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    I'm looking for a new phone to replace my Treo 680. I'm quite happy to move to a different platform than PalmOS (in fact, after the frustrating experience that the 680 has been, I'd almost welcome it). However, I have a few critical programs that I'm unwilling to give up. I have no doubt that I can find equivalents for some other mobile OSes, but there will be some that I either can't find equivalents for or can't put the effort into to convert data.

    In principle, I like the idea of a programmable and open phone platform (I'm a software architect and developer by trade), however in practice I've just never got the time to sit down and write applications for my phone, so it's not critical.

    After several bad experiences with Palm hardware (Treo 600 and 680, Palm "pro" wired headset), I don't trust Palm to make a phone that is usable as (gasp) a phone. Oh, and I need the phone to have a full keyboard (no on-screen typing, no limited predictive text), be a multi-band unlocked or unlockable GSM phone, have at least some internet connectivity (EDGE/HSDPA/etc), and preferably *not* have a camera. I'm not looking to change carriers (AT&T and Vodafone at the moment).

    Any suggestions about:

    1) Phones to replace the 680
    2) PalmOS emulators for other phone OSes
    3) Replacement programs for my critical list below for other OSes?

    Here's a list of critical PalmOS applications:

    * Timesheet (probably can find a replacement, but this one has a great user interface, it's incredibly simple but very usable)
    * SplashID (or any other decent password safe)
    * pFuel (I want to convert my existing data for any replacement)
    * TargetPlot (this is probably the most specialised. There is a windows mobile version, but I'm a little biased against Windows Mobile because of poor use of limited screen real estate)
    * MobileDB Lite (company databases are distributed in this form, but could be manipulated into other forms)
    * An ssh implementation.
    * AvCalc (or another reasonably priced E6B/W&B/flight trip planner)
    * StormLogbook (or another reasonably priced electronic flight logbook)

    There are many other minor apps that I use for tides/maps/traffic/games/music etc, but I expect they'll be easily replacable on any other mobile OS.

    The overriding priority is to find a phone that I can actually have understandable conversations on.

    Thanks in advance
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    Pretty much any Windows Mobile device can emulate PalmOS via StyleTap (http://www.styletap.com).
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    Hey thanks for this great site webdave! Kudos to you!
    Using a Centro with free ActiveSync at http://www.TheMessageCenter.com
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    StyleTap also supports SymbianOS, but at this time I can't help with your specific applications.

    I'm in a broadly similar boat but want a device more for writing than reading data. I have the Nokia E71 in my shortlist...
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    StyleTap can be slow for some apps such as TakePhone.

    SplashID has version for WinMo and Blackberry. I think I saw they also had for Symbian and were porting it to the iPhone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webdave View Post
    Pretty much any Windows Mobile device can emulate PalmOS via StyleTap .
    Wow, that's a great application. I just recently switched from the centro to the treo 800w and I really miss some of my applications. I should have joined this site sooner. The program has a pretty hefty price tag, but i'm sure that it will be well worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajcduggan View Post
    After several bad experiences with Palm hardware (Treo 600 and 680, Palm "pro" wired headset), I don't trust Palm to make a phone that is usable as (gasp) a phone. Oh, and I need the phone to have a full keyboard (no on-screen typing, no limited predictive text), be a multi-band unlocked or unlockable GSM phone, have at least some internet connectivity (EDGE/HSDPA/etc),
    The Palm Centro is very usable as a phone, and it runs PalmOS. Cheap too.

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