Palm Treo 650 vs 700 Phones

PC World has a rundown on the differences between the Palm Treo 650 and 700 phones, which are PDA/Phone hybrids from Palm. The 650 runs Palm OS, and the 700 runs Windows Mobile 5.0. I haven’t seen anything to indicate that the 700 is a stripped down Windows Mobile device – i.e. like many of the Smartphones that can’t run all Windows Mobile software (including genealogy software). It definitely looks like the 700 is a full Windows Mobile 5.0 device that looks like it can run genealogy software, but I’m not 100% sure just yet. The 650 can run Palm OS genealogy software (not sure of any limitations).

One important difference, the 650 has a 360×360 screen, whereas the 700 has a 240×240 screen. On the other hand, the 700 has 128MB of built-in memory, while the 650 has 32MB, and the 700 is faster. The 700 also has a 1.3MP digital camera, while the 650 is a much lower resolution.

Treo Mobile has extensive coverage of both of these phones.

The Treos could be a good compromise for genealogists who want a mobile device, but are afraid they won’t use it much, or that it will be “just one more thing” to carry along – using them as both phones and PDAs can be handy.

LAPTOP Magazine Reviews the Palm T|X

If you are leaning towards the PalmOS platform, LAPTOP Magazine has a new review of the Palm T|X, and they gave it 4 out of 5 stars: Multimedia is really a value-add in this reasonably priced PDA. Nevertheless, Palm has succeeded in giving us a powerful yet very portable handheld that won’t break the bank.

Pocket Genealogist Public Beta 3.00A50

Northern Hills Software has updated the public beta of Pocket Genealogist 3.0 to version 3.00A50. Pocket Genealogist is a PocketPC/Windows Mobile based genealogy application. This is considered a major update and the developer states that itRequires re-import of database in order for these changes to work.

scanR – scanning/copying/OCR with your cell phone

Engadget has short article up about scanR. scanR is an interesting product service – here’s their description:

Scan documents or whiteboards, anywhere, anytime, using only your camera phone.

scanR is simple to use:
• Take a picture of a document or whiteboard with your 1 megapixel or better camera phone.
• Send the picture to scanR
• Receive the scanned image in email or fax.

I have used OCR (optical character recognition) software in the past with scans I made using my scanner, but had never thought to try it with my camera phone (which I will do this weekend). With camera phones getting cheaper and better, this could a fairly big deal for genealogists who need to copy some information but don’t have the time or means to do it on the spot properly.