I'm feeling a bit retro in terms of gadgets right now. And I don't know if it's a matter of reduced expectations or what, but I'm finding myself strangely happier with this situation.
The screen on my Treo 600 suffered a crack, and although it was still limping along as a phone, it just wasn't worth it. And besides, the thing has disappointed me overall--crappy phone, crappy camera, crappy screen, outmoded OS, badly thought-out headset/headphone situation.
After having looked forward to getting one so much, I'm happy to be done with it now. I just hope I can find my receipts to call in the replacement policy and maybe eBay an unopened Treo to recoup some costs. Oh, and not be tempted to buy a new camera just to use the spare 512MB SD card I have sitting around now.
So, the Treo has been replaced by my old Samsung A500 phone and a first-gen Handspring Visor Deluxe, both of which I dug out of old junk boxes in the basement.
The Samsung A500 phone works well, makes calls, fits comfortably in the same pocket as my wallet. And, over the years, it's taken a great share of knocks and drops and has barely flinched. I've downgraded my phone service a bit and abandoned most of the data features, which will save me some money for awhile. I kind of wish I had a camera on this phone, but I won't cry over the savings from the missing data plan, nor will I pine for carrying the external camera attachment Sprint offered for the phone.
The Handspring Visor has also taken a number of knocks, but keeps going. The only glitchy bit is that I have to jam a few post-it notes in the cradle with it to ensure a connection, because some of the copper has rubbed off the contacts on the bottom of the PDA. (I think I might invest in a conductive ink pen.) Oh, and it doesn't have a rechargeable battery pack--I'll have to seek out some decent solution with rechargeable AAA's (do they even make those anymore?) But, I remember Graffiti and can probably write that as fast or faster than I could thumb-type on the Treo.
The really odd thing is that, although the OS on the Visor is even further behind than what I had on the Treo, I'm not too sad with it. Like I said, maybe it's because I'm just not expecting that much. Hell, I was happy to remember that this model has a backlight! I miss the internet connectivity a bit, but I never used it much on the Treo because the lack of multitasking and quasi-dialup experience always just pissed me off.
But, the address book and date book work on the Visor, though I only wish I hadn't lost my regcode for DateBk5. It syncs with my PowerBook. I can get text files back and forth with NoteTaker, which ties into all sorts of things. And, best of all, Frobnitz and Rogue both work.
I'm slowly rediscovering a few of the tools I used to use on this thing, and telling myself that it's just slightly better than a stack of 3x5 cards. Because you know, although I love my Moleskine, I just never could quite get into the Hipster PDA thing. This is unplugged enough for me, thanks.
Anyway... anyone have any cool tricks or tips for my Samsung A500 phone or this Handspring Visor?