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    I've been browsing this board for some time now, and really like it! I have a couple of questions for the treo/cell experts here.

    I am an Independent Financial Advisor, and use a program (called investigo), that is an on-line client-relationship manager to document conversations, set tasks, calendar, etc., I basically need to access the internet for a few minutes at a time, at least thirty times per day. I have a Palm T/X that I can use to access the net, but I am guilty of leaving it at the office, in the car, etc., The T/X also isn't my favorite for using the net. Maybe it's just hard for me to get used to...

    In addition, I use my cell ALOT with clients, and cannot have dropped calls, or other "mishaps" because of a phone, that's more PDA than phone.

    With the above two scenarios in mind, what kind of advice can you give me on a device? Thank you!

    1. Palm Treo 700P- Our firm is on Cingular, and I can only get the Treo 650 through Cingular at this point. Is it worth going to Sprint to get the 700P vs. the 650?

    2. Palm Treo 650- through Cingular

    3. Motorola Razr, with my Palm T/X for the net

    Again, I appreciate the advice!
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    Here is my opinion, worthless as it is. First, I have a Nextel/Motorola i605 Bluetooth enabled cell phone that is my main phone. I also have a Treo 650 and a Treo 700p, both Sprint. I do not use the 700p to make calls with too often, though it is used heavily as a PDA, especially with HanDBase (relational database application) and ChatterEmail. When I say heavily, HanDBase is a multiple hour per day use.

    Anyway, I hate using anything that does not have a real keyboard. I orginally thought I would like to use the i605 for email and things like that, sure why not, it's a work horse type of phone. After one stinking day of trying to send emails and text messages with its keypad, I gave up and resumed full service with Sprint using a Treo 650. Since that time, I refuse to use the i605 for anything other that phone calls. The Treo 650 and now 700p are it for everything else.

    Ben
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    Here's my $.02 worth. I have a Sprint 700p and had a 650 before that. Due to the amount of time I spend at work, I don't have a home phone. Consequently, the Treo gets a heavy phone workout, as well as a PDA workout. The thing that attracted me to a Treo, after years of PPC's, was the form factor. It is (IMO), the best platform for combining phone and PDA features. The form factor promotes use as either. Like Ben said above, you can't put enough value on having a real QWERTY keyboard available. You can use it as a phone with a bluetooth headset but it doesn't give you the brick feeling if you hold it up to your head (which I have to do at work; can't use bluetooth in uniform). A PDA feature that's important to me is the 5-way functionality. Not having to grab the stylus to do everything is a huge plus. I think you may be safely able to ditch the cell/PDA combo with a Treo.

    As for Cingular/Sprint, I think a determining factor in your decision should be the performance of the networks in the area(s) you'll primarily be using the phone. If Sprint's coverage is good in your area, and with the deals being offered, the 700p should bear serious consideration. If not, you certainly won't be doing yourself an injustice by going with a Cingular 650.

    Hope this helps.
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    I greatly appreciate the advice! Btw, I know there's a ton of opinions on which bluetooth headset is best, etc., Which do you recommend with the Treo650?

    kdallen, I wore a uniform for six years, USMC. Then, worked as a full-time Police Officer while getting my undergrad. It's strange having shirt pockets, and not being allowed to put things in them. LOL!! Again, I appreciate the advice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kdallen
    If not, you certainly won't be doing yourself an injustice by going with a Cingular 650.
    I concur. OP If you are already on cingular, I would go with the 650 assuming good coverage due to your call issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by trusted advisor
    I wore a uniform for six years, USMC.
    Semper Fi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trusted advisor
    Btw, I know there's a ton of opinions on which bluetooth headset is best, etc., Which do you recommend with the Treo650?
    I own (and use) both the Cardio Scala 500 and the Treo Wireless Headset. Both work fine with my Treo 650 (unlocked GSM for what that's worth, on T-Mobile).

    Ask about BT headsets and you'll start a religious war.

    My suggestion is to not put too much brain engineering into BT headset selection. Just buy any old BT headset that is plausible and cheap. You'll lose it soon enough and will have to buy another one.
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    My 2 cent:

    I use the phone a lot on my T650 and also use that to conduct conference call internationally. The voice and sound quality is very good and don't have drop call at all. I had use BT headset and believe me, I had tons of them. I drop all my BT set and get wire head set with noise cancelling mic. Why? Hassel free, no battery to charge, better sound and voice output (specially with noise cancelling), and it is cheap. I had plantronic mx150 and this thing is really good in term of sound quality and form factor. It does not have the ear loop thingy and it is good for long term wear. Do a research on it.

    I uses my agendus pro, Callrec, sms, chattermail, and dataviz a lot for my work. The QWERTY keypad of T650 is probably the best I use versus BB and Nokia E61 / 9500. I don't browse internet though as require in your work. Chattermail push my mail to me with attachment. I guess if you need to visit the web often as you stated, you might need to try the EVDO connection with T700P, assuming that you have EVDO connection in your area.
    Need WIFI, 3.5G, slim and light form factor for Treo to win me back from Samsung i600 !!!!!
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    Again, I appreciate the advice! I have learned alot here. Here's another question that involves my use of Investigo, on-line when I am out of the office, which is VERY important. The manual says that "Investigo is based on Microsoft Operating Systems and Database Servers. Because of this Internet Explorer is your best bet for a web browser."

    Will a Cingular Treo650 have internet explorer as a web browser? If not, what can I do? Thanks again!
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    It has blazer...still might work...or you can try xiino.
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    Internet Explorer is just another web browser. It is from microsoft does not mean it is beter than Blazer (which is the built in web browser for Treo.) I think any browser that can make your work easier should not have problem accesing Investigo.
    Need WIFI, 3.5G, slim and light form factor for Treo to win me back from Samsung i600 !!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kdallen
    can't use bluetooth in uniform)..
    Just curious: why is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToolkiT
    Just curious: why is that?
    Army regulations won't allow me to go walking around with a headset in my ear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kdallen
    Army regulations won't allow me to go walking around with a headset in my ear.
    any idea why that is? doesnt look profesional or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToolkiT
    any idea why that is? doesnt look profesional or something?
    That's the idea. I have to admit, I agree. So I use mine in the car (but not on post) or wait until I'm out of uniform.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kdallen
    That's the idea. I have to admit, I agree.
    I'm not sure, on one hand I agree, on the other it has a certain secret service style to it
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    You didn't mention you had an attachment to the Palm OS. I've switched from Treo to the Cingular 8125. If you don't mind WM5, the 8125 is an amazing converged device. I find the web browsing far superior on Pocket Internet Explorer. Once I learned WM5 well, I find this device to be pretty much a laptop substitute. Call quality is excellent, BT range is really good, and it doesn't drop calls. WiFi is a nice speed bonus if you pick up a hotspot.
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    ... bluetooth headset... Which do you recommend with the Treo650?
    on your case, try looking for an over the head bluetooth headset.
    you know like w/ the FBI/CIA earpiece plug. it has a bluetooth version of it.

    do the power of google on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by benn_monyo
    on your case, try looking for an over the head bluetooth headset.
    you know like w/ the FBI/CIA earpiece plug. it has a bluetooth version of it.

    do the power of google on it
    I wouldn't even know where to start. LOL!
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    well just an idea that it exist.
    but frankly... its a jungle out there

    so choose a brand, consult the documentation, see if it suits your preference...
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