I’ve finally scrambled to the temptation and bought the Treo 650 last night on my way home from work. The account migration from AT&T to Cingular was very painless and quick, so full marks there for the Cingular Store in Hoboken.
The phone is smaller and lighter than I expected. The size is perfect for my hand, not too large to carry comfortably (like the Clie) or too small so that compromises the screen size.
I’ve never been a fan for thumb board but after using Treo’s thumb board I am very much convinced that it is very quick to use. It helps that the tactile feedback from Treo’s thumb board is excellent, not some soft/mushy keys that some PDA seems to have. And the way the OS with the 5-ways navigation keys make it very easy to use the phone one handed without using the stylus.
The call quality is excellent when compares against my old SE Z600. It can be due to Treo’s quad-bands capability to tap into Cingular’s 850MHz towers whereas the Z600’s tri-bands can only use the 1900MHz band.
No problem with the phone resetting itself, as reported widely in the web. Probably it is because I did a clean hotsync profile so none of the crap I had for my Clie got onto the Treo.
The only thing I wish to be better is AppShelf support for Treo. Right now the AppShelf doesn’t draw the miniPad icons properly as well as some issues with regular icons. I really don’t want to use other launcher such as Zlauncher but if AppShelf will not support the Treo, I guess I’ll have to switch.
So, does that mean a Palm version of Ecto will be out?
It’s a possiblity but I doubt it, because it would be a completely new app rather than a port due to the differences between Windows and PalmOS code base. I have been thinking about porting ecto (at least the backend code) to PocketPC though.