It’s also nice to be back on the Palm OS — well, kind of. I bought my last Palm OS device in 2000, I believe, so it’s distressing to see how little it’s really changed in that time — where once it was black and white, now I have it in full color. Big deal. It’s still intuitive and responsive, but it’s no longer a model of elegance, by any means.
What makes it worse is a confusion of interface styles, at least in the Treo models. The phone application, which looks vaguely three-dimensional (in a CD-ROM ca. 1993 kind of way) bears little resemblance to the address book with which it’s integrated. The changes I’ve noticed since 2000 largely look like hacks and accretion. Somewhere along the way, between mergers and countless name changes riffing on the original Palm brand, the master plan for the operating system’s user interface has been lost. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the OS’s long-promised major upgrade to Cobalt to reclaim some of that original coherence.