Weigh in on Clif’s smartphone decision

It’s finally time for me to upgrade to a smartphone. I’ve never had a smartphone before. I used a Palm Pilot for almost four years until it died a couple of months ago and my cell is a 5 year-old workhorse that’s nothing more than a phone. I definitely need the phone to have EVDO Rev. A for use as a modem for my laptop. I use Sprint and I’m not interested in Blackberry. I’ve read a lot of reviews, narrowing my short list down to the Treo 755p, the Motorola Q, or possibly even the PPC 6700.

I need real-world advice from smartphone users. Should I assimilate into to the Treo club? Should I go sleek with the Q? Or should I put a priority on WiFi and choose the PPC 6700? Should I wait for Windows Mobile 6? Should I stick with Palm OS? Help!

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8 thoughts on “Weigh in on Clif’s smartphone decision

  1. Nick Nicholaou May 28, 2007 / 2:24 pm

    I just posted a blog entry on this subject called “Not All Smartphones are Created Equal!”… I hope it helps!Nickhttp://ministry-it.blogspot.com

  2. David A May 28, 2007 / 5:33 pm

    I vote the 755p, I’m about to get one myself. As a longtime Palm user I’ve migrated from the Treo 300 up to the 600 and about to go to the 755p. I’m VERY comfortable withPalm apps and the TREO line works great with them. As a former Palm user you should really look hard at the amount of Palm software available when making the decision.

  3. Patrick O'Hara May 29, 2007 / 10:33 am

    I am using a 6700 and am generally pleased with it. As I am currently doing Compact Framework development I was especially interested in a platform that I could “play” on. It is a little slow on startup when compared to a Palm device, but otherwise I am happy with the device and the apps available. I am less pleased with ActiveSync. There are several issues I have with ActiveSync and I am disappointed by the apparent lack of alternatives to sync my device.Pat O

  4. ChurchMedic May 29, 2007 / 8:02 pm

    Clif I have a PPC6700 and love the phone.The latest firmware upgrade from Sprint has made this phone well worth its weight in gold. I moved away from a Treo – here I am a guy with small hands – and still could not figure out how to type on that little keyboard… Now why I like my PPC6700 so much… EVDO Rev A kicks but (as you have written) wifi – is also nice – phone has bluetooth – so here is where the magic happens — when I travel – I utilize a $50 bluetooth gps unit – that I can carry anywhere … with my phone I am able to get to anywhere needed – so my phone is also my gps, with the bluetooth car adapter I am able to have it also be my mp3 player… Napster songs over bluetooth to AM/FM radio while I get directions… what more could one ask for – the wifi is better than one could imagine – especially when I need to drive somewhere oh – save this # 18003733411 its a free 411 # works great – on any phone treo or ppc 6700 one last thing to consider… the PPC6700 is inexpensive and much easier to fix. I had a cracked screen and purchased one online for only $15 in 2 days I was fixed right up…

  5. The Cybernetic Entomologist May 29, 2007 / 10:46 pm

    the PPC-6800 is due out Any Day Now. I’ve heard rumours that it’s going to be WiMax capable, but not seen anything to back that up. What it does have, however, is WiFi, Bluetooth, EVDO Rev.A, and WiMo6.Oh, and Palm is reportedly making a big new product announcement tomorrow.

  6. Clif Guy May 31, 2007 / 8:28 pm

    So no one says to go for the Q. I have one vote for the Treo and two for the PPC 6700. I’m paralyzed. I think I need more input!

  7. Kirk Longhofer June 5, 2007 / 2:40 pm

    Cliff… I’ve had a TREO and Blackberry in a couple of different iterations. I’m currently carrying a TMobile Dash… and I like it better than any previous. EVDO Rev. A… wifi… blue tooth. Synch with outlook is a SNAP. DirectPush for E-mail. You name it… it does it. It’s TMobile only… but we have great TMobile coverage here, so that wasn’t a problem.We just deployed 16 of them to all director level staff people. Drop me a line and I can put you in touch with a direct corporate rep. in KC if you’re interested.

  8. Clif Guy June 5, 2007 / 4:09 pm

    And my friend, Cameron, says I should go with a Blackberry. My list keeps getting longer, not shorter!

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