Today was the day of e-mail attachments. I opened an e-mail and clicked on the attachment. I got a message asking me if I want to download, it so I accepted. I thought the attachment was going to be downloaded right away, but what I learned is that it got marked for downloading. Then I tapped on the synchronize button in the Wireless Sync application to get the downloading going. Once it downloaded, it opened in Documents To Go (one of the add-on applications that came on the Treo 700p installation CD and that I installed on day #3). I had to accept the terms of the license agreement first, and a few seconds later my attachment, which was an Excel workbook, was ready for some work.
I made some changes to the Excel spreadsheet (yes, the Excel spreadsheet, on the Treo 700p screen!). I used the Zoom command to zoom to a larger font, made my changes, and then saved the edited version of the document. The document was then listed in the Documents To Go application and I was able to open it again, view it, and edit it as necessary. When I synchronized the Treo 700p with my laptop, the document was transferred to the Documents To Go application on the laptop. Documents To Go is able to easily transfer documents back and forth between the laptop or desktop on the end, and the Treo 700p on the other end. So your documents now are truly documents to go.
When I tried to e-mail the document that I edited on the Treo 700p however, I ran into a problem. Wireless Sync didn’t allow me to add an attachment; at least it wasn’t clear on how to do that. And when I tried to e-mail it from Documents to Go (instead of starting by composing an e-mail), I was prompted to decide which transfer mechanism I would like to use. Then I was only given two choices. One was Bluetooth, and the other was messaging (i.e. text messaging which obviously didn’t support the Excel attachment type and gave me an error). It seems that this issue will require some additional research, and maybe a technical support call, to get resolved.
The mute button at the top of the Treo 700p proves to be very convenient, easy to find, and easy set even when you’re not looking.
When writing e-mails, the “auto-complete” feature (you may recognize it from Microsoft Outlook or Gmail) is quite useful. Once you e-mail someone, whether they are in your Contacts list or not, the next time you start typing their e-mail address, Wireless Sync finds them and helps you complete the e-mail address.
Using the Favorites to create a speed dial that includes a calling card number, a PIN number, and an international phone number, with automatic pauses in between, was easy and quite useful.
Today I succeeded in making a call and entering a 16 digit account number (in response to the voice mail system prompt) without any typos. Unlike day #3 when I had to stop trying after making mistakes several times and having to restart every time. It could be that I am getting used to the keyboard, in addition to typing slowly and carefully when it comes to these situations.
The Treo 700p froze once so far:
In other words it locked up, and stopped responding to any keyboard input, or touch screen activities. Luckily this is easy to fix by taking the battery cover off, and then using the stylus to press the reset button to reset the device.
Verizon’s network passes my San Francisco reception test
In the neighborhood where I used to live in San Francisco, I switched service providers 3 times in order to find a provider who had good reception there. That area happens to be a “dead” spot for many of the wireless networks. Not for the Verizon network though. Having been there today, I went around the block, and made some calls, and had a good reception all around. It seems that the CDMA network has its advantages at least in the U.S. If you are an international traveler however, and will be needing your phone and e-mail outside the U.S., the CDMA network is not likely to serve you best.