Posted on April 27th, 2007 5 comments
Why do I want to stick with Garnet (aka Palm OS)? Why do YOU want to stick with it?
Do you just love the Treo form factor? If so, doesn’t Windows Mobile 6 BLOW Garnet OS out of the water?
Let’s compare the upcoming Treo 755 series.
755p – Garnet OS 5.x.
- 320 x 320
- HUGE 8GB SDHC card support
- No WiFi, not an option
- Gotta spend $ to get a nice UI
- Gotta spend $ to get a nice media player
- Gotta spend $ to get A2DP (stereo Bluetooth)
- Default browser is blah
- 320 x 320
- SD or mini SD support, what size?
- WiFi with added card
- Decent UI, nice phone app
- Decent media player included
- A2DP included
- Deepfish browser…looks real nice
755w – Windows Mobile 6
I only see two reasons to stick with Garnet OS:
- expansion card capabilities on Garnet is WAY bigger, I think.
- lot’s of time, money, and love spent on Garnet/Palm OS over the years.
Let’s rule out #2 right away. Palm is definitely not dedicated to staying on top with it’s OS, as proven by the 3 year old dull Garnet OS. Once Windows Mobile can support big expansion cards, then there will be no more reasons to stick with Garnet models.
So, the 755p comes out for Sprint on May 14, and Verizon soon after. There is no rumored date for the 755w yet, but we know that we are just waiting for Palm and the mobile carriers to finish testing. Give it a month or two.
Time is really running out for the good ol’ Garnet OS and Palm isn’t moving fast enough on it’s new Linux based OS to keep us all around. To be honest, I think the only dedicated Garnet OS users that will still be around when the new Palm OS comes out, will be the people still stuck in a two year contract with their mobile carrier. Everyone else….will have moved on to Windows Mobile or iPhone.
Do you wish there was more space on your SD cards to sync a few more songs? The enhancement request below may help get you just that.
Currently, Pocket Tunes can sync tracks with embedded album art in the file. The Pocket Tunes / Windows Media Player (WMP) sync does not have the capability to sync album art stored in folders. Though, the Pocket Tunes player does have the ability to display album art stored in folders while songs are playing.
Each time album art is added to an music file (MP3, WMA, ACC, etc), the file size increases. Since it’s likely that every song on the same album (or folder) will use the same album art, we are looking at unnecessary file size increase just to ensure that every track has album art.
If the Pocket Tunes / WMP sync tool could sync folder based album art, we would be able to eliminate track based album art. This would in turn decrease the file size of each music file, since only one image per folder would be synced. In turn a few (or more) megabytes of space should free up from the SD card allowing room for more songs.
An added benefit of this enhancement is that users won’t have to spend extra effort adding album art to music files using various 3rd party tools, since WMP automatically adds folder based album art when songs are added to the WMP library.