How smart should your phone be?

I have been spending the week getting edumacated on our Identity Manager product. During one of the breaks, we geeks compared phones. The instructor, non-blogging-heathen-but-identity-guru Brad, brought up how buggy he thought the Palm Treo was based on his past experience with one. Others concurred.. I agree the phone reboots too often although most likely the side-effect of too many 'value-add' apps and/or an Inbox with 4,500 emails. To Brad, call connectivity (no dropped calls) is his priority. His number one use for the phone is verbal communication. Data is secondary.

While I have been using my Palm Treo for verbal communication, I've been using it more for data communication. Email. Web Browsing. Google Maps (traffic). Reading news. Blogging. SMS. Flight status information. I notice that I get more miffed if my phone reboots during a data connection than a verbal one. I figure I can call back and return from whence the conversation left off. However, resuming my data "conversation" is much harder, if not impossible.

Could it be that the smarter the phone the more it acts like a PC? How smart should a phone be?



 

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I feel better now about my Nokia N70. Same issues. What is the cost of having an OS on a phone? My experiance: 1. It's slow 2. It's unpredictable, i.e. programs crash or the phone reboots (in the middle of a looong SMS is my personal worst!) 3. You need anti-virus software! I can however check emails and news updates on al sorts of places where idle time is available (rather not mention all of them). Even in extreme cases while watching lions, elephants or something in the Kruger Nation Park or the like. Sometimes I look back at the old Nokia 2110 (brick) that was as stable (and as heavy) as a rock, best receiption off all.

Posted by Danie Loots on December 07, 2006 at 10:52 PM PST #

I'm looking to move to a palm based phone. Hopefully, the 680. I really need a good data access device that isn't a PC. I need easy access to e-mail and some web like mobile yahoo. How unstable is your palm 700p? How many calls do you drop? 1 in 3?? How often do you need to reset your palm? Once every hour will surfing??

Posted by Jim on December 11, 2006 at 12:08 AM PST #

The 700p has become much more stable since I removed a couple of 3rd party apps and cleaned out my email's Trash folder.

I have yet to drop a call. As for resetting while in "data" mode, I'd say less than once a day now. I use the phone enough to have less than 25% battery by the end of the day

Posted by John Clingan on December 11, 2006 at 01:27 AM PST #

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