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Wicked Applications for Your Treo

Dear iPhone users, you’re so awesome and we should all be doing your laundry and walking your dog. Not. Us Treo users have a bajillion cool apps that exempt us from doing your chores- not only can we open MLS lockboxes (infra red FTW!!!), we can write handwrite notes to ourselves and set them to pop up at our desired times, watch full-length movies and create our own mp3 ringtones. So without further ado, I present to you the Top 12 Treo Tricks:

  • Diddle Bug– It’s like a post-it note in that it allows you to scribble information onto your Treo in your own handwriting and set alarms for each note from a pop-up list.
  • Tryda– This is the most Treo-friendly 411 with mapping… it’s extremely fast despite being web-based and it can supposedly find any listing anywhere. It even has a reverse lookup so you can identify that familiar number that keeps calling, breathing and hanging up!
  • eWallet– apparently this one isn’t free but it’s reasonably priced for a tool that can safely store your credit cards, passwords, PINs, calling cards, accounts, usernames and more. Your info is encrypted for complete safety, and you can sync to your desktop for extra ease-of-use and backup.
  • Key Hack– designed to make single-handed use easier by enabling shift and arrows to go in and out of caps (requires a freeware hack manager).
  • TCPMP Core– plays full screen movies on your Treo!!! I personally witnessed a video and was amazed!! You may need a converter for .avi files.
  • Petit Launch– is a command based launcher, so use this app and set it up to launch the media player by typing in “movie.” Nice shortcut!
  • Web Links– puts your fave websites into your directory (your home page alongside like your calculator and world clock).
  • Change Me– allows you to rename bookmarks/applications because let’s face it- you won’t remember what random title company apps or “TCPMP” are (see, you already forgot) so you can just rename it to “media player.”
  • Mini Tones– this app is super awesome- select a MP3 file on your phone and add it to your ringtone list in Sounds. It also features a file splitter so you can use a section of a song instead of the whole song, sweeeet!
  • Ventones– so you can get a ringtone online for free (or create your own) and it is texted to your (or your kid’s) phone and downloaded when you click on the link in the text. Easy peasy!
  • Unit Converter– need to quickly convert a measurement, currency amount or crazy recipes? This application does just that.
  • Filez– when you use your Treo as your mini-laptop, you need a file manager. Filez shows detailed information about each file can be viewed and edited. In addition, files themselves can be viewed and edited directly, just like in Windows.

There are endless killer Treo apps, and more are listed here. What Treo applications are you using that’s not on the list? Share with us in the comments!

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Matt Wilkins

    August 14, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Great tips. I had both a 650 and 700p in the past and am currently using a Treo 800w. Palm OS is such a nice simple operating system. Too bad it is being phased out.

  2. Bill Rice

    August 14, 2008 at 10:15 am


    Way to go trying to single-handedly save the Treo. It was a great ride, but I think we all might be trading out to the elitist soon–haha!

  3. Matt Stigliano

    August 14, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I swore I saw Benn begging to jump ship on Twitter.

  4. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    August 14, 2008 at 10:58 am

    MattW- I saw a TON of Treo 650s and 700s at Inman and no one seemed to have any cool apps. That said, it is being phased out but I know I’m not the only one who plans on using this phone ’til the wheels fall off πŸ˜‰ (and yes, I’m muy jealous of your 800, k?)

    Bill- LOL, I’ll be honest, we would’ve switched looong ago if the iPhone had infrared technology! Thanks for the snark.

    MattS- yeah but I already do his laundry and chores, so his opinion is irrelevant here. πŸ˜‰

  5. Benn Rosales

    August 14, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I currently use a centro, I love the browser of the iphone- the music factor, movie/video factor, and those things have never attracted nearly as much as that browser.

    As for function, my old treo and current centro rock, but browsing is becoming more and more of a need for me, where in the past, I rarely used my web access on my palm.

  6. Benn Rosales

    August 14, 2008 at 11:40 am

    See… “MattS- yeah but I already do his laundry and chores, so his opinion is irrelevant here. “

  7. Todd Waller

    August 14, 2008 at 11:43 am

    **cough** Blackberry **cough**

    Best application of my Treo 700p was as a skipping stone……

  8. Carolyn Gjerde-Tu

    August 14, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    I do have a twinge of uncoolness when it seems most of my clients are using iphones. An iphone can’t open lockboxes here so until they do I’ll work on tricking out my treo. Thanks for the list of cool applications, my phone is pretty basic right now.

  9. Rocky

    August 14, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    You must not have got the iToot app a try from

  10. Lisa Sanderson

    August 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    The wheels are almost off my Treo 650 so I dunno if adding tricky apps is wise at this point. Been thinking about the iPhone but my boss is so lovin’ his blackberry that I am thinking twice. If only one would get infra red and make the decision easy…..

  11. Chris Lengquist

    August 14, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I love my Treo…when it’s not crashing!

  12. Kelley Koehler

    August 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    My Treo is supposed to have wheels? Uh-oh. Maybe that’s why mine reboots every night at 1:04am. Or why I have to take the battery out 3 times per day to let it think about what it’s done, just so I can check voicemail. Or why it no longer rings and all calls go directly to voicemail. Or why it beeps for 20 seconds with an error message when I go to check my email. In fact, I think I made a video about that recently…

    πŸ™‚ There’s going to be a Treo barbeque soon, if this little guy doesn’t stop acting up.

  13. Benn Rosales

    August 14, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Kelley, I’ll never defend the treo, nor will Lani, but what you’re describing about your treo is a known issue and they’ll replace it πŸ˜‰

  14. Chris Lengquist

    August 14, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Yes. They’ll replace it with another that does the same…believe me.

  15. Benn Rosales

    August 14, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    haha it must be one of those luck of the draw things… I have friends who complain about their iphones too, just not in public.

    We’ve already decided that we’re liberating ourselves from the lock of mls as an excuse to carry around the modern day brick phone

  16. Jay Thompson

    August 14, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Please do this post for a real phone, like the Blackberry. πŸ˜‰

  17. Todd Waller

    August 14, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I concur with Jay! Any cool apps out there for the crackberry abusers? Mine is Google Maps as it can map out how to get from A to B using my blutoothed GPS receiver.

    /threadjack over


  18. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    August 14, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Dear whiney babies,

    If you are an AG contributor requesting stories and have forgotten how to log in and write them yourselves, please email me, I’m happy to refresh you on how to perform this tricky process.


    PS: for the rest of you, my Treo doesn’t freeze or yell back at me because I’m nice to it- y’all should try it. πŸ˜‰

  19. Todd Waller

    August 14, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Funny, my Treo doesn’t freeze or yell at me either! Of course, the fact that it’s at the bottom of a lake might be why…

  20. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    August 14, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Dear Todd,

    I’m calling PETT (as Jay knows, that’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Treos).

    Heads up,
    Lani πŸ˜‰

  21. Paula Henry

    August 14, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I don’t have a Treo – so have no comment. Right now the wheel on my Blackberry has a mind of it’s own and will not scroll down, only backwards. Makes is da*n hard to find my contact info or even call someone – replacement should be here tomorrow.

    This was a fun thread to read – love the ones that make me laugh out loud πŸ™‚

  22. Linsey

    August 14, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    I hate my Treo. I mean that. I hate my Treo. I want to love it. I tried to love it. But after the 3rd exchange for another Treo that locks up all day long, I have finally given up – just today as a matter of fact. I want an iPhone but apparently during one of the many exchanges, my contract with Verizon was renewed. Looks like I’m SOL and trying Blackberry.

    At this point, the coolest thing a phone can do for me is answer when I hit ‘Answer’.

  23. Linsey

    August 14, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Gee, sorry guys. I just reread my comment – I sound a little more bitter than originally intended. Sensitive topic for me today. πŸ™‚

  24. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    August 14, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Oh Linsey, it’s all in fun, rant all you want, girl!!!

  25. Marc Grossman

    August 15, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Lani & Benn, Love my Treo 750. Won’t deny had issues with it at first, but a hard reset took care of that. Was able to get rid of my Palm and MLS key, now I only have one device. If only the Iphone had infared that would be another story.

  26. Matt Stigliano

    August 15, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Someone mentioned other apps for Blackberry (and this is for more than just Blackberry) as well as Google Maps. If you like GPS turn by turn navigation on your phone and don’t want to pay your carrier for the luxury (such as AT&T’s “let’s-see-how-many-add-ons-we-can-charge-you-for” $9.99 a month), check out Nav4All –

    Its a free service until January 1, 2010, no credit card sign up, nothing. I’ve been using it for awhile now.

  27. Ginger Wilcox

    August 15, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Dying over Lani’s “Dear whiney babies” comment. I have been smiling since the day I threw my treo away and got an iphone. That day the skies opened –and I stepped into phone fantasy land. =)

  28. Jason Sandquist

    August 15, 2008 at 9:27 am

    I have a TREO, sucks big time. Dropped $500 on it when it first came out with ATT 18 mths ago with the Windows mobile. Yea make fun of me, I know. Here’s the the story I first had a Blackberry (yea for me) but one new years got stumbly and lost it. Decided to get cute with the phone and bought the Treo Palm version for lockboxes, one month later just had to upgrade to the windows mobile. That really sux and have been stuck with it ever since and have learned my lesson. But I live for the day, which is soon when I will triumphantly get the iphone.

    I might just take Todd’s advice and use it as a skipping stone!

  29. Holly White

    August 15, 2008 at 9:32 am

    After going through at least 5 Treos over the last 3 years and suffering through hundreds if not thousands of freezes and crashes, I just switched to a Brackberry Curve. Best move I ever made (so far). I don’t believe there is such a thing as perfect pda/phone device but one that works consistently is where I’m putting my money. I LOVED the touch screen and operating system on the Palm Treo and yes there were some great apps, but at the expense of all the crashes (mid call) and me wanting to poke my eyes out I switched. For any of you that are still using anything up to a 750 though my favorite little app was RealtyJugler Calculator. It could figure sellers net, commissions, max loan, payments, rent vs own scenarios, etc and for only 9 bucks!

  30. Holly White

    August 15, 2008 at 9:35 am

    And I might have a chance at the 2nd grade spelling bee if I could spell. What I meant was bLackberry. I think my device is already turning into a cRackberry or maybe I’m just a Crackberry. πŸ˜‰

  31. Bob

    August 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    2 Treos in 5 1/2 years and the only problem was a cracked screen when I dropped it. Bought another on Ebay and no problems.

    When this one dies, or November rolls around – whichever occurs first, I won’t replace it. I’m throwing down the gauntlet to you crack addicts and Apple kool aid drinkers to post your version of Lani’s post so I can make an intelligent decision going forward.

  32. joe peffer

    August 17, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    sure i have iphone envy but I can get emails and open lock boxes with my phone. how cool is that! I still get a kick of out. I wish that the bottom of the phone wouldn’t fall apart every time i try to re-charge it. Lots of other little issues I keep chalking up to user error or user lack of education but until i get a free upgrade, it’s still the Treo 750 for me.

  33. Connie Watts

    September 1, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    WOW! I thought I knew everything about the Treo. I can’t wait to check out a few of these.

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