|Tue May 1, 2007 - 8:49 AM EDT - By Jimmie Geddes
When I first got my hands on a review unit of the Treo 680 I was disappointed with the stylus Palm chose to use. In a word it feels, and looks cheap. It�s not the metal stylus of Treos past; it�s more of a plastic stick with a metal tip. I�m not really sure why Palm didn�t use the same metal stylus they�ve used with the 650, and 700 series Treos. Some stories I�ve read say the metal interfered with the cellular signal, who knows if that�s the case.
When I received my own Treo 680 I knew needed a stylus replacement, I just couldn�t get used to the cheap feel of the stock stylus. Luckily the TreoCentral Store offers a 3-pack Pen Stylus for the Treo 680. These are no ordinary styli, they do something Palm OS Treos can�t do yet, they multitask (I had to throw that joke in). All kidding aside the name says it all, you get a stylus that turns into a pen.
I also love that there are three styli included in the package. I keep one in my Treo 680 at all times. I keep one at my desk at work so I can just grab a stylus to use on my various Treos without having to take the stylus out of my Treo (it saves me time, I think). I also leave one on my desk at home to use while my Treos are charging in their cradles (again to save time of having to pull out the stylus).
When I opened up the package I was glad to see and feel that the styli are mostly metal, a light weight chrome to be exact. I know I�m being materialistic but the feel of the stylus matters to me, and I�m happy to report this looks and feels better than the stylus that comes with the Treo 680. Unlike some other styli replacements I have come across the Smartphone Experts Pen Stylus fits perfectly in the Treo 680.
The way the Stylus Pen works is you unscrew the top of the stylus and you�re presented with an instant black ink ball point pen. Pretty straight forward, but I can�t tell you how many times this little tool has saved the day for me when I needed a pen.
I have my Treo with me at all times, but never seem to have a pen when I need one. I usually have to ask someone to borrow a pen, not anymore. Thanks to the Smartphone Experts Stylus Pen I can pull out my stylus from my Treo 680 and have an instant pen (it�s little things like this that make me and my Treo more productive).
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