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I can't wait to dump my T5 on ebay and get a 650.-------------------------------Editor, http://Pocketfactory.comContributing Editor, http://digitalmediathoughts.com
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The total silence about his disappearance from TreoCentral's marcus, however, is very interesting. That plus the fact that the TREO 650 "review" TreoCentral published was NOT written by miradu (and the fact that the PREVIOUS review he had done was never published!) tells this paranoid person that perhaps he had a fallout with marcus OVER the TREO 650 "review"...
Personally, I find TreoCentral to be a decreasing-in-value source of information (thus my known-result taunt at ToolKit, the heavy-handed too-much-power-volunteer). I think it is a shame that TreoCentral rather than its forum posters gets so much credit for news breaks when TreoCentral itself RARELY publishes anything!
Would like to know miradu's story, though, eh?
It sounds juicy as all hell, fill us in!
Reverse engineering code, altering that code and then posting the altered code so that others may bypass carrier-mandated limitations is not permitted.
"The Software is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws and treaties. Palm owns the title, copyright, and other intellectual property rights in the Software. The Software is licensed, not sold."
"You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the Software."
I'm not looking forward to the lower screen resolution than my TH55, but when am I realistically going to see that in a smart phone that I want?
Will the 650 do G1?
Luckily there is time for the weaknesses, fixes and hacks to percolate out so that by the time this happens, settling into operation on one might not be too bad.
I guess we'll see...
Verizon insists on handicapping the Bluetooth, for starters. The camera is absolute junk and the battery life is distressingly short. Build quality is ok but not up to the levels of previous Moto products. The screen is good but tends to scratch easily (as does the case).
Overall, I am willing to live with the phone b/c it's the only Verizon model with BT, the screen is large & bright, the speakerphone rocks and the RF reception and analog peformance are the best that I've ever used on any phone anywhere.
On a related note, I've spoken with three execs lately who gave up waiting for the Treo 650 on Verizon and went with a PPC Smartphone or a Blackberry. It seems that Verizon's stringest testing procedures are just an excuse to be lazy as most of the bugs with the V710 (BT aside) were Moto's fault and not Verizon's. Sounds familiar, huh? And yes, from everyone I've talked to, Verizon is probably droppping Moto phones after the next quarter due to the V710 "issue". That's why they are dragging their feet so much on the much-needed software update.
Now there are posts saying that a little teaser about "GSM coming soon" or somesuch that was intermittently available on PalmOne's web pages - the one with the mountains - has been removed.
The disappearance of the teaser: