I’ve been a rabid Palm fan since I got my IIIx back in, well… back so long ago I can no longer remember how long ago it was! From there I moved to the Palm Vx and then the Qualcomm 6035 and then the Kyocera 7135 and today the Treo 650, which I’ve had for two years now. Many, many years of loyal dedication to the Palm software and hardware platform.
In all those years, the desktop software has barely progressed forward. The selection of third-party apps isn’t horrible, but it is certainly underwhelming. Syncing many third-party apps from the device to the desktop is non-trivial or impossible. They have yet to get proper Vista support released. The software is rarely revved. And to add insult to injury, it’s definitely got some bugs.
But I have reached the end of my rope. Palm Desktop 4.1.4 deleted a bunch of my wife’s data yesterday. No clue how or why, but it’s gone. History. Kaput. Poof. Of course the computer doesn’t get blamed and the software doesn’t get blamed – the in-house IT staff (yours truly) gets a hot poker in the eye.
Windows Mobile has its flaws, but Microsoft has clearly worked hard over the years to smooth out WM. Palm was very smart to diversify its OS support to Windows Mobile. I guess here I come, sadly.