Note: I meant to write this post a day or two after our engagement, but time has gotten the better of me. Better late than never.
The other less exciting event on the 19th was the day that I got my new phone. I finally ended up settling on the HTC Mogul XV6800. It was actually a comment from my earlier post that pushed me over the fence to choose it over the Samsung SCH-i760, as it would be nice to have the ability to upgrade to EV-DO Rev A when Verizon gets it, plus the extra storage memory makes a big difference.
I am now almost 20 days into owning the phone, and it’s an exponential improvement over the Treo 700w. The fold-out keyboard takes a bit of adjustment, but I’ve grown to appreciate the larger screen. I love the scroll wheel on the side (which I know is common for many smart phones these days). The extra memory is wonderful, and I’ve never had to worry about running programs degrading phone performance (which I obsessed about over the Treo). It’s a breeze to switch between the Wi-Fi and EV-DO service, as well as the camera is a good quality for camera-phone.
There aren’t many things that trouble me over the phone, although I did struggle with the battery life initially. I solved that by simply turning Bluetooth off when I wasn’t using it (I previously left it on all the time on my Treo), it hasn’t been a show-stopper. Also, I was excited to see that the Mogul received an announcement that it was going to be upgraded to Windows Mobile 6.1 that was announced earlier this week… for Sprint customers. I hope that Verizon makes a similar announcement soon.
I’m nearing the end of the 30 day return period, but I’m going to stick with this phone. It’s not perfect, but I still think it’s the best one that Verizon offers.
And my Treo… still not destroyed. I hung onto it to make sure all the data I needed was off. It’s on my desk at work, but it’ll probably be meeting a hammer pretty soon.
It first became months, then became weeks, then days and now hours. It is only hours until I am eligible for my "New Every Two" discount from Verizon.
With that, I plan on finally relinquishing myself from my cursed Treo 700w. I have been waiting for this day for so long. It’s not that I’m happy to end my association with the Treo as much as I have grown to hate the phone with every bone in my body.
My association with the Treo started with the 650, with the Palm/Garnet OS. The phone worked pretty well for the most part, but was still pretty quirky. Shortly thereafter I "upgraded" to the Treo 700w. I put quotes around that word because while I love the high-speed EV-DO access that’s pretty much all I loved with that phone. The call quality is miserable (and that was just the beginning). The phone had an extremely low amount of memory, so much that running applications in parallel caused the phone to start screwing up. I became extremely familiar with the Task Manager, shutting down virtually every application after I used it. I had to deal with the shoddy Bluetooth ability (until an update helped that), as well as troubles pairing the device with my computer. Any of my friends can tell you how much I’ve been frustrated with this phone, and how eager I am to be rid of it. Besides the EV-DO the only other benefit about this phone is that it’s pretty durable, I’ve thrown in frustration so many times and it still manages to stay in one piece.
I’ve narrowed down my replacement to two different choices: the Samsung SCH-i760 and the (UTStarcom) XV6800. Both devices look great. They’re both running Windows Mobile 6 – which isn’t the best mobile OS, but after transitioning from Palm to Windows Mobile, it’s too much effort to make another switch. They both have EV-DO, along with the Wi-Fi option. Both of them have a fold-out keyboard. The XV6800 looks like an amazing, sleek device, but I am pretty concerned about the comments made about the call quality. After my Treo experience I am extremely sensitive to having less-than-stellar call quality. With that in mind, I’m leaning more towards the Samsung. We’ll see how things go on Wednesday: