So let me take a look at the best elements of the year from my own personal perspective.
Best device of the year - For me the Treo 650 because it was robust, did everything I needed to do and all the programs talked nicely with my new Treo 680.
Best websites of the year - There are a couple of sites that I have enjoyed from the year previous. For ebooks and general mobile industry news I always enjoy MobileRead, it's honest, quality and consistent. For enthusiasm to the Palm community I have to give this one to Palm Discovery which I think is a quality website that has grown throughout the year. It's an interesting read updated on a regular basis and reminds me of how Palm Addict set out in the Summer of 1999 when we were called The Online Palm User Club. My favorite gadget and information site this year has to be Gadgets On The Go, again a refreshing change to the large corporate gadget sites such as Engadget and Gizmodo, GOTG has kept with it's original enthusiastic and informative concept with added focus on both Mac and Smartphone & PDA's in general. Jimmie who runs the website adds interesting perspective to the day's technology issues. Intersting new website this year is the Palm-Mac set up by Murray which like GOTG talks PDA/ Smartphone and a Apple Mac perspective. It will be a site that I will continue to follow in 2007 with interest and look forward to watching it develop.
Best Software of the Year - So remember these are programs that have mean't a lot to me personally over the last 12 months. TripBoss continues to rank high for me especially with all the traveling I do my years old TripBoss provides valuable travel planning information that I can rely on. The fact that I have not updated to a newer version shows just how reliable I have become to this program. Well done to Creative Algorithms for producing a program that is not only robust and reliable but so dependable. Secondly another favourite program for the year is Toccer. It has become one of the kost well used programs on my 680. It is a fine IM program that use the AOL / AIM IM network that works flawlessly and is very reliable. Unlike Verichat which tended to disconnect from time to time, Toccer is consistent, has a simple interface and "just works" ad for that it gets praise. I have also enjoyed my favorite word game of the year and that's WordPop. WordPop has been on my Palm device for years and is a great game for me when I have a quiet time. Well done to the guys at Smartbox Design in keeping me entertained with this great game.
Best Accessory - Well I only have one thought and this is the Proporta Mobile Charger which I have become so dependable on. It powers my Treo, and Video iPod and lasts for hours without a full charge. In fact I still think this is the best accessory that I think Proporta have ever introduced just because I get so much personal use out of it.
Favorite time of the Year - My best friend's wedding, Jason Southern who got married in September of this year.
Favourite memory of the year - Having brunch and sunbathing with my best friends at the Hudson River Park in NYC throughout the Summer pretty cool times. Fun times spent in New York this Summer really sums up some of the great times of the year.
I think this has been a great year for me personally in regards to using a PDA / smartphone Palm for my own benefit. I've had some great memories especially where my Treo has accompanied me to take pictures of the great memories and if your device can help you, aid you through the worst of times and help remember the memories of the better times then I think your device is worth it's money and for the last 12 months my Treo 650 has been there for me. I hope my 680 will offer the same value in the coming year, something which I am sure will be the case. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Palm Addict readers and writers all the very best for 2007.