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Treo 700w Review: Part 2 Update

Following my review of the Treo 700w’s Contacts functionality I’ve spent a lot of time rethinking my comparative rating of “Worse” against the Treo 650 and coming to the conclusion that it should perhaps have been rated as “Equal” or even “Better”.

Among others, a recent tip (thanks CTY) pointing me to the fact that you can actually have access to one click text and email messaging via the Lookup Field by “press and hold” the Center 5Way on a name (image below left) has done much to change my opinion.  However, some marks are still lost simply because this function is not documented in the Treo 700w’s Quick Reference Guide and so like me new Treonauts are likely to learn about it only if they’re specifically looking for it or just happen to stumble upon it.

The other thing was a mistake on my part.  I incorrectly stated that the Treo 700w does not allow you to search for the Full Name of a contact (either via the Lookup Field or in Contacts) when in fact it does.  It simply does this slightly differently but arguably better than on the Treo 650.  Namely, instead of typing the first letter of the First Name + xx letters of Last Name (jbro to look up John Brown for example) you can type the first few letters of the First Name followed by a Space and the first few letters of the Last Name (Jo Br again to look up John Brown) as in the image below right.


Overall, the fact that you can actually send both a text _and_ email from within the Lookup Field in the Today screen and also from within Contacts is indeed a significant improvement over the Treo 650 (only if people actually get to find out about it instead of being hidden as a “trick”) and enough on its own to bring my rating up to “Equal”.

Evidently I still have a bit of a learning curve to climb when it comes to Windows Mobile on the Treo 700w and I have no doubt that as I have done for nearly two years with my other Treo smartphones I am bound to discover something new on a daily basis.

Treonauts always get things straightened

Posted by Andrew on December 30, 2005 at 02:03 AM

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by Zak | Aug 14, 2006 7:02:26 AM

I live in a rural area and get very minimal signal strength with my treo 650. Does the 700p or 700w get any better signal stength than the 650? I am growing tired of dropping calls. it almost seemed that my old 600 got better reception.

by Bill R. | Nov 13, 2006 1:21:37 PM

I have both a Treo 650 and a Treo 700p. The Treo 700's reception appears to be slightly better than the Treo 650. I am located in a building in which I used to get No Service from Verizon on my 650, and was unable to receive calls. (It's on a university campus and the university has an exclusive deal w/ Cingular for the lone campus cell tower). I now get 1 bar of service from Verizon on my 700p, and can receive calls. To me, this seems like an almost sure indicator that the 700p has better reception than the Treo 650. (The one wildcard being the freshness of the 700p's battery -- which can improve reception -- v. the 650 which is a year old).

by Kerry | Nov 30, 2006 8:39:12 AM

Can anyone please tell me how to program the side button on my Treo 700w to use voice dialing? I did this once before, but then my Treo broke & I can't remember how to reset it for my new Treo. Thanks!

by John | Nov 30, 2006 10:55:34 PM

Avoid the 700w at any cost. I've owned one for 11 months now. It is extremely unreliable, temperamental, and slow. When you need it to work quickly, it doesn't. Its worst feature: being a telephone.

by Writer1900 | Dec 28, 2006 7:38:39 AM

I have a Treo W , which I love.. I also have the ACT Program on my Laptop thru my job. Is the Treo W compatible with the ACT Program? I read that there would be a problem. I use both quite a bit,and being able to put Sales Call info into the Treo on each call, and then simply (?) performing an Active Sync to record all activities into ACT would cut down on my time on the Laptop each evening.Any information would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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