Had a chance to pause and reflect. I have been considering purchasing a smart phone. The idea of having a pocket computer and a phone all-in-one had some serious geek-appeal to it. After all, the iPhone is the biggest thing since slice bread, according to the media hype. The thought of getting a smart phone has been on my mind for a while, especially since my love-affair with the TX has taken hold.
My daughter’s cell phone died, and, luckily, it was still under warranty and I just had to go to the cell phone office to exchange it for a new one. While there, I had to wait for a customer representative to serve me. This gave me a chance to really play with the smart phones. After about 20 minutes of poking and prodding the various mix of Windows CE and PalmOS phones, and Blackberries, I came to the conclusion that the TX was for me.
Advantages I saw for having a Palm TX and a cell phone separate, and not having a cell phone:
1) You can have the TX to take notes on while you are on the phone.
2) WiFi. I didn’t see a single phone advertising WiFi. They all want you to buy a “data” plan to have internet access. This could get to be expensive considering how much time I spend on-line.
3) Size of the screen. The phones are big compared to any cell phone. Compared to the TX, they are small. I have a wonderfully big, bright screen on the TX. Most of the screens on the smart phones were about half the size of the screen on the TX, if not smaller.
4) Impending failure. When electronics go, they usually take a bulk of data with them. I can easilly back up my TX. Backing up these cell phones require the addition of software/hardware to accomplish the same task.
Question answered. I can now go on with my life. No smart phone for me. I just need a phone that I can text my wife with (she is usually in meetings away from her computer), and my TX.
The TX, what a versatile device. I wish Palm would see the advantages to having a handheld computer and develop an updated system, continue to develop the smart phones, but don’t abandon the pda line.
Loving my TX
Jay C. Theriot