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Treo 600 – R.I.P. Take 2

:: Sunday, October 31st, 2004 @ 11:30:22 pm

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My Treo 600, defective orange blob, and Pat’s cool Audiovox/Orange SmartPhone

I love my Treo 600, but I am on my third unit already. A friend of mine is on his seventh (!).

The first time my Treo died was about a month ago, and like last time, Verizon Wireless replaced my phone with a “new” reconditioned unit within two days, shipping it to New York to meet me here. The problem this time was an orange stuck-pixel blob that kept growing larger every day (the excellent mobile office support guy who I talked to had seen this problem before), which you can see in the photo, above. The best feature of my 2nd Treo was the “answer and hang up at random” feature, which made talking on the phone especially exciting.

Pat has a cool new Audiovox Smartphone, which apparently is a rebadged Orange SPV C500. It’s the first PDA phone I’ve seen that seems to be the right size for a keyboard-less unit. I have extreme gadget-lust for it, but it’s GSM-only. :(

| Jackson Heights, Queens | link | trackback | Oct 31, 2004 23:30:22
  • syndromes

    Maybe if you hold out long enough they’ll get you a refurb’d Treo 650 :P

    I have a love/hate relationship with Verizon. Stable coverage, relatively good customer care (although i’ve had to hunt for it too much lately), and lagging tech gear. They’re the freebsd of the cellular world :P

  • Andy

    If you like the Audiovox, you should check out the Samsung SCH-i600. It’s great if you can deal without the keyboard. It runs smartphone and is really compact.

  • echeng

    hey, andy. i’ve seen that samsung, but it looks much larger than the Audiovox one, which is really the perfect size for a phone.

    anyway, the smartphone interface still seems a bit clunky. i love the treo for its ease-of-use. i can do everything very quickly from it…

  • http://www.paulwhkan.com paulq

    i am on my 2nd Treo in about 4 months. dropped my 1st and the screen flooded making the phone almost unusable. my major gripe is that the phone often seems to crash. most notably when there is a conflict in apps, like receiving an SMS or phone call when the alarm goes off. then the phone freezes. if you are not aware, the phone will not ring, and alarms will not ring. making for a dangerous situation if you depend on it to wake you up like i do. also, today i had four conversations going on at the same time through SMS, and phone. and the phone crashed three times. which made me wonder… still though when it works it is very convenient to have everything in one place.

  • http://www.kosivart.com/eng/ Stas

    My treo also had this orange pixels, I’ve replaced screen with new one from e-bay.

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