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Monday, June 27, 2005

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jay browne

Hi there,

I happened across this page while researching pda's/smartphones and found it realy informative. My question is wich is better the tro650 or dell axim v50? I am planning on buying one of the two but I can't seem to make the leap just yet. I like both but I keep hearing about the o.s. and am not sure wich is the way to go. Dell has a great financing offer but with memory upgrades the price will be around the same. Also what is your opinion on carrying two devices at the same time. Basically if you had to go with just one what would it be? I have a great lg 8000 phone but with what I have been reading the phone on the treo is bad, so if that is the case the dell would be the way to go?

~Angel~

Good morning!

It's very hard to compare the two because they have two different functions. You get instant access to the Internet/phone capabilities
and PDA functions through the Treo and just PDA functions with the Axim. If I absolutely had to give up one, I would give up the Treo,
simply because I like the Windows Mobile OS so much more. The Palm OS is fine though and I was perfectly happy with it before I switched to
Windows Mobile.

Will this be the first PDA that you've owned? If so, I would definitely recommend that you go with the Palm OS. The Windows Mobile OS can be a pain in the butt to someone who is not familiar with PDAs and it takes a lot of tweaking to get it just right....it's enough tweaking that it would discourage someone who doesn't have the time or
the experience with PDAs.

As far as carrying two devices....it's not a huge problem for me...but I'm a woman, which means I always have a purse. For a man, it might be an issue if you're used to belt clips . You don't want to walk around with a Batman utility belt with a hundred devices. I would probably recommend you get one device if you don't normally carry around a bag of some sort.

The phone is definitely the weakest part of the Treo. The volume is a little low (I had to download a program called VolumeCare to get it to
where it was acceptable for me). You'll need a good Bluetooth headset or a wired headset, because you don't want to have it up to your ear
like a regular phone. Once you have a decent headset, the volume should be fine for you if you decide to go with it.

So...if this is your first PDA..I would definitely go with the Treo. If having one device is EXTREMELY important, go with the Treo. It
will definitely meet all of your needs and will do many of the same things that the Axim does. In fact, I would really only recommend carrying a cell phone AND the Axim vs. a Treo ONLY if you are a huge Windows Mobile fan and don't like Palm...

Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have anymore questions. Sorry for writing so much...just wanted to answer everything.

~Angel~

Good morning!

It's very hard to compare the two because they have two different functions. You get instant access to the Internet/phone capabilities
and PDA functions through the Treo and just PDA functions with the Axim. If I absolutely had to give up one, I would give up the Treo,
simply because I like the Windows Mobile OS so much more. The Palm OS is fine though and I was perfectly happy with it before I switched to
Windows Mobile.

Will this be the first PDA that you've owned? If so, I would definitely recommend that you go with the Palm OS. The Windows Mobile OS can be a pain in the butt to someone who is not familiar with PDAs and it takes a lot of tweaking to get it just right....it's enough tweaking that it would discourage someone who doesn't have the time or
the experience with PDAs.

As far as carrying two devices....it's not a huge problem for me...but I'm a woman, which means I always have a purse. For a man, it might be an issue if you're used to belt clips . You don't want to walk around with a Batman utility belt with a hundred devices. I would probably recommend you get one device if you don't normally carry around a bag of some sort.

The phone is definitely the weakest part of the Treo. The volume is a little low (I had to download a program called VolumeCare to get it to
where it was acceptable for me). You'll need a good Bluetooth headset or a wired headset, because you don't want to have it up to your ear
like a regular phone. Once you have a decent headset, the volume should be fine for you if you decide to go with it.

So...if this is your first PDA..I would definitely go with the Treo. If having one device is EXTREMELY important, go with the Treo. It
will definitely meet all of your needs and will do many of the same things that the Axim does. In fact, I would really only recommend carrying a cell phone AND the Axim vs. a Treo ONLY if you are a huge Windows Mobile fan and don't like Palm...

Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have anymore questions. Sorry for writing so much...just wanted to answer everything.

Kevin

Hi Angel,

At present I have been using Bloglines on my Treo 600. Although I have experienced some of the frustrations with Bloglines that you outlined in your post, it has generally met my needs. Another product that has met some rave reviews over at Palm Addict is Quick News for Palm (http://standalone.com/palmos/quick_news/). It even includes podcast support for those of us who are hooked. I haven't tried the program myself but it might be what you're looking for.

~Angel~

Hey Kev!

I downloaded FreeNews last week which is actually perfect. I've had QuickNews installed for a while, but for some reason, I never warmed up to it. FreeNews is definitely what I'm looking for. Unfortunately, it isn't free like Bloglines..but I think I'm going to buy it once my trial period is up.
They should really include a warning on PDA boxes "WARNING: Be prepared to spend a lot more money on software"

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