Product Type: Palm Smartphone
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Good all round for the palm treo 500
Palm Treo 500
Member Name: Roosterbecca
Palm Treo 500
Advantages: Many possibilities, good to sync with computer
Disadvantages: Poor battery, confusing to use
The palm treo 500 is like the cheaper alternative to a blackberry without the blackberry associated problems. The treo is running on windows mobile operating system which is brilliant for syncing with your windows pc with a simple and easy to use piece of software.
The home screen of the treo is busy with icons which is quite daunting to experienced users never mind new users, I sometimes still sit there scratching my head thinking to myself "where on earth did I find that last time?" as it seams that the menus lead to menus which lead to further menus and you feel yourself wanting to write the menu route down in hope that you'll be able to find what you are looking for next time. Then when i have found what I am looking for you find your self surprised of the non-logical location that you found it in.
I even found that locating punctuation difficult whilst typing out a text message. There is a particularly useful predictive text with the messaging that remembers any previous words and phrases that you have typed in, so as you are typing away words in a list keep popping up as the phone guesses what you are going to write, it even try to guess what word you are going to type next impressive I thought very handy for speeding up the process.
I did find a few things disappointing with this phone particularly the camera quality, the pictures that it produced were very dark and fuzzy, a flash on the camera would definitely be an improvement the phone.
After the long period of time that I have had the phone I am yet to find a "delete all" option in the text message settings meaning that it becomes a very boring and tedious job when deleting large volumes of text messages.
I found battery life to be a big problem I very often would carry the charger around with me to keep it alive, the battery was greatly affected by the use of any features particularly as they would continue to run in the background until they were shut using task manager, very awkward I found when even just simply looking at a text message or going into contacts to make a phone call.
Summary: Phone with potential once you get round how to use it