Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Cingular's 8525 or Palm Treo 750?

Cingular's 8525 or Palm Treo 750?

I just got back from looking at some phones.  I have decided to finally upgrade to a PDA phone so I can check emails and look up the MLS while out on appts.  My husband narrowed it down for me, thank you Mike!

I think I'm leaning towards the Palm 750.  The main difference was the 8525 has a digital camera quality picture and the 750 is not as good.  However, I have a digital camera and I take important pictures with that.  I won't be taking virtual tour or MLS pictures with a phone.

Both phones have Office and Outlook Express so I can download my emails.  Both allow for access into our Supra Lockboxes.

I don't carry a purse, so I usually put a phone in my pocket so weight is fairly important.  Both are heavy, compared to what I'm used to, but the 750 is lighter...

Anyone have any information on either phone to help me lean further in one way over the other?

Comment balloon 12 commentsDonna Harris • June 11 2007 04:35PM


Niether.  Blackberry.

Between your two choices, though, I'd stick with a Palm since they have done PDA phones alot longer and know what they are doing.

I had a Treo and Pocket PC before getting my blackberry.  I'm MUCH happier with the Blackberry.  It's much easier to use and it makes more sense.

Posted by Matt Haze (Matt Haze Entertainment ) almost 12 years ago
I got  a Treo 650 about a year ago, and have been totally satisfied with it's capabilities.  It was somewhat difficult getting away from carrying a day planner, but now that I've gotten used to the phone, it's great!  I vote for the Treo.
Posted by Linda Sanderson (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) almost 12 years ago

Matt, you know how sometimes you hear bad press and that leaves a lasting impression?  All I can think about on the Blackberry is how their phones were shut down/off because of some legal issue with the phone, and even if it's been taken care of, bad taste in my mouth, so I didn't even consider them.

Linda, thank you for letting me know your experience.  Does it work well on the Supra boxes?  They open quickly?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago
Biggest advice I can give is if these are Windows you want to check actual battery life, and make sure they have spare batteries and a caar charger. I tried  a windows phone, couldn't get through a slow day. The company didn't have batteries, even though the phone charger came with a slot. No car adapter either. It when back withing the 14 days.
Posted by Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor (Ken Meade Realty) almost 12 years ago
Jim, yes they are both windows based and I've read reviews saying 2 hours talk time is realistic though each phone says about 4 hours talk time.  I always have a car charger and house charger, so I should be ok.  I'm not one that uses my cell phone as a primary phone.  I have vonage, so I try to use that as much as possible since the minutes are free.
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago
Thanks for asking Donna.  I'm also in the market for a PDA phone.  I'm not very tech savy with these things so this feedback will be very helpful.
Posted by Venice Harris, Real Estate Agent - Conyers, GA (EXP Realty) almost 12 years ago
I switched from the Blackberry to the 750 a few months ago for the same reasons you are changing. I was able to get email, but to access MLS and keyboxes without my supra key was a big draw for me. I have to admit, I hated the Treo at first... I bought one unlocked, so getting it to work with TMobile wasn't easy, the battery drained endlessly, and I couldn't figure out how to get my email to sync. With A LOT of research - I figured it out - and I have to say that I LOVE my Treo. I have fixed my settings so my battery runs longer too...
Posted by Leigh Bates, The Trinity Group (Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
I just ordered a FREE Treo 750 by using the Re/Max site!!  I didn't know they had huge offers like that!!  I had to switch from TMobile to AT&T for it, but AT&T has better coverage in the general area anyway...  My rate plan also more than doubled, but it's about time I use internet connection and email on my phone which i never did on my crappy (once great) Motorola.
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago
I have a TREO 750 and I'm beginning to love it. At first, I had a problem with memory so I wasn't able to use email properly. Now with an update and a new memory card, I'm in business.  It's nice being able to get emails while on the road. My MLS has a wireless version, so this makes viewing properties a breeze. I use Outlook for email so I can sync my appointments with my Treo.
Posted by Gwendolyn Walton (Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc) almost 12 years ago


Ive owned 3 different PDA's since last October, never happy with any.  I got my 8700 Blackberry in March and have absolutly loved it.  A camera was not at all important to me, it you want one I hear the Curve is the way to go.

Posted by Robert Walker (Remax) almost 12 years ago
I have a TREO 650 (older model, pretty much same functionality) and I have very mixed feelings about it. On the  positive side, I love that is syncs with my Outlook and email. However, I have had MORE problems with calls being dropped right into my voicemail! I'm on my 3rd replaced TREO b/c of problems. I'm excited that I can now use it with the new Supra iBoxes and will probably keep it. My camera has taken fine pictures and video. Anyways, hope that helps...
Posted by Kim Dean, d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own ( almost 12 years ago
I just got a cingular 8525 and its awesome.  i highly suggest it.  a full, comfortable qwerty keyboard and as long as you are somewhat computer saavy it will easily satisfy your needs.  this phone has everything u could ask for!
Posted by Anonymous over 11 years ago