Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Palm Treo 700w: what apps won't work?

On the surface, most people will read this question and say "What you mean? It's going to run Windows Mobile 5.0 dummy! All apps compatible with that platform will work!" Yes, you'd be correct; well maybe not for the dummy part, but that remains to be seen! :)

What I mean is: what prominent applications won't run correctly on a 240 x 240 screen? The HP hw 6515 has a 240 x 240 screen, just like the Treo 700w will and there are some issues in terms of application compatibility and screen res. Most WM apps are designed for a 320 x 240 screen, or QVGA. Heck, that's the most prominent screen on the market, so that makes sense. Some apps also work on a 640 x 480 VGA screen (Oh how I love VGA on a mobile device!). So what about these square screens? There aren't a ton of square screen devices out there yet so what is the compelling reason for a developer to work in 240 x 240?

My guess is that we're going to see a bunch of top-notch apps that just won't play nice with the Palm Treo 700w. Some of the better software shops are likely creating updates for their apps so you can use them on a square screen. In the meantime, will we all be scrolling up and down for those extra 80 pixels?

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