Since Palm’s OTA update requires a blank SD card and my PC runs Windows XP, I decided to use the wired update process. I connected my Treo and started the updater – the Treo reset and the updater bickered about ‘no connection’.

A quick check of the error cause revealed that VersaMail was the culprit – thus, a hard reset became necessary. I used Resco Explorer to create the backup(the trial version suffices…altough this is truly a must-have app):
 The Treo 680 update   first impressions

After a hard reset, the Treo stayed connected after the initial, update-induced soft reset. It then proceeded to download the firmware from the PC:
 The Treo 680 update   first impressions

Once the firmware is on the device, the actual flasher is launched:
 The Treo 680 update   first impressions

After that, the device needs to be reparametrized. I then restored my backup with Resco Explorer and went off to a meeting…no problems here:
 The Treo 680 update   first impressions  The Treo 680 update   first impressions

Overall, I currently can’t report any incompatibilities or other problems with my Treo. The device is as reliable and as fast as it has been before; all applications still are compatible. As for battery life, my Treo never had any battery issues; Oliver will have more information on the topic soon!

P.s. The device did NOT get the Centro’s IM tool that apparently was included in AT&T’s update! This is a bit strange…as the unpatched version I was provided worked so well on my Treo 680 that OZ’s legal department felt like sending me some false threats(apparently, the guys didn’t quite understand the concept of press freedom)

Related posts:

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  2. Palm updates the Treo 680 update
  3. Sprint Treo 755p gets (final) ROM update
  4. Verizon Treo 755p update – the nitty-gritty
  5. Treo 680 camera update released

3 Responses to “The Treo 680 update – first impressions”

  1. I’ll give you a glaring incompatibility – Blackberry Connect. I was hoping to upgrade to PTT on my 680 but I rely heavily on BBC in my business, so I will have to live with the current ROM level. Sad to say, ATT says it will no longer support BBC. It looks like someday, vendors and carriers are going to force me to move over to RIM devices.

  2. Note, this update does not apply to all unlocked GSM Treo 680s. Only the ROW versions. Those who bought their phones in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and have English and Chinese support, are running: TREO680-1.05-APR

    The update will not install.
    Note, this update does not apply to all unlocked GSM Treo 680s. Only the ROW versions. Those who bought their phones in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and have English and Chinese support, are running: TREO680-1.05-APR

    The update will not install.

    From the other comments, however, it seams like I’m not missing anything. The only thing I was interested in was improved battery life, which I don’t have any major complaints about, although I wouldn’t turn away from even longer batter life.

  3. My advice, perform this update on a clean treo, after hard reset and then reinstall everythig, apart from ‘strange’ applications. In fact I did regular update and did not have any problem.

    My treo works lika a miracle, I noticed following improvements:
    -treo seems a bit faster
    -speaker is a bit louder
    -no bluetooth problems and bluetooth quality much much better (opinion from the people I called with bluetooth), easier to organize conference call with Alfa Romeo Blue&Me, there must be a number of bluetooth improvements
    -after the call the phone displays briefly call
    duration
    -phone applications identidfies restricted number calling (I am not sure if it has only changed to Restricted from Unknown)
    -now you can start entering phone number on the main screen and it takes you to dialpad
    -Tomtom Navigator 6 works faster and exits faster
    -Voice memo appliation changed to support ringtones, but I noticed some problems with amr files
    -web browser seems to work better (some changes in the cache???)

    I was thinking about moving to WM, but this update is sufficient enough to stay with treo for the moment.
    Regards
    Darek

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