The iPhone vs the Treo 650

Treo 650 vs iPhone

I’ve long been on a record as a strong advocate of smart phones, and the Treo 650 in particular. I’ve had a Treo 650 since mid 2005. This weekend, after an hour’s drive and a short wait at an Apple Store, I now own a Apple iPhone and am in a position to compare the two phones.

I’m not going to gush about the iPhone’s beautiful screen, or it’s remarkable touch screen interface, or even it’s keyless keyboard (which I’ve found amazingly easy to use), instead I’m going to concentrate on the specific features the iPhone seems to be lacking versus those available on the Treo 650.

Things That the iPhone Doesn’t Do That The Treo 650 Can:

  • The iPhone doesn’t sync tasks and to-do lists from your computer.
  • Though you can display different calendars on your iPhone, you can’t create events on the iPhone in different calendars. In iTunes (the syncing software that runs on your computer) you have to specify what calendar will be used for any new events created on the phone.
  • The iPhone doesn’t have a system-wide search.
  • The iPhone’s camera doesn’t shoot video, only still photographs.
  • Notes on the iPhone don’t sync to your computer.
  • There is no copy and paste on the iPhone.
  • The iPhone can’t sync via bluetooth.
  • You can swap in a new battery.
  • You can’t install new software.
  • The iPhone doesn’t come with any games.

Things That the iPhone Does That the Treo 650 Can’t:

  • The iPhone will use an available WiFi network instead of using Cingular’s slower EDGE network when WiFi is available.
  • The iPhone has a real web browser. I can even access my bank’s website and check my account balance.
  • You can open multiple tabs in the iPhone’s web browser.
  • Bookmarks will sync from the browser on your PC to the browser in the iPhone.
  • The list view in the iPhone’s calendar program is superior to the Treo’s Agenda view of the calendar.
  • The mail application on the iPhone seem better thought out than VersaMail on the Treo when using POP3 mail. VersaMail will only download all of your messages, while the iPhone can be set to download only the last 25 (or 50, 75, 100 or 200) messages instead of everything.

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