Several tips for the Palm Treo 700w phone

I am still very pleased with the performance and functionality of the Treo 700w smartphone and am uncovering little things that aid in the experience of using it. Here are several tips for owners of the 700w:

  1. Tapping the OK button on the Treo works like a BACK button in most programs and will apparently close the active program. The program is not closed out of memory but is in fact still present in the background. Pressing and holding the OK button will bring up the Windows Mobile Task Manager where you can bring programs to the foreground or close any (and all) programs in the background. I think the “press and hold” function is a Palm addition.
  2. If you sync with an Exchange Server- ActiveSync takes a few minutes to connect and sync via EVDO but if you go to the Messaging window for the Exchange Server mailbox and select SEND AND RECEIVE from the Menu soft button the Treo will sync to the Server in less than a minute. It seems to be a full sync with the server, much quicker than ActiveSync. Note that if you also sync to your PC this will not occur using this method.
  3. Pressing the green Call button will pop up a menu listing the last 10 calls. This is an easy way to dial frequently called numbers.
  4. Pressing and holding the red “power off” button will disconnect the Treo from the Verizon network and shut down the phone. If Bluetooth is enabled it will not be deactivated by this action so if you want to save battery life by shutting down all radios in the Treo then select the “Turn flight mode on” option that is available by clicking the signal strength meter in the top menu bar.
  5. For easier navigation of many contacts in the Contacts application be sure and turn on the alphabetical index on the Options menu.
  6. When you exit a program with either the OK button or by tapping the X in the upper right-hand corner the program does not close. If you wish to maximize program memory by actually closing these programs when you tap the X button then install the freeware program Magic Button. Magic Button is a task manager and will actually close the program when the X button is tapped. It takes very little memory and can run completely invisibly if desired and works very well on the Treo.

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