1. EV-DO: It's 2006 and wireless broadband at DSL speeds is finally a reality!
2. CDMA: The Treo 700p is available for CDMA networks (Sprint, or Verizon). Thus, it doesn't cause buzzing radio frequency interference with speakers unlike the GSM Treo 650, or most modern GSM devices.
4. Touchscreen: The vibrant 320x320 16-bit TFT color touchscreen is a unique feature, which helps the Treo beat its smarthphone competition. For example, navigating the web at blazing speeds would be a pain if one always had to wheel around to choose a link.
5. Palm OS: Despite the lack of multitasking, the Treo 700p iteration of the Palm OS user interface has benefited from years of refinement with its predecessors. It should be awesome once the essence of its UI is grafted onto a more capable foundation ala Apple's triumphant transition to Mac OS X.
1. It's relatively bulky: It's 2006 and the Treo 700p size and weight largely remain unchanged from the Treo 600, or 650. It seems like Palm should be able to get the Treo down to a Motorola Q form factor. (Image courtesy of Treonauts.) Granted, the Treo is arguably more capable than the Q. The Treo 700p decked out with a Vaja T7 case, Seidio extended battery, 2 GB SD card, Boxwave pen stylus, and Boxwave screen protector tips the scale at 7.2 ounces, or little over two RAZR v3m's.
2. Battery life could be better: The standard Palm battery leaves a bit to be desired given that the high speed EV-DO support encourages heavy data usage. Palm should include a beefier battery by default.
3. Awful I/O connector: The Treo 700p continues to use the horrid I/O connector introduced by the 650. Tension clips are evil!
4. Built-in memory waste: About half of the 128 MB of onboard memory in the Treo 700p is filled with non-essential apps that can't be deleted. The remaining available memory is still an improvement over the 650, but it's annoying because it can be a pain to run Palm OS apps off of an SD card.
5. Palm OS: It still doesn't multitask, a more conspicuous pain in an EV-DO world. The Palm OS is like an ancient version of Mac OS, which is a fitting analogy given PalmSource's eventual transition to the ACCESS Linux Platform.
News Corporation has enlisted Jack Bauer to advocate the use of common sense online in a PR PSA aimed at parents who should checkout their jailbait daughters' MySpace profiles before bad things happen. The developers of GTA should jump on the bandwagon to point out that parents who let their kids play a video game ESRB-rated "for persons ages 17 and older" (because it's loaded with sex and violence) should perhaps not be totally amazed to find some unintentional MPAA R-rated content.
It's been over 100°F, and the electricity has been dark for the better part of the weekend! The Pacific Gas and Electric Company would make even more money if they could actually supply all of the power their customers demand instead of promoting conservation to prevent the fragile grid from imploding.
Update: PG&E reports that a transformer blew up so the power will be out through today! WTF!
Robert Smigel is a comic mastermind whose cartoon shorts are among the few remaining reasons to TiVo Saturday Night Live these days. SNL's homage easy-money move to air a "Best of" collection back in April should be a convenient sampler once it's out on DVD. Who knew Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell are the respective voices of Ace and Gary?