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Need Help: Palm Pilot OS or Palm Windows OS for Palm Treo.

Walking Man

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Greetings, all tech Gurus!
My wife just traded her lowly cellphone in for a Palm Treo.
Because she listenED to "the guy at the store" :rolleyes: she decided on the the Palm OS, but we have 14 days (maybe only 13 now....) to exchange it with the with Palm Windows OS.
The salesman told her that in his experience :rolleyes: that the Palm OS is easier to use, but my wife is pretty familiar with windows, and was having a little difficultly manuevering with the Palm OS tonight. Granted, tonight is only her first night, and she hasn't even read through the instruction manual yet.
She's also concerned that synchronizing (and possibly data transfer?) it with our PC might be easier if it's a Windows based OS (something I know NOTHING about).
While I'm at it, do we need to concern ourselves with Spyware and Viruses on the darn thing? (I guess I should start another thread, but consider this concern seconary for now.) THANKS!
 
I have a Palm Tungsten E2 with Palm OS. I sync it with both my work and home computers and I have absolutely no problems with it. Palm OS works just like any other Windows program and it's great to be able to enter appointments and other data via computer and then sync it to the Palm. I don't know how it could be any easier to sync with a Windows OS. You plug in the cable to your Palm, hit hotsync, and watch it rip. In about 15 seconds or so it's done. It would probably be pretty much the same syncing Windows OS.

I've been using Palm OS for years and years and no problems. I didn't even know Palm had a Windows OS.

Whatever your wife is most comfortable with is what she should do.

Judy
 
I'd say keep it. The Treo was originally developed to run a Palm OS. The Palm OS is a smaller and more efficient OS than Pocket PC and the software seems to generally have a smaller memory footprint than Pocket PC apps. Windows Mobile 5 gives you some powerful options, but seems to like hotter hardware to run well. I carried a Palm and a phone for years, but when I went to a convergance device, I switched to Pocket PC and got a Samsung i730. I mostly like it a lot but was disappointed today when I learned that Google Maps Mobile will run on the Palm OS, but for now, not on WM5. I have several do-workers that have Treos and love them. If she's new to a PDA, I think Palm is easier to learn but both platforms have their advantages.
 
I think I'd keep the Palm. Even though my own PDA is Pocket PC, I've used the Palm OS under emulation before and found it very easy to use.

Windows Mobile is a bit different from desktop Windows versions, so there's a bit of a learning curve either way. I'd encourage your wife to give it a couple of days, including testing the synch application.

Best Wishes,
-Bob
 
Hi Walking Man-

My company has us standardized on the Treo 700W running the Windows Mobile operating system. If she will be receiving both corporate and personal e-mail on the converged device, she should definitely speak with her employer's IT department to determine which hardware devices they will be supporting. Mine has been very easy to use over the course of several months.

~ Blue Jays ~
 
Blue Jays makes a great point. Our company uses a Microsoft Exchange 2003 server for email, and while my i730 SHOULD integrate better than a Palm based Treo, our IT consultant isn't so good at supporting it, while my Treo using co-workers get full support.
 
After review what everyone here says, and doing about 1/2 hr. worth of reading on the net, we're going with the Palm. Overall, it seems better to most people. In summary: Better display, easier to use, less space, less problems. I didn't realize this was the first generation of Palm to support Windows, and it's kind of like buying a new model car, too many problems not worked out yet!
Thanks!
 
I have always been a Palm user. I am currently using a TX, that I absolutely LOVE. I don't use Windows, so I don't want Windows or any permutation there of, for my PDA. Palm IS very easy to use. Has she ever had a PDA before? I think after playing with Palm OS, she will come to like it.
 
After review what everyone here says, and doing about 1/2 hr. worth of reading on the net, we're going with the Palm. Overall, it seems better to most people. In summary: Better display, easier to use, less space, less problems. I didn't realize this was the first generation of Palm to support Windows, and it's kind of like buying a new model car, too many problems not worked out yet!
Thanks!

Good move. I switched from palm OS to windows when I let my 505 go. I dislike the windows os. Palm is a superior PIM (IMO).

Andy
 
Andy,

Thanks a lot for the info. You've probably just cost me hours of my life. I didn't really need another forum in my life.
 
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