Treo Essentials

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Overview

Make your Treo smartphone live up to its name. Treo Essentials will show you how to get the most out of your Treo 600 or 650 smartphone without making you feel anything but smart. You already know the basics and this book will take you beyond them. You'll learn how to synchronize with a PC, launch applications while making a phone call, and take and share pictures. You'll find out how to use e-mail and instant messaging, and how to secure your Treo with passwords, work over virtual private networks and use anti-virus protection software. There's so much more to your Treo 600 or 650 smartphone than meets the eye. Let Treo Essentials help you uncover its mysteries!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789733283
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 8/16/2005
  • Series: Essentials (Que Paperback) Ser.
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Morrison is a writer, developer, toy inventor, and author of a variety of computer technology books and interactive Web-based courses. Michael has been using wireless handheld devices for over a decade, dating back to early HP handheld calculators. Michael is the creative lead at Stalefish Labs, an entertainment company whose products include a social/trivia game called 'Tall Tales: The Game of Legends and Creative One-Upmanship' (http://www.talltalesgame.com). Michael’s previous books include Special Edition Using Pocket PC 2002, The Unauthorized Guide to Pocket PC, Beginning Mobile Phone Game Programming, and Sams Teach Yourself Wireless Java in 21 Days.

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IntroductionIntroduction

When I first started tinkering with Treo devices a few years ago, I had some reservations because of mixed feelings about handheld device convergence. I'm referring to the notion that many devices used regularly (phones, PDAs, music players, video games, and so forth) should be merged into a single all-purpose mobile computing device. This concept is important because it underlies the very design of the Treo line of devices. Treo devices represent one of the first mobile devices that truly serve as an all-in-one mobile computing solution.

So what brought on the mixed feelings? Well, the truth is that I kind of liked having a separate mobile phone and a separate gadget to check email, play music, and so on. I tend to carry my mobile phone in my pocket and I also tend to drop it a lot, so I like that most phones are small and often more rugged than their more full-featured counterparts. The idea of a larger, more fragile device has always been a turn-off to me—that is, until the latest generation of devices, including the Treo 650. The Treo 650 truly changed my perceptions of all-in-one mobile devices because I realized how nifty it can be having everything in one compact package.

Granted, the Treo 650 is still a bit chunkier than the tiny little Nokia phone I had been using, and I'm certain that it's more fragile, but the benefits proved to far outweigh my perceived negatives. I underestimated the significance of a larger screen that can be used to view full-blown HTML web pages, a dedicated MP3 player, and a digital camera and camcorder, all combined with a mobile phone. I have to be a little more careful with my Treo interms of not dropping it or running over it with a bicycle or skateboard (I've done both in the past), but as I said, the tradeoff has been well worth it.

So this brings me to this book, which is intended to be an all-encompassing guide to your Treo. By all-encompassing, I mean that I've searched far and wide to include coverage of tricks, tips, and gotchas that you won't find in the manual for your device. I've read my share of books on computers and mobile devices, and I know when an author has taken the path of least resistance and created just a more user-friendly version of the manual. This book is user-friendly, but it's far from a rehashing of the manual. I like to tell people that anyone could write one of these books if given a device, Google access, and a few thousand hours!

If you're entirely new to the Treo family of devices, particularly the Treo 650, this book has plenty of introductory coverage to get you going. And if you've already spent some time getting to know your device, you'll also find loads of valuable information to help maximize the Treo experience. What's important is that I've tried to consider the practical issues that Treo users face, and when I stumbled across an interesting solution to a problem I encountered, I documented it. I hope you'll find that I've unearthed and addressed most, if not all, of the problems you've had while using your device.

It's important for me to share that I'm a Treo user just like you. I think sometimes people have a misconception that writers have hundreds of devices moving across their desks regularly. Although I have used several different handheld devices and own a handful of devices for testing mobile games that I develop, I use my Treo just like anyone else. I take pictures while on vacation, I get on the Web to track eBay auctions, I text-message friends late in the night, I listen to MP3 music, and I download and play games. My point is that I have a good idea of what kind of Treo book I'd want if I had the luxury of going out and buying one. I ended up having the luxury of getting to write a book instead. I hope you find the book to be as practical and informative as I set out to make it.How This Book Is Structured

This book is organized into four parts, each of which explores a different facet of Treo devices:

  • Part I, "Getting Started with Your Treo"—In this part, you get to know the Treo device platform and how it came to be. You install the Treo desktop software and learn how to perform all the essential tasks that make the Treo such an exciting device. You also find out how to customize and personalize your Treo to suit your own tastes.

  • Part II, "Managing Personal Information with Your Treo"—In this part, you learn how to synchronize your Treo with a desktop or notebook computer as well as how to install new applications on your Treo. You also explore the details of some core Treo applications that work with personal information manager (PIM) data, such as contacts, appointments, tasks, and memos.

  • Part III, "Staying Connected with Your Treo"—In this part, you explore your Treo's mobile phone features, including interesting features such as picture caller ID. You also learn how to set up email accounts on your device as well as send and receive text and multimedia messages. This part ends by taking a close look at the Treo Web browser and what is has to offer in browsing the wireless Web.

  • Part IV, "Your Treo as a Portable Entertainment Device"—In this part, you experiment with your Treo as a portable entertainment device by first learning how to shoot and manage digital pictures and video. You then learn how to use your device as a portable MP3 music player. From there, you move on to exploring some popular Treo games, including a few multiplayer games that allow you to play networked via infrared, Bluetooth, or the wireless Internet. This part of the book also introduces you to global positioning system (GPS) navigation with your Treo and covers some handy third-party applications you might want to consider installing.

What You'll Need

All you really need for this book is a Treo device, preferably a Treo 650, and the desire to learn and explore. As with just about anything, you learn only by practice. So think of this book as laying the groundwork on which you build lasting knowledge by using and tinkering with your device. If you run into any problems along the way, I have a forum for this book on my Web site at http://www.michaelmorrison.com/. There you'll find other Treo users who are eager to discuss the book and share ideas. I regularly read and post in the forum, so it serves as a great way to interact with me if you have a question or suggestion. See you online!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
How This Book Is Structured 2
What You'll Need 3
I Getting Started with Your Treo 5
1 Meet Your Treo 7
A Brief History of Palm Devices 7
The Ever-changing Palm Company 7
The Evolution of Palm Devices 10
The Current Palm Landscape 11
The Treo Device Family 13
Getting to Know the Palm OS and Core Treo Applications 15
The Calendar Application 16
The Contacts Application 16
The Task Manager 17
The Memos Application 17
The Messaging Application 18
The VersaMail Application 19
The HotSync Application 20
The Treo Phone 20
The Blazer Web Browser 22
The Calculator 22
The Treo Camera and Camcorder 23
The RealPlayer Application 24
Understanding the Treo 650 Memory System 25
Up and Running with Your Treo 27
Install the Palm Desktop Software 29
Synchronize with Your PC 31
Turn Your Treo On and Off 33
Summary 35
2 Performing the Treo Essentials 37
Navigate the Treo User Interface 37
Traverse Screens and Controls 37
Access Menus 41
Launch Applications 43
Enter Text with the Keyboard 46
Making Sense of the Indicator Light 49
Make a Phone Call 50
Send a Text Message 52
Visit a Web Page 54
Take a Digital Picture 56
Use the Calculator 59
Search Your Treo for Text 63
Reset Your Treo 64
Perform a Soft Reset 64
Perform a System Reset 65
Perform a Hard Reset 66
Preserve the Treo Battery 66
Summary 69
3 Customizing and Personalizing Your Treo 71
Make the Most of Keyguard 71
Secure Your Treo with a Password 73
Set Owner Information 78
Tweak the Power Preferences 80
Adjust the Brightness and Screen Settings 82
Select Wallpaper for the Phone 85
Customize the Application Buttons 88
Choose, Create, and Download Ring and Alert Tones 90
Take Control of Your Treo's Volume 97
A Few Other Interesting Treo Customizations 100
Summary 101
II Managing Personal Information with Your Treo 103
4 Synchronizing with Your Desktop Computer 105
Understand the Treo-to-PC Connection 105
What Is a Conduit? 106
The Palm Desktop Software and Outlook 106
Synchronize with Microsoft Outlook 107
Use the Palm Desktop Application 109
Schedule Calendar Events 110
Organize Contacts 112
Work with Tasks 114
Manage Memos 117
Import and Export Data 118
Fine-Tune HotSync Manager 121
Install and Remove Applications 125
Install from a Windows Computer 126
Install from a Macintosh Computer 127
Install Directly from the Wireless Web 127
Remove an Application 129
View Application Information 130
Categorize Applications 133
Add a Memory Card 136
Back Up Your Treo to a Memory Card 141
Manage Files 142
Summary 145
5 Managing Treo Contacts 147
Contact Essentials 147
Create a New Contact 148
Customize Contact Data 152
Duplicate and Delete Contacts 156
Categorize, Filter, and Sort the Contact List 159
Assign a Caller ID Ring Tone 161
Send and Receive Contacts Wirelessly 164
Summary 168
6 Getting Productive with the Calendar, Tasks, and Memos 169
Get Acquainted with the Calendar 169
Create an Event 173
Purge Events 179
Customize the Calendar Views 180
Send an Event to Someone 183
Publish Your Calendar Online 185
Tweak the Calendar Preferences 187
View and Create Tasks 189
Send a Task to Someone 192
Edit Task Preferences 192
Manage Memos 193
Summary 195
III Staying Connected with Your Treo 197
7 Using Your Treo as a Mobile Phone 199
Treo Phone Essentials 199
Several Ways to Dial 201
Adjust the Call Volume and Control the Speakerphone 203
Prevent Accidental Screen Taps 203
Manage Phone Calls with Ease 205
Create and Manage Favorites 208
Secure Your Treo Phone 212
Access the Call Log 213
Call via Voice Activation 215
Revisiting Ring Tones 216
Tweak the Phone Preferences 218
Summary 219
8 Staying In Touch with Email 221
The Scoop on Treo Email 221
Examine Email Protocols 222
Email Synchronization Uncovered 223
Create an Email Account in VersaMail 224
Create the Account from Your Desktop Computer 225
Create the Account on Your Treo 229
Receive and Read Email Messages 231
Compose and Sena an Email Message 237
Create an Email Signature 239
Managing Email Folders and Messages 240
Take Control of Your Email with Filters 244
Tweak Advanced VersaMail Settings 246
Summary 248
9 Communicating with Text and Multimedia Messages 249
Text Messaging Basics 249
Compose and Send an SMS Text Message 251
Compose and Send a Multimedia Message 255
Chat via SMS Text Messages 257
Manage Text Messages 258
Customize QuickText for Speedy Chatting 261
Create a Message Signature 262
Fine-Tune Messaging Preferences 263
Summary 265
10 Browsing the Wireless Web 267
The Blazer Web Browser and the Wireless Web 267
Navigate and Share a Web Page 269
Access the Browser History 271
Create and Use Bookmarks 273
Tweak the Browser Settings 275
Save a Web Page for Offline Viewing 278
Summary 280
11 Communicating Wirelessly with Bluetooth 281
What Is Bluetooth? 281
Enable and Disable Bluetooth 284
Pair Up with a Bluetooth Headset or Car Kit 285
Synchronize Without Wires 289
Transfer Files and Data Wirelessly with Bluetooth 293
Use Your Treo as a Wireless Modem 297
Assessing Bluetooth Security Issues 299
Summary 301
IV Your Treo as a Portable Entertainment Device 303
12 Taking and Sharing Digital Pictures and Videos 305
Digital Picture Essentials 305
Take a Digital Picture 306
Shoot a Digital Video 309
Edit, Organize, and Beam Pictures and Video Clips 311
View Your Pictures as a Slide Show 317
Create an Online Picture Blog 318
Summary 320
13 Listening to Digital Music 321
Digital Music Basics 321
Transfer and Play Music on Your Treo 323
Create a Playlist 327
Tweak the RealPlayer Preferences 328
Upgrade to a More Powerful Music Player 329
Use Digital Music as Tones 331
Summary 331
14 Using Your Treo for Navigation and Fun 333
Mobile Gaming Essentials 333
Play a Single-Player Game 334
Play a Multiplayer Game 336
Use Your Treo as a Universal Remote Control 339
GPS and the Treo 340
Navigate with a GPS Receiver 341
Find a Geocache 341
Summary 343
15 Improving Your Lifestyle with Your Treo 345
Use Handwriting Recognition 345
Take Control of a Mobile To-Do List 347
Monitor Your Exercise and Count Calories 349
Manage Your Medicine and Store 911 Data 351
Store Personal Data Securely 353
Keep Your Treo Neat and Clean 354
Summary 356
V Appendixes 357
A Upgrading to the Treo 650 359
Common Upgrade Issues 359
Performing the Upgrade 361
B Conserving Memory on Your Treo 650 363
Update the Software on Your Device 363
Move Everything Possible to a Memory Card 363
Clear the Web Browser Cache 365
Clean Up Your Email 365
Index 367
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