When I got my Treo 650 more than a few people said "mip - you should have waited...Palm is coming out with something new." I didn't wait. I hate playing the wait-&-see game. If you play that game you are either disappointed or whenever you get something tech you are unhappy with it one month later. Then Palm announced that it was releasing the Treo 700w powered by Windows mobile. More emails came to me and friends would say, "You should have waited." I'll admit I thought it was the death bell for Palm. I even wrote about it. Still I held fast and said "Well you won't see it in Canada for a while." Was I trying to make myself feel better. Nah. I knew it would take a long time to get here and by the time it did, the real info on how this new Treo was would be out. Well, it looks like the Palm OS isn't as dead as we all thought. I'd heard rumblings and seen the odd post here and there about the Treo 700w disappointing but now I found a detailed review. This reviewer at first blush thought the Treo 700w to be pretty good. So much so that he went and got his own. Now, months later he lists things that are "bad" about the device. The most glaring issue being:
But the real problem with the Treo 700w is the pitiful stability of the software. Many users (including I) have seen their units lock up and become totally unresponsive until reset. Even when running correctly, the phone can become sluggish and “go away” for a minute or more. Worse, even an incoming phone call won’t wake up the Treo when it’s in this state. I’ve lost quite a few calls because the phone went wonky.
This gets to the nature of the OS. The Palm OS was built on simplicity. Thus it was more stable. I remember when it was rock solid a few generation back - it has become less so in recent years with the addition of more functionality. It looks likes the Windows implementation on the Treo 700w is even worse.
You can read the entire review here. Am I glad I didn't wait? You bet I am. I've been enjoying the Treo 650 all this time while the nay-sayers are still waiting to upgrade their phones. As for me...if the Treo 700w does come to Canada...well...this time I will wait...for the Treo 800p. ;-)