Comments on: Two New Upcoming Palm Books

Treo 700p BookHow to Do Everything With Your Treo 700p (2nd Edition) is now being listed on for pre-order. Amazon's pre-order info indicates the book is scheduled to be released on December 1st, 2006. The book's authors are Derek Ball and Dayton Foster. The pair have collaborated on a number of previous Palm OS and Pocket PC-oriented "Do Everything" books. The suggested retail price is $24.99.

In addition to the new Treo book, McGraw Hill is also soon releasing the long-delayed 6th edition of their long-running series entitled, "How to Do Everything With Your Palm-Powered Handheld". This new edition's cover has the two most recent non-Treo products from Palm, the TX and Z22. The publishers site gives a October 1st publication date but other sites are showing a November 2006 publication. McGraw Hill's website states: "This fully revised and updated bestseller covers all the latest Palm OS devices, including T|X and Tungsten E2, as well as third-party plug-ins. You will learn how to use the core Palm OS applications, take advantage of wireless features such as e-mail, Web, and phone capabilities, watch movies, listen to music, secure their devices, and much more"

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Hope there's a chapter on how to make the Trep 700p stable.

The_Voice_of_Reason @ 11/7/2006 11:45:01 PM # Q
"How to Do Everything With Your Treo 700p"?

I'd be satisfied if it just didn't crash several times a day (including when trying to answer a call!) and if the phone didn't sound like crap. What's the point of having a smartphone if it's unreliable and sounds worse than even the cheapest "free" phone carriers offer?

It's strange, but cell phones seem to be sounding worse every year. I remember my old Nokia (6190?) was pretty much indestructable and still sounded a lot better than my Treo 600 or 700p. My old Sony Ericsson T608 sounds better than any current Sprint phone and my old Samsung i500 is simply the best sounding cell phone I've ever used. I recently got a Samsung A920 (supposedly the best phone Sprint has in their current lineup) and was shocked at how bad it sounds. I even tried a second A920 and it was just as bad. Why is it that 2/3/4/5 year old phones sound so much better than everything currently on the market? Am I going to EVER see a phone that sounds better than the i500? How can handset providers keep screwing up something so basic as sound quality?

If only Samsung could have updated the i500 to have an SD slot, PalmOS 5, a 320 x 320 OLED screen, Bluetooth (all profiles), an internal antenna and EVDO capability. I would gladly pay $800 for a design like that. Until that day comes, I'll choose the build quality, voice quality and small size of the ancient PalmOS 4 i500 over the Treo 700p ANY day.


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