For the average Joe looking to get a SmartPhone the search can be confusing and frustrating. Understanding the basic decision factors to consider is key. Here ya go ….
First off, the difference between BlackBerry and Treo – is push vs. pull technology. Push technology means every time you get an email in your inbox, you get it on your BlackBerry. With pull technology, every time you wish to review your emails, you ask the unit to grab them from the server. I prefer pull technology as I do not wish to be constantly interrupted at my desk, let alone when I'm mobile!
Also, what environment / operating system do you prefer? A Windows Mobile environment works very well if you use Outlook and and Exchange Server – all Microsoft products. However, if you do not, then I suggest you look at the Palm devices. Palm comes with its own contact manager software – but also syncs with Outlook (attached to a USB port and push a button) and is a very stable OS (Operating System).
However, even before looking for the phones, what service provider are you considering? Tmobile has older technology; Sprint / Nextel has a good reputation, but Verizon's Treo 700p gets mixed reviews especially for their email function. Shop carefully. Not all provider phones are equal.
Next, you'll want to make sure you get an unlimited data plan (and if you can make them throw in unlimited texting – all the better). Do not forget the insurance, these devices are expensive. Pay the extra $ 7.00 or so per month for full insurance and peace of mind.
Of course, also get cases. The units will most likely be dropped at some point. A case can literally save you hours of phone / leg time as the unit does not break!
There ya go. The facts, the facts, and nothing but the facts.