia

Sheldon Brown's Mobile Home Base

My Sony Clié NZ-90 is close to 4 years old, and getting rather flaky. The dock contacts have become unreliable, and the battery is getting tired. The battery was always the weak point of the Clié, I'm on my second one, but it is a constant hassle keeping it topped up. Frequently I've been forced to quit using it due to the battery running down.

I was also unsatisfied with my LG 4400 Cel phone, mainly because the button that turns off the ringer was constantly getting bumped in my pocket, so I never knew if it was receiving calls or not.

The opportunity to replace two units with one was irresistable, and Harriet bought me the Treo 700p for Christmas. I'm loving it! I do miss the larger screen of the Clié, and the nifty way it folds, but there's so much more to like about the Treo that I'm just delighted.

It's really fast, and, after a bit of juggling around I've got it synching with both my iMac G5 at home and the MacBook Pro at the shop, using the Bluetooth connection.

I bought a 4 GB SD card for it, of which 1.8 GB is occupied by Wikipedia. It is wonderful to have this at my fingertips.

The Treo has a very fast Web connection, but my plan doesn't cover it, so I use the Web connection quite sparingly.

Software I use:

AcidImageThis is the software that lets me view my photographs, either individually or as slide shows.
BankBook4Very slick checkbook management program.
Google Maps Just amazing! A "killer app."
HandyshopperThis nifty shopping cart software is a big time saver, organizing my shopping list by the aisles of my favorite supermarket, so there's no backtracking.
PlanetariumAstronomy software
Tide ToolTide calendar application.
TrueTermFrench/English dictionary. Not as useful as I had hoped, most words that I don't know arent listed. Good for a beginning French speaker though.
WikipediaThe ultimate encyclopedia. 1.8 gigabytes, but I've got a 4 GB SD card, so I have room for it.
WordSmithWord processor
Document Readers
iSiloPretty good reader, works with iSiloX which allows conversion of Web pages and other documents into compatible files.
MobipocketNice reader, lets me set preferred colors. This is the only reader that works with the SciFi books I download from Baen.
eReader ProVery nice reader, only option for Palm Press (formerly Peanut press) eBooks.
TealDocHaven't found this particularly useful
Tome RaiderI had to get this in order to read Wikipedia. I'm not crazy about it otherwise, like Mobipocket and eReader better.
Documents to GoThis was bundled with the Treo 700p, syncs various document types from my Macs. I haven't really used this much yet.
Games
Bejeweled2I'm seriously addicted to this
Acid SolitaireThe best solitaire software I've found
BookwormA boggle-like game
Bounce OutI'm seriously addicted to this
BubbletSomwhat Tetris-like. Not a favorite
DartzSurprisingly lifelike darts simulator
MahjonggTile matching game, similar to Shanghai. Kinda hard to read the tiles, they're so small.
RicochetBreakout-type game, excellent graphics
ScrabbleScrabble, 'nuf said.
TetrisClassic
Treo/Palm Resources
MyTreo.netForum for Treo users, also vendor of Treo accessories.
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