The Opposite of the Treo 650

I want a new phone. The menu interface on my SonyEricsson T610 is annoying and frustrating. Part of it is T-Mobile (a text message for each voice message isn’t necessary), part of it is SonyEricsson (a 12-step process for writing an SMS?), and part of it is me (highly critical behavior strategist & interaction designer).

I’ve been eyeing the Treo 650 for a while now and if T-Mobile was offering it I’d probably already have it. But they don’t and I don’t.

I’ve already talked about how BluePhoneElite is a necessity in my world. I use it for all my SMS writing and 90% of my phone calls. With BluePhoneElite, I only need to touch the handset to talk – if my Jabra was charged up, I wouldn’t even need to do that.

The more I think about how I use my phone currently (dial-up internet, voice calls, some text messaging, address book and calendar back-up), the more I want the opposite of the Treo.

Rather than a pocket computer, I want a peripheral – something that’s nearly useless on it’s own. I’m thinking of the phone version of the iPod Shuffle.

Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • No keypad, just a single button for dial/hang-up
  • Bluetooth for voice, data, dialing, address book and calendar synchronization
  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Audio Caller ID
  • No ringtones, just vibrate
  • Call Recording
  • Access call recordings, voice & text messages with a web browser
  • That’s it. Nothing more.

If you’ve seen anything like this, let me know.

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3 Replies to “The Opposite of the Treo 650”

  1. Let me know if you find such a device. It actually might be useful…unlike my cellphone.

    The camera on my phone is nearly useless because it takes too many key presses to send the dang photos to my email account. I played around with having photos automatically uploaded to my blog…that was the easy part. The hard part was getting the photos from the photo to my email account. Besides having to press too many buttons, it was agonizingly slow.

  2. Scott, Your absolutely right. I’ve ended up pulling the photos to my laptop via Bluetooth, dumping them into iPhoto, then exporting to Flickr. Way easier than phone to Flickr, but far more complicated than the same process on the Treo.

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