[UFO Chicago] treo vs blackberry?

Brian Sobolak brian at planetshwoop.com
Sun Aug 6 20:13:56 PDT 2006

Neil R. Ormos said:
> Netfortius wrote:
> > Brian Sobolak wrote:
> >> I know this is annoyingly broad, but can anyone
> >> speak about the relative merits of a Treo vs a
> >> Blackberry?
> >> Are there other devices I should consider if I
> >> want email in my pocket?
> > [ . . . ] I have acquired a Nokia E61, and I
> > have not looked back to any of my previous
> > devices since [ . . . ]  As a PDA, I have never,
> > ever seen anything this robust (browser, email,
> > sync-ing, apps, etc.) and useful, either.
> > [ . . . ]
> I've been watching the E61 and I have been
> interested to read that it is receiving mostly
> good reviews from users.  The Symbian operating
> system the E61 runs is a descendant of EPOC, which
> was the OS on the Psion Series 5 and Series 7
> handheld computers.  I had a Series 5, and I found
> EPOC (including its bundled applications) easy to
> use and generally a pleasant experience, and I was
> very disappointed when my Series 5 gave up the
> ghost.  Symbian has a huge share of the market for
> PDA phones in Europe but its adoption in the US
> has been sluggish.

Hmm.  I'll have to add this to my list.  I had some time to kill while
walking around North/Clyborn and I noticed the Motorola Q too.  The Treo was
there, but no Blackberry, and from looking the devices, it seems that the
Treo is mostly about the PDA.

For my particular needs I'm not especially interested in PDA capabilities.
On-the-go web access and email sounds fantastic, so I'll have to go
somewhere else with more time to actually try this out.

Another question:  if you flash one of these and run NetBSD/Linux, is is
hard to flash it back to the original OS?  Hacking it sounds tempting if I
can undo my work.


Brian Sobolak				
brian @ planetshwoop.com

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