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Monday, May 14, 2007

New Treo 755P in my hands- first impressions

Update: PdaNet just emailed me the beta for the 755P version of this great app. And it's a free upgrade :) It works!

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On a whim, I walked into the Gurnee, IL Sprint store on 5/11/07 originally to look for a 2nd Treo dock, and lo-and-behold there it was- a Treo 755P was already souped up on their display rack. As I inquired a little further, apparently they received their first shipment earlier in the day. This was a surprise since the original sale date was 5/14.

I'm not kidding when I say this thing looks and feels great- miles above the 700P. The midnight blue finish is rubberized and doesn't feel like it's going to slip out of your hands. It feels lighter and I don't miss the antenna at all. It's been out of the box for a few hours now, and have had only one disappointment so far:











Junefabric's PdaNet, which enables you to use the Treo as a modem, does NOT work on this phone. After loading and starting up the app, a window pops up that simply states, "PdaNet Closing: This version of PdaNet only works on Handspring Treo 700p." This is one of my more important applications and I need it to work. A support ticket to Junefabric's is already on its way....

One other note: As the Sprint tech was moving my service over to this phone, he mentioned that he was upgrading my "data access service." After I prodded him for more information, he explained that my 700P did not support the faster mobile bandwidth speeds Sprint had recently rolled out. "Is it similar to a maintenance release for the Sprint Power Vision?," I said, "Yes." he explained.

I took this to mean I should expect even faster data speeds than I have been experiencing with my 700P, and after using it now for a few hours, things are loading noticeably faster in Blazer. I'm not sure if this is simply because it's a fresh new phone, or the data speeds ARE actually faster- only time will tell!

First impressions:
  • Great feel and look.
  • Don't miss the antenna at all.
  • Everything on it is faster including data speeds.
  • Not too sure about giving up my SD cards for mini-SD.
  • Bluetooth is much more stable now, and better.
  • Speaker is louder.
  • Infrared port is along the right side, and I'm not sure if my Palm wireless keyboard will support it now.
  • My Palm pen-stylus is way too small for the 755P's pen silo. I had to use a sharp object to pull it out after I shoved it in too far. Blah.
  • Treo 700P batteries will not fit.
  • All of my accessories (dock, car charger, etc.) still work on this phone.
  • PdaNet application is not working (i.e. no data access using my phone as a modem to my laptop).
More soon...

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take some pics with it and compare it to the 700p please.

12:27 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you go to speedtest.net and do a comparison between 700p and 755p?

EVDO on both phones are supposed to be Rev 0

9:55 PM

 
Blogger Jesse Mendoza- said...

You really have to hold the 755P to witness how different it really feels compared to a 650 or 700P. Photos really don't do it justice. I'd recommend going to a store that sells them and try it out.

The phone does Rev 0 and is considerable faster than my 650 and 700P.

8:00 AM

 

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