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    Is there a voice recorder program for the treo 300?
    Stanley Lumax
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    Unfortunately, the microphone portion of the Treo isn't (as far as anybody can tell, and with no positive feedback from Handspring) connected to the same circuitry as the Palm internals.

    From a design point of view, you have to think of the treo as still a separate phone and palm, that have been well integrated both from a physical standpoint as well as a software standpoint. The PalmOS portion of the phone is just used as the user interface of the phone circuitry.

    This poses some drawbacks, such as the inability to perform recordings. It also introduces some peculiarities. Ever wonder why you can never get the volume of the Palm alarms as loud as the phone ring tone, despite the fact that the come over the same speaker?

    I guess the only good thing about the way that they did it was the fact that it was simpler for them. From an engineering standpoint, simpler usually means fewer bugs! Also, the more it is like a run of the mill Palm, the better the chance most software will run on it. It also means that we have it in our hands right now, and not in Q1 of 2004.

    Such are the trade offs of engineering. Sigh.
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    Originally posted by Druce MacFarlane
    Unfortunately, the microphone portion of the Treo isn't (as far as anybody can tell, and with no positive feedback from Handspring) connected to the same circuitry as the Palm internals.

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    I guess the only good thing about the way that they did it was the fact that it was simpler for them.
    No, that's not the only good thing. It also means that you can multitask, switching to different apps and interacting with them while on a phone call (e.g. to refer to database contents or take notes). If the phone in the Treo wasn't its own independent entity, but was truly integrated into the PDA portion of the device and controlled by the Palm OS, then you wouldn't be able to do multitasking, since the Palm OS prior to version 6 doesn't support it.

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