“About those PDA’s, what about the cameras?”

“Why didn’t you write about the cameras on the PDAs you reviewed?”, asked a reader.

Quite simply, because all PDA camera’s are shite, that’s why.

Here’s two pictures showing why:

2 Citrix Access Gateway appliance, and a Branch Repeater.crud quality citrix photo

PDA, and mobile phone cameras fail in the following areas:

  • picture quality
  • responsiveness (lack of)
    ie. take a photo, wait for the PDA to process it, take another photo, wait again.
  • depth of field (none)

But for completeness, here’s what those PDA’s had:

Megapixels Largest picture size Flash 2nd camera (for video-call)
Sony Xpedia X1 3.15 2048×1536 Yes Yes
Palm Treo Pro 2.0 1600×1200 No No
HTC Touch HD 5.0 2592×1944 Yes Yes
Samsung BlackJack II 2.0 1600×1200 No No

The Sony Xpedia X1 took the best pictures of the four units.

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Now I remember why I dislike the Palm Treo

Treo 650 GSM phone My favourite PDA, ever, would be a tie between the HP Ipaq 5450 and the Palm Treo 650.

Today, I’ll talk about the Palm Treo.

It was small, was a GSM-capable phone, and ran a colour version of the Palm operating system.

It had surprisingly few flaws, in fact only two that I can think of:

  1. Keyboard was a bit small.  I have big fingers, and I find the BlackBerry Curve difficult to operate as well.
  2. The SIM card would wobble, and the Palm phone signal would drop out, “No signal”

So you’re thinking, Dale has described this as his favourite PDA but dislikes Palms.


ds_t5_650_main The fiddly proprietary data cable that every single Palm uses.  What’s up with that?  Why can’t Palm use a mini-USB like everyone else?

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