Treo, Sidekick, or i730?

I’m behind schedule. It’s the 4th of July and this is the first sand-between-the-toes post I’ve made from the beach this year. Thumb-typing with my T-Mobile Sidekick has become a chore, as the keyboard’s “H” key now requires a massive amount of pressure to function. The old Sidekick is long out of warranty, so I’m considering newer technology, including the Treo 650 (now being offered by Verizon) and the Samsung i730 …

Lasagna tastes better the second day and geek gear tends to get better with the bug fix. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Call me a dot one kinda guy, but I’m always wary about upgrading to new technology, immediately upon release (especially when it requires a substantial, and personal, monetary commitment). David Pogue set aside some of my wariness about the initial shortcomings of the Treo 650 in a piece last week.

I became more interested in the Treo 650 due to the recommendation of friends. While I’m still a relatively happy Sidekick user, Tmobile’s network can drive me batty. Today’s a perfect example … I have not budged from this beach towel, yet my connection has been jumping between three bars and no connection all day long. This is a common occurrence, at least for me.

When I heard that Verizon is (finally) offering the 650, I really started thinking about jumping myself … from Tmobile to Verizon.

Network shortcomings notwithstanding, it’s tough to leap from an affordable all-you-can-eat data plan and the friendly (and familiar) interface. Not to mention that I’m flying contract-free. Making a new two-year commitment is not something I’m all that keen about …

So how did I type this without the “H” key? Ah, the magic of copy and paste …

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