Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Mar 2013 14:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless After a few months of planning, several weeks of work, and possibly a few kilometres of aimless pacing through the living room, I'm happy to present "Palm: I'm ready to wallow now". This massive article (22,000 words) covers countless aspects of Palm, its devices, its operating system, and the company's importance to the mobile industry. I start with a detailed look at the history of handwriting recognition, after which I move on to the four hardware products I believe are crucial in understanding Palm as a company. Of course, I also dive into Palm OS, covering the kernel, its filesystem (or lack thereof), 'multitasking' capabilities, user experience, and much more. Important Palm OS licensees like Sony and Handspring make an appearance, and I cover the failed attempt at modernising the Palm OS: Palm OS 6 Cobalt. Finally, the conclusion ties it all together. For the first time in OSNews' history, you can also buy this article to support OSNews and make more articles like this possible in the future (don't worry - the regular online version is free, as always!). I suggest you grab a coffee, sit back, and enjoy.
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So apropos: I just retired my last Treo
by BobC on Sat 16th Mar 2013 03:14 UTC
BobC
Member since:
2013-03-16

I still have my Palm 5000, and my Kyocera 7135 flip-phone. I also owned the Treo 650 and the 700p.

And last but not least, the Treo 755p, which was retired just 3 weeks ago for a generic LG L9 Android phone.

I avoided the Centro because of its tiny screen. Today there is no phone that matches the 1/4" font size used in the address book of my Treos. Not one. They all use tiny fonts on megapixel screens that my tired eyes can't read without glasses.

Most of all, I miss the terrific Treo keyboard that no other phone could rival (and I tried them all). When I got my 650 I gave up Graffiti instantly, and I never looked back.

Until today, when I installed Graffiti for Android, just to get away from that annoying touch keyboard. It all came back in a rush. Entering text without looking at the screen! Without a stylus! Yippee! I'm FREE!

Your article was so perfectly timed for me, letting me know for once and for all that it was time to let PalmOS go.

But not Graffiti.

Thanks.

Edited 2013-03-16 03:20 UTC

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