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Santa Fe
01-05-2004, 10:43 PM
It seems to me that for the Smartphone to really become as popular and useful as the first Palms and later PPCs there needs to a lot of software available to allow individual users to customize their devices to suit their individual needs on any given day.

For example I sometimes need more PDA features than phone features. It would be very nice to have a home screen that showed multiple calendar entries that I could scroll through instead of one entry. At other times it would be preferable to show all my tasks on the home screen and be able to scroll through them. That way when I drove the 10 miles into town and got distracted in the bike shop I would not forget to pick up the linens my wife ordered (true!). But to be easy to use the selection of various home screens should be a quick menu solution.

Another customization Id like is the ability to access my calendar in month view without going through the week view, which I find worthless. That seems like an easy menu option to add.

If it is a weekend or Im feeling like using up some minutes a plug in that showed the scores of selected sporting events would be fun. I sometimes use a text alert service for that but that requires going to a site from my PC and setting it up and remembering to delete it later.

Another useful feature to me would be an Itinerary program that worked with Outlook and Internet Explorer to identify my flights and at user-defined times update my flight information. So when the commuter plan from Santa Fe to Denver is an hour late I can immediately find out the status of my connecting flight and the gate it is leaving from. And if as usual I have to take a later plane it would be easy to go to a note section that contained the email addresses or phone addresses of the people Im supposed to be meeting with and send them all a message of my delay by pushing a of couple of buttons.

This might not be possible but it would be useful to have the phone turn itself on at a pre-selected time, say right before a wake-up alarm. I sometimes turn the radio function off to achieve this but Im still wasting battery life. To be really useful a once a day automatic downloading of the e-mail along with the wake-up alarm would be handy.

All these things have a work-around and probably are not useful to anyone but me. However that is my point. Allowing users the flexibility to customize is key to the devices success. To pre-determine how everyone is going to use the smartphone is a potential handicap.

01-06-2004, 10:48 PM
I wonder if it's assumed that people buying a Smartphone will have prior experience with a PDA? Or perhaps more likely not? Calendar views should be customizable. Are you sure an xml plugin can't be done for what you want? I have tinkered with them, but a 'grammer I'm not :wink:

Mike Temporale
01-07-2004, 02:17 PM
All these things have a work-around and probably are not useful to anyone but me.

You've got some great idea's here. I think that they could be useful to many.

The applications will come as the install base grows. Keep making suggestions like this because you never know who's reading these forums. There are some very talented people that post here, and maybe one of them has the time to make some of these a reality.

I only wish I had the time to take on another development project. I'm so swapped with people knocking on my door right now...

Santa Fe
01-09-2004, 03:16 AM
I am hoping some smart readers will rise to my bait. The last thing I programmed was an IBM card reader in the late '60's. But I've been reading up on how to do some of these things so all you techies better watch out. :lol:

Jerry Raia
01-26-2004, 01:58 PM
A scaled down version of Pocket Informant or AF would really be something nice to have. :D