You no longer have to go after the hotspots when you have the Treo 700w, PdaNet, and the Verizon broadband network, and therefore you can enjoy the authentic/organic/tasty decaf-vanilla-soy latte at the local coffee shops. You may not even need your computer if all you want is e-mail, calendar, contacts, and maybe some light browsing.
Today, I ended up making a good use of the Treo 700w Calendar when I wanted to schedule my next haircut appointment. The hair dresser pulled out his Palm device, and I pulled out the Treo 700w. He was much faster entering the appointment, partly because he has been using that Palm device for many years it seemed like (much longer than my almost 8 days with the Treo 700w), and I suspect that partly because of the Windows Mobile interface being a little more involved (it seems to take a couple of extra clicks or selections to get to places).
Retrieving e-mail from the Exchange server
I am already receiving e-mail from my POP account (my main e-mail account) and today’s goal was to setup the Treo 700w to retrieve e-mail from a new Exchange Server account that I created recently. This process seems to have gone well “on paper”, or in this case “on electronics” but doesn’t seem to be retrieving any e-mails from the server.
Following the instructions and setting up the e-mail account on the Treo 700w is a straight forward process. The process starts with selecting Programs from the Start menu, and then ActiveSync, and then from the ActiveSync menu, selecting Add Server Source, and then following the steps--providing the Server address, and the username and password. Easy but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be retrieving e-mails from the Exchange server. So it sounds that a technical support call is on the horizon (probably tomorrow!)
The “underscore” and the screen keyboard
Typing an “underscore” on the Treo 700w today took me by surprise. First I couldn’t find it on the keyboard, and then when I invoked the screen keyboard, I still couldn’t find it (the screen keyboard is the picture of the keyboard on the touch screen, which allows you to tap on the letters instead of typing them on the actual Treo 700w keyboard. Then it dawned on me—I remembered it from our existing Treo class. The way to type an underscore in the Treo consists of typing a hyphen, and then pressing the Alt key, which displays then the special characters that are associated with the hyphen, and the underscore is one of them.
How about grafiti?
If you are one of the original Palm users, you may have fallen in love with the device because of the grafiti writing a few years ago. Well, the Treo 700w, in addition to the screen keyboard described above, gives you another mechanism that is called the “Block Recognizer” which is basically grafiti-reborn. So anytime you are typing, you can invoke the Block Recognizer (the little icon on the bottom of the touch screen) and then get the stylus out and do your grafiti.
The Cancel Button showed up
Something I noticed and reported on in the first few days of the Treo 700w is that in some situations, it seemed that it wasn’t easy to back off (as if some kind of a close or cancel button is needed but missing). The Ok button on the Treo 700w plays the role of close/cancel button, but it saves any changes you’ve made. So I was still searching for this close/cancel option.
Well, I noticed that in some screens, that a “cancel” option is available. The cancel option appears on the touch screen, on the bottom left, above the left action button. You can either tap on it on the touch screen, or press the left action button.
Just so you know, when you answer a second incoming call on the Treo 700w, you cannot conference the two calls for some unknown reason. However when one of the calls is outgoing, then you can. Just an interesting detail I stumbled upon when reading some more about conference calling, in case you are planning on doing a lot of it.
The Today screen (shortcut to get to Today’s screen is to press the phone key) is again proving to be quite useful. Another tip from today about the Today’s screen, and also useful in the contacts application, is that when searching for a contact, you can type their initials (separated by a space) and this will find them quickly and easily. Or to be even more specific in your search, you can type the first few letters of their first name, then a space, and then a few letters of their last name, and this will find them just as well. By the way, you can do this in Outlook as well (on your desktop), when searching for contacts.
Tomorrow is the last day for the Treo 700w
Tomorrow is the last day for the Treo 700w before the experiment moves on and I get a new handheld device. In addition to tomorrow’s final adventures with the Treo 700w, I will also summarize the overall findings and impressions, and will also try to compare them with the Treo 700p findings, and provide some information about other Treo models available through other providers and networks, such as Sprint, and Cingular, and potentially some European providers.