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Geek phone query Apr. 9th, 2006 10:07 am
I currently have a Treo 600, but I'm looking at what's around to replace that with. My understanding is that there will be no more PalmOS devices (the Treo 700 being Windows-only) and that development on PalmOS has been terminated.

I *really* don't want a Windows device, and I'm none too keen on Nokias as I've found they connect intermittently at best to Macs and PCs. I need something with a full keyboard, a good web browser, and the ability to sync data (contacts and user-defined data eg passwords) with my desk/laptop. A good range of third-party apps is also important. Oh and I'm still avoiding Sony like the plague.

There's the 650, but that's a) not a massive step forward and b) probably still a dead end. Beyond that, I'm really rather short on ideas.

Does that actually leave *anything*?

From: samsmith
Date: April 9th, 2006 - 10:08 am (Link)
You might want to look at the Nokia 9500. As a phone it's a Nokia, but it has wifi and a usable keyboard for something that small.

It didn't work with isync the last time I tried (although people have got it working with fiddling) but there is other sync stuff for it.
From: babysimon
Date: April 9th, 2006 - 10:33 am (Link)
There may be a PalmOS version of the 700 coming, although I didn't see any references to a GSM version. But that's likely to be it until PalmSource completes their impersonation of mid-nineties Apple by getting its Linux-based OS off the ground. Or goes bankrupt.

The only other device I can think of that you haven't mentioned is a Blackberry.
From: wechsler
Date: April 9th, 2006 - 03:00 pm (Link)
Now if that does turn up in the next few months, it should suit me fairly well. Failing which, a Palm/Linux device would also be interesting. I just have to hope the 600 doesn't fail in the meantime.

I've not really looked at blackberries; I suspect it's worth investigating, if only because the boss is likely to ask about them for work.