The treo arrived this morning and I have spent most of today just setting it up and playing around. It’s nice to have a new treo and to see the familiar palm logo when it’s booting up, it kind of makes you feel that you have a palm device instead of windows mobile, well sort of.
First impressions are quite good.
– the screen is pretty small compared to my Qtek as you can see from the pic and I sort of wince when I look at what the bigger screen can display, it’s especially apparant when looking at the today screen. Most of my recent devices have had larger screens and I must say I do prefer them.
– I got is set up with active synce fairly easily. I had to uninstall active sync first and then reinstall it via the installation cd though before it would connect with the treo.
– First thing I did though was get it unlocked via this website...it cost £20 and the procedure was straightforward enough. It now works with my Orange sim card.
– there’s been no sign of a 3G connection yet, this could be because my sim card is not 3G enabled but I doubt it because it’s the card I was given when I upgraded 6 months ago to a Nokia N80 (3G device) and it worked with that okay.
– I loaded on a few apps that I had been using on my Qtek and my reg codes worked. This is an advantage of WM apps…they go by your device name generally and I just gave the treo the same name as the Qtek. So far, not one reset.
– I’m not convinced that the palm "enhancements" make it feel more like a palm device as I had sort of hoped but it certainly "handles" better than the Qtek in terms of getting around the menus. The buttons are quite big and the dpad works very well.
– it does feel smaller and it is lighter.
– it feels well built, especially the keyboard which has a nice firm feel to it.
– at last, the reset hole has disappeared from under the battery…it is now inside the SD card slot.
– it’s pretty quick…much faster than my Qtek.
– getting it up and running for email and browsing was also pretty easy.
Rather oddly, the guy who sold me it off ebay left his 512mb card in it and also forgot to do a hard reset, thus his emails and photos were all still on it along with a lot of other stuff.
All in all then, a pretty good first day with little drama. I must say that the 750v looks and feels nice in the hand, it’s easy to hold and has a nice rubbery sort of feel. That doesn’t sound as if it would be very appealing but strangely it is.
I do feel that it has a couple of drawbacks…the smaller screen being the main one. I can’t understand why they have compounded this by having additional menu bars on the top and bottom of the screen in certain apps, this reduces it further and seems nonsensical to me.
They’ve also moved the sms messaging app, on my Qtek it is built into the same app as where you can access all email accounts which was really handy. But on the treo it is now a seperate application which means having to leave "email" to get to it.
First impressions are good though…