Attachments? No outgoing attachments when using Wireless Sync. What I found out today is that if you want to send attachments, you need to use VersaMail instead of Wireless Sync. So it is a tradeoff between having “push” e-mail with Wireless Sync (e-mail that gets pushed to your device as soon as, or soon after, it gets to your mailbox on the server) and being able to send attachments with VersaMail on the other end.
The fact that it is not possible to send outgoing attachments using Wireless Sync may appear to be a big deal, but in reality it is not. The first question is how often will you be sending attachments on your Treo 700p.. For most users, it is much more likely that you will be receiving attachments (something the Wireless Sync does very well) than sending them. If however sending attachments happens to be a priority for you, then you do have the option of using the VersaMail which comes with the Treo 700p as well. VersaMail does not do “push” e-mail, but it can retrieve e-mail at preset intervals, the default being every 15 minutes. 15 minutes is not bad! Actually getting a 15 minute “break” without incoming e-mails may even be a good thing for our productivity.
The Memos Application
Today, and also related to attachments, I used the Memos application on the Treo 700p to take some notes, and then decided to e-mail these notes to a colleague. So I pressed the menu key, and then selected Send from the menu, and I was prompted to select one of two options: Bluetooth or Messaging (Messaging is the text messaging application that comes with the Treo). Wireless Sync wasn’t an option. In other words, I couldn’t e-mail my memo using the Wireless Sync e-mail application. This is another side effect for what I described above (the fact that Wireless Sync does not handle outgoing attachments).
So I tried to use the Messaging application to send my memo, but that didn’t work either. It indicated that “it cannot support this type of item”. So my last choice was to copy the text of the memo and paste it in an e-mail in Wireless Sync.
More about the Messaging Application
So I started the Messaging application, and entered Google’s SMS number, which is 46645, and then typed “Pizza 94301” to find some Pizza places in my old neighborhood in Palo Alto. If you haven’t come across yet these SMS services such as Google’s, you may want to explore them a bit. Within a few seconds, I got my response back from Google, and that consisted of the Round Table Pizza on University Avenue, and the Patxi’s Chicago Pizza on Emerson (this must be a new one, and it got me curious, so I added it to my Restaurants-To-Try memo in the Treo). And as I was entering this memo, I remembered a really old movie that I have recently had a conversation about with a friend, so I added it to the Movies-To-See memo in the Treo.
You may be wondering how did I have the time for (or even thought about) creating my Restaurants-To-Try and Movies-To-See lists in the first few days of having the Treo device. Or even worse, why would I do such a thing knowing that I only have a couple more days with the Treo 700p before I switch to a new device (which is likely to be the Treo 700w by the way)? Well, the answer is called “synchronization”. These lists were already in my Outlook, and when I synchronized my data on day #2, they were all transferred to the Treo 700p. And next week, they will be on the next device. When I talk to our workshop participants, and occasionally someone argues that handheld devices aren’t really necessary, I show them some of the information that I have at my fingertips, wherever I am, and this usually gets them convinced.
Now how about some real text messaging? I sent out two text messages today, one to a colleague who is using T-Mobile, and another one to a colleague who is using Sprint. Let us see between Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, how it will all pan out. I haven’t gotten a response yet, so I may have to report on this one tomorrow.
By the way, for those who want to do more with messaging, depending on your plan, you can also add media to your messages, including pictures and sound.
A couple of tips along the way
When you need to type several numbers, such as a phone number or a zip code, within a message (such an e-mail, a text message, or a memo), it might be easier to turn on the num-lock. This is done by pressing the Option key twice. And then when you are done, you can undo it by pressing the Option key once.
Cap-lock is also available and you can enable it by pressing the Shift key twice, and disable it by pressing the Shift key once.
Changing the button assignment is one of the nice features of the Treo which allows you to customize which application buttons will invoke which applications. This is the approach that I used:
- The Mail application button: Wireless Sync (my e-mail application in this case)
- The Calendar application button: Calendar
- The Phone application button: Phone
- The Side application button: Camera
Then for the other applications:
- Option + Mail application button: Messaging
- Option + Calendar application button: Memos
- Option + Phone application button: Web
Then I assigned a few favorites:
- Assigned the letter “V”: for Voice Memos
- Assigned the letter “D” for Digital Video Camera
For the rest of the applications, I just select the home screen (pressing the home button), and then select the desired application from there.
Well, there was another crash today (also known as the device locking up, i.e. freezing and not responding anymore). The technical support rep blamed it on third party applications. The good news is that resetting the Treo 700p with the stylus is easy and fast.
With a relatively heavy usage day, the battery is still holding well. So that is good news for those who may be concerned about the battery.
Stay tuned. Tomorrow is the last day for the Treo 700p before it gets a long break while the 81-day experiment continues!